Motherboard makers are just as anxious for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge launch as the rest of us are, and some of them have already begun rolling out slabs of silicon built around the Z77 chipset. Such is the case with Biostar, which unveiled its TZ77XE4 motherboard at CeBIT 2012. The TZ77XE4 is a socket 1155 part with native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.
"The most frequent word combination in description of the new flagship lineup will be 'for the first time' because the TZ77XE4 boards house a great deal of innovative technologies not found even in premium desktop solutions," Biostar explains.
"The TZ77XE4 boards are based on the latest Intel Z77 chipset, which for the first time incorporates tri-gate transistors manufactured using the 22nm fab process which, for the first time, delivers a native support for the high-speed USB 3.0 interface and fast SSD caching with the Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT)," Biostar continues. "Fully compatible with the second-generation Intel Core CPUs (Sandy Bridge), the new boards for the first time support the third generation Intel Core CPUs codenamed Ivy Bridge, also manufactured with the 3D-transistors using the 22-nm fab process and designed for the popular LGA 1155 socket."
Biostar's feature-packed board boasts support for up to four SATA 3Gbps and four SATA 6Gbps drives supplemented with RAID 0/1/5/10. It has eight USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports, a GbE LAN port, 8+2 channel HD audio with THX TruStudio Pro technology, and a UEFI BIOS.
Of interest to overclockers are the new power supply circuits that utilize a 13-phase regulation system, as well as reliable solid-state capacitors, Biostar says.