Biostar 1155 TZ68A+ Review

Biostar TZ68A+ Review


When the LGA1156 first appeared it was mooted as being the lower cost alternative to the almighty X58. To some degree it was although the cost of the higher-end CPUs and some of the better motherboards didn’t leave it far short of a medium X58 setup.

Now LGA1155 has been around for a while and we’ve had the initial P67 influx, more and more manufacturers are shifting to the Z68 Chipset to power their LGA1155 socket motherboards. Unlike its P55 and, to a lesser degree, P67 brethren most of the Z68 boards we’ve seen have been definitely at the affordable end of the spectrum.

Biostar have often been a supplier of some no-frills, good performing motherboards at reasonable pricing and todays review, the TZ68A+ absolutely falls into the reasonable pricing category, being available for a hair over £90.

Is it really possible to get all the bells and whistles of Z68 boards but for such a tiny price?

Technical Specifications

Certainly the specifications aren’t lacking. Only the limited number of USB ports and inclusion of some fairly last gen stuff such as a Printer Port and a couple of PCI slots hint at its ‘value’ roots.

  • 2nd Generation Intel® Coreâ„¢ i7 Processor
  • 2nd Generation Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5 Processor
  • 2nd Generation Intel® Coreâ„¢ i3 Processor
  • Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt
  • Support Dual Channel DDR3 2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066 MHz
  • 4 x DDR3 DIMM Memory Slot
  • Max. Supports up to 16GB Memory
  • It is recommended to install memory module on the red DDR3 DIMM slot (DDR3_A2 or DDR3_B2) to boot the system.
  • 2 x PCI Slots
  • 1 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
  • 2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x16 + x4)
  • 2 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector
  • 4 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector
  • Support SATA RAID: 0,1,5,10
  • Support Intel Smart Response Technology
  • USB
  • ASMedia ASM1042 USB 3.0 controller
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Header
  • LAN
  • Realtek RTL8111E – 10/100/1000 Controller
  • Realtek ALC892 6-Channel Blu-ray Audio
  • REAR I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 1 x HDMI Connector
  • 1 x DVI Connector
  • 1 x VGA Port
  • 1 x RJ-45 Port
  • 3 x Audio Connector
  • 1 x Printer Header
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 2 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector
  • 4 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector
  • 1 x Front Audio Header
  • 1 x Front Panel Header
  • 1 x S/PDIF-OUT Header
  • 1 x CPU FAN Header
  • 2 x System FAN Header
  • 1 x Serial Header
  • 1 x CIR Header
  • ATX Form Factor Dimension: 30.5 cm x 23 cm ( W x L )