Before you go crossing over Intel's
Ivy Bridge, which the Santa Clara chip maker is ever-so-close to laying down, you have to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. It starts with the proper foundation, and if you're still shopping a compatible motherboard, Biostar
hopes you'll give its brand-spanking-new TZ75B motherboard more than just a passing glance.
The TZ75B is a socket LGA 1155 motherboard built on top of Intel's Z75 chipset. That means it's ready to rock and roll with upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge processors. It also means native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, as opposed to previous chipsets, which relied on third-party USB 3.0 chips from companies like NEC and Marvell.
Biostar built the TZ75B using a 6-phase VRM power design and high quality components like 100 percent solid capacitors. Feature highlights include four DDR3 DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of 2133MHz (OC) memory, a single PCI-E x16 3.0 slot, a PCI-E x16 2.0 slot, two PCI-E x1 2.0 slots, a pair of old school PCI slots, four SATA 3Gbps connectors, two SATA 6Gbps connectors, RAID 0/1/5/10 support, 10/100/1000 LAN, and various other odds and ends.
"The board also supports the new BIOS with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI BIOS) which delivers flexibility and simplicity of tuning thanks to a clear graphics interface," Biostar says. "Like all modern Biostar boards, the TZ75B comes with the maximum suite of utilities for simple tuning, overclocking and running."
Biostar neglected to mention how much the board will cost or when it will ship.