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Biostar intros updated budget oriented Z68 board w/ improved CPU VRM

TZ68K+ closely follows the TZ68A+ but with better OC potential.

By Steve Dougherty from Jul 29, 2011 @ 9:56 CDT

If you're looking for a decent entry level Z68 on the cheap, you may be interested to know that Biostar are delivering what looks to be a fairly well rounded budget board in the new TZ68K+ that they've just launched this week.

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Biostar actually already has what looks like an identical board in its current lineup, the TZ68A+, however the new TZ68K+ differs in that it sports a stronger CPU VRM arrangement with 8 phases vs. the 4-phase VRM setup on the TZ68A+, making it a bit more attractive if you want to get a decent overclock. As a result of the chunkier VRM setup, it now has its own heatsink to assist in keeping temps at bay.

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Otherwise, the board or more or less the same with its two PCI-E x16 slots (x16 / x4 electrically), a single PCI-E 2.0 x1 slot, and two legacy PCI. The rest of the board is closely bounded by the chipset's native feature-set with two SATA 6Gb/s and four SATA 3Gb/s ports, all of which are internal. Biostar has also left LPT and COM headers resident on this board and it has a range of USB 2.0 ports along with a couple USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O.

As for the remainder of the rear I/O, it has 6-channel HD audio, a PS/2 keyboard port and HDMI 1.4, DVI and D-Sub display outputs. Biostar has also used a UEFI BIOs for this board.

Pricing hasn't been mentioned on the updated board yet, but shouldn't come in too far above the TZ68A+ which currently sits at around $100 US.

NEWS SOURCES:Vr-zone.com

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