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September 7, 2011 6:23:34 AM

This thread is for any tips, tricks and troubles with the Biostar TZ68A+ motherboard.

Please share what type of overclocks you have gotten and at what settings.

I have gotten this board recently for my latest build. It is extremely hard to beat its feature set for the price. I got it on sale from Newegg for $94.67 shipped, and thats with CA tax too! Currently you can get it for $99 shipped w/o CA tax.



Here are some pros and cons:

Pros:

-Best bang for the buck Mobo currently available
-Great bios! super easy and fast access to what matters
-Bios post screens are super fast with ACHI enabled
-Overclocks CPU easily with only a couple bios changes
-Stable when cpu is overclocked at high speeds (4.5Ghz to 5Ghz)
-Extremely fast
-Crossfire capable
-USB 3.0
-DVI/HDMI/VGA out
-SATA 3


Cons:

-Lack of USB ports in the back
-Crossfire is 16x4 and not 8x8 (which is still fine, but would rather prefer 8x8)
-Should have 1 more fan header (PWM)
-First PCI-X 16 slot is too close to the cpu, had to face my
cooler to blow upwards to fit (which was fine since I have a
fan there as well, but some people may not.) Cpu heatsink is
about 1 inch away from back of GPU.
-No USB 3.0 Front panel header on mobo
-Mobo Stand off holes are not in conventional places for bottom right area

Current System:

Antec 1200
2500k @ 4.4Ghz @1.280V @ 60c 65c 62c 62c Max cpu temps @ 100% load for hours
CM Hyper 212+ Heatsink/1 push fan
4GB Corsair DDR3 1600 cas 7
120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
6970 2GB DDR5 w/Zalman VF3000A Heatsink (doesnt go above 60c at full load, this is with both fans on the lowest setting!)
Seasonic 750watt 80Plus Gold

Win7 Ulti 64bit installs in 7Min 49 seconds!

I came from a Q6600 overclocked to 3.4Ghz @ 1.375V
which installed Win7 Ulti 64bit in 16 min 23 seconds.



*Tips*
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-To enable Load Line Calibration for the CPU, you must set the option to *Disabled
for some reason its backwards.

-You can get the best overclocks by setting the cpu vcore to "Fixed" mode, the only downside is that the vcore doesn't drop accordingly at idle. I would rather have a lower max vcore at load and higher vcore at idle then a higher idle vcore and higher load vcore.

-You can overclock the HD3000 Graphics, but currently programs like gpuz or cpuz cannot see the final overclocking frequency, performance is indeed boosted though.

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please share your good and bad experience with this board!
September 13, 2011 7:13:04 AM

Will this board run SLI?
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September 13, 2011 10:23:43 AM

Kinamyen said:
Will this board run SLI?



no, only crossfire as indicated.
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September 28, 2011 1:55:44 AM

I got mine running at 4.4ghz stable but i didnt bother to leave at that 24/7 havnt gotten a proper cooler as yet. max voltage it used was 1.296
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February 27, 2012 11:08:56 PM

tomskent said:
This thread is for any tips, tricks and troubles with the Biostar TZ68A+ motherboard.

Please share what type of overclocks you have gotten and at what settings.

I have gotten this board recently for my latest build. It is extremely hard to beat its feature set for the price. I got it on sale from Newegg for $94.67 shipped, and thats with CA tax too! Currently you can get it for $99 shipped w/o CA tax.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i87/kentmocc/TZ68A_v60_-edit.jpg

Here are some pros and cons:

Pros:

-Best bang for the buck Mobo currently available
-Great bios! super easy and fast access to what matters
-Bios post screens are super fast with ACHI enabled
-Overclocks CPU easily with only a couple bios changes
-Stable when cpu is overclocked at high speeds (4.5Ghz to 5Ghz)
-Extremely fast
-Crossfire capable
-USB 3.0
-DVI/HDMI/VGA out
-SATA 3


Cons:

-Lack of USB ports in the back
-Crossfire is 16x4 and not 8x8 (which is still fine, but would rather prefer 8x8)
-Should have 1 more fan header (PWM)
-First PCI-X 16 slot is too close to the cpu, had to face my
cooler to blow upwards to fit (which was fine since I have a
fan there as well, but some people may not.) Cpu heatsink is
about 1 inch away from back of GPU.
-No USB 3.0 Front panel header on mobo
-Mobo Stand off holes are not in conventional places for bottom right area

Current System:

Antec 1200
2500k @ 4.4Ghz @1.280V @ 60c 65c 62c 62c Max cpu temps @ 100% load for hours
CM Hyper 212+ Heatsink/1 push fan
4GB Corsair DDR3 1600 cas 7
60GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
ATI 4870 1GB DDR5 w/Zalman all copper heatsink w/Scythe 92mm fan
Antec 550watt modular psu

Win7 Ulti 64bit installs in 7Min 49 seconds!

I came from a Q6600 overclocked to 3.4Ghz @ 1.375V
which installed Win7 Ulti 64bit in 16 min 23 seconds.



*Tips*
--------
-To enable Load Line Calibration for the CPU, you must set the option to *Disabled
for some reason its backwards.

-You can get the best overclocks by setting the cpu vcore to "Fixed" mode, the only downside is that the vcore doesn't drop accordingly at idle. I would rather have a lower max vcore at load and higher vcore at idle then a higher idle vcore and higher load vcore.

-You can overclock the HD3000 Graphics, but currently programs like gpuz or cpuz cannot see the final overclocking frequency, performance is indeed boosted though.

-

please share your good and bad experience with this board!



What overclocking utility did you use to overclock the iGPU( Intel HD 3000)?
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February 27, 2012 11:11:16 PM

This my RIG:
INTEL i5 2500k OVERCLOCKED AT 4.7 GHZ

MOTHERBOARD: BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH 1155 SOCKET
CPU: INTEL i5 2500K OVERCLOCKED AT 4.7 GHZ
MEMORY: 16GB PC3 12800 1600GHZ G-SKILL RIPJAWS X SERIES
VIDEO CARD: ASUS EN9500GT 128 BIT 1GB MEMORY
PC CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 BLACK EDITION
PSU: OCZ MODXSTREAM 700 WATTS MODULAR 80+ CERTIFIED
OPTICAL DRIVE: LITE-ON 24X DVD WRITER/READER OEM
HEATSINK/CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 PLUS
HDD: 160 GB AND 200 GB HITACHI DECKSTAR 7200 RPM
NZXT SENTRY 2 TOUCH SCREEN FAN CONTROLLER
KEYBOARD/MOUSE: GEAR HEAD WIRELESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
PC SPEAKER: 2.1 CHANNEL BOSE COMPANION 5
OS: WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM OEM

DATE OF COMPLETION: DECEMBER 6, 2011
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April 8, 2012 12:57:45 AM

aqe040466 said:
What overclocking utility did you use to overclock the iGPU( Intel HD 3000)?



I just overclocked the GPU in the bios, no need to install/use a program.
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May 11, 2012 12:55:41 AM

I know this may sound ignorant, but I just wanted to get a clear answer. I'm thinking of buying this motherboard but I was wondering if it would work with a SATA II SSD? I've read the SATA is backwards compatible, but I just wanted to make sure before I made any decisions.
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May 11, 2012 6:12:58 AM

chall said:
I know this may sound ignorant, but I just wanted to get a clear answer. I'm thinking of buying this motherboard but I was wondering if it would work with a SATA II SSD? I've read the SATA is backwards compatible, but I just wanted to make sure before I made any decisions.



Yes, Sata II SSD drives will work with this motherboard. Yeah, they are backward compatible.
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May 11, 2012 5:10:28 PM

Thanks Tom! I appreciate the help.
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June 10, 2012 12:58:49 PM

i just got this motherboad, and i try to mild overclok,
simple overclok change the multiplyer to 40x and left another to auto,-
it run smoothly to the windows7, n gpuz show 1,38volt at idle and 1,28 at full load,-

i try the same thing change the multiplyer to 48x, and it stuck can even load windows,-

my rig

amacrox freestyle 650watt
i2500k
-zerotherm core92
-BiostarTZ68A+
-Corshair Vengeance 4gb
-MSI HAWK TALON GTX460
-2tera WDC green,-

i hope someone, post the picture of bios setting to rum 4,5-4,8ghz daily with this board :D 

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