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What sets the Hi-Fi Z77X apart from its competitors is the enhanced audio package. I’ve never seen capacitors or resistors like these on a motherboard before and besides being functional I think they look cool. The robust resistors are supposed to help maintain high quality audio in a wide range of temperatures. The big blue capacitors help deliver low noise and reduce distortion. There is a Faraday cage surrounding the Audio Codec and one of the benefits of a Faraday cage is blocking external static and non-static electric fields, so in this application it is meant to reduce the possibility of electric shock and interference. The Audio portion of this motherboard is separated from the main PCB altogether and that helps reduce interference. All of these combine to enhance your audio experience. Biostar has done their best to raise this onboard audio up to the sound card level. Additionally this board features THX TruStudio Pro which should mean something to the audiophiles out there.
Standard Intel Z77 Chipset features like Intel Smart Response Technology (SSD Caching) and Rapid Storage Technology (basically enhanced RAID) are included with this board, but since those should be on every Z77 board I’ll move on to the next feature.
Smart Speed LAN allows you to configure how your system manages your network behavior. Basically if you want to download while playing a game you can prioritize how your network manages everything. It’s free and a nice feature for people that like to multitask online.