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Product Profile : Biostar Z170 GT7 Motherboard

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Biostar was always one of those underrated brands in the PC hardware industry right form their inception. While they never really aimed for taking any records or produce an extremely good looking motherboard what they aimed for is making a strong reliable motherboard at a very affordable price point However sometimes they do decide to throw in some bling into the motherboards they make, today we will be taking a look at one such motherboard.

Presenting the Biostar Z170 GT7

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Starting with the packaging itself, the box comes with a black carbon fibre design all over in tune to its “Racing Series” nomenclature. The front of the box is clean with only the Racing logo and the motherboard name and a few features that the design team thought would be worth mentioning.

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The interesting part, however is on the overleaf where we find a host of information regarding what Biostar included in the Z170 GT7 including specific DIY features among other things.

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Opening the front flap we finally see the board in its full glory, the packaging is pretty common among every manufacturers with Biostar being no exception.

Coming to the board itself

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Biostar’s flagship of the new RACING series: RACING Z170GT7 motherboard. Flaunting the new Super 5 Design Concept, the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 features support the latest Intel 6th generation Core processors featuring the Intel Z170 chipset. The board supports up to four DDR4 memory modules of speeds up to DDR4-3200 (OC) with capacities of up to 64GB.

With the Intel® Z170 chipset and the 6th generation Intel® Core™ processors,you will get a seamless experience from content creation to gaming.

With the exclusive Hi-Fi zone design, enjoy music, movie, and gaming with an exceptional sound experience.

Now you can adjust system volume and optimize your headphone performance with smart EAR, windows-based audio utility software.

With the new RACING dual BIOS, it will prevent frequent BIOS failures.

Convenient touch control and user friendly UI design.

The GT Touch features an exclusive Sport and ECO Mode. Under Sport mode, the system boosts the performance automatically. Under ECO mode, the system optimizes energy consumption without sacrificing performance.

Further extending the BIOSTAR custom LED lighting options is the ability to add LED strips directly from the motherboard via compatible 5050 headers. BIOSTAR’s 5050 LED Fun extends the customization options of VIVID LED DJ allowing a full system lighting setup to be controlled from one central interface. BIOSTAR Racing motherboard comes with the exclusive 5050 LED FUN feature for DIY lovers. You can connect LED strip with on-board 5050 header directly and control it via Vivid LED DJ.

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Chipset Intel Z170
CPU SUPPORT Intel® Core™ i7 LGA 1151 Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 LGA 1151 Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 LGA 1151 Processor
Intel® Pentium® LGA 1151 Processor
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt
MEMORY Support Dual Channel DDR4 3200(OC)/ 2133/ 1867 MHz
4 x DDR4 DIMM Memory Slot
Max. Supports up to 64GB Memory
EXPANSION SLOT 4 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot(x16, x8, x4- from SB, x4- from SB)
3 x PCI-E x1 3.0 Slot(2 slot share PCIE port w/ [email protected])
STORAGE 3 x SATA Express 16Gb/s Connector
Support SATA RAID: 0,1,5,10
Support PCI-E Storage RAID: 0,1,5
1 x M.2 Key M 32Gb/s Connector
USB 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port
5 x USB 3.0 Port
1 x USB 3.0 Header
2 x USB 2.0 Header
LAN Intel I219V – Gigabit Ethernet PHY
MULTI GRAPHICS AMD 3way CrossFireX
INTEGRATED VIDEO By CPU model
Supports DX12
Supports HDCP
CODEC Realtek ALC898 8 Channel Blu-ray Audio
Support Blu-ray Audio
Support HD Audio
Support Biostar Hi-Fi
REAR I/O 1 x PS/2
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port
5 x USB 3.0 Port
2 x HDMI Connector, resolution up to 4096 x 2160 @24Hz, compliant with HDMI 1.4
1 x DVI-D Connector, resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
1 x VGA Port, resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
1 x RJ-45 Port
6 x Audio Connector
INTERNAL I/O 1 x USB 3.0 Header
2 x USB 2.0 Header
3 x SATA Express 16Gb/s Connector
1 x M.2 Key M 32Gb/s Connector
1 x Front Audio Header
1 x Front Panel Header
1 x S/PDIF-Out Header
2 x CPU Fan Header
3 x System Fan Header
1 x TPM Header
1 x LN2 Switch
1 x 5050 LED Header
H/W MONITORING CPU / System Temperature Monitoring
CPU / System Fan Monitoring
Smart / Manual CPU / System Fan Control
System Voltage Monitoring
OVERVOLTAGE CPU Vcore/ VSA/ VCC_IO/ VGT/ VCC_PLL_OC/ DDR/ DDR VPP/ PCH 1.0V
DIMENSION ATX Form Factor Dimension: 30.5cm x 24.4cm ( W x L )
OS SUPPORT Support Windows 7 / 8.1(x64) / 10(x64)
BUNDLE SOFTWARE Racing GT Utility
BullGuard
BIO-Remote2
Intel Rapid Storage Technology(include Intel Smart Response Technology)
ACCESSORIES 4 x SATA Cable
1 x I/O Shield
1 x DVD Driver
1 x User Manual
1 x LED Cable(Optional)
1 x LED Strip(Optional)
FEATURES Supports Double Hi-Fi
GT TOUCH
Supports 100% Solid capacitor
Supports Rapid Debug3
Supports Charger Booster
Supports BIOS Online Update

Inside the box

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The Biostar Z170 GT is a very promising motherboard. We absolutely loved the design and features on display but how the product manages to compete with the rest of the market is yet to be seen.