Fighting for pole position
Motherboard makers continue to flesh out the market with socket 1151 options for Skylake builders. Count Biostar among them, which is getting ready to release three new options as part of its new Biostar Racing series.
The Biostar Racing line combines “cutting edge features” with a “new racing design for a stylish and powerful build,” or at least that’s the way Biostar is selling things.
Each of the three boards feature pin stripes, checkered accents, and customizable LED lighting for that racing vibe. More importantly, Biostar claims they use high end components like 100 percent solid capacitors and “Super Durable” Ferrite chokes. You’ll also find two BIOSes onboard, giving you a backup in case something goes sour with the main BIOS.
The highest end of the three is the Z170GT7, a rather boring name considering Biostar is paying so much attention to the racing theme. In any event, it sports a 9-phase power design, four DIMM slots supporting up to DDR4-3200, four PCI-E x16 3.0 slots, three PCI-E x1 3.0 slots, a single M.2 port, three SATA Express ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, and DVI-D, two HDMI, and VGA outputs.
Sitting in the middle of the pack is the B150GT5 with a 7-phase power design. It supports DDR4-2133 memory and has two PCI-E x16 3.0 ports, a single PCI-E x1 3.0 port, three standard PCI ports, four SATA 6Gbps ports, a single SATA express port, half a dozen 3.0 and 2.0 ports each, and the same video outputs (but with a single HDMI port, not two).
Finally there’s the H170GT3, also with a 7-phase power design. It too supports DDR4-2133 memory and has two PCI-E x16 3.0 ports, but doubles up the PCI-E x1 3.0 to two and swaps the PCI ports for a single M.2 port. For storage, it has two SATA 6Gbps an a single SATA Express. Other features include eight USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0, and HDMI (two) and DVI-D output.
Biostar didn’t mention any price points but said all three boards will be available soon in its eBay store.