In this article, I give you my Biostar Z370 GT6 Racing review with specs included. Biostar Z 370 RGB motherboard now in just a minute I’m gonna take this out of the box and show you some of the features but in short for 128 dollars it’s got a lot of stuff in it. RGB, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, an M.2 slot, and a variety of other features. I included a specs table in this review that you can check below.
Here are some out-of-the-box looks and features. I really like the look of this design, you may or may not but it’s distinctive. It doesn’t look like every other motherboard on the market with the black and the yellow (you know ‘gaming look’) although it sort of is advertised as a GT six so I guess that’s gaming. But, it does look different than the other boards, which is nice, and if you want something that looks different then this is an option to consider.
But looks aside. This thing is packed with features. Now, I mentioned it has RGB, it actually has both RGB lights on the board, it’s got strings along the sides, as well as accent lighting. It also has two 5050 RGB connectors for running strings of RGB lights inside your system such as an RGB cooler if you want to attach it directly to the board. There’s a lot of nice options there available.
It supports up to DDR4 3866, which is way over the standard 3200 and, frankly, for the average person is overkill. But, it’s got good overclockable DDR4 RAM support. It’s got M.2 slots for NVMe or SATA drives, it has an Intel Gigabit Ethernet. Check the price capabilities of lower-priced boards you can find 120 or a hundred and thirty dollars from the other companies, do they have intel gigabit ethernet or are they Realtek.
Now, Realtek is fine for most people but if you’re gaming you want the lower latency of the Intel. Next, it has the Realtek ALC 1220 7.1 HD audio with a very good signal-to-noise ratio of 120 Plus. Now, the older Realtek LC 800 series in some 700 series are on the cheaper hundred ten – hundred twenty dollar boards. This has the better audio which is nice it’s sort of a hundred and sixty to one hundred and seventy dollars, for $128 it’s a value for the money ten face power.
Now, I’ve not actually had this on my test bench yet but I would be shocked if this had any problem keeping up at five gigahertz with an i7 8700K if that’s your goal. I’ve tested other budget motherboards from other companies with similar power delivery and had no problem. Well, I haven’t tested it yet but I expect it to be able to do so with appropriate cooling.
It also has USB 3.1 gen2, which’s important because a lot of budget boards only have Gen 1. Gen 1 is 5 gigabits per second and Gen 2 is 10 gigabits per second. And it has a Type-C port on the back along with a whole bunch of Type-A ports.
It also comes with dual BIOS. There’s a lot of $200 boards that don’t have dual BIOS. If you’re flashing your BIOS for support say for the next generation CPU or just for bug fixes or whatnot and anything goes wrong, you can switch to the backup BIOS boot switch back over, and attempt to flash again.
On motherboards with only a single BIOS, which frankly are most motherboards under $200, if the BIOS flash fails basically you have a bricked motherboard. So, that’s a really nice feature at 128 dollars price point.
Furthermore, inside the package, you get an I/O shield for Serial-ATA data connectors which is really nice. I have actually looked at some $200 motherboards that only come with two of these so again a value-add. And no, they’re not very expensive but it’s nice to have.
Next, You get a driver CD which you shouldn’t use because, frankly, any modern version of Windows Linux or anything else is going to support this out of the box and then you should just download the updated drivers from their website. And you have a nice, thick user manual with a whole bunch of details in it if you want to learn all about this board and what all the various connectors and buttons do it is fully featured.
Don’t let the price deceive you. In fact, if you take a closer look at this board, the connectors along the bottom, along the side, the USB connectors, the expansion options, it’s got a lot of value for the money.
Now for those of you not familiar with Biostar. Biostar is one of the smaller motherboard companies you’ve got ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Asrock, and then you’ve got Biostar. Most of you have probably heard of some of the other companies if you’ve shopped for other boards in the past.
I have encountered Biostar in the past. I did make a PC before, a full build actually with installed Windows, and used it on their B350 board for the AMD side. Had no problems with it, worked perfectly out of the box, overclocking, everything was fine. This frankly is even a step up from that so I’m not expecting a problem but again haven’t tested it.
For $128 dollars, if you’re interested in a value option from Intel and you want a bunch of features but you don’t want to pay two hundred or more for a motherboard, give this one a look.