Friday, May 22nd 2015

BIOSTAR Gaming-Z170X Socket LGA1151 Motherboard ES Pictured

Here's the first picture of BIOSTAR's upcoming socket LGA1151 motherboard, the Gaming-Z170X, designed for 6th generation Core "Skylake" processors. This particular board, in its unfinished form, features DDR4 DIMM slots; but there could be other models in the series, with DDR3 DIMM slots. The board could be exhibited without its final PCB color and heatsinks, at the upcoming Computex event. This picture also gives you a glimpse of the Z170 PCH in the flesh.

From the looks of it, the Gaming-Z170X looks pretty feature-packed, offering a 14-phase CPU VRM, three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4), and storage connectivity that includes three (yes, three) SATA-Express 10 Gb/s ports, carved out of the board's six SATA 6 Gb/s ports; and two M.2 10 Gb/s slots, with a third mPCIe riser. BIOSTAR's Hi-Fi audio solution, which includes a 600Ω headphones amp, a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, and ground-layer isolation; and Killer E2200 wired networking, along with a handful of USB 3.0 (including some USB 3.1?) ports make for the rest of its modern connectivity.
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12 Comments on BIOSTAR Gaming-Z170X Socket LGA1151 Motherboard ES Pictured

#1
Unregistered
3 PCIe x16???!!!! And that v3.0!?!? I thought Skylake would come in PCIe 4.0 o_O
#2
micropage7
they should show when it fully equipped not naked board
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#3
Rais
Shamonto Hasan Easha
3 PCIe x16???!!!! And that v3.0!?!? I thought Skylake would come in PCIe 4.0 o_O
Without any single specification released by SIG? Lol
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#4
dj-electric
This motherboard looks like shit. Literally
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#5
Caring1
Rais
Without any single specification released by SIG? Lol
Since when has lack of official specifications stopped release of a product.

Nice board, should overclock well.
It's obvious they left the heat sinks off as they want to have some sort of surprise factor.
The colour reminds me of Asrock boards and the removeable BIOS chip means to me it is made for gamers.

From their website: "The motherboard comes with their new Gaming Commander Box accessory as well as cutting-edge features like USB 3.1"
While this isn't specific to their latest board, it is for their current gaming series, so features will be carried over, possibly improved upon.
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#6
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
PCB color, slot color, and heatsink design are not finalized, according to my biostar contact. You know the drill about how mobo makers show off unfinished boards at tradeshows.
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#7
micropage7
btarunr
PCB color, slot color, and heatsink design are not finalized, according to my biostar contact. You know the drill about how mobo makers show off unfinished boards at tradeshows.
somehow i prefer teaser than showing half baked product
if not finalized only God knows what is going to be
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#8
ironwolf
DDR4 support? Curious if this will be dual or quad channel.
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#9
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Nope. Dual-channel DDR4/DDR3.
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#10
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Caring1
Since when has lack of official specifications stopped release of a product.
Ummm, PCI-E has always had spec come before implementation. How would people know what to implement if the spec isn't complete? The only exception to that rule might be SB-E which theoretically supported PCI-E 3.0 but, not quite. However even at that point, the PCI-E 3.0 spec was already out (2010).
ironwolf
DDR4 support? Curious if this will be dual or quad channel.
Why would they put HEDT functionality on a mainstream platf
Shamonto Hasan Easha
3 PCIe x16???!!!! And that v3.0!?!? I thought Skylake would come in PCIe 4.0 o_O
...and I thought specifications had to be made before they're implemented. :slap:
In fact, it's (x16/dc/dc) or (x8/x8/dc) or (x8/x4/x4) but yeah, I would expect PCI-E 3.0 for the next couple years. Even when the spec comes out next year, it will take time to develop it.
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Solaris17
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Any news on lituya bay?
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#12
Hrafn
btarunr
Nope. Dual-channel DDR4/DDR3.
If those are interchangeable DDR4/DDR3 slots, shouldn't they be (much shorter) UniDimm slots, not the full length DIMM slots that we see? (Not that I'm arguing about them being most likely to be dual-channel, mind.)
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