Biostar Racing Z270GT4 Review 3

Biostar Racing Z270GT4 Review

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It wasn't until this mATX board, the Biostar Racing Z270GT4, showed up that I realized I have not had the chance to play with a mATX motherboard in a long time. A real long time. It seems most users favor either mITX or full ATX products, but the mATX form factor allows manufacturers to give us full-size ATX CPU power regulation, 4 DIMM slots, and just a few expansion slots, making for a smaller PC for those users who only use a single VGA, but who might also like to use another PCIe device, such as a sound card or a RAID controller.

When I was thinking about who might actually benefit from the use of mATX boards, and why they had kind of dropped from my mind completely for maybe a year or two, I recalled that I myself used many mATX boards before getting into high-performance PCs. Simply put, they were more affordable. They also allow you to build a slightly smaller PC, although these days, mITX and others do smaller PCs better, I think.

Enter the Biostar Z270GT4. Biostar is the epitome of decent entry-level affordability. The Biostar Racing Z270GT4 is not. We've got lights, dual BIOS, touch-pad buttons? An LN2 switch!?! While all that may seem like normal stuff for a high-end product, this here Biostar Racing Z270GT4 stays true to Biostar's mainstream focus of providing affordable parts; the Biostar Racing Z270GT4 costs just a bit over US$100!


CPU Support:Intel 7th and 6th Gen Core Processors
Power Design: CPU Power: 6+1 phase
Memory Power: 1 phase
Chipset:Intel Z270
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, Max. 64 GB; Supports 3200 MHz+(OC)
Expansion Slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
2x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
1x Ultra M.2 slot
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s port
1x U.2 (Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
Networking:1x Giga PHY Intel I219-V
Rear Ports: 1x PS/2 mouse / keyboard port
1x DVI port
1x HDMI port
1x DisplayPort
1x VGA port
3x USB 3.0 Type-A port
1x USB 3.0 Type-C port
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x LAN port
6x Audio jacks
Audio:Realtek ALC892 Audio CODEC
Fan Headers:3x 4-pin
Form Factor:mATX form factor; 9.6" x 9.6"
Exclusive Features:
  • Racing GT Utility
  • BullGuard
  • 5050 LED FUN ZONE
  • Supports PURO Hi-Fi (Front)
  • 100% Solid capacitor
  • Rapid Debug3
  • Charger Booster
  • BIOS Online Update
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