Biostar Z270GT8 Review 5

Biostar Z270GT8 Review

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What happens when a brand that mostly focuses on entry-level stuff offers a high-end product? Well, you get what we have here, the Biostar Z270GT8. A full-size motherboard with all the bells and whistles, the Biostar Z270GT8 offers something no other board I have had my hands on for Intel's Z270 platform offers... the Biostar Z270GT8 has a total of six PCIe x16 slots. Six! Given the limited PCIe connectivity that is native on the platform, the Biostar Z270GT8 definitely caught my interest.

So you are of course wondering how those slots connect to the CPU and what connectivity they have. I was too. According to the box, there are two PCIe 3.0 x16 and four PCIe 3.0 x4 slots. Might make for a great base for a bitcoin rig, perhaps? Mix that in with Biostar's excellent audio designs, a couple U.2 ports, USB 3.1 Type-C, RGB LED functions, and a host of other features, like dual BIOSes and such, and you've got what appears to be a rather excellent base for a decent high-end rig. While Biostar might not be the first name you think of for decent high-end products, it is clear that they are making an effort to change that.


CPU Support:Intel 7th and 6th Gen Core Processors
Power Design: CPU Power: 12+1 phase
Memory Power: 1 phase
Chipset:Intel Z270
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, Max. 64 GB; Supports 3600 MHz+(OC)
Expansion Slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
4x PCIe 3.0 x4 slot
1x Ultra M.2 slot
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s port
2x 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 HDMI 1.4b port
1x HDMI 2.0 port
1x DisplayPort
4x USB 3.0 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Type-C port
1x USB 3.1 Type-A port
1x LAN port
6x Audio jacks (includes optical output)
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio CODEC
Fan Headers:5x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX form factor; 305 mm x 244 mm
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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