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BIOSTAR Racing Z170GTN Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

By Steven Bassiri from Nov 23, 2016 @ 10:40 CST
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

Circuit Analysis

 

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Removing the heat sinks does not reveal that much about the motherboard since many of the components are uncovered even with them installed.

 

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The VRM on the Z170GTN is in a 4+2 phase configuration for the CPU core and iGPU, and while that seems low, it is enough for a 6700K. BIOSTAR is using 5K capacitors, which should fair fine over the lifetime of the product.

 

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The Intersil ISL95824 4+2 phase hybrid-digital PWM controller. It has two integrated drivers for the four CPU core phases and a single integrated driver for the iGPU phases. BIOSTAR uses two ISL6608s for the remaining two CPU phases and a single ISL6608 for the second iGPU phase. Each phase consists of a high-side PowerPAK (Sinopower SM4377) and a low-side PowerPAK (Sinopower SM4364).

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