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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




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





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.




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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