Here are key points about the BIOSTAR Z270GT6.
Free 240GB SSD: The current price of the Z270GT6 is $189.99, and it comes with a free 240GB SATA6G SSD. The cheapest 240GB SSD I could find on Newegg is $64.99, and if we subtract it from the price of the motherboard we get a $125 motherboard, and the Z270GT6 is an excellent value at that price evaluation. Most people will get an SSD around the 240GB capacity anyways since you would be mad to build a PC these days without one. The included SSD offers good performance too.
M.2, U.2, and Two PCI-E x4 Slots: The Z270GT6 has the latest in storage technologies including M.2, U.2, and two PCI-E x4 slots wired to the PCH and capable of accepting NVMe storage device. Many of the fastest drives these days come in the M.2 or AIC (PCI-E) form factors, and you have many options with the Z270GT6.
Overclocking Features: I didn't expect to find many overclocking features on the Z270GT6, but I did find touch capable power, reset, ECO, and Sport buttons, an LN2 switch (to downclock to 800MHz on-the-fly), a dual BIOS switch, and a POST Code display. The BIOS also has the right settings you will need to overclock the motherboard.
Intel LAN with Protection: BIOSTAR made sure to using Intel's latest LAN controller and provided it with Super LAN, which is an ESD protection surface mount device.
RGB LEDs: The Z270GT6 has not one, but two 5050 RGB LED headers. I am also a huge fan of the RGB implementation in the VRM heat sink. However, I am not a fan of the audio section's RGB implementation, but that doesn't mean you might not like it.
M.2 Heatsink: I have seen some really wimpy M.2 heat sinks come with motherboards, but the one that comes with the Z270GT6 isn't one of them. The heat sink comes with a hefty thermal pad, has one metal layer, then some fins, and another metal layer. It's a real heat sink and not just there for looks.
VRM Is Basic: The Z27GT6 has a very basic VRM, perhaps the lowest I would go with if you are going to overclock to 5GHz.
Use the Memory Compatibly List: BIOSTAR has a memory compatibility list on their website, I recommend you use it when selecting memory.
No USB 3.1: While the motherboard does have a type-C USB connector, it's USB 3.0 not USB 3.1.
The Z270GT6 with the bundled 240GB SSD is an excellent value product. At the $189 price point, the motherboard isn't that loaded, but if we factor in the price of the SSD or a comparable one, it transforms into really great value. The motherboard does look decent and would be an excellent motherboard for an all-black build that uses RGB LEDs. The white silkscreen easily blends into the background inside a case so that you can choose your own color scheme.
I really love the VRM heat sink's RGB LEDs, the M.2 heat sink, and the fact that the motherboard offers almost every premium feature you might want on a Z270 motherboard. The overclocking features are also a nice touch. I was very surprised to see a POST code display on the motherboard, and the capacitive touch panel is a cool gadget to show friends.
If you want a cool little motherboard and were planning on getting an SATA SSD for your new build, the Z270GT6 is excellent value and is worth a look.
|Performance (including Overclocking)||87%|
|Quality including Design and Build||88%|
|Bundle and Packaging||93%|
|Value for Money||96%|
The Bottom Line: With the free bundled 240GB SSD, the latest in premium storage features, and crowd-pleasing aesthetics, BIOSTAR's Z270GT6 makes for an excellent value buy all considered.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z270GT6 Overview]
- Page 3 [BIOSTAR Z270GT6 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [BIOSTAR Z270GT6 Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]