Packaging and Overview
BIOSTAR's racing theme is still in full swing, and the Z270GT6 plays right into the theme. On the box is also BIOSTAR's free 240GB SSD promotion. Packaging is decent; the motherboard should arrive unharmed.
The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, an IO shield, RGB LED extension cable, a 240GB SSD, driver DVD, and manual.
BIOSTAR's Z270GT6 has five fan headers circled in red, and they are all PWM mode headers. That means if you plug in a 3-pin DC mode fan, it will run at full speed. That is because 3-pin DC mode fans need the motherboard to regulate the voltage on the second pin, while PWM mode fans take in 12v and then regulate speed themselves based on the 4th pin on the header which sends a PWM signal to the fan.
The motherboard's aesthetics are not that bad. While I am not a fan of the racing flag silk screen, I do like the fact that the motherboard is mostly black. If you are worried about the silk screen, do not be. It will fade into the background in a case. The rear of the motherboard is bare of any major components; just some larger solder strips are present to help with VRM cooling.
The rear IO panel features PS/2 keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.0 type-C, HDMI, DVI, Gbit LAN, and gold plated audio outputs.
The PCI-E layout on this motherboard is not what you might think. The first x16 slot is wired x16 to the CPU. The second and third x16 slots are wired x4 to the PCH. They can be used for PCI-E based storage devices and support RST. The M.2 slot also shares bandwidth with the first slot. The U.2 connector shares bandwidth with SATA4_4U/4L. There are six SATA6Gb/s ports, four of them are at a 90-degree angle.
The M.2 slot has its own heat sink, and it is not a very thin piece of metal. It has a nice heat pad and actually has some fins integrated into it. It is one of the better M.2 heat sinks I have seen recently.
At the top of the motherboard is a touch pad sensor, which offers power, reset, ECO, and Sport buttons. An LN2 switch is located in the upper right-hand corner; it will shift CPU frequency to 800MHz on-the-fly when engaged. There is also a POST code display in between the second and third PCI-E x16 slots.
The bottom row of the motherboard features two USB 2.0 headers, a USB 3.0 header, and an audio header. Two of the six SATA6Gb/s ports are angled straight up, and they are located below the 24-pin power connector.
Two DIP sockets hold the 64Mbit BIOS ROMs, and there is a physical switch to choose which to use. There are two 5050 RGB LED headers on the motherboard; one right near the front panel headers and another near the CPU fan header.
The PCH heat sink uses push pins while the VRM heat sink uses screws.
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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]