Here are key points about the BIOSTAR Z370GT6.
OC Features: The GT6 has multiple overclocking features in the top and bottom right corners of the motherboard. You get the handy POST code display, a capacitive touch panel, LN2 mode switch, and a dual BIOS switch. The capacitive touch panel is where you will find the power, reset, ECO, and SPORT buttons.
Unique Look: With a dark brown PCB with gold silkscreened designs, the PCB is one of the most unique of any Z370 motherboard. The silkscreen design also matches that of the shield and heat sinks. I assume it's meant to look like a piece of art, as the letter "R" is used to represent BIOSTAR's gaming theme. The RGB LEDs up and down the audio section also help make the GT6 one of the more unique motherboards.
Small Details and Quality: I was surprised that the GT6 had two USB 3.0 re-drivers near the rear IO to improve USB signal quality on the rear IO panel. The motherboard also features a surge protection IC for the LAN port to protect the board from high voltage discharges. The motherboard also used a good amount of solder on the joints, something that is typically minimized to reduce costs. If we look at the PCI-E slots, all of them have x16 solder leads, while only one slot is x16, the others are x8 and x4 slots. There are solder strips under the VRMs to help dissipate heat, and the rear IO panel structures use a lot more solder to secure parts than needed.
Intel LAN and ALC1220 Audio: Many vendors look to reduce costs by downgrading the LAN and audio controllers, but not on the GT6. We find the same high-quality i219v Intel LAN part and ALC1220 audio codec on the GT6 that we find on high-end Z370 motherboards.
UEFI OC: The only thing that bugged me is that BIOSTAR has set some sort of current limit, and the CPU throttled down on all cores in AVX scenarios when we overclocked it (and the AVX 256 and 512 offset ratios aren't present). XMP memory support also needs to be improved. Both these issues are BIOS fixes, so hopefully, BIOSTAR will make them soon.
The BIOSTAR Z370GT6 is an interesting motherboard, and since we don't know its price, we can't make finalized judgments on the motherboard. However, we know that BIOSTAR typically keeps motherboard prices very competitive, and we don't expect the GT6 to be priced very high. We found a few from Germany and Italy priced between $190 (no picture) to $200 (with picture), and since the Z270GT6 is priced between those two, we figure the retail Z370GT6 will be as well. The motherboard offers all platform features, including the proper amounts of USB 3.0 and SATA6Gb/s that the platform offers, as well as two M.2 slots rated at 32Gb/s. The positioning of the SATA6Gb/s ports and USB 3.0 headers is a bit troublesome; the SATA ports are located under the 24-pin power port, and the USB 3.0 headers are located all the way at the bottom of the motherboard.
I also like the new look of the new UEFI BIOS, BIOSTAR did a decent job with it. The Intel NIC, attention to detail, overclocking features, USB 3.1 type-C port, and platform features make the Z370GT6 a well-equipped motherboard, especially if its price is reasonable.
From what we have seen, the Z370GT6 is a solid motherboard, and it should hit the market soon.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: BIOSTAR's Z370GT6 is loaded with many of the latest features and if we look at the details, we see some high-quality practices and parts.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z370GT6 Overview]
- Page 3 [BIOSTAR Z370GT6 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [BIOSTAR Z370GT6 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]