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BIOSTAR Z370GT6 Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: 5 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

Packaging and Overview

 

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The box for the Z370GT6 has unique box art designed to showcase the motherboard's RGB LED capabilities. Packaging is decent and does a good job of protecting the motherboard.

 

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, IO shield, driver DVD, and manual.

 

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The Z370GT6 offers five PWM headers on the motherboard for fan control; they are circled in red. The headers can be configured through the UEFI or BIOSTAR's Racing utility in Windows. They can also power voltage mode fans, but without control. The motherboard has a unique color theme. It has a slightly brown tinted PCB with gold accents on the PCB and the heat sinks. The core and iGPU VRMs have heat sinks, and the design is unique. The back of the motherboard's PCB is bare of components, and for some reason, BIOSTAR has used a lot of solder, which looks to expend quality.

 

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 Keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 type-C, HDMI, DVI, 1Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio outputs.

 

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The PCI-E layout is simple, the first and second x16 slots that have reinforced shields, operate in x16/x0 or x8/x8 modes. The bottommost x16 slot is x4 PCI-E 3.0. There are also three x1 PCI-E 3.0 slots wired to the PCH. There are two M.2 slots, the bottom slot has an M.2 heat sink, and it only takes in PCI-E based M.2 drives and supports up to 32Gbps. The bottom M.2 slot that has the heat sink and shares its bandwidth with the last x16 (x4 electrical) slot.

 

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The top M.2 slot operates at x4 PCI-E 3.0 or in SATA mode, but in SATA mode, SATA3_1 is disabled. The motherboard has six SATA ports located right below the 24-pin connector, and they are angled straight up.

 

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We also get two USB 3.0 internal headers at the bottom of the motherboard. The motherboard has OC features such as a POST code display, LN2 Mode (down-gear to x8 on the CPU) switch, capacitive touch power, reset, Sport, and ECO buttons. We also get two RGB LED headers at the top right corner of the motherboard.

 

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We find a front panel header in the bottom right corner of the motherboard. Right above the front panel header is a clear CMOS header and to the left is a dual BIOS switch. On the bottom row of the motherboard, we find two USB 2.0 headers as well as HD audio and S/PDIF headers.

 

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While the PCH heat sink uses plastic pushpins, the two VRM heat sinks are screwed into the motherboard, and they make solid contact with the MOSFETs.

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