Lots of phases: Intel B360 motherboards typically offer up only the bare minimum, but in this case, Biostar has gone above and beyond to double up phase components and offer a 6+4 phase VRM to support all types of Intel LGA1151 new generation CPUs.
Intel LAN: At this price point we don't expect to find high-end controllers like Intel's Gbit LAN controller, but here we see that controller. Many people area die-hard Intel LAN fans and this motherboard doesn't let them down. They even provide ESD surge protection they call SUPER LAN.
Lots of Upgrade Room: The motherboard features all six of Intel's SATA ports and dual M.2 slots. However, it also offers up six PCI-e slots of varying bandwidths, but all of them can work at the same time.
Dual BIOS ROMs: The motherboard features dual-BIOS ROMs for physical redundancy, so you should be all good when flashing the UEFI.
Some USB Stuff: We are nitpicking here, but we think the rear IO panel gives up too much space to iGPU outputs and little room to USB. We find five type-A headers and one type-C, and while two of those are USB 3.1, two are USB 3.0, while the remaining two are USB 2.0. The internal USB 3.0 internal header is positioned a bit further from the right edge of the motherboard, so for some case front USB 3.0 cables, it might be hard to reach.
The BIOSTAR B360GT5S is a solid and affordable B360 motherboard with features we didn't expect to find. For starters, we didn't expect to find an ALC 115dB SNR audio controller nor Intel's Gbit LAN controller. We are also happy to see that Biostar implemented two USB 3.1 ports. We like that one of the M.2 slots (the x4 PCI-E capable one) has a heat sink, but we aren't too impressed with the second x2 M.2 slot. We like that Biostar included all the provided SATA ports and most of the USB 3.0 ports. If you are in the market for a high-end B360 ATX motherboard, then give the Biostar B360GT5S.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: The Biostar B360GT5S motherboard surprised us with high-end controllers, a solid VRM, and a high amount of modern features we didn't expect at this price point.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and B360GT5S Overview]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [System IO Benchmarks]
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