BIOSTAR Unveils New Skylake Racing Series Motherboards

Is there any better way of kicking off a new year than releasing a brand new line of products? BIOSTAR doesn’t seem to think so as they’ve just announced their latest Racing Series of gaming oriented motherboards.

The new BIOSTAR Z170GT7, B150GT5, and H170GT3 all feature a slick checkered racing design on top of an I/O armor, a growingly popular design choice that provides protection from dust. Moreover, the motherboards are also rocking Biostar’s vivid LED DJ technology and 5050 headers, which allows users to not only personalize onboard lighting effects to match their own build theme but also control any additional LED strips. Other features we have come to expect from gaming/enthusiast grade motherboards are present, such as dual BIOS, HiFi audio, and automatic overclocking.

Specifications

  Z170GT7 B150GT5 H170GT3
CPU LGA 1151 Processor LGA 1151 Processor LGA 1151 Processor
Power 9phase 7phase 7phase
Chipset Z170 Z170 / B150 Z170 / B150
Capacitor 100% Solid 100% Solid 100% Solid
Memory 4xDIMM, support DDR4-3200 4xDIMM, support DDR4-2133 4xDIMM, support DDR4-2133
Expansion Slot 4 x PCI-E x16 3.0

3 x PCI-E x1  3.0

1 x M.2 32Gb/s (42/60/80mm)

2 x PCI-E x16 3.0

1 x PCI-E x1  3.0

3 x PCI

2 x PCI-E x16 3.0

2 x PCI-E x1  3.0

1 x M.2 32Gb/s (42/60/80mm)

Audio 7.1ch Blu-ray Audio w/ Double Hi-Fi 7.1ch Blu-ray Audio w/ Double Hi-Fi 7.1ch Blu-ray Audio w/ Hi-Fi
LAN Intel i219V Intel i219V Intel i219V
Storage 3 x SATA Express  16Gb/s 4 x SATA 6Gb/s

1 x SATA Express  16Gb/s

2x SATA 6Gb/s

1 x SATA Express  16Gb/s

Video Output DVI-D, 2 x HDMI, VGADVI-D , HDMI, VGADVI-D ,   2*HDMI
USB Connection 1USB 3.1 (TYPE C )

8USB3.0  (2+5)

4USB 2.0 (4+0)

6USB3.0  (2+4)

6USB 2.0 (4+2)

8USB3.0  (4+4)

4USB 2.0 (2+2)

Feature Vivid LED DJ/ Smart Ear/

BIO-Remote2 / BIOS Online Update

Vivid LED DJ/ Smart Ear/
BIO-Remote2 / BIOS Online Update
Vivid LED DJ/ Smart Ear /

BIO-Remote2 / BIOS Online Update

Pricing is yet to be announced but looking at the information we have on paper, it appears that BIOSTAR is appealing for a higher end crowd. BIOSTAR has been working on this market for a couple generations now and it’ll be interesting to see how they plan to market these products against heavyweights such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI.

 

Alex Lin: Tech Enthusiast, Devoted Gamer, Senior Editor.