Review: BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 Motherboard

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While everyone is paying attentions to the imminent launches of Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, there are a few of us who are still looking for an existing motherboard due to urgency and don’t want to be the early adopters for certain reason.

For overclocking enthusiasts, BIOSTAR is no stranger when it comes to excellent range of motherboards. During the Core 2 Duo era, the BIOSTAR T-Power I45 series has been highly recognized as the king of FSB for its capability to achieve an outstanding 600MHz overclock. As the competition between the three big brands intensifies, it has become increasingly difficult for other vendors including BIOSTAR to maintain their market share.

In these recent years, BIOSTAR’s efforts to regain the market share in the motherboard industry can be seem with the introduction of the new gaming lineup in the form of RACING series. With us today is the BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 motherboard, which is based around the Intel H170 chipset. While it would not be as feature-rich as the other higher-end Z170 offerings, the H170 solution is good enough for budget savers who just want a motherboard that can serve them well for various purposes. Is this BIOSTAR motherboard up to the test? Read ahead to find out.

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Intel 100-Series Chipset Comparison.

Product Link: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=824

Suggested Retail Price:  RM 449


 

Specifications

As the name suggests, the BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 is rocking on the Intel H170 chipset and the LGA1150 CPU socket, supporting the current Skylake desktop processors. There are four DIMM slots which support up 64GB of capacity and DDR4-2133 MHz of memory frequency in dual channel. Connectivity includes a pair of SATA3 6Gb/s ports, six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one M.2 socket running off PCIe 3.0 x4 lane for an ultra-fast 32Gb/s transferring speed.

You can find two full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slots as well as a pair of PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. The primary slots can run at 16 lanes for single card solution and x16/x4 mode for dual card solution. The latter means the motherboard can support up to 2-way AMD’s CrossFireX while NVIDIA’s SLI technology is not supported due to the x4 lane minimum restriction by the Green camp. For the best gaming experience, BIOSTAR has incorporated Realtek’s ALC887 8-channel audio codec as well as a Gigabit Ethernet LAN wired to the best-in-class Intel I219-V controller.

Featuring a Micro-ATX (MATX) form factor, the motherboard measures 24.4 cm x 23.0 cm in dimensions. It is a perfect motherboard for those who are looking for a small and compact build. In case you’re not aware, this BIOSTAR motherboard was featured in our review of the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3.

 

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Product Features

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Beyond Better, Racing to the Future!

BIOSTAR is proud to introduce the flagship of the new RACING series: RACING H170GT3 motherboard. Flaunting the new Super 5 Design Concept, the BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 features support the latest Intel 6th generation Core processors featuring the Intel H170 chipset. The board supports up to four DDR4 memory modules of speeds up to DDR4-2133 with capacities of up to 64GB.

 

SUPER POWER

More durable, more powerful with durable materials and which also comes with a new feature, Racing Dual BIOS, providing you with more protection against BIOS failure.

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  1. Super Durable Ferrite Choke

Super Durable Ferrite Choke brings the benefits of of higher current capacity, lower energy loss and better power stability

  1. Super Durable Solid Caps

The best quality solid state capacitors with ultra low ESR design, the Super Durable Solid Caps doubles its lifespan.

  1. Low latency/ Low-Power Intel LAN

Unlike ordinary LAN solution, Intel LAN offers fewer CPU resource consumption and more bandwidth stability. Thus, Intel LAN is the best choice for performance seekers.

  1. SATA Express 16Gb/s

New generation SATA Express standard with speed up to 16Gb/s, almost 2 times faster than SATA Express 10Gb/s.

  1. PCI-e M.2 32Gb/s

PCI-e M.2 32Gb/s is the latest storage interface, it delivers the highest bandwidth and lower latency, It’s 3 times faster compared with PCI-e M.2 10Gb/s.

  1. Dual BIOS, Dual Protection

Dual BIOS technology offers a backup BIOS chip to take over the failed main BIOS and recover the system automatically without factory repair.

 

SUPER EASY

Touch control & friendly UI design

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CONVENIENT GT TOUCH

The GT Touch features an exclusive Sport and ECO Mode. Under Sport mode, the system boosts the performance automatically. Under ECO mode, the system optimizes energy consumption without sacrificing performance.

 

SUPER SOUND

Enjoy music, movie, and gaming with the exclusive Hi-Fi zone design. This offers you an exceptional audio experience.

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  1. Hi-Fi Ground Design

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Ground ( Golden Line ) is a noise-blocking multi-layer PCB design to isolate analog audio signals from digital sources.

  1. Hi-Fi Cap
  2. Hi-Fi AMP

Driver major high-end headphones with over 100dB loads. Wide band-width, low noise, high slew rate , low distortion audio source from the system front panel or rear Line-out port.

  1. ESD 15,000V Proof

 

SMART EAR

Smart EAR is a windows-based audio utility which allows you to easily adjust system volume and optimize your headphone performance.

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SUPER FUN

Let’s party with Vivid LED DJ and enjoy more fun with Racing’s DIY features.

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5050 LED FUN

Further extending the BIOSTAR custom LED lighting options is the ability to add LED strips directly from the motherboard via compatible 5050 headers. BIOSTAR’s 5050 LED Fun extends the customization options of VIVID LED DJ allowing a full system lighting setup to be controlled from one central interface. BIOSTAR Racing motherboard comes with the exclusive 5050 LED FUN feature for DIY lovers. You can connect LED strip with on-board 5050 header directly and control it via Vivid LED DJ.

 

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Let’s party with BIOSTAR VIVID LED DJ!

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Product Overview

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1              Checkered Flag Silk-screen Print
2              Carbon Fiber like Heatsink
3              GT TOUCH
4              Dual BIOS
5              SATA Express Connector
6              4-DIMM DDR4-2133 Slots
7              PCIe M.2(32Gb/s)
8              Hi-Fi 7.1ch Blu-ray Audio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio+ 

Hi-Fi Hi-Fi

A combination of exclusive hardware & software design including “ground-isolation circuit design”,”an independent audio power”, and “a built=on-board amplifier”, with all these hardware features gives you the best audio quality and performance. As for software, we offer you a free bundle utility “Multi-Channel Calibration” which normally you’ll find in high level sound systems; this feature allows you to auto detect your location; with a user friendly interface, you can easily adjust the volume of every speakers to make a well balanced surround sound. And of course, the built-on-board amplifier always gives you a super powerful sound comparing to other motherboards.

Hi-Fi Power

Audio power is an important factor in audio quality. Most AV equipment isolates the power supply for each analog and digital signal to gather high-quality sound reproduction. Equipped with BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Power technology, it will utilize audio components with independent power design for a significant reduction in electronic noise and superb sound quality.

Hi-Fi Ground

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Ground ( Golden Line ) is noise-blocking multi-layer PCB design to isolates analog audio signals from digital sources. Unique PCB layout is ideal for exceptional clarity and high fidelity sound.

Hi-Fi Sound

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards have a sampling rate of 192kHz/24-bit which delivers a high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers and high-end headphone. You can enjoy real Blu-ray grade high-definition sound that you’ve never experienced before.

Hi-Fi AMP

The built-in amplifier can drive major high-end headphones with over 100dB loads and offer wide band-width, low noise, high slew rate and low distortion audio source from front panel I/O. Gaming enthusiasts can enjoy a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion.

Smart Ear

Smart EAR is a windows-based audio utility which allows you to easily adjust system volume. With its user-friendly GUI, you can also increase or decrease impedance setting (Low/High Gain) to optimize your headphone performance. You can easily enjoy high-quality and awesome sound.

Hi-Fi Resistor

Metal-oxide film resistors are made of metal oxides such as tin oxide. The electric characteristics are greater stability and reliability than regular metal film resistors when operating in an extremely broad working temperature range. This special component is used in applications with high endurance audio demands.

Hi-Fi Cap

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards come with high quality ‘Non-Polarized Electrolysis Electric audio capacitors’ for each audio channel circuit. The customized audio capacitors deliver low noise, low distortion, and wide bandwidth to achieve the highest sound resolution and sound expansion. The critical component will ensure the most realistic sound effects to gaming enthusiasts.

Hi-Fi 110dB+

Embrace exceptional sound quality for the win with 110dB SNR and stylish and efficient EMI shield blocks electromagnetic interference to help provide cleaner audio. It has achieved a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 110dB, yielding almost loss-less audio form rear audio connectors.

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Video+

HDMI 4K2K HDMI 4K2K

The new 4K2K resolution enables high-definition image display with four times the resolution of full HD ,4K2K display is faithfully express bright, highly detailed content that fills the entire screen with lifelike images. Connectivity with PCs via a single HDMI cable for displaying 4K2K data.

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DVI

DVI is better than VGA for LCD displays since it is digital while VGA is analog. For LCD displays, the picture is digitized pixel per pixel. Through DVI, the panel gets data for each pixel, so the picture generated in the Graphics device matches the pixels on the panel itself.

DX12

DirectX 12 introduces the next version of Direct3D, the graphics API at the heart of DirectX. Direct3D is one of the most critical pieces of a game or game engine, and we’ve redesigned it to be faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 enables richer scenes, more objects, and full utilization of modern GPU hardware.

 

Speed+

PCI-e M.2 32Gb/s PCI-e M.2 32Gb/s

PCI-e M.2 32Gb/s is the latest storage interface, it delivers the highest bandwidth and lower latency. It’s 3 times faster compared with PCI-e M.2 10Gb/s.

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Charger Booster

Charger booster is the best and efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPad, iPhone. Basically, Charger booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any apple goods connecting to our Motherboard. With charger booster technology, you are able to charge your apple devices up to 42 % faster.

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SATA Express 16Gb/s SATA Express 16Gb/s

New generation SATA Express standard with speed up to 16Gb/s and meets SATA specifications.

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PCI-E Gen 3.0

PCI-E 3.0 is the next evolution of the ubiquitous and general-purpose PCI Express I/O standard. At 8GT/s bit rate, the interconnect performance bandwidth is doubled over PCI-E 2.0, while preserving compatibility with software and mechanical interfaces.

USB 3.0

Experience Fastest data transfers at 5 Gbps with USB 3.0–the new latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and backward compatible with previous USB 2.0 components.

Dual DDR4

The primary advantages of DDR4 over DDR3, include higher module density, lower voltage requirements, coupled with higher data transfer rate.

 

Durable+

Super Durable Solid Caps Super Durable Solid Caps

The best quality solid state capacitors with ultra low ESR design, the Super Durable Solid Caps doubles the lifespan.

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Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS

Low resistance design can significantly reduce the current out of energy loss.Low temperature, small size, excellent thermal conductivity.

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Super Conductive Heatsink Design

Massive heatsink design provides super fast heat dissipation, high stability and reliability for extreme performance.

100% Solid Caps

With armor-plated Biostar Technology, all capacitors are placed with 100% solid capacitors that have a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components.

Protection+

Dual BIOS Dual BIOS

Dual BIOS technology offers a backup BIOS chip to take over the failed main BIOS and recover the system automatically without factory repair.

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Super Anti-Surge Protection Super Anti-Surge Protection

BIOSTAR exclusive Anti-Surge design provides the best protection of board and extends the product life. Having the latest model of “Transient Voltage Suppressor” on- board can effectively protect the board circuit, reducing the shocks caused by ESD as well as other damages arising from overvoltage transients to enhance system durability.

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Super LAN Surge Protection Super LAN Surge Protection

Super LAN Surge Protection, providing LAN port with more advanced antistatic protection capabilities by adding an integrated chip to strengthen electrical stability and prevent damage from lightning strikes and electrical surges. SLSP (Super LAN Surge Protection) series motherboard upgrades the existing system protection standards with maximum 4X protection comparing to other board makers.

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ESD Protection ESD Protection

ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) is the major factor to destroy PC by electrical overstress(EOS) condition, ESD occurred by PC users when touch any devices connect to PC, which may result in damage to motherboard or parts .ESD protection is designed to protect the motherboard and equipment from damage by EOS

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USB Polyswitch

On board dedicated power fuse to help prevent USB port failure. It prevents USB Port overcurrent and safegurand your system and device lifespan.

BIOS Virus Protection

When enabled, the BIOS will protect the boot sector and partition table by halting the system and flashing a warning message whether there’s an attempt to write to these areas.

OC / OV / OH Protection

All BIOSTAR special circuit design detects overvoltage conditions and prevents voltage surges from spreading in real time. It also actively cuts off the overvoltage supply to protect your system. Over current protection, avoid motherboard from damage when doing overclock or an unusual current import. Over heat protection, avoid motherboard & CPU from burning when exceeding the temperature limitation.

 

DIY+

Vivid LED DJ Vivid LED DJ

Racing Series exclusively features on-board LED design. Via the creative Vivid LED DJ application, you can control and modify the colours of LED on MOS heatsink and on the edge of board. When you play music, it can perform LED light show, following melody. Moreover, Vivid LED DJ features options for designing LED visual effect, including Normal, Eco, and Sports mode on your own. Racing Series with Vivid LED DJ make your PC a coolest gaming base ever.

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5050 LED FUN 5050 LED FUN

BIOSTAR Racing motherboard comes with the exclusive 5050 LED FUN feature for DIY lovers. You can connect LED strip with on-board 5050 header directly and control it via Vivid LED DJ.

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GT TOUCH

GT Touch features exclusive Sport and ECO Mode. Under Sport mode, the system boosts the performance automatically. Under ECO mode, the system optimizes energy consumption. Besides, users could define onboard LED configuration for ECO and Sport Mode respectively via Vivid LED DJ.

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RACING UEFI BIOS RACING UEFI BIOS

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a brand new framework that provides a revolutionary interface. It is a modern clear and easy-to-use graphical user interface. The UEFI comes with a colorful easy-understand icons leads users into the setup layer directly.

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Header Zone

Users can easily assemble their own computer, a simple-swap data discs and other accessories.

BIO-Remote2 Technology is featuring users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android mobile or Apple goods are able to access and control your PC remotely; At this moment, you’re smart device became a intelligent and functional remote controller; more than that, BIO-Remote2 also includes both function of mouse pad and power point presentation mode.

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Super Durable Box Header provides solid, secure and durable connections between motherboard and peripheral cables.

 

CPU-Chipset Features

The Intel H170 chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1151 Intel 6th generation Intel Core processor-based platform. Provides excellent performance and increased bandwidth and stability. Intel H170 chipset can also enable iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance. The PC platform features improved adaptive performance that adds speed when you need it. When combined with advanced system responsiveness, the platform delivers the ultimate PC experience.

 

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