Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2016 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: biostar, racing z170gt7, Z170, Intel
Biostar has a mixed reputation online, one similar to ASRock. Those who have never used one despise the brand on the basis of reading that some guy somewhere once had some sort of problem with one. Those who have used them are aware that they have some quirks but are decent boards when used for what they were designed for and don't tend to have significantly more issues than other brands.
With the Racing Z170GT7, Biostar is venturing out of its comfort zone as you do not expect to see an LN2 switch on one of their products, nor on a motherboard costing around $130. It is not light on features either, four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, an M.2 port and three SEx ports which are set up to be available as SATA 6Gbps ports as well. The motherboard also has aesthetic heatsinks and 256 colour LEDs, all of which add up to something new from Biostar. Check out the board in action over at TechPowerUp ... or not.
"The Biostar Racing Z170GT7 is a fully-featured high-performance platform that includes an LN2 switch. Unlike previous motherboards from Biostar that were affordable with more basic features, this one has everything a gamer would want and does very well in our testing."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 @ eTeknix
- GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z170A GAMING M5 @ eTeknix
- ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming @ Kitguru
- ASRock E3V5 WS Super Alloy Motherboard @ eTeknix
Subject: Systems | May 2, 2016 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: build guide
Though this post did not quite make it in time for the title, the components are not going to be any different in The Tech Reports April System's Guide. Similar to our own HWLB, The Tech Report breaks out their recommendations into several price points to accommodate those who are on a budget as well as those for whom the sky is not the limit. In most cases there are two recommendations for each level of spending, GPUs are certainly an exception as the market is incredibly crowded at the moment and discounts often impact a buyers final decision. Pop on over to take a look at the components they chose for those of you doing some spring cleaning inside your PCs.
"In this edition of The Tech Report's System Guide, we examine the CPUs, graphics cards, memory, cases, power supplies, and other parts that system builders will need to power Oculus' Rift and HTC's Vive VR headsets."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH Braswell Mini PC @ Missing Remote
- Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro Gaming PC @ eTeknix
- ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC @ Kitguru
- Gladiator Computers BATTALION 800 Gaming PC @ eTeknix
- Building your first Custom Designed Watercooled PC: Part 2 @ Kitguru
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