Biostar is off to the Mini-ITX races with its Z170GTN mobo


— 3:26 PM on September 13, 2016

Mini-ITX PCs seem to be growing in popularity of late, but there aren't many of those tiny motherboards to choose from with Z170 chipsets. Biostar is throwing another option into the ring with its Z170GTN. This board, part of the company's premium "Racing" series, offers just about everything a Mini-ITX builder might want. It's got an M.2 2280 slot on its back side with four PCIe 3.0 lanes hooked up, an M.2 2230 connector for Wi-Fi cards, and the now-requisite RGB LED lighting on its chipset and VRM heatsinks.

The Z170GTN's rear I/O cluster offers four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DVI outs, two USB 2.0 ports, and a PS/2 port for old-school gamers. Intel's I219V controller powers the board's built-in Gigabit Ethernet port. Some might miss the USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and USB Type-C connector that are absent from this board, though. A Realtek ALC892 codec powers 7.1 analog outputs and an S/PDIF optical output. Four SATA ports and a U.2 port round out the expansion options. If the RGB LEDs on board aren't enough, the Z170GTN has a header for controlling 5050 LED strips, as well. Biostar didn't offer pricing or availabilty info.

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