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
“Those who have never used
“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”
from building and repairing pc’s (also those built by others) – DON’T BUY ASRock and Bioware – just don’t.
An former colleague of me sold a lot of Biostar/ASRock Systems. I still hate him for this!
Some of them stop working properly, if you add more than a graphics card to the system. Some weeks ago, i had a customers PC in for an upgrade. I had to test 4 WiFi Cards, to get it boot properly after installation. – thats all problems you don’t have on ASUS, MSI, EVGA or Gigabyte. But you get, what you pay for.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used a ASRock Board in my Server for years, and was happy (and aware of some Problems, that comes with that Board).
There is a market for this – especially for ASRock, who’s offering some “special” configurations other don’t.
But with Biostar its another Story. Most of them died within 2-3 Years, and had much more Problems than others don’t – for just 10-20 bucks more.
IMO: not worth it. – at least, it looks ok 😀
On the other hand – if you’re a “Gamer on a Budget”, and every Dollar/Euro counts – and if you’re just adding 8gig of standard RAM and only a midrange graphics card, you may be fine 😉
WHY IN THE FUCK IS A
WHY IN THE FUCK IS A REPUTABLE (WELL IT WAS REPUTABLE) FIRM LIKE PCPER WRITING ABOUT THESE FAGGOT ASS CHINKY FUCKS AT BIOSTAR??
HOLY FOOK IS THIS A NEW LOW.
REALLY JERMS, YOU HIT AN ALL TIME NEW FUCKING EPIC MEGA LOW WITH THIS.
BIOSTAR, THE cOMPANY THAT HAD 80 PERCENT FAILURE IN THE FIELD LAST GEN, Z97??
80 percent failure rate?
80 percent failure rate? Cite your source, bigot.
Eh…yeah….um…we’ll pass on the “Biostar” brand. Nothing but bad experiences. I remember the crappy board I had from them back in the Slot A AMD Athlon days. Not a pleasant memory. Oh well. This board doesn’t have a bad look to it though, but that is all I can say about it.
I had a Biostar 990fxe and
I had a Biostar 990fxe and it’s been fine for like 5 years with 8 core oc-ed to 4.8ghz