Biostar showcases its Hi-Fi Z170Z5, another motherboard that accepts both DDR3L or DDR4 memory. Initially, there was some confusion about boards like these as people assumed you could plug regular DDR3 memory into these memory slots. While nothing stops you from doing so, it's a really bad idea as usage of DDR3 memory at default voltages can damage your Intel Skylake processor. Therefore, only DDR3L (or regular DDR3 with 1.35V) can be used with these boards, which somewhat limits the appeal.
BIOSTAR’s latest Intel based motherboard features a DDR4 + DDR3 combo solution, Super Durable Solid Capacitors, and the BIOSTAR 6+ Experience. With BIOSTAR’s enhancements users will enjoy mainboards that have enhancements in these areas of BIOSTAR expertise: Audio+, Video+, Speed+, Protection+, Durability+ and DIY+.
BIOSTAR’s latest mainboard, the Hi-Fi Z170Z5 is based on Intel’s H170 chipset which is a single-chip design that supports Intel® 6th generation socket 1151 Intel® Core™ processors.
DDR4 or DDR3 Combo Memory:
The Biostar Hi-Fi H170Z5 features support of either DDR3 or DDR4 memory modules with 2-DIMM DDR3L-1866(OC)/1600/1333 for up to a 16G maximum capacity and 2-DIMM DDR4-2133/1866 for up to a 32G maximum capacity.
Audio+ for Great Audio Performance:
For music lover, the Hi-Fi Z170Z5 comes with Hi-Fi Technology built inside, delivering Blu-Ray audio, Puro Hi-Fi features an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio components with an independent power delivery design for a significant reduction in electronic noise producing superb sound quality.
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, the Hi-Fi Z170Z5 utilizes audio components with independent power designs for a significant reduction in electronic noise and superb sound quality.
For online game lovers, The Hi-Fi Z170Z5 supports DirectX 12 which 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.
With PCI-E 3.0 technology, there is 2 times the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0 and allows for up to 1GB/s of bandwidth per lane per direction.
Best Online Gaming Experience:
There is also BIOSTAR’s SmartSpeedLAN included which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. With user-friendly GUI, it allows you to select and prioritize different types of network traffic, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web surfing. You can also set any specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. SmartSpeedLAN can feature automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online gaming experience over other gamers.
Power up Your Smart Phones and Tablets:
The board features the latest BIOSTAR technologies such as Charger Booster II which will power up your smart phones and tablets quickly. There is also BIOS Flasher and BIOS Online Update for easy updating and restoration of the BIOS, as well as BIO-Remote2 for remote control of the system via Android and Apple devices. Also included is BIO-Remote2 Technology which gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple mobile devices are able to access and control the PC remotely. Your smart device can become an intelligent and functional remote control. Moreover, BIO-Remote2 also includes both the function of mouse pad and power point presentation modes.
Durability+ with Super Durable Solid Caps:
There are several design features that work towards providing a more durable motherboard on which to build a system. Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS is a low resistance design that can significantly reduce the current in energy loss. The Hi-Fi Z170Z5 also comes with the best quality solid state capacitors with ultra low ESR design, these Super Durable Solid Caps doubles the lifespan of the capacitors. Not only that, this board features a “Moistureproof” PCB design. That means that even in rural or coastal areas with high humidity the board will be resistant to moisture.
Protection+ Baked Into The Board:
USB Overcurrent Protection is an onboard dedicated power fuse to help prevent electrical USB port failure. This ESD protection (Electrostatic Discharge), prevents the USB Port from providing overcurrent. In addition, throughout strategic places on the board there are OVER-Current Protection, OVER-Voltage Protection, and OVER-Heat Protection safeguards. These are special circuit designs to detect heat and overvoltage conditions to prevent voltage surges from spreading in real time.
DIY+ with UEFI BIOS Technology
Many people love to do it yourself when building PCs and BIOSTAR fully supports the user in many innovative ways such as with BIOS features. UEFI BIOS is a modern and easy-to-use graphical user interface. The UEFI BIOS comes with a colorful easy-understand icons leading users directly into the setup layer. BIO-Remote 2 gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple products are able to access and control the PC remotely. This allows a smart device to become an intelligent and functional remote controller. In addition, the BIO-Remote2 feature also includes both the function of a mouse pad and a power point presentation controller.