At the same time that many competitors were trying to overwhelm us with a flurry of configurations, Biostar showed up at Computex to do whatever a Biostar does, serving value-minded configurations to the gaming and home media PC markets. Unfortunately, my camera didn't like the glass case that housed its top models.
While the camera did focus on the label, it continuously focused on reflections when I tried to get a shot of its Gaming Z170X. Blame the cameraman for not being able to manually focus while holding the camera above eye level, or look at the slot section in the photo on the left left to see how it differs from Biostar's next-level-down Gaming H170T:
Configuration information we gathered from photos and placards titillates:
|Gaming Z170X||Gaming H170T||Hi-Fi H170Z3||Hi-Fi B150Z5||Hi-Fi B150S1|
|Form Factor||ATX||ATX||Micro ATX||ATX||Micro ATX|
|Expansion Slots||3x x16 (x8-x4-x4), 3x x1||2x x16 (x16-x4), 2x x1, 2x PCI||1x x16, 1x x1, 2x PCI||x16, x4, x1, 3x PCI||1x x16, 2x x1|
|Memory Slots||4x DDR4||4x DDR3||2x DDR3L / 2x DDR4||2x DDR3L / 2x DDR4||2x DDR3L|
|Storage||2x 32 Gb/s 8x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)||1x 32 Gb/s 6x 6 Gb/s (4 for SATA-E)||1x 32 Gb/s 6x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)||6x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)||4x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)|
|Rear USB||1x USB 3.1 A+C, 4x USB 3.0||2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0||4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0||4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0||4x USB 3.0|
|Video||DVI-D, 2x HDMI||DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI||VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI||VGA, DVI-D, HDMI||DVI-D, VGA|
|Audio||5 Analog, 1 Optical||6 Analog||6 Analog||3 Analog||3 Analog|
|Network||2x Gig-E||2x Gig-E||1x Gig-E||1x Gig-E||1x Gig-E|
Those specs include updated Hi-Fi models, with higher part numbers offering enhancements such as 32 Gb/s M.2 on the Micro ATX Hi-Fi H170Z3 and gold-plated audio connectors on the full-ATX Hi-Fi B150Z5. Though it still carries the Hi-Fi brand, the B150S1 appears targeted towards lower budget markets.