Now, time for a closer look at the new BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 Motherboard and I can’t wait to share with you guys about it! So let’s get started now shall we?
As previously mentioned, the new BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 features their VIVID LED DJ and according to the photos I’ve seen, it looks AWESOME and I seriously can’t wait to power it up to see how it looks like.
I was told about the onboard LEDs but the overly-excited kid in me definitely didn’t bother remembering all that. Imagine the pleasant surprise I had when the board was powered up for the very first time and the board starting lighting up all over.
Looking at how the board clocked my Intel i7-6700K on its first boot, I was pleased to see a perfect stock profile without any “magical” BIOS tweaks for added performance. I’ve got no complains there!
VIVID LED DJ
Moving onto the part that I’m most excited for: changing the colours of the LEDs.
When you change the LED colour in the software provided by BIOSTAR, the LEDs on the MOSFET cooler, 5050 LED strip, and the onboard LEDs along the board’s edge all change their colour as well, so you can customize the board’s look to suit whatever added hardware you toss into the Biostar Racing Z170GT7. Pink or blue? No problemo!
Software User Interface
This is what the software looks like when you wanna toggle the LED lights. There are a total of 3 sections to the menus: the Mode, Colour and Sparkle. Let’s check them out one by one!
Under the “Mode” Menu, there are 3 options: Normal, ECO and Sport.
Pretty self-explanatory, the normal mode balances energy consumption and system performance.
Next up, ECO mode. Saves energy by slightly reducing system performance.
Highest performance level? Sounds great!
Moving to the “Colour” Menu, there’s a total of 3 options: Auto Mode, On and Off.
The LEDs will automatically change colour which is great if you can’t settle on which colour you want. 😛
Self-explanatory, obviously the LEDs will be on but it’ll stay as the colour that you select in the colour wheel. Matching colours with your other add-ons? Checked.
Well, it turns the LEDs off… Wasn’t that informative? ;P
Moving on! The “Sparkle” Menu seems to be pretty promising with 4 options: Permanent, Breathe, Shine and Shine & Music.
It keeps your LED on permanently in the colour you chose!
Your LED lights shine according to the average breathing rhythm, slowly getting brighter each time.
Your lights are gonna flash on and off repeatedly coz it’s cool to be flashy!
Shine & Music Mode:
The main difference between this mode and “Shine” mode is that the light will light up according to how loud your music is playing. Nifty trick! Sign me up on that!
Back to the Board
Alright guys, enough of the UI and back to fiddling with my own RACING Z170GT7!
The default colour with my board is yellow, but now lets change that!
The PCH heatsink lights up as well, its large “R” logo lit up in green. I’m not exactly a fan of green, but unfortunately the “R” logo does not change its colour along with the other LEDs. That’s a slight disappointment there, but turns out that the colour of the “R” logo is actually an indication of the CPU temperature! How awesome is that? It’s green when it’s of normal temperature, yellow when it has slightly higher temperature and red when the CPU is overheated! WOW!
With what I’ve seen so far, I’m mighty happy with the kind of customisation that I can have with this nifty board, and the UI seems really sleek too! Next time you see the board with the awesome red LED lights? That’s mine, NOT YOURS! 😛
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To check out the VIVID LED DJ function and the UI in action, check out this video:
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