The following system was used to test the motherboard:
– CPU: Intel i5 12500
– RAM: Neo Forza Faye DDR4 32GB 4000MHz
– GPU: MSI RTX 3090 ti Suprim X
– HDD: N/A
– SSD: Neo Forza NFP075 2 TB
– PSU: Seasonic Prime TX-1000
– CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Master Liquid 240
– Case: be quiet! Silent Base 802 White
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After May Update)
Software used for testing the motherboard:
– Shadow of the Tomb Raider
– Cyberpunk 2077
– The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Biostar Z690 GTA Racing has an average price of $315 at the moment of this review. While not cheap, this motherboard is not expensive either, not for a Z690 motherboard that is. The main feature of the Biostar Z690 GTA Racing is the VRM, with a 17-Phase system, it will handle any CPU and a bit of overlocking as well. In addition, the VRM cooling is done with good heatsinks and two silent fans.
The performance of this motherboard is great, not only thanks to the good VRM system but to the high-quality components used as well. In fact, the Z690 GTA Racing will keep up even with high-end models from the competition, motherboards that cost double.
The design of this motherboard will be a hit or miss for many. This is due to the light blue color used which will not be easy to match, especially with some graphics cards and CPU coolers. However, if you are a fan of the Tron movies and graphic style, then the Biostar Z690 GTA Racing will be a great choice design wise.
The build quality is very good, on par with other high-end motherboards. There are no imperfections to be seen.
The features of the Biostar Z690 GTA Racing are good for the most part. The RGB system is simple, and can be controlled through software or the Bios.
The motherboard can handle up to three M.2 SSDs at the same time and an additional M.2 Wi-Fi network card. This brings us to the first shortcoming of this motherboard, the lack of a Wi-fi network card. While not including one is nothing new, it is not something desirable in a motherboard that is over $300. The second shortcoming of the Z690 GTA Racing is the lack of a digital POST display. While not a deal breaker, those types of displays are often used for real time CPU temperature.
In conclusion, the Biostar Z690 GTA Racing is a good gaming motherboard that will handle CPU overclocking with ease. This is due to the overbuilt VRM system and VRM heatsinks.
The design is unique; however, it will be harder to match than a usual motherboard. The build quality is good and the same can be said for the features offered by the motherboard. The only shortcomings of the Biostar Z690 GTA Racing are the lack of an included Wi-Fi network card and