Biostar Unveils Racing X570GT: An mATX Motherboard for AMD Ryzen 3000by Anton Shilov on August 5, 2019 11:00 AM EST
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- Ryzen 3000
The Micro-ATX form-factor seems to have walked into the crossfire between ATX and Mini-ITX in the recent years, and as a result, the mid-sized form factor isn't quite as prevalent as it once was. Nonetheless, since many inexpensive systems keep using mATX platforms, motherboard makers thankfully continue to support the form-factor. One of such manufacturers is Biostar, which has released its Racing X570GT Micro-ATX motherboard for AMD’s latest Ryzen 3000-series processors. This is the second mATX motherboard based on the AMD X570 chipset announced so far (as far as we are aware).
The Biostar Racing X570GT is a compact AMD X570 platform that supports AMD’s 2nd and 3rd Gen Ryzen processors and features a seven-phase digital VRM to ensure their stable operation. The motherboard carries four DDR4 memory slots for up to 128 GB of DRAM (up to DDR4-4000 speeds are supported, depending on CPU), one iron-reinforced PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, one M.2-2280 slot for SSDs with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, four SATA connectors (with RAID 0, 1, 10), and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots for add-on cards.
On the connectivity side of matters, the motherboard has a GbE port (controlled by Realtek’s RTL8111H chip and supporting Biostar’s protection against power surges), four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A along with two USB 2.0 connectors (additional USB connectors are supported via internal headers), a PS2 port, two display outputs (D-Sub and HDMI), and 7.1-channel audio connectors (enabled by Realtek’s ALC887 codec with an isolated circuit design). In addition, the motherboard features an RGB 12V LED header and a Digital 5V LED header that are used to control RGB LED strips, fans, memory modules, and so on.
Biostar’s Racing X570GT Micro-ATX motherboard does not carry any extra controllers to enable features like Wi-Fi or additional SATA ports, which will make it cheaper when compared to beefy competitors. Keeping in mind that the platform still supports the key feature of the AMD X570 platform: PCIe 4.0, the motherboard is good enough for most gamers. Unfortunately, for some reason Biostar decided not to enable USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports, but stuck to USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) connectors, which will be a disadvantage for those using high-performance external storage devices supporting 10 Gbps speeds.
|Biostar AMD X570 Micro-ATX Motherboard|
AMD's 2nd and 3rd Gen Ryzen APUs and CPUs
|Graphics||Integrated (APUs only)
PCIe 4.0 x16 slot
|Display Outputs||1 × HDMI
1 × D-Sub
|Memory||4 × DDR4 DIMM
Up to 128 GB of DDR4 (up to DDR4-4000+ in OC mode)
with or without ECC, depending on CPU
|Slots for Add-In-Cards||1 × PCIe 4.0 x16
2 × PCIe 3.0 x1
|Ethernet||Realtek RTL8111H GbE controller|
|Storage||M.2||1 × M.2-2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)|
|SATA||4 × SATA 6 Gbps|
|Audio||7.1-channel audio with analog outputs (ALC887)|
|USB||4 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
additional ports supported by internal headers
|Other I/O||Internal headers for audio and USB|
|Bundled Software||Racing GT EVO Utility
|Form-Factor||Micro-ATX (243 mm × 235 mm)|
Biostar will start selling the Racing X570GT Micro-ATX motherboard for AMD’s Ryzen 3000-series processors in the near future. The company has not announced details about its pricing, but given its configuration, expect this to be an entry-level AMD X570-powered platform.
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Foeketijn - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkI wonder how this company survives. For the almost 20 years I am in this industry, they've had some nice boards in the early 2000's but that's it. I never see them in stores, And online they are priced cheap withou a USP, but not dirt cheap. A bit like cheap asrock's.
Why would anybody buy such an important part of their computer from an unknown brand?
Or do they do this as side income next to producing for OEM's.
thesavvymage - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkI believe they primarily produce for OEMS. But anyways, the motherboard is designed to spec to support all compatible processors. As long as you dont overclock its not like your CPU is gonna just disintegrate or something, mobo is arguably the least important component for the majority of builders.
svan1971 - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkexcuse me WHAT ??? Next to the power supply and memory I'm not sure what could be more important for a stable build.
Samus - Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - linkI think what he meant is most motherboards are reference designs and few boards these days are actually "crap" you can't really go wrong with anything out there with an established name. Biostar is bottom of the food chain for sure, but they're not ECS or JetWay.
That said, they're not Asus or Supermicro either.
I'd consider a Biostar if it were free with a CPU like my last MSI board was (Microcenter was giving away free Z97 boards in the Haswell days, which made it a ridiculous value when you purchased a $90 G3258 and got a $90 board free. That said, the MSI board was indeed a pretty crappy Z97 board. Military-class it said, only to exhibit coil whine along with some severe early BIOS bugs that were eventually addressed.
And that's the name of the game here: support. Boards are all pretty good. Support isn't. This is where I think Asus and Supermicro go above and beyond. Asrock has terrible support in my experience. Haven't touched any Gigabyte products in over 10 years but back in the Athlon days their support was pretty terrible too, opting not to support new CPU's with BIOS updates.
airdrifting - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkIt's funny if you think ASRock's board is cheap, you clearly haven't seen some of the low end ASUS / MSI boards with like 3-4 VRM. In fact in the same price range, ASRock/Gigabyte boards almost always come out on top.
lmcd - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkNot sure on that one, Gigabyte firmware has been pretty suspect. ASRock firmware hasn't been too bad as far as I understand it but I'd hesitate before recommending Gigabyte.
Samus - Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - linkairdrifting, you've gotta be joking. ASRock is the bastard child of Asus. They're literally just cheap Asus boards with poor support.
norazi - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkI think they are an OEM manufacturer like Foxconn... so their retail products are just a side gig.
Marlin1975 - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkWhat about the phase power design? Power chip manufacture?
Looks light on the power delivery system from just looking at it. Not sure I trust a 16core CPU on that board. But I am glad to see some mATX boards starting to come out.
Flunk - Monday, August 5, 2019 - linkEven the cheapest boards are designed to support all compatible processors at stock clocks. What you wouldn't want to use this for is overclocking.