Biostar Unveils Racing X570GTA Motherboardby Gavin Bonshor on October 21, 2019 1:00 PM EST
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Adding to its small X570 product stack, Biostar has unveiled its latest ATX sized model, the Biostar Racing X570GTA. While nothing to do with 'Grand Theft Auto', the X570GTA takes the more budget-focused stance with a Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit Ethernet controller, a Realtek ALC887 HD audio codec, and has support for DDR4-4000 memory.
Bordering on one of the most basic feature-sets we've come across for any current model on the X570 chipset, the Biostar Racing X570GTA encompasses its typical Racing brand theme with a black and grey accented design. The X570GTA has a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot which has a coating of metal slot reinforcement, a second full-length PCIe 4.0 x4 slot from the chipset as well as two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.
Storage support consists of a single PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot with support for SATA drives too, as well as six straight-angled SATA ports supporting RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. Although not as prolific as some vendors offer on its lower-spec X570 models, the Biostar Racing X570GTA has support for DDR4-4000 memory with support for up to 128 GB; AMD recommends that the sweet spot for Ryzen 3000 processors is DDR4-3600. Delivering power to the CPU is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX input and the power delivery isn't determined, but we have reached out to Biostar to find out. The CPU section of the power delivery is cooled by a svelte looking aluminium heatsink, while the SoC/IGP area is laid bare. The X570 chipset is actively cooled, and Biostar hasn't focused too much on aesthetics with its design with no integrated RGB LEDs.
On the rear panel of the Biostar Racing X570GTA is a limited amount of USB connectivity with just four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Users looking to use a Ryzen based APU can access integrated graphics with a pair of HDMI and D-Sub video outputs, while a PS/2 keyboard port, three Realtek ALC887 codec powered 3.5 mm audio jacks, and a Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit Ethernet port make up the rest.
The Biostar Racing X570GTA is set to hit retail next month with an MSRP of $160. This puts it same price bracket as the MSI X570-A Pro which benefits from an extra PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot and has a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec.
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Operandi - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkI feel bad about the X570 chipsets that are destined for this board...
DigitalFreak - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkUnless they used substandard components, the chipset PCIe slots should all be 4.0.
yannigr2 - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkThis company is trying for years to commit suicide. Strange how they manage to avoid it. I mean, you do all the R&D to create an expensive X570 board and you choose to put only one M.2 slot? Seriously? You saved some pennies from not putting crazy heatsinks and two dozens of RGB leds. Justify that second M.2. Don't shoot yourself in the foot. With a bazookas.
regsEx - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkAbsolute majority of users have just one M.2 device. It's not really a big issue. This is an entry board for those who want Zen 2, as X470 and full-size B450 with bios flashback are long time out of stock anywhere.
The weakest point here is X570 itself. On my X570 Aorus Pro it hits 78C in idle in balanced, not silent, mode. And AMD doesn't seem to have any plans to address it. It needs a half speed option to have PCIe 3 bandwidth. Own Zen 2 PCIe 4 lanes would be more than enough for absolute majority.
Operandi - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkNo, the weak point is going to be the low quality components and lack of features that are trademarks for Biostar boards. Entry level boards are fine but X570 is a high-end platform chipset, and Biostar is known for using very low quality components on their designs. This board should not exist.
yannigr2 - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkAbsolute majority of users will probably only have one graphics card, no other PCI/PCIe cards, a couple of SATA hard disks and only two sticks or RAM (2x4GB or 2x8GB). Try selling a $160 motherboard with one M.2, One PCIe X16, 4 SATA ports and two memory slots.
Someone who pays $160 wants also to have the option for easy upgrade if needed. And when a $160 motherboard offers less options than another one from another manufacturer at almost the same price, or even some old B350 motherboard that costs less than half that price, you just avoid it.
PeachNCream - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkI have had really good luck with Biostar motherboards in the past. I've put together four systems around them before I got out of messing with desktop hardware. None of them gave me any problems, but in the case of the X570 chipset, I'd be hesitant. The fact that the chipset is well-known already as running very hot is bad enough on motherboards with higher end components and power delivery. Corner-cutting to hit a price point not something to combine with an already sh!tasticly badly tossed together chipset. Though I like what AMD is doing, the X570 is reason enough to wait another generation or buy something that runs cooler.
wr3zzz - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkThat big ass fan is a glaring reminder to skip X570 altogether.
Dug - Monday, October 21, 2019 - linkI was just thinking, I need a motherboard with the word Racing on it, to make it seem fast.
Thanks Biostar for your remarkable marketing team.
Next year can you put some flames on it? Thanks again.
LauRoman - Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - linkUnlike mosy solutions, the chipset heatsink and fan looks a lot easier to replace if it breaks down.