Monday, May 13th 2019

BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 Zen 2 Motherboard Pictured and Detailed

MSI, without naming its product, teased its MEG X570 Ace motherboard late last week, obeying the cardinal rules of a teaser, such as not putting out clear pictures or names. BIOSTAR probably wanted to do something similar, but ended up leaking glaring details and pictures of its flagship socket AM4 motherboard based on the AMD X570 chipset, the Racing X570GT8. The X570 is AMD's first in-house design chipset for the AM4 socket after "Promontory" and FM2-based "Bolton," supplied by ASMedia. It was necessitated by the need to get downstream PCIe connectivity from the chipset to be certified for the latest generations (gen 3.0 or later), by AMD, and overcome many of the connectivity limitations of ASMedia "Promontory," from which AMD carved out previous socket AM4 chipsets.

Design compulsions of being a flagship product aside, there are signs of a clear focus on strengthening the CPU VRM on the Racing X570GT8, to cope with the rumored Ryzen 9 series 16-core "Zen 2" processor. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8+4 pin EPS connectors, conditioning it for the processor with a 12-phase VRM. There are two metal-reinforced PCI-Express x16 slots wired to the AM4 SoC, and we get the first glimpse of the PCI-Express gen 4.0 lane switching and re-driver circuitry. We haven't seen anything to suggest that the downstream PCIe lanes from the X570 chipset are gen 4.0, yet, but we expect them to at least be gen 3.0. The presence of three M.2 slots bodes well for the downstream PCIe lane count. ASMedia "Promontory" puts out a paltry eight gen 2.0 lanes. It's also interesting to see an active fan-heatsink cooling the X570 chipset, indicating a rather high TDP compared to the 3-5 Watt TDP of the 400-series "Promontory" low-power variant chipsets. The component choices by BIOSTAR look premium and are a callback to its T-Power glory days enthusiasts remember.
Source: VideoCardz
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38 Comments on BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 Zen 2 Motherboard Pictured and Detailed

#1
nemesis.ie
It mentions PCIe Gen 4 (x4) for the M.2 slots. ;)

Real or a typo?

If real, we just need some M.2s with gen 4. 6+ GB/sec if the flash controller etc. can do that, per M.2 SSD here we come.
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#2
dj-electric
BIOSTAR sticks to tradition. Tradition being busy, ugly design for their higher end models.
You got to admire their consistency to stick to puke inducing design elements. Ever heard of heatpipes? They can solve a lot these days.
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#3
R0H1T
nemesis.ie said:

Real or a typo?
Why typo? IIRC there were a few PCIe 4.0 drives announced last year, they just need a compatible board & CPU.
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#4
silentbogo
Now, that's what I'm talking about. That's the BIOSTAR we know and love )))
If it's anything like x470GT8 - totally worth it. 12 real phases, IR3555, bad-ass CPU overclock combined with awful RAM overclock, all for the low price of $150-160 )))
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#5
TheLostSwede
nemesis.ie said:

It mentions PCIe Gen 4 (x4) for the M.2 slots. ;)

Real or a typo?

If real, we just need some M.2s with gen 4. 6+ GB/sec if the flash controller etc. can do that, per M.2 SSD here we come.
Why would it be a typo, it's been known for some time that X570 supports PCIe.

PCIe 4.0 SSDs will be demoed at Computex.
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#6
Caring1
TheLostSwede said:

PCIe 4.0 SSDs will be demoed at Computex.
*puts wallet away and waits patiently* :toast:
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#7
nemesis.ie
@R0H1T

They don't mention PCIe4 elsewhere (which I think Bta commented on). So it may not be 100% for sure, that's all I was implying. No doubt we will see consumer gen 4 M.2s at some point.
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#9
Mescalamba
silentbogo said:

Now, that's what I'm talking about. That's the BIOSTAR we know and love )))
If it's anything like x470GT8 - totally worth it. 12 real phases, IR3555, bad-ass CPU overclock combined with awful RAM overclock, all for the low price of $150-160 )))
Sarcasm?

I think bad RAM overclock is kinda, well bad for AMD. Given how it scales.

Dont think I had Biostar mobo outside "at work" PC.
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#11
Assimilator
Active cooling on the south bridge? That's a no from me dawg. DVI port on a supposedly high-end board in 2019? Also nope. Only 6 USB ports on the rear panel? AW HELL NAW.
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#12
Zubasa
Windyson said:

DDR4-5000, just a joy
Even Biostar claims DDR4 4000 OC support, so at least that is something compare to their older boards that tops out at 3200.
They have to at least managed to get something to boot at DDR4 4000.
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#13
TheLostSwede
Zubasa said:

Even Biostar claims DDR4 4000 OC support, so at least that is something compare to their older boards that tops out at 3200.
They have to at least managed to get something to boot at DDR4 4000.
No motherboard maker would tout those numbers without passing memtest.
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#15
btarunr
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nemesis.ie said:

It mentions PCIe Gen 4 (x4) for the M.2 slots. ;)

Real or a typo?

If real, we just need some M.2s with gen 4. 6+ GB/sec if the flash controller etc. can do that, per M.2 SSD here we come.
One of the three could be gen 4.0 since it's wired to the SoC's root complex, two other slots come from the chipset, and could be at least gen 3.0.
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#16
TheLostSwede
btarunr said:

One of the three could be gen 4.0 since it's wired to the SoC's root complex, two other slots come from the chipset, and could be at least gen 3.0.
This will depend on the board design. The chipset supports all PCIe 4.0.
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#18
IceShroom
dj-electric said:

BIOSTAR sticks to tradition. Tradition being busy, ugly design for their higher end models.
You got to admire their consistency to stick to puke inducing design elements. Ever heard of heatpipes? They can solve a lot these days.
It looks lot clean to me. Much better than those MSI and Gigabyte (current) ones.
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#19
dj-electric
IceShroom said:

It looks lot clean to me. Much better than those MSI and Gigabyte (current) ones.
I know the Asian market allows them to do that, but this design does not translate well to the west. At all
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#20
Xuper
TheLostSwede said:

No motherboard maker would tout those numbers without passing memtest.
He got DDR4 4K on 2700X.He doesn't say on X570 or X470.

1usmus said:

in my case, what is stated is reality (4000 on 2700x)

There are a lot of improvements in X 570, MSI and ASUS are preparing legendary tops ;)


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#21
IceShroom
dj-electric said:

I know the Asian market allows them to do that, but this design does not translate well to the west. At all
You mean West like the flashiness(minimilistics :rolleyes:) of MSI and Gigabyte.
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#22
TheLostSwede
Xuper said:

He got DDR4 4K on 2700X.He doesn't say on X570 or X470.
Huh? This has what to do with Biostar's OC setting for 4000?
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#23
bonehead123
In that 1st photo on the left, it looks like there is a VGA connector and possibly 2 USB connectors sticking up from the right edge of the cooling fan.....or is that just my imagination ??
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#24
nemesis.ie
There is another board sitting on top of it. ;)
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#25
natr0n
If I could name a crayon color...Biostar Yellow.
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