Thursday, July 25th 2019

BIOSTAR Unveils Racing X470GTA Motherboard: Ryzen 3000 Support and Legacy PCI

Motherboard manufacturers seem to be rushing the fill the void of cost-effective motherboards with out of the box Ryzen 3000 support, as AMD X570 motherboards start at $170. The latest entrant is the Racing X470GTA by BIOSTAR, priced around the $120-mark, and packing an interesting mix of modern- and legacy connectivity. Built in the ATX form-factor, the board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the SoC with a simple 4+3 phase VRM. Out of the box, the board supports all Ryzen 3000-series processors launched so far, in addition to 1st and 2nd generation Ryzen, A-series, and Athlon "Bristol Ridge," which make up pretty much every socket AM4 chip launched so far.

The AM4 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots, a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and the board's lone M.2 slot. Two PCIe gen 2.0 x1, and a PCI-Express x16 slot with gen 2.0 x4 wiring, make for the rest of the expansion area; while six SATA 6 Gbps ports make the remaining storage options. This is probably the only AMD X470 motherboard to feature legacy PCI slots, using an ASMedia bridge chip. USB connectivity includes two 10 Gbps USB 3.1 gen 2 ports (from which one is type-C), and eight 5 Gb/s USB 3.1 gen 1 ports (from which four are by headers) The lone network interface is a 1 GbE driven by a Realtek 8118AS "DragonLAN" chip. The onboard audio solution is powered by an entry-level Realtek ALC892. Other legacy connectivity includes a PS/2 combo port and a serial COM header. Despite these, there are some wacky enthusiast-friendly features, including onboard buttons for automated overclocking, power/reset; dual-BIOS with a manual 2-way switch, and diagnostic LEDs.
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12 Comments on BIOSTAR Unveils Racing X470GTA Motherboard: Ryzen 3000 Support and Legacy PCI

#1
Hinnerk
Refresh of the Racing X370GT5.
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#2
HD64G
Not bad at all for the 65W TDP Ryzen CPUs.
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#3
Hinnerk
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power): 105Watt
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#4
HD64G
Hinnerk, post: 4086794, member: 187563"
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power): 105Watt
Since 3900X and the upcoming 3950X are 105W TDP but consume more than that, the VRM of this board isn't looking robust to handle the voltage bursts easily. My 5c.
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#5
Ferrum Master
HD64G, post: 4086820, member: 95052"
voltage bursts easily. My 5c.
Current flow bursts...

Voltages have spikes...
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#6
prtskg
entry-level Realtek ALC892 :confused:. How much more something like 1220 costs?
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#7
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
prtskg, post: 4086963, member: 163162"
entry-level Realtek ALC892 :confused:. How much more something like 1220 costs?
Really? This is biostar= budget binned motherboards. Buy a sound card
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#8
quadibloc
What? Someone would actually design a new X470 motherboard in this day and age? To me, this does not make sense: it is competing with high-end X470 motherboards no doubt being sold off at fire-sale prices. It is possible to make X570 motherboards - and without one, there is no way to get PCIe 4.0 support. Of course, the X570 chip set does have higher power consumption, and an X470 motherboard can be made more affordably, as the article notes. But I find it hard to believe there will be enough demand to make this worthwhile.
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prtskg
eidairaman1, post: 4087088, member: 40556"
Really? This is biostar= budget binned motherboards. Buy a sound card
ALC 1220 is good enough for me. Thank you.
My original question still stands. How much more does ALC 1220 costs compared to 892?
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
prtskg, post: 4087712, member: 163162"
ALC 1220 is good enough for me. Thank you.
My original question still stands. How much more does ALC 1220 costs compared to 892?
Ask biostar
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#11
prtskg
eidairaman1, post: 4087720, member: 40556"
Ask biostar
Guess I should thank you again for your wonderful insight.
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#12
lexluthermiester
I like the inclusion of the PCI slots. Very useful for many with cards they want to carry forward!
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