Monday, August 10th 2020

BIOSTAR Intros Racing Z490A-SILVER and Z490T-SILVER Motherboards

BIOSTAR today introduced a pair of Socket LGA1200 motherboards based on the Intel Z490 chipset, the Racing Z490A-SILVER (ATX) and Racing Z490T-SILVER (Mini-ITX). Both appear to be middle-of-the-market products positioned below the Racing GT EVO series from the company, competing with the likes of the ASRock Steel Legend and ASUS TUF Gaming series. Z490A-SILVER draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8+4 pin EPS power connectors, conditioning power for the CPU using a 12+2+2 phase VRM. You get a pair of reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (electrical x16/x4), two M.2-2280 slots with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 wiring, and connectivity that includes a 1 GbE interface pulled by an Intel i219-V controller, and a 6-channel HD audio solution based on the Realtek ALC1150 codec.

The Racing Z490T-SILVER Mini-ITX motherboard features a conventional 24-pin + 8-pin power input, a 7+2+1 phase CPU VRM, a pair of DDR4 DIMM slots, a reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and connectivity that includes four SATA 6 Gbps ports, an M.2-2280 slot (SATA 6 Gbps + PCI-Express 3.0 x4 wiring) on the reverse side of the PCB, 1 GbE based on Intel i219-V, and preparation for Wi-Fi 6 (you drop in your own Intel AX200-series card on a CNVi slot). The comapny didn't reveal pricing.
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7 Comments on BIOSTAR Intros Racing Z490A-SILVER and Z490T-SILVER Motherboards

#1
Fouquin
Inching ever closer to a great ITX design. Drop the VGA port in favor of more USB, Type-C and thunderbolt. Give it 2.5G and you'll be playing with the big boys finally.
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#2
EarthDog
Silver is midrange? I thought racing was midrange due to its pricing. Silver is cheaper. These are scary considering a racing board can't let a 10900k run at stock without thrtottling.
Fouquin
Inching ever closer to a great ITX design. Drop the VGA port in favor of more USB, Type-C and thunderbolt. Give it 2.5G and you'll be playing with the big boys finally.
and a price to match. Their z490 itx is cheap for a reason.
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#3
Degrader
Very strange decision: it's based on a Z490 chipset, but it does not even support an i5 10600K CPU, let alone the i7 and i9 series: CPU support
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#4
EarthDog
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Very strange decision: it's based on a Z490 chipset, but it does not even support an i5 10600K CPU, let alone the i7 and i9 series: CPU support
Not surprised. See my post above.

That said, a chipset doesn't generally define cpu support at that level. Biostar knows these are budget potatoes and, thankfully, labeled it as such.
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#5
btarunr
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Degrader
Very strange decision: it's based on a Z490 chipset, but it does not even support an i5 10600K CPU, let alone the i7 and i9 series: CPU support
They updated the list.
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btarunr
They updated the list.
Yes, I saw it. But still, even the more highend Z490GTN could barely run a i9 10900K at full turbo and this Silver board has probably lower quality vrm's.
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#7
Ghostline91
Wow these actually look pretty decent, very nice design itx boards for sure.
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