Last year, AMD released the Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors in one of the most monumental hardware launches of the modern era. This final step completed the Red brand's ascent back into the forefront of the desktop processor market that began with the launch of the first generation of Ryzen CPUs.
With the Ryzen 3000 launch came the AMD X570 chipset. Featuring PCIe 4.0 support, X570 was an impressive leap from generations past. It was also hot, which had motherboards often include chipset cooling fans, and, more significantly, expensive. The high cost of the chipset increased the average cost of X570 motherboards considerably over previous generations.
While AMD has done a great job of maintaining motherboard compatibility with new generation processors, none of the previous-generation AM4 motherboards featured official PCIe 4.0 support, not even from the storage and PCIe controlled by PCIe 4.0 compatible CPUs. Enter B550, the more value-oriented little brother of X570. While the B550 chipset is PCIe 3.0 only, B550 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 from the CPU to the primary PCIe slot as well as the primary M.2 slot (dependent on a PCIe 4.0 ready CPU).
The BIOSTAR Racing B550GTQ features dual M.2 slots, each with their own full coverage heatsink, RGB lighting, a Micro ATX form factor, and even an integrated rear I/O cover. Perhaps most interesting, the B550GTQ utilizes 90 A power stages in an APU-optimized configuration. How will the VRM stand up to my Ryzen 9 3900X test CPU? Let's find out!
|CPU Support:||AMD AM4 Socket 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors|
|Power Design:|| CPU Power: 10-phase*|
Memory Power: 2-phase
|Integrated Graphics:||Dependent on installed CPU|
|Memory:||4x DIMM, supports dual-channel DDR4-4400+ (OC) MHz|
|BIOS:||AMI UEFI BIOS|
|Expansion Slots:|| 2x PCIe x16 (Gen4 x16/Gen3 x4) slots |
2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
|Storage:|| 6x SATA 6 Gb/s ports |
2x M.2 ports (SATA3/1x PCIe 3.0 x4/1x PCIe 4.0 x4)
|Networking:||Realtek RTL 8118AS Gigabit LAN|
|Rear Ports:||1x PS/1 keyboard/mouse port|
1x HDMI port
1x DisplayPort 1.4
1x DVI-D port
1x LAN (RJ45) port
1x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-C port
4x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports
1x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-A ports
2x USB 2.0 ports3x 3.5 mm audio jacks
|Audio:||1x Realtek ALC1150 Codec|
|Fan Headers:||4x 4-pin|
|Form Factor:||Micro ATX form factor: 9.6 x 9.6 in.; 24.4 x 24.4 cm|