Biostar Racing X470GTN Review 7

Biostar Racing X470GTN Review

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Introduction


Since the birth of the transistor, the evolution of microchips can be distilled into one word: "miniaturization". The performance desktop has been more resistant to this phenomenon than say, cell phones or laptops, but over the past decade, the small form factor desktop has gained significant traction. Biostar, a leading manufacturer of affordable performance motherboards, has once again stepped into the market with "miniaturization" in mind. The Biostar Racing X470GTN is a new motherboard based on the AMD X470 chipset that aims to be mini in all the right ways, from the Mini-ITX form factor to the MSRP.

The Biostar Racing X470GTN might be small, but Biostar is boasting some impressive features and performance, including a fully fleshed out audio experience with Blu Ray Audio and Hi-fi connectors and isolation, a modern storage interface with a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, and two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, one Type-A and one Type-C, as well as a modern aesthetic with three controllable LED zones; one for the VRM heatsink and two through 5050 RGB headers. Last but not least, there is full overclocking support.

From audio to overclocking, the Biostar Racing X470GTN has all the accouterments of a full ATX board packed neatly into a tiny Mini-ITX PCB. This will be the third motherboard I test using my Ryzen 5 2600X and the second that uses the new AMD X470 chipset. Will this bold little board from Biostar keep up with the full-sized flagship competition?



Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support:AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen CPUs (Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge, and Pinnacle Ridge)
Power Design: CPU Power: 5 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:AMD Promontory X470
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:2x DIMM, Support Dual Channel DDR4-3200 (OC) MHz
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s port
1x M.2 port (SATA3/PCIe 3.0 x4)
Networking:1x Realtek RTL8118AS
Rear Ports:1x DVI-D port 1x HDMI port
1x Optical SPDIF out port
1x LAN (RJ45) ports
1x USB 3.1 (Gen2) Type-C port
1x USB 3.1 (Gen2) Type-A port
4x USB 3.1 (Gen1) ports
5x 3.5 mm Audio jacks
1x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard combo port
Audio:Realtek ALC892 8-Channel Blu-ray Audio
Fan Headers:2x 4-pin
Form Factor:Mini ITX Form Factor: 6.7 in x 6.7 in, 17 cm x 17 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • Blu-ray Audio
  • Super Hi-fi Audio Connectors
  • Hi-fi Ground
  • Vivid LED DJ
  • RACING UEFI BIOS
  • Digital Power+
  • 5050 LED Fun ZONE
  • ATI CrossFire X™ Technology
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
  • PCI-e M.2 32 Gb/s
  • LN2 Switch
  • Super Durable Ferrite Choke
  • Super Durable Solid Caps
  • Moisture-proof PCB
  • Super Anti-Surge Protection
  • BIO-Flasher
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