BIOSTAR X570GTA Motherboard Review

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A Closer Look

The BIOSTAR X570GTA is a pretty basic motherboard, and I mean that respectfully. It’s not as glamorous as some models on the market, but it looks functional and presentable, and it’s priced to reflect that, which is absolutely fine. It has a printed decal on the board, much like previous Racing Series boards from BIOSTAR.

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Since this is X570, it does need that active chipset cooler. It’s an exposed fan with a modest metal heatsink around it; it doesn’t look pretty, but it’ll do the job just fine.

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Surrounding the chipset, you’ll find four SATA ports towards the bottom of the board and a further two above it.

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Despite the basic design, there are some premium features here too. The capacitors look to be of good quality for one. Secondly, there’s both 5V and 12V LED headers here.

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There are four DIMM slots for DDR4. They’re not armoured or anything fancy like that, but again, perfectly functional.

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The AM4 socket is ready for the 3rd Gen of AMD Ryzen CPUs. Of course, it’s backwards compatible with previous generations too. There’s a good amount of power delivery hardware too, with a modest-sized heatsink to the left of the socket. This should be more than enough to help your Ryzen CPU maintain its boost clocks for longer. I’m not sure it’ll be an overclocking beast, but again, that’s not really the market for this board.

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Plus, the CPU only has the single 8-pin header. That’s enough power for the biggest Ryzen CPU, but again, not much-overclocking headroom for those wanting extreme performance from the flagships.

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Speaking of power, this is reassuring to see located behind the rear I/O.

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They’ve not stripped away all the premium features, clearly. There’s a single M.2 mount with a pre-fitted M.2 shield/cooler. Plus, the top PCIe 4.0 slot is armoured to support heavier GPUs. There are two full-size lanes and two 1x lane on offer.

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Even the audio hardware has a few parks, such as these gold audio capacitors and a separate trace on the motherboard to prevent interference.

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Rear I/O

The rear I/O shield is not pre-installed, it’s included in the box. However, you will find a good range of USB ports here, with four of them being USB 3.1. There are three audio outputs and Gigabit LAN. Despite having HDMI, they’ve still included VGA, I haven’t seen one of those in a white, that’s for damn sure!

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Finally, the rear of the motherboard has the stock mounting plate.

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