Biostar X470 GT8 Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅10-12-18
Closer Look
Utilising the AMD X470 chipset, the AM4 socket can accept 1st and 2nd Gen. Ryzen processors which have proved incredibly popular in the last couple of years.

Around the socket are a pair of heatsinks, helping to cool the IR Digital PWM Controller and PowlRstage ICs, claiming 100% fixed voltage and a wider PWM spectrum for faster power delivery speed. Each phase is capable of up to 60A which provides enthusiasts the maximum overclocking potential, apparently.

To the right of the CPU socket are a bank of 4 DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to DDR4-3200 and 64GB capacity.

Users that set up on an open bench will be glad of the POST Code display as well as the onboard power, reset and clear CMOS switches, located in the very top-right. Extreme power users will also find an LN2 switch, for booting the system under incredibly cold temperatures.

Six 90° SATA 6Gbps ports are located to the right of the chipset.

While SATA storage may still be the go-to option for many, M.2 NVMe is multiple times faster. The X470 GT8 is home to a single M.2 NVMe slot, located just south of the AM4 socket. The slot is covered by an M.2 heatsink with carbon-fibre effect, which claims to reduce NVMe temperatures by 5°C.

In terms of add-in cards, you’re catered to by a trio of PCI-E x1 ports and x16 ports, two of which are strengthened by Iron Slot Protection which can help support some of today’s hefty graphics cards.

The bottom row is awash with additional connections, too. Including a Fast Charge front USB header.

Lastly, the rear IO. Here we have the following:

1x DVI
1x DP 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0
1x PS/2 mouse/keyboard
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-C
2x USB 3.0
1x Intel Gigabit Ethernet
5x 3.5mm Audio connections
1x SPDIF Out

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