Biostar Racing B550 GTQ review

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Product Showcase - overall presentation

Product Showcase - overall presentation

The board is based on a 6+4 power phase design and cooled by aluminium heat sinks. There’s no cooling fan. The motherboard has an Ethernet jack and no wireless LAN function.


 

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The motherboard provides:

  • PCI-Express 4.0 (x16) x1,
  • PCI-Express 3.0 (x4/16 shape) x1
  • 2x PCI-Express 3.0 (x1)
For storage, you get:
  • 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support for RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10)
  • 2 x M.2 (M Key) Socket:
    Supports M.2 Type 2242/ 2260/ 2280 SSD module
    Supports PCIe 4.0 x 4 (64Gb/s)/ 3.0 x 4 (32Gb/s) - NVMe/ AHCI SSD
    Supports SATA III (6.0Gb/s) SSD

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Internal connectors include:

  • 6 x SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header (each header supports 2 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) Header (each header supports 2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports)
  • 1 x 8-Pin Power Connector
  • 1 x 24-Pin Power Connector
  • 1 x CPU Fan Connector
  • 1 x CPU water cooling connector (CPU_OPT)
  • 2 x System Fan Connector
  • 1 x Front Panel Header
  • 1 x Front Audio Header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Header
  • 1 x S/PDIF out Connector
  • 1 x COM Port Header
  • 2 x LED Header (5V)
  • 1 x LED Header (12V)

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On the rear IO you'll spot:

  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse
  • 1 x DVI-D Port
  • 1 x DP Port
  • 1 x HDMI Port
  • 1 x LAN port
  • 1 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-C Port
  • 1 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-A Port
  • 4 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 3 x Audio Jack


The rear panel includes a single USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Powering the single RJ45 port is a Realtek RTL8118AS Gigabit Ethernet controller, while the board’s three 3.5 mm audio jacks are controlled by a Realtek ALC1150 HD audio codec. Biostar has included three video outputs with DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort, which gives users plenty of VGA options to consider if pairing up this board with a Ryzen APU. Finishing off the rear panel is a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo port.

The onboard audio is based on the Realtek ALC1150 HD audio codec. Some of the features:

  • 7.1 Channels, High Definition Audio, Hi-Fi (Front)

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    As for memory support:

  • 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors (Matisse CPUs)

Support for DDR4 4400+(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933 / 2667 / 2400 / 2133 / 1866

  • 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics Processors (Renoir APUs)

Support for DDR4 4933+(OC) / 4800(OC) / 4600(OC) / 4400(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933 / 2667 / 2400 / 2133 / 1866

  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM Memory Slot, Max. Supports up to 128 GB Memory. Each DIMM supports non-ECC 8/ 16/ 32 GB DDR4 modules

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