Biostar Racing Z490GTN

Considered a consistent and staple model from its range, the Biostar Racing Z490GTN is its sole mini-ITX sized offering which offers a lower entry cost to the world of small form factor on Z490. It’s simplistic in design with black heatsinks on a black PCB, with a budget-focused feature set. Included in its feature set are a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, with four SATA ports and an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller.

Biostar Z490GTN is advertising the Z490GTN as having a 9-phase power delivery, but inspecting the board itself shows it has a 6+1 power delivery, with six phases for the CPU, and one for the SoC. The black aluminium heat sink doubles up as a rear panel cover, and has a matching black chipset heatsink. There is a single full-length PCIe 3.0 slot, with a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot mounted to the rear of the board. For SATA devices, the Z490GTN has four straight-angled SATA ports. On the right-hand side of the board is two memory slots which support DDR4-4000, with a maximum capacity of up to 64 GB. Users looking to add a wireless interface can do so by using the M.2 Key-E slot at the top left of the board.

On the rear panel are four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports, with a D-Sub and HDMI video output pairing for integrated graphics. A Realtek ALC887 HD audio codec powers three 3.5 mm audio jacks, while the board also has a single Ethernet port powered by an Intel I219-V Gigabit controller. Finishing off the Z490GTN rear panel is a single PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port.

The Biostar Racing Z490GTN is geared for the lower-end of the market, offering a cheaper alternative to models from other vendors including ASUS which is asking $300 for its model, albeit with a higher-end feature set. It's unclear how much the Z490GTN will retail for at launch, but given the budget-focused controller set, it's likely to be under $200. Users planning on running an NVME PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD on the rear-mounted slot should also look for an aftermarket M.2 heatsink, just to be on the safe side.

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  • Andrew LB - Saturday, May 9, 2020 - link

    So these boards bring Wifi6, PCI-Express 4.0, gigabit 2.5, and for people like myself who are upgrading from a Z87 board.... just about everything is a huge leap.... yet you think there is just 'more of the same'? I guess if you're one of those idiots who buys a new CPU every year, then clearly this is not the release for you. Nor would AMD's latest offerings if that same metric is applied.
    So what's your problem with Capitalism? Do incremental design improvements offend you? Or is it profit that does? Hate to break it to you, but its profit motive that fuels innovation. Collectivism is a cancer and by its very nature hinders progress due to it not rewarding exceptionalism. It's why countries like China don't innovate. Otherwise they wouldn't need forced technology transfers from those who manufacture goods in their country.
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  • Zenzdeluxe - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    Thanks for that. The hypocrisy of these people. Imagine imbibing in the fruits of the capitalist system which besides continuing innovation, provides more spoils at lower price points for everyone than ever before. The audacity of such entitlement and seemingly collectivist / marxist based criticism is mind boggling. Cognitive dissonance off the scale indeed. Reply
  • ilkhan - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    Details page for GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Pro AX (copy and paste because who can keep them straight otherwise) makes a big deal of no usb-C, but it's there in the picture... Reply
  • ecjp - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    Yeah, I noticed that too. Gigabytes site shows same picture and lists "1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support" in the specs, so I assume its an error in the article. Reply
  • gavbon - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    Thanks for picking that up. I must have been writing about the wrong board. Apologies, it's updated Reply
  • regsEx - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    "Integrated into the Z490 chipset is an Intel Wi-Fi 6 CNVi which allows motherboard vendors to integrate its AX200 wireless solutions directly from the chipset with a CRF module."

    CNVi is an old generation 802.11ac controller. Here it is CNVio2. CRF module is AX201. AX200 is a standalone controller that can work on any system. X570 motherboards with 802.11ax support, for example, packs with AX200 card.
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  • lunaticbunny - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    There are no boards under $200. Seems like this Z490 chipset got the X570 inflation treatment as well. Reply
  • drexnx - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    just like the X570 boards, they've all got seriously beefed up VRMs

    and maybe the pcie4 tax wasn't just a cash grab? we'll really see when AMD B550 comes out, where those board prices land
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  • Andrew LB - Saturday, May 9, 2020 - link

    Plenty of boards under $200.
    ASUS Prime Z490M-PLUS
    GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Elite
    ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus
    ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus wifi
    GIGABYTE Z490 UD
    MSI Z490-A PRO ProSeries

    A bunch of Asrock boards will be under $200 as well. You can see many prices already on Amazon.
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  • dgingeri - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    It looks like, potentially, at least Gigabyte has decided to include a decent number of USB ports. I can't tell with the Asus board, but all the rest look to have only 6 USB ports, an annoyingly small number. I have been really annoyed with the lack of USB ports on boards for the last 5 years. Heck, with the old 440BX boards, we had 2 ps2, 4 or 6 USB, 1 or 2 serial, and a parallel port. We've lost the other ports, and internal drives in most computers, and not gained USB ports to compensate for it. External hubs aren't going to do it, either, as those stupid things keep dying in a matter of months. Reply

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