Biostar X570 Racing GT8

As it currently stands, the Biostar X570 Racing GT8 motherboard is the only model from its product stack at the launch of the X570 chipset. Upon speaking to Biostar at Computex, they did go on to say that they will release a mini-ITX model, most likely named the Racing X570GTN; we actually reviewed the previous Biostar X370GTN, and X470GTN AM4 mini-ITX motherboards. The Biostar X570 Racing GT8 has a black and grey PCB, with grey and silver heatsinks and is inspired by motor racing.

The Biostar X570 Racing GT8 ATX motherboard has three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots, with two fed by the CPU supporting x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x4 configurations. The bottom full-length slot is fed directly from the X570 chipset and is locked down at x4. There are also three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots available for use. On the black and grey contrasting PCB, with grey heatsinks, Biostar is using a 12-phase power delivery with an 8-pin and 4-pin pairing of 12 V ATX CPU power connectors. In the top-right hand corner of the board is four memory slots with support for up to DDR4-4000, (confirm capacity). On the storage front is three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots with six SATA ports capable of supporting RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays.

On the rear panel are five 3.5 mm audio jacks and a S/PDIF optical output controlled by a Realtek ALC1220 8-channel HD audio codec, with the single Ethernet port which is controlled by an Intel I211-AT Gigabit NIC. For users looking to use AMD's Ryzen APUs, the rear panel also has a set of video outputs including a mini-DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D output. Also present on the rear panel is four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A and four USB 2.0 ports. (confirm USB). Finishing off the rear panel is a PS/2 combo keyboard and mouse port.

The Biostar X570 Racing GT8 has no MSRP as of yet, but we have reached out to Biostar for this information. Its X570 Racing GT8 looks to amalgamate a sporty racing-inspired design into an attractive ATX gaming model, and with a mixed contrast of black, grey and silver, it's not just the companies flagship X570 model, but as of launch day, it's the only model available from Biostar.

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  • Tunnah - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    I really love how advanced motherboards are nowadays. I can pick up the most "basic" model and it'll cover everything I need, and even include stuff I won't. Gone are the days frantically trying to find a motherboard that ticks all the boxes for even the most basic of needs.

    Plus having such a competent board as my soon-to-be secondary system means I can leave all my drives in that and put it in a nice quiet place. I'm fairly certain the 8 HDDs in this one are what caused my tinnitus :/
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  • Jansen - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace has officially validated ECC support. This is a really big deal, as Ryzen has usually only had unofficial ECC support. It opens up a whole other revenue steam for AMD that Intel has deliberately cut off in order to drive Xeon sales.

    Micron is ramping up its 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 ECC modules MTA18ADF2G72AZ-3G2 specifically for this market.
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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    I'd much sooner get a Ryzen platform for their value and unbuffered ECC support for an upgrade for my NAS box running FreeNAS, but it's well documented that FreeBSD still has teething issues with Ryzen chips, scheduling, and overall reliability... FreeBSD is what powers FreeNAS OS.

    So I'm kind of stuck with Intel workstations/server CPUs and ECC ram for a FreeBSD machine (assuming I don't want to do the legwork of trying to get it stable first, and even so, I may not always have the same stability that mature FreeBSD+Intel support...)

    I'll very likely be moving to Ryzen for my main PC, though.
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  • quorm - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    I agree with the general sentiment. Core i3 is another option if you don't need a lot of cpu power. Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Is that with current upstream FreeBSD? Because I think that would change with Sony using FreeBSD as their OS for Playstation 4 and 5. Some changes (for Jaguar) for PS4 pushed to FreeBSD:
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&a...

    and for Ryzen for PS5:
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&a...
    Reply
  • teldar - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    I used a ryzen 1600 for my bad. Rock solid after updating board bios. Reply
  • danjw - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    I built a file server on Ubuntu Server. You might try that. Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Many of the x370, x470 and x570 mobos officially supported ECC btw.
    All of Asrock's X570 and likewise all of Asus's X570 support ECC.

    What's more unique about the ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace is that it has out-of-band remote management, like the service processor one would find on a server over the separate Realtek LAN. You can control BIOS, power, install OS remotely. It doesn't appear to use a separate chip so I assume it's actually using Ryzen's PSP
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  • spikebike - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Wow, pricey board. Sad that AMD handles ECC in such a half assed way. Intel's price premium for low end servers is approximately $0. Xeon E3's were priced very similarly or even cheaper to the similar desktop parts. In particular the cheapest hyperthreading E3 was often cheaper than the cheapest i3/i5/i7 with 4 cores/8 threads. Similar with the HEDT, the intel premium for a better socket/additional memory busses is much less than the low end Eypc/Threadripper.

    So you either have the luck of the draw trying to buy a reliable AMD with ECC (not just physically compatible, but actually corrects memory errors), or you pay a substantial price premium.
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  • Aikouka - Thursday, July 11, 2019 - link

    ASRock Rack has a Ryzen motherboard that officially supports ECC and also has IPMI support (X470D4U). They're also developing a Threadripper variant of their Epyc server board that has IPMI support, but it uses the X370 chipset. Reply

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