Biostar Z590 Valkyrie

Typically one of the most affordable brands in motherboards is Biostar, with its Racing inspired designs and mid-range controller sets at a competitive price point. For Intel's Z590 chipset launch, Biostar has prepared a premium model, the Z590 Valkyrie. Deriving from the Old Norse language for 'chooser of the slain,' the Z590 Valkyrie includes visually appealing pink and gold accents across the PCIe slot armor, chipset heatsink, and rear panel cover, which also includes integrated LED lighting.

Surrounded by a black, pink, and gold accented set of M.2 heatsinks and armor are three full-length PCIe slots, with two operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and x8/x8, with a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot along the bottom. Touching more on the storage capabilities of the Z590 Valkyrie, it includes three PCIe M.2 slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4, with the other two slots supporting both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives, but using SATA drives in the M.2 slot will make some of the SATA ports unavailable as they share bandwidth. Six SATA ports include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays.

Biostar also includes support for up to DDR4-5000 memory, with a total capacity of up to 128 GB across four memory slots. To provide power to the CPU, Biostar is using a pair of 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs, with a handy two-digit LED debugger located in the bottom left-hand corner.

On the rear panel is a variety of input and output, with one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, five USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports. There's a pair of video outputs, including DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec. Networking on the Z590 Valkyrie consists of a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE and an unspecific Wi-Fi interface. Finishing off the rear panel is a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo port, with a preattached rear I/O shield.

Biostar hasn't provided us any information on pricing at the time of writing.

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  • DanNeely - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    I'm a bit surprised they went to an x8 3.0 link on the chipset instead of an x4 4.0 one, even if everything coming off of the chipset is still limited to 3.0 speed. Reply
  • QinX - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Might be because it makes routing the traces easier, they don't have to adhere to the PCIe 4.0 signal requirements. Downside would be that more pins are required. Reply
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  • Eskimonster - Saturday, January 30, 2021 - link

    Get out of here liar Reply
  • Tek_Soup - Saturday, January 23, 2021 - link

    Cause intel, didnt make the Z590 Chipset Pcie 4.0 not gigabytes Fault. We can buy new boards again later this year. Reply
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Other being quite boring platform , there is noticeable lack of M-ATX offerings. Reply
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Also it seems like even with properly finned heatsinks Gigabyte Aorus master requires a fan to cool VRMs which is not a good sign. Reply
  • g85222456 - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    active fan on Z590? this is not X570 bro you must be joking lol Reply
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    He is not joking,,, Reply

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