Biostar has unveiled its latest mini-ITX motherboard for the AMD B550 chipset, the B550T-Silver, which is designed for use with AMD's Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 3000 processors. The small-sized board combines a simple silver and black aesthetic with decent features including PCIe 4.0 support, Wi-Fi 6, 2.5 GbE networking, and one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot.

With both NVIDIA and AMD moving quickly away from multi-graphics card setups to single card powerhouses, the mini-ITX form factor has become as potent as as it's ever been for gaming systems. Biostar's latest board, in turn, ticks a lot of boxes for users looking for a reasonably priced mini-ITX motherboard that can harness the power of AMD's Zen 3 processors to create a potent and pocket-sized gaming system/media center with the AMD's cheaper Ryzen chips.

From what we've seen, no X570 or B550 boards currently list support for the latest Ryzen 5000G APUs, which we expect to change once AMD rolls them out onto the wider market.

The Biostar B550T-Silver combines a basic and elegant black and silver color scheme, with plenty of features to be benefited from. There's one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with a single PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot and four straight-angled SATA ports, including support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. On the right-hand side of the board are two memory slots, which can support 64 GB of RAM at speeds up to DDR4-4933. Biostar isn't openly advertising the power delivery system, but we can see it uses one 8-pin 12 V ATX input to provide power to the CPU.

Biostar includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports on the rear panel. There's an unspecified Wi-Fi 6 interface for wireless networking, and a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller. The board's integrated audio consists of three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. Users looking to build a mini-ITX media system can benefit from the integrated graphics on the Ryzen 4000 APUs through one HDMI 2.1 and a single DisplayPort video output pairing. Finishing off the rear panel is a PS/2 combo keyboard and mouse port. 

At the time of writing, we don't currently have a price for the Biostar B550T-Silver mini-ITX motherboard or when it is expected to hit retail. However, we do expect it to be reasonably priced compared directly to some of the other mini-ITX B550 models.

Source: Biostar

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  • Smell This - Monday, April 19, 2021 - link


    Under CPU Support there are a minimum *11* 'G' flavored APUs on my GB B550I Aorus Pro AX ITX, including the 3400G.
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  • Samus - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - link

    I’ve noticed that some B550 boards do support the 3200/3400G, even though AMD officially doesn’t certify the chipset as compatible. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there about this other than Reddit threads and it would be cool for AT do consider a testing review of boards with chipsets operating outside of their compatibility. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - link

    Hrm, I have the same motherboard and last I checked the CPU support list, the 3000 APUs were not there. I can't check now as their website serves a 502 bad gateway error. Reply
  • Smell This - Friday, April 23, 2021 - link


    Looks like they added more CPU support to the GB B550I __ up to 13 "G" APUs at BIOS F12 (?). The GB B450I Pro ITX is around 3 dozen Gs with F61 (w/AMD Athlon 3000G _ maybe a 35w Bristol Ridge rebrand for Bid'ness machines ?) ...
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  • Spunjji - Monday, April 19, 2021 - link

    It obliterates them in CPU performance, but the GPU performance on RL is inferior to even a lightly overclocked 2200G. If you want a balance of the two, there just isn't a very good option out there right now.

    I'm hoping that Van Gogh (or something like it) shows up on a desktop board - 4 decent cores and a solid GPU cluster. I've been waiting to rebuild my HTPC for a while now, and I'd pounce on something like that.
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  • zodiacfml - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - link

    drool worthy for me but my existing atx is still useful. i don't know why recent AMD APUs are not available in our country and AMD should upgrade their iGPU asap. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - link

    "I don't know why recent AMD APUs are not available in our country"

    They're technically not available anywhere. They're OEM only. You'd need to pick one up off the grey market if you really want one.
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  • Samus - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - link

    AMD doesn't care about mah freedoms! Reply
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - link

    What advantage does this board have over the existing B550 ITX boards? It's so late to the market that it has to offer something to make it relevant. Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - link

    The lack of RGB, garish heat spreader design, and lack of general overdesign along with what looks like a 8 phase VRM are all good selling points. Reply

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