Biostar Announces B550T-Silver Mini-ITX Motherboard For AMD's Ryzen 5000 Familyby Gavin Bonshor on April 16, 2021 10:30 AM EST
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- Zen 3
- Ryzen 5000
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.
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Smell This - Friday, April 16, 2021 - link
shabby - Friday, April 16, 2021 - linkHere comes the "it's a great board but it's missing..." crowd.
Marlin1975 - Friday, April 16, 2021 - linkOnly thing I see is lack of VRM information. If the VRM system uses good components it looks like a really nice m-itx board.
Alexvrb - Sunday, April 18, 2021 - linkIf you're seriously that worried about power delivery, you should consider a larger board to start with. It's not just about theoretical capacity either, there's also benefits in terms of thermal dissipation of said VRMs, and then you have to look at system cooling. If you're running a high-end powerhouse that needs all that power, you're gonna want more fans anyway. If you've got 3-4 large fans and a peppy PSU, you're at LEAST in mATX territory already.
MadAd - Monday, April 19, 2021 - linkCooler Master NR200?
5 fans as standard, easy fits 750W of SFF PSU, tower coolers up to fuma 2/mugen, hell even some of the larger noctuas fit with the vented panel, you should look at whats going on in the SFF space right now. You may be surprised.
Alexvrb - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - linkSure if you aren't running fairly large radiators and 140mm fans all around... but again if you don't need serious cooling you don't need serious power delivery either. That was my point. If you're not going beyond a mild OC, it doesn't matter.
TheinsanegamerN - Monday, April 19, 2021 - linkThe existence of larger boards doesnt mean we shouldnt be interested in powerful small boards. It's not a zero sum game, and this isnt 2005, there are plenty of enthusiast mini ITX cases and have been for years.
Alexvrb - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - linkYeah they've gotten better, but so have larger boards. I would like to see an OC shootout across board sizes, but that would probably be even more useful to do with 14nm Intel chips that can run crazy hungry even at board defaults, let alone deliberately trying to push them.
You'll note I did point out an mITX board below with decent PD below. Not as good as its larger counterparts, but not bad. The extra cooling for the VRMs sits directly atop the M.2 slots though... space constraints :P
Alexvrb - Sunday, April 18, 2021 - linkWith that being said, I meant to point towards the Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX as probably the best option for PD I can recall looking at in mITX. But again if you're really taxing the VRMs they're going to need airflow.
Alistair - Friday, April 16, 2021 - linkwhy not? i personally don't want a MB without 2 x m.2 slots, lets put the nail in the coffin for SATA already