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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Assimilator87 - Friday, April 16, 2021 - linkThat's a very useful technique that no one has ever told me. Thanks, meacupla!
HideOut - Friday, April 16, 2021 - linkCan become a great HTPC setup. Anyone know if its got a decent sound codec, hopefully a realtek 1200 or better?
Gigaplex - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - linkThe article mentions Realtek ALC897
TheinsanegamerN - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - linkPretty generic sound card honestly,.
Lucky Stripes 99 - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - linkNo SPDIF output to get around the weak DAC, either. You're stuck with BT and HDMI. If your speakers don't support BT or if you don't have an easy way to break audio out of HDMI, you might as well spend a bit more and get a nicer board than go for an HDMI breakout box or USB DAC.
But hey, it includes a couple of LED headers, which are so much more important. /s
TheinsanegamerN - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - linkYou'd probably be better off with a USB DAC for better sound on a board like this.
Samus - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - linkIt's a damn shame the best CPU you will be able to buy until next year will be the 2019-era 3400G, currently selling at 50%+ over MSRP.
It's great to see a variety of AMD platforms (and dropping platform cost compared to Intel) but AMD needs a legitimate quad core $99 APU so people can build simple systems like HTPC's, light business systems, or a basic family\kids PC. Because as it stands, Intel has modern 11th gen CPU's like the i5-11400 that completely obliterates the retail-available AMD APU's in performance and price while having a lower platform cost.
I thought I'd never see the day when AMD was only competitive once you started spending over $200 on a CPU as has been the case for Intel for a decade.
Gigaplex - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - linkThe 3400G isn't compatible with B550.
Samus - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - linkThat makes the situation even worse...
Gigaplex - Sunday, April 18, 2021 - linkYes, yes it does. There's no APU on the open market supported by this or any B550 board. Only the OEM-only 4000 APUs will work at this time.