Biostar's Two New H410 Motherboards: H410MHG and H410MHby Gavin Bonshor on May 29, 2020 1:00 PM EST
Not only did Intel unveil its Z490 motherboard chipset for Intel's 10th generation desktop processors, but it also announced its more budget-friendly chipsets. Biostar has announced two new micro-ATX H410 models, the H410MHG, and the H410MH, aimed at the low cost and high volume market. Both with simplistic designs and budget-friendly controller sets, both models include Realtek Gigabit networking, Realtek ALC887 HD audio codecs, as well as four SATA ports and a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot.
Biostar H410MHG micro-ATX motherboard
Starting with the higher-specification of the two new H410 models from Biostar, the H410MHG includes TPM technology which adds hardware-based security functionality designed for cryptographic operations. In regards to PCIe, it consists of a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, and a single PCI slot. There are four straight-angled SATA ports below the 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power input, while a single 8-pin 12 V ATX input provides power to the CPU. On the rear panel is two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports, with an HDMI, DVI-D and VGA port allowing users to use Intel's integrated UHD graphics. A COM port, a PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard port are also present for users looking to use legacy peripherals. For cooling, the H410MHG also has three 4-pin fan headers, one for a CPU fan, and two for chassis fans.
Biostar H410MH micro-ATX motherboard
The Biostar H410MH has a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, with four SATA straight-angled SATA ports, and offers a slightly lighter rear IO panel. It includes separate PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, four USB 2.0 ports, and two video outputs consisting of HDMI and VGA. For the cooling, it has just two 4-pin headers with one dedicated for a CPU fan, and the other for a chassis fan.
Biostar H410MHG (top) and H410MH (bottom) rear panels
Shared across both models includes the memory and networking support, with a Realtek RTL811H Gigabit Ethernet controller, and two memory slots with support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-2933 memory. The H410MHG and H410MH also feature a Realtek ALC887 HD audio codec which provides three 3.5 mm audio jacks on the rear panel, as well as a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot with support for both NVMe and SATA drives.
Although Biostar hasn't announced pricing or availability for the H410MHG and H410MH models, likely, they won't be too expensive. Designed more for cost-focused users looking for a foundation while leveraging the power of Intel's 10th generation processors, both of these micro-ATX H410 models include access to the Biostar VIP Care portal for additional support from Biostar.
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PeachNCream - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - linkProbably more reasonable to use a T-series CPU for this particular board and build a quiet and capable system around a 35W part. Were I planning to build something around this sort of board, that's where I would probably end up.
I also don't think many OEMs will use this particular board. The bigger companies roll their own or contract their own to spec from a third party. Crack open a Dell or HP and you'll find a Dell or HP motherboard for instance. A few little fish would maybe buy small volumes, but I think Biostar is targeting sales to Amazon, NewEgg, and other companies for purchase by Joe Average that still wants to build a budget desktop from components. Maybe there would be a little mom and pop computer store buyer in that mix too.
PeachNCream - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - linkOne of these might be a good solution for a future desktop gaming PC. It checks all the right boxes IF the price is decent. Pair up a i3-whatever with a 1030, stuff in some RAM and a a reasonably priced source of entertainment is to be had. The only trouble is finding a cheap mATX case and power supply combo deal these days so that may require a second hand purchase someplace which is sort of yucky to do given the kinds of icky people that are in the world today selling their stuff.
YB1064 - Sunday, May 31, 2020 - linkDecent board for 30 bucks.
plonk420 - Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - linkthis looks like what i want from a 500 series AMD... no PCI-E 4.0. just out of the box Zen 2 APU compatibility and a PCI-E 16x slot (+ some 1x) and hopefully something below $60. not for myself, but for someone i'm suggesting a build for for whom an MSI B450 with their USB BIOS flashback and "mid range" VRM isn't in the budget.