Computex is just a few weeks away, at the end of this month and so is the launch announcement from AMD for their Ryzen 3000 series processors. There is a lot of excitement around the launch and some of us find it hard to wait, but so do some board makers who can’t wait to show off their x570 lineup for the Ryzen chips. Biostar has done just that and they put up their X570 RACING GT8 motherboard on the catalog page before the official launch (spotted by Videocardz). Racing GT8 series is one of Biostar’s high-end offerings, it was also available for the X470 chipset.
BIOSTAR X570 RACING GT8
It is a high-end enthusiast board as the specs signify. You can see three PCIe 4.0 x16(x16, x8, x4 -sb) slots, two of which are reinforced. 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) makes a comeback here and it’s great news because not all high-end boards have it, so choices remain limited. For Audio there’s the ALC1220 which is a ‘high-end’ Realtek CODEC, a standard on premium boards. There are three M.2 slots and all of them have heatsinks.
Coming to the important stuff, the board has a 12-phase VRM and two covered metal heatsinks to cool it down. Up to 64gb of RAM is supported on the four RAM slots and the best part is that the DDR4 RAM speed cap is at 4000 Mhz. We did know Ryzen 3000 was going to support faster RAM and 4000 Mhz is a good step up from the previous cap. Higher-end boards will probably cross the 4000 Mhz mark. For some reason, the board’s Platform Controller Hub (PCH) is actively cooled by a fan. So far as per our knowledge, there hasn’t been a single x470 board with an actively cooled PCH, so we will have to see if it’s a trend with x570 boards.
This board seems like a solid offering from Biostar although support for so many video-out formats isn’t really necessary because not a lot of people are going to use APUs in enthusiast boards.
What’s New In X570 Boards?
We have already covered this in a separate article summarizing, “The Ryzen 3000 series will continue to be on the AM4 chipset which is great news for people who already own an AM4 board. But it doesn’t hurt to upgrade as there can be compatibility issues and missing out on some core features brought on by a new platform. x470 boards with Ryzen 2000 series chips brought support for Precision Boost Overdrive and XFR 2.0. Ryzen 3000 series chips with x570 boards will bring support for PCIe 4.0“.
Even some current gen x470 boards might support PCIe 4.0 as TomsHardware in one of their articles stated “We spoke with AMD representatives, who confirmed that 300- and 400-series AM4 motherboards can support PCIe 4.0. AMD will not lock the out feature, instead, it will be up to motherboard vendors to validate and qualify the faster standard on its motherboards on a case-by-case basis. Motherboard vendors that do support the feature will enable it through BIOS updates, but those updates will come at the discretion of the vendor. As mentioned below, support could be limited to slots based upon board, switch, and mux layouts.”