BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 Motherboard Review

 

Verdict and Conclusion

I have mixed feelings for the BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8. Some good, some not so good. Let’s start with the good. As far as performance is concerned, it did produce some decent scores in all of our benchmarks. But that’s thanks to the Ryzen 7 3700X running at a boost speed of 4.2 – 4.3 GHz, which by the way I didn’t set. The motherboard somehow enable boost speed even though I selected the BIOS default to AUTO.  

With CPU boost speed enabled by default, we got some good scores in all of all benchmarks, including a Cinebench score of 1,978, and a PCMark 10 score of  6,958. For Port Royal, we got a score of 6,481 and a DLSS score of 43.76 fps. For 3DMark Timespy and Firestrike, we got scores of 10,943 and 22,569 respectively. 

In terms of features, the BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 earns some extra brownie points. There are plenty of features including, the new PCIE 4.0 standard on 3 PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, two of which has Iron slot protection, as well as 3 PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. There’s 3 M.2 slots for SSDs (PCIe 4.0), and Intel Gigabit LAN for connectivity. It can also support memory speeds of up to DDR4- 4400+ (OC), and comes with 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Dual BIOS, M.2 cooling, VIVID LED DJ, as well as onboard reset and power on/off  buttons.

OK, now for the not so good. I couldn’t find the XMP options in the BIOS, which means I have to manually set the memory speed and voltages, or failing that … you’ll just have to set the memory to AUTO, which will make the ram run at default speed of DRR4-2133 and in the end, will affect your overall performance. And the other thing is the quality and design of the M.2 heat shield. It does look and feel a little dated. And the same goes for the heatsink and active fan for the chipset. Having said that, I’d rather have some sort of cooling solution than no cooling solution at all.

You can buy the BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 motherboard on Amazon and various other online retailers for around $169 USD – If the price is legit, then this would be one the cheapest and most affordable X570 motherboards we’ve tested to date.

 

Pros:

  • Supports all AMD Ryzen 3rd and 2nd Gen processors
  • AMD X570 chipset
  • Support memory speeds of up to DDR4-4400+ OC
  • Decent performance
  • Support PCIE 4.0
  • VIVID LED DJ

Cons:

  • Could find XPM settings in the BIOS
  • No mention of  Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire support

 

Final Words:

If you need an affordable, feature-packed X570 motherboard for your 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, then you need to check out the BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8  motherboard. It’s aimed and targeted at the mainstream market, and could be ideal for users who are after a motherboard to go with their new 3rd gen Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 processors.

 

 

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