BIOSTAR Shows Mini-ITX AM4 Motherboard for AMD Ryzen

Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2017 - 11:32 AM |
Tagged: X370GTN, x370, small form factor, SFF, ryzen, racing, motherboard, mITX, mini-itx, B350GTN, b350, amd, AM4

The first images of a mini-ITX AM4 motherboard are here, courtesy of BIOSTAR (via ComputerBase). Part of their second-generation RACING-series of gaming motherboards, BIOSTAR is now the first company to show an AMD Ryzen-capable mini-ITX option with their X370GTN.

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There had been mention of an upcoming mITX board for AMD Ryzen CPUs from BIOSTAR, with a (rather low-key) mention of such a product in a recent company press release (“the exciting new RACING X370GTN in the mini-ITX form factor will also be available”), and these images from the company's RACING event are now circulating along with the specs of two different mITX offerings.

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There will in fact be two mini-ITX motherboards, with both X370 (shown) and the lower-end B350 chipsets (with the RACING B350GTN). ComputerBase provided slides with specifications (via Zolkorn, Thai language) who covered the BIOSTAR event:

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Image credit: Zolkorn via ComputerBase

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Image credit: Zolkorn via ComputerBase

BIOSTAR has not announced availability or pricing of their mini-ITX Ryzen boards yet, but given the pent-up demand for mini-ITX solutions for enthusiast AMD processors (with AM3 conspicuously absent from mITX), this is great news for small form-factor enthusiasts.

Source: ComputerBase

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March 4, 2017 | 12:01 PM - Posted by Mobile_Dom

That B350 would go lovely with an Ryzen 5 1400x

March 4, 2017 | 01:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, and then you still have the best possible upgrade path.

March 4, 2017 | 12:09 PM - Posted by CNote

I thought the A320 was the m-atx/itx chipset...

March 4, 2017 | 12:13 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

I don't think there is anything stopping a motherboard manufacturer from using B350 on a Mini-ITX board, but yeah X300 and A300/320 are aimed at the SFF boards. We will probably only see X300/A300/A320 on the small form factor boards since they have less I/O but the bigger chipsets can go down to SFF market.

March 4, 2017 | 12:40 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

That's X300, no?

July 31, 2018 | 08:05 PM - Posted by Dirk Broer (not verified)

Erh, no. The A320 is mostly found in mATX boards. I do not know of a single X300 board, in whatever format.

March 4, 2017 | 01:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think cheaper chipsets will make more sense when APUs are available.

March 4, 2017 | 12:10 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Nice! Might have been better to stack the SATA ports at 90-degrees on the side but I guess they didn't want to make the mobo too tall.

March 4, 2017 | 06:45 PM - Posted by orvtrebor

It might have been a design decision to prevent any interference issues with tiny itx case designs.

March 4, 2017 | 12:40 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Why, WHY cna't they paint the friggin' CPU slot!? WHYYYYY~!!!??

March 4, 2017 | 01:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why bother? The HSF will be covering over it for the remainder of its use life.

March 4, 2017 | 04:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I actually like the look of the white socket. I want a company to go back to the green PCB too and call it a throwback. Watch it fly off the shelves when you don't have to charge for all the extra paint and decals and just give customers features they can use when the lid is on their computer 99% of the time.

March 6, 2017 | 02:05 PM - Posted by Mobile_Dom

I dont think OEMs are allowed to, I'm pretty sure white is to signify a first gen socket, and black sockets are for the second gen or + sockets, i.e AM3 was white and AM3+ was black.

but i could very easily be wrong, so there is that.

March 4, 2017 | 12:52 PM - Posted by gluc0se (not verified)

You won't see the slot after the CPU/HSF, waterblock is installed.

March 4, 2017 | 12:58 PM - Posted by Ronaldx31 (not verified)

Why only hdmi 1.4?

March 4, 2017 | 01:10 PM - Posted by Oskars (not verified)

What's the use of HDMI 2.0, DP 1.3, 1.4 or upcoming HDMI 2.1?
Even if the AM4 APU's will be a bit more powerful than RX460, it won't be able to push high frame rates.
Unless you where hoping for FreeSync support? In that case, yes, why o why.

March 4, 2017 | 03:44 PM - Posted by Phartindust (not verified)

Actually, Freesync works over HDMI now.

March 4, 2017 | 04:26 PM - Posted by Oskars (not verified)

I didn't know that HDMI 1.4 supports freesync.
I read that support was coming only when 2.1 is released.

March 4, 2017 | 05:02 PM - Posted by Oskars (not verified)

I went to the AMD support page, some particular monitors seem to support HDMI.

March 4, 2017 | 03:47 PM - Posted by Phartindust (not verified)

This is great news for me, as I'm planning a mITX Ryzen build!

March 4, 2017 | 04:32 PM - Posted by Phartindust (not verified)

First on the shopping list is a fire extinguisher.

March 4, 2017 | 07:51 PM - Posted by Phartindust (not verified)

Great, someone wants to impersonate me.

March 4, 2017 | 03:49 PM - Posted by Daniel Nielsen (not verified)

Now if only ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte would reveal their ITX solutions.

March 4, 2017 | 04:36 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Been waiting for this to build killer Ryzen sff's for family and friends. First time building AMD rigs since the Intel Core architecture was introduced, which has been awesome. Before that, for many years, all my rigs were powered by AMD.

March 4, 2017 | 05:33 PM - Posted by Braheem Hazeem (not verified)

When 2nd gen ryzen comes out I look forward to this, currently using a ASRock mitx x99 board. glad to see other companies realizing that there is a market for this.

March 4, 2017 | 07:49 PM - Posted by orvtrebor

Glad to see the boards starting to come, but sadly still waiting on the APU's. Shouldn't be too much longer though.

March 4, 2017 | 09:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


March 5, 2017 | 12:16 AM - Posted by Dmitry Sychev (not verified)

This is happening. Ncase N1, am4, r 1700@4.0, mini cinema 4d monster. Cannot wait!

March 5, 2017 | 01:04 AM - Posted by StephanS

if those where available now, I would have picked this over an ATX board. (matx seem to be no real gain over case size)

After much reading:

- Windows10 sheduler wreak avok on Ryzen core setup
(it move thread ACROSS core complex, causing masive drop in performance.. the cache coherency get totally trashed)
A fix is coming. (will affect mainly games)

- Bios dont seem fully developed. mainly better ram speed expected

- The 2 core communicate at 1/2 the DDR4 speed , so ram speed is important for the overall chip communication.

- Ryzen sweet spot : 3.9ghz . above that it gets crazy stupid.

- Ryzen is still getting microcode updates. (features)
XFR for example might be enabled under overclocked settings.

Ryzen fastest / most efficient clock seem to be 3.3ghz. lowest TDP for the performance.

I dont think cinebench result will improve much , if at all.
But gaming under windows10 could see a 15% + boost after the sheduler tweak alone.

(the issue with games is not just SMT being goofy on w10)

March 5, 2017 | 02:18 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

Thanks for the informative post. I'm looking forward to seeing game results once the Windows issue gets fixed.

March 5, 2017 | 05:00 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Why wait? Are you going to be running a gtx 1080 and playing at 1080p? I doubt it will matter at all, even before any fixes, which will come soon enough, if you are running a 480. This whole bruhaha over one issue, 1080p gaming when you are running a graphics card meant for 1440p or 4k, is only an issue if you try to squeeze it into one. Good luck whatever you choose to do.

March 6, 2017 | 07:42 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

I'm not in the market for Ryzen. It's just academic curiosity and a general desire to see AMD succeed. The 'good enough' argument is fine for hardcore AMD fans, but not very convincing to the general public.

March 6, 2017 | 06:45 PM - Posted by pdjblum

"'good enough' argument"

As fast and sometimes faster than a 6900 is good enough? I would say for the price, it is fucking awesome.

March 15, 2017 | 12:09 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

March 5, 2017 | 09:37 AM - Posted by John Blanton (not verified)

Where is the aux power connector for the cpu socket???

March 5, 2017 | 10:45 AM - Posted by CNote

Right next to the dvi connection

March 5, 2017 | 11:25 AM - Posted by Hiz06 (not verified)

Finally my x4 860k will be upgraded..

March 5, 2017 | 04:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Saaaaaameee. Bye bye fm2+ !

March 5, 2017 | 05:37 PM - Posted by Mike_P (not verified)

I think the mATX factor board would be cool in a Corsair Bulldog case. I posted to the Corsair forums and unfortunately no official comment back from the company.

March 5, 2017 | 08:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am glad mini ITX for Ryzen will be available soon

March 5, 2017 | 08:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The specs of both the X370 and B350 motherboards look identical, and both can overclock.

What's the difference?

March 5, 2017 | 09:31 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Take a look at this article at the table and the section below it.

March 6, 2017 | 09:44 AM - Posted by Bri (not verified)

Any word on whether we'll ever see Ryzen paired with ECC Ram?

March 6, 2017 | 02:07 PM - Posted by Mobile_Dom

well Ryzen supports ECC, so you're just waiting on Mobo makers.

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