Here are key points about the BIOSTAR X370GTN.
Mini-ITX + X370: For many months the X370GTN has been the only Mini-ITX X370 motherboard on the market, and it continuously sells out. The motherboard offers the latest AMD X370 platform features such as M.2, USB 3.1, SATA6Gb/s, and USB 3.0. While the X300 chipset is meant to be used for Mini-ITX Ryzen motherboards, the X370 chipset offers a lot more IO and makes more sense for an enthusiast product.
RGB Headers and Heatsink: I am a huge fan of the way BIOSTAR does their RGB LEDs built into their VRM heat sink, and they used the same method on the VRM on the X370GTN. You can basically choose the color of the VRM heat sink. The motherboard also features two RGB LED headers located at the top of the motherboard, for easy access for heat sink coolers or LED strips located at the top of the case.
High-End Features: BIOSTAR made sure to include M.2, four SATA6Gb/s ports, USB 3.0 internal header, USB 2.0 internal header, rear USB 3.1, and rear USB 3.0 in this tiny mini-ITX motherboard. I had assumed that perhaps one of these high-end features might be lost going from ATX to mini-ITX, but the truth is that it didn't happen, and you still get all the premium features the X370 chipset has to offer.
Extremely Affordable: At just over $100, the X370GTN is a really excellent value considering it features the X370 chipset and all of its features.
Cuts Here and There: The lower-end audio chipset and the average NIC are to be expected at the $100 price point. However, we also find that the VRM, while it uses more integrated parts, only gets a 4-pin CPU power plug, limiting it to 150W. So while the motherboard is enthusiast, it's also limited by the size constraints of the motherboard.
The BIOSTAR X370GTN has been the only X370 mini-ITX motherboard on the market since launch, and it has garnered a large number of supporters and fans on the forums and other AMD communities. It's a solid offering, and while its BIOS is kind of rudimentary, you can still attain the same type of overclocks you would on an ATX motherboard. That being said, its small VRM and 4-pin power connector limit your total power budget, so don't expect to overclock an 1800X to 4.1GHz on all cores without active VRM cooling.
The X370GTN offers all the best features of the X370 platform without the high price of other X370 motherboards and with the benefits of the mini-ITX platform.
If you are looking for a really nice, stylish, and loaded X370 motherboard in a tiny package, the X370GTN is an excellent choice.
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The Bottom Line: BIOSTAR's X370GTN offers an excellent AMD Ryzen AM4 experience in a tiny package and an extremely reasonable price.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X370GTN Gaming Overview]
- Page 3 [BIOSTAR X370GTN Gaming Circuit Analysis]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 10 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]