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BIOSTAR B450GT3 (AMD B450) Motherboard Review (Page 11)

Steven Bassiri | Feb 19, 2019 at 10:00 am CST - 2 mins, 5 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

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Affordable: We found varying prices for this motherboard online, ranging from under $100 to just above $100, and we think that's a very fair price of this motherboard. The motherboard has a lot of the features that are from the chipset, and while it doesn't add many extras, you can't expect more at this price range.

Video Output Variety: I was recently consulting a small business on upgrading their hardware, and we ran into a predicament. The client wanted to keep their monitors, but they all use the traditional VGA (D-SUB), and the issue then became, where can we find systems with VGA or at least DVI, as active adapters cost money. Biostar provides not only DVI and VGA, but also HDMI, so if you use one of AMD's APUs you will have no problem getting it to work with your monitor.

Dual BIOS: I wouldn't have expected dual BIOS ROMs on a $100 motherboard, but this motherboard has it.

What's Not

Power Limits in BIOS: When we tried overclocking we saw our CPU pulled no more than 130W, which is way below where it should be. We figured it's one of two things, VRM temperature safety mechanism or current throttling, both of which are used to protect the VRMs when people mismatch a powerful CPU and low-cost motherboards. However, we would have liked to at least see current level control in the UEFI, as many people can actively cool the VRMs (as we did).

Final Thoughts

Sitting here, thinking about how to rate and what to say about this motherboard leaves us with a slight conflict. Yea, it's definitely not high-end, but it also offers everything you might want in an affordable low-cost AM4 motherboard.

BIOSTAR B450GT3 (AMD B450) Motherboard Review 74 | TweakTown.com

While our 2700X proved to be a bit much for the motherboard, something like an APU like a 2400G or 2200G would be excellent for this product, plus motherboards like this aren't meant to be great overclockers. We liked how BIOSTAR included all of the platform features, including USB 3.1 Gen 2, as well as good expansion options for down the road.

The audio performed slightly better than expected, and we found the other connectivity options were well implemented. If you are looking for an affordable entry-level B450 mATX motherboard with a lot of value, give the Biostar B450GT3 a look.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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Performance90%
Quality82%
Features92%
Value95%
Overall Rating90%

The Bottom Line: If you are looking for an affordable entry-level B450 mATX motherboard with a lot of value, give the Biostar B450GT3 a look.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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