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BIOSTAR B450GT3 (AMD B450) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

Steven Bassiri | Feb 19, 2019 at 10:00 am CST - 1 min, 31 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

Packaging and Overview

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The box and packaging are basic, but it gets the job done.

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s, IO shield, driver DVD, and manuals.

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BIOSTAR put in three PWM mode fan headers circled in red, but we are not sure if they will support DC fan (3pin) control. The aesthetics are straightforward black on black with the important VRM parts covered by a heat sink. The back of the motherboard is pretty bare, but that's a good thing. We do see some solder strips around the VRM area, these should help cool down the VRMs.

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 keyboard, two USB 3.0 ports, VGA port, DVI port, HDMI port, USB 3.1 type-A port, USB 3.1 type-C port, two USB 2.0 ports, Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio jacks.

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Here we find the PCI-E slot arrangement, the first slot is wired directly to the CPU. The second x16 is electrically x4 and will go down to x2 when using the x1 PCI-E slots. The M.2 slot is x4 wired to the CPU, so 32Gbps, and when it is in use, two of the SATA ports are disabled.

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Four of the six SATA6Gb/s ports are right-angled. In the bottom right corner we find a USB 3.0 internal header, front case connector headers, and two USB 2.0 internal headers.

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At the top right corner, we find two RGB LED headers. At the bottom of the motherboard, we find two SATA6Gb/s ports, a COM header, and a dual BIOS selection switch.

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The motherboard features an 8-pin power connector at the top of the motherboard. The heat sinks use push pins, but pressure looks good.

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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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