Home Reviews Motherboards Socket AM4 BIOSTAR X370GTN Gaming Motherboard Review BIOSTAR's new X370GTN motherboard provides an excellent AMD Ryzen AM4 experience in a tiny package and at a fair price. By: Steven Bassiri | Socket AM4 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 1:22 pm Comment | Email to a Friend | Font Size: AA TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing] Introduction Recently I have seen many people complain about the lack of Mini-ITX motherboards for the X370 platform. Part of the reason you do not see many Mini-ITX motherboards is because of AMD's X300 and A300 chipsets which are designed to take full advantage of the fact that Ryzen CPUs are full SoCs. Ryzen CPUs not only house PCI-E lanes for GPUs but also provide four USB 3.0 ports, and then four PCI-E lanes that are flexible. Those flexible lanes are almost always used to provide an x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 slot, but they can also be used as two SATA ports and x2 PCI-E 3.0 for an M.2 slot. The CPU also houses system management components, and it's one reason you see BIOS ROMs very close to the CPU rather than to the chipset as on Intel motherboards. The X300 and A300 chipsets will offer authentication for the system, and no IO, and will be significantly smaller than the X370 chipset and its offspring, making them perfect for SFFPCs. However, BIOSTAR has jumped the gun and has brought to market the only Mini-ITX X370 motherboard; the X370GTN. Let's take a look.
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