With the announcement of Intel’s seventh Generation Kaby Lake processors now done and dusted, manufacturers are now beginning to pick up speed in the motherboard department. One of those companies is Biostar, which has unveiled two budget-oriented motherboards meant for Intel’s Kaby Lake (and Skylake) CPUs. These are the Biostar Racing B250GT5 and B250GT3.
The more affordable motherboard of the two would be the Biostar B250GT3, which apparently comes with a price tag of merely US$79 (about RM351). So, what do you get with a motherboard at this price range? According to Biostar, the B250GT3 is an mATX motherboard that is fitted with two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot; along with four DDR4 memory slots that supports up to 64GB of RAM (2400MHz).
Connectivity options of the B250GT3 motherboard include: six SATA 6Gbps connectors, one M.2 32Gbps connector that supports Intel Optane Memory, along with one M.2 connector supporting SATA 6Gbps and PCIe storage. Design-wise, the B250GT3 is plastered with racing-inspired stripes and colour scheme.
The more powerful and ‘pricier’ motherboard is the Biostar B250GT5, which is said to be priced at US$109 (around RM484). Interestingly, the specifications of this full ATX motherboard is almost similar to that of its smaller brother. The only difference being additions of a some components such as: two PCI slots, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, and a few others. Design also tells the same story with the B250GT5 sharing the same design cues as the smaller B250GT3.
Unfortunately, Biostar has not mentioned when the B250GT3 and B250GT5 will be made available.