Biostar B560 GTQ

Visual inspection

The BIOSTAR RACING B560GTQ has a racing inspired design, with angular shapes applied on the PCB and heatsinks. This design is present on the entire Biostar Racing series of motherboards, with the same lines, and especially with the same blue and gray color combination. The PCB has a dark black color with a matte texture which matches the bright blue and muted silver used on the racing lines.

The dimensions of this motherboard are: 24.4 cm x 24.2 cm.


The RACING B560GTQ has a 12-Phase VRM system, used in a 10 + 2 configuration: 10 phases for the CPU and 2 phases for the memory. The MOSFETs used in this VRM system are made by ON Semi, and have the model number: NCP303151 with a rating of 50A. The NCP303151 MOSFETs are also used on the 2 Phase memory VRM system.


The PWM controller of this motherboard is made by Intersil and is a ISL 69269 model.


The RACING B560GTQ uses Apaq 10K black capacitors. These are rated to have a life span of 10,000 hours and are being used on mid-range and high-end motherboards.


The power delivery on the CPU side is done through a single 8-Pin connector. Fortunately, this connector is in the upper left corner of the PCB and it is not blocked by any ornamental elements of the heatsink.


The cooling of the VRM components on this motherboard is done by solid metal heatsinks. Unfortunately, these heatsinks do not have thin fins to dissipate the heat. Instead, the design of these heatsinks is aimed towards complementing the Racing look of the motherboard. This is nothing new, as many motherboards have thick fins on the heatsinks for heat dissipation.


The RACING B560GTQ motherboard has a total of five (5) 4-pin fan headers that are PWM compatible. One of them can be converted to work with a AIO pump. A great thing to see is that all fan headers on this motherboard are positioned in easy to reach spaces.

The first two headers are located on the right side of the top VRM heatsink, these are the CPU and optional Pump header. The other three fan headers are placed on the lower left corner of the motherboard next to the USB headers.


The motherboard uses four DDR4 RAM slots and has a maximum RAM capacity of 128GB with a maximum frequency of 4000+(OC). However, these high RAM frequencies are not guaranteed to work as each RAM kit and CPU will behave differently.


The RACING B560GTQ has only a single USB 3.0 header for the I/O panel of the case. Unfortunately, this header is not right angled to facilitate the wire management. It is in the standard location, right below the 24 Pin ATX connector.


The fast storage options on the RACING B560GTQ are the usual for this price range and for factor. The motherboard has two Ultra M.2 sockets, located below the CPU socket and in between the PCIe slots. Both sockets are covered by metal made heatsinks and one is PCIe 3.0 while the other one is PCIe 4.0.


There is a third M.2 socket available on this motherboard, and it is found right in the middle of the PCIe area. This socket is made for a dedicated Wi-Fi network card which can be bought separately. A good thing to see with this socket is that the cables for the antenna ports at the I/O panel level are already pre-routed to the M.2 Socket. This attention to details will go a long way, especially for beginner users.


The standard storage of this motherboard is in the shape of Six SATA 6 ports. These are installed on the lower right corner of the motherboard and fortunately, are right angled.


The RACING B560GTQ has a total of three PCIe Express slots. One PCIe 4.0 x 16 Slot (x16 mode), one PCIe 3.0 x 16 Slot (x4 mode) and one PCIe 3.0 x 1 Slot. The PCIe x16 slots are reinforced with metal. This is often done to not only enhance the design of the motherboard but prevent the damage of the slots if heavy graphics cards are used.


The system management on the RACING B560GTQ is done by a single ITE IT8625E chip. This is installed below the second M.2 Socket.


The audio system has as its center piece the Realtek ALC1220 audio chipset. The filtering is done using four Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors. The entire audio system is isolated from the rest of the PCB by a line that is traced around it. This will prevent any interference and add more depth to the design of the motherboard.


On the backside, we have the I/O panel.

The I/O panel is as follows (from left to right):
 2x WIFI Antenna Ports
 1x PS/2 Keyboard/ Mouse Port
 1x HDMI Port (HDMI2.0)
 1x Display Port
 1x DVI-D Port
 1x USB 3.2 (Gen2x2) Type-C Port
 2x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Ports
 3x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports
 2x USB 2.0 ports
 1x 2.5 GbE LAN port
 3x Audio Jack

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