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Biostar Z490GTA EVO Review: Good Layout, But No Overclocking

The Z490GTA EVO includes 16-phase 40A VRMs, two heatsinked M.2 slots and Wi-Fi 6 AX201 support.

Biostar Z490GTA EVO
(Image: © Biostar)

Our test system uses Windows 10 64-bit OS (1909) with all threat mitigations applied. The motherboard BIOS used is the latest non-beta available to the public, unless otherwise noted. The hardware used is as follows: 

Test System Components

CPUIntel i9-10900K (opens in new tab)
MemoryG.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x8GB DDR4 3600 (F4-3600C16D-16GTZNC) (opens in new tab)
Memory 2G.Skill Trident Z Royale 4x8GB DDR4 4000 (F4-4000C18Q-32GTRS) (opens in new tab)
GPUAsus ROG Strix RTX 2070 (opens in new tab)
CPU CoolerCorsair H150i (opens in new tab)
PSUCorsair AX1200i (opens in new tab)
SoftwareWindows 10 64-bit (opens in new tab) 1909
Graphics DriverNvidia Driver 445.75
SoundIntegrated HD audio
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)
Graphics DriverGeForce 445.74

For this review, we’ll be directly comparing the Biostar Z490GTA EVO ($249.99) to the ASRock Z490 PG Velocita ($259.99 (opens in new tab)). In addition, we’ve included the other Z490 motherboards we’ve tested so far, Gigabyte’s Z490 Aorus Master ($389.99) (opens in new tab), the ASRock Z490 Taichi ($369.99) (opens in new tab) and the MSI MEG Z490 Ace ($399.99) (opens in new tab). We’ll add more boards for direct comparison boards as they arrive. 

Benchmark Settings 

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
PCMark 10Version 2.1.2177 64
Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation, MS Office
3DMarkVersion 2.11.6866 64
Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R20Version RBBENCHMARK271150
Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
Application Tests and Settings
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX) 
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 19.00
Integrated benchmark
Game Tests and Settings
The Division 2Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080
Forza Horizon 4Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080

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Joe Shields
Motherboard Reviewer

Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.

  • Co BIY
    Would this board have the pull to get the most out of an i7k or i5k?

    These are arguably much more relevant chips for the mid range market and gamers in general.