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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
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Software

Biostar includes applications designed for a variety of functions, including RGB lighting control, system monitoring, overclocking and more. Below, we have captured several screenshots of the Racing GT utility.

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Firmware

To give you a sensse of the Firmware, we’ve gathered screenshots showing a majority of the BIOS screens.

Biostar’s BIOS certainly gets the job done, but I can’t say it is one of the more refined out there. My biggest complaint is that it doesn’t display current/actual voltage readings next to the option in Tweaker. You need to go into hardware monitoring in order to see what your voltage is set at. Another quibble is the Performance Level (PL) adjustments are listed in milliwatts instead of watts. So in order to set the PL1/PL2 limits to 300W, you need to input 300,000. Outside of that, the BIOS functions well but is a bit less refined than most others.

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  • 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.
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