µATX boards for Rocket Lake: Compact B560 mainboards for Biostars & apos; Pro series

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The mainboard models B560MX/E Pro and B560MH/E Pro complement Biostar's budget division with an Intel B560 chipset. Both operate in the still young Pro line in the form factor Micro-ATX and support Intel CPUs of the 10th and 11th generation via the LGA 1200 socket. They potentially offer a lot of equipment at a low price.

Solid basis for Rocket Lake and Comet Lake in µATX

With the B560MX/E Pro and B560MH/E Pro, Biostar has added two more mainboards with a B560 chipset to its range after the B560GTQ shown at the beginning of the year. In contrast to the older sister model, the two new products are in the better entry-level segment thanks to the features they offer. The equipment list is sufficiently long for the most common tasks for the average Otto user and users usually receive the Biostar boards with a mid-range chipset for a moderate price.

Biostar B560MX-E Pro

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Biostar B560MX-E Pro
Biostar B560MX-E Pro
Biostar B560MX-E Pro

Among other things, the B560MX/E Pro and the B560MH/E Pro can come up with four RAM slots for main memory despite the design, which can now clock higher via the Intel B560 chipset, as it supports RAM OC. In the case of the Biostar boards, officially up to DDR4-4000 via XMP profile in OC mode. Mass storage in the form of M.2 SSDs can also work faster via a PCIe 4.0 connection in the first slot near the CPU socket. A Rocket Lake-S generation processor is required to use the latest PCI Express standard (report). A total of two drives with a typical length of 80 mm can be installed. There is also a smaller M.2 slot for a typically 30 mm long WLAN module. In addition, small heat sinks, such as those used in the recently presented B550 mainboards of the Pro family, sit on the voltage converters.

I/O bar has antenna connections

The Biostar B560MX/E Pro and B560MH/E Pro do not have any other equipment details among the multitude of competitors with a B560 chipset great exceptional position. Among other things, the mid-range chipset supports USB 3.2 Gen1 with 5 Gbit/s on a total of six ports on both new motherboards.

Biostar B560MH-E Pro

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Biostar B560MH-E Pro
Biostar B560MH-E Pro
Biostar B560MH-E Pro
In addition, at least two video outputs on the I/O panel can be used for the output of image signals, if supported by an integrated GPU by the processor, one as HDMI and one as D-Sub. In the case of the B560MX/E Pro, there is also a DVI port. Data carriers with a SATA interface can be connected to four sockets. Networks are connected via an RJ45 port with a gigabit connection.

Biostar B560-Pro (Image: Biostar)

The manufacturer has not announced prices for either the B560MX/E Pro or the B560MH/E Pro. There is also currently no specific information about the planned sales start and availability in stores.

ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI offer motherboards in µATX, which are equipped with the predecessor chipset B460, from 75 euros. All manufacturers charge a surcharge of at least 10 euros for the B560. In the best case, a corresponding mainboard, for example with the ASRock B560M-HDV and the Gigabyte B560M Gaming HD, is currently available for 85 euros.

Pro mainboards from Biostar with B560 chipset B560MX/E Pro B560MH/E Pro Format Micro-ATX (244 × 244 mm) Socket Intel LGA 1200 chipset Intel B560 CPU support Intel Rocket Lake, 11th Gen and Comet Lake, 10th Gen with LGA 1200 (Celeron up to Core i9 ) RAM 4 × DDR4-DIMM, max. 128 GB, up to 4,000+ MHz (OC) PCIe slots 1 × PCIe 4.0 x16
1 × PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4)
1 × PCIe 3.0 x1 Video 1 × HDMI output, 1 × DVI-D, 1 × D-Sub
via integrated graphics unit 1 × HDMI output, 1 × D-Sub
via integrated graphics unit Ethernet 1 × Intel I219-V, Gigabit LAN WLAN prepared Mass storage 1 × M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbit/s)
1 × M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 (32 Gbit/s)
4 × SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s) USB (Typ C) – USB (type A) 6 × USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gbit/s)
6 × USB 2.0 audio 8-channel sound solution (Realtek ALC897) RRP manufacturer n/a n/a Price in stores
as of: 03.05.2021 – –