Overall, our experiences testing the BIOSTAR Z590I VALKYRIE were extremely positive. Everything just worked despite the platform’s relatively short time since it was launched. Everything from network to integrated audio performed precisely as you would hope they would. The UEFI implementation is excellent and there’s nothing about the layout that would be a cause for concern.
The motherboard seems generally well built and it was utterly reliable in our testing. The active fan cooling on the VRMs is the key to making sure enthusiast-class Intel CPUs are not bottlenecked or held back by VRM throttling. That means this tiny mini-ITX motherboard, with a big fat Intel Z590 chipset can run the latest Rocket Lake CPUs, all the way up to the fastest versions. The heat is managed well, and the small form factor won’t cramp your CPU. You will also be able to fully benefit from PCI-Express 4.0 GPUs and M.2 NVMe SSD. This really is a small powerhouse for the gamer looking for a tiny build.
If you are looking for a Z590 chipset-based mini-ITX form factor motherboard for an SFF build, then the BIOSTAR Z590I VALKYRIE has a lot to offer. Exquisite stability, solid features, and enthusiast-grade VRM’s. The biggest issue here is the fact that at the time of this writing, this board is hard to find in terms of availability. If you do find one, the MSRP should be around $359 US. If you can find it in stock and if you want a mini-ITX, LGA1200 socket motherboard, the BIOSTAR Z590I VALKYRIE is certainly worth consideration. It’s a fantastic board that does everything well.
Given our absolutely flawless testing experiences, we are giving the BIOSTAR Z590I VALKYRIE our silver award. Our time with this motherboard was basically perfect. From unboxing, to set up to stress testing it did everything well. The only thing holding it back is availability and a high price point due to tariffs, though that could change.