BIOSTAR Silver Series Motherboards Announced with the Launch of the Z790A-SILVER

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BIOSTAR has announced its Silver Series motherboards for gaming, content creation, and casual PC use. The BIOSTAR Silver Series has debuted its first offering with the Z790A-Silver motherboard for Intel 12th and 13th gen processors. This ATX form factor motherboard supports up to 128 GB DDR5 6400 (OC) dual channel memory and 4 x PCI-E 4.0 (64Gb/s) NVMe SSDs. LAN connectivity is provided via a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5G port with electrical surge protection. Included USB ports are 1x Type-C, 5x 3.2, and 2x 2.0. USB headers provide additional 1x Type-C, 2x 3.2, and 4x 2.0. PCIe slots include two PCIe 3.0 x1, one PCIe 5.0 x16, and one PCIe 4.0 x16. Audio is provided via an ALC1220 7.1 solution. Additional hardware monitoring features include CPU and system temperature monitoring, smart and manual CPU fan Control, M.2 cooling protection, ESD protection, OC / OV / OH protection, and CPU/DDR voltage monitoring. Pricing was not included in the announcement.

Z790A-SILVER Specifications:

ChipsetIntel Z790
CPU SUPPORTSupport for 12th / 13th Generation Intel Core™ i9/ i7/ i5/ i3 processors and Intel® Pentium processors/ Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1700 package
* Please refer to www.biostar.com.tw for the CPU support list.
MEMORYSupports Dual Channel DDR5 – 6400+(OC)/ 6200(OC) / 6000(OC) /5800(OC) / 5600(OC)/ 5400(OC)/ 5200(OC)/ 5000(OC)/ 4800
4 x DDR5 DIMM Memory Slot, Max. Supports up to 128 GB of Memory
Each DIMM supports non-ECC 8/ 16/ 32GB DDR5 module
Support Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
* Please refer to www.biostar.com.tw for the Memory support list.
INTEGRATED VIDEOSupports DX12
Supports HDCP
STORAGE— Total supports 3 x M.2 socket and 6 x SATA III (6Gb/s) ports
6 x SATA III Connector (6Gb/s) : Supports AHCI, RAID
0, 1, 5, 10 & Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
1 x M.2 (M Key) Socket (M2M_CPU)
Supports M.2 Type 2280 SSD module
Supports PCI-E 4.0 x4 (64Gb/s) – NVMe SSD
1 x M.2 (M Key) Socket (M2M_SB1):
Supports M.2 Type 2280 SSD module
Supports PCI-E 4.0 x4 (64Gb/s) – NVMe SSD
1 x M.2 (M Key) Socket (M2_SB2):
Supports M.2 Type 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 SSD module
Supports PCI-E 4.0 x4 (64Gb/s) – NVMe/ AHCI SSD & SATA lll (6Gb/s)SSD
* When using PCI-E module on M.2 slot(M2M_SB1), the PCI-E slot(PCIEx16_2) will be disabled
LANRealtek RTL8125B
10/ 100/ 1000/ 2500 Mb/s auto-negotiation, Half / Full duplex capability
AUDIO CODECALC1220
7.1 Channels, High Definition Audio, Hi-Fi
USB2 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-C port (1 on rear I/O and 1 via internal header)
5 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) ports (5 on the rear I/Os)
2 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports (2 via internal header)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 on the rear I/Os and 4 via the internal header)
EXPANSION SLOT2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slot
1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 Slot (x16 mode)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 Slot (x4 mode)
REAR I/O2 x WIFI Antenna Port
1 x HDMI Port (HDMI2.1)
1 x DP Port (DP1.2)
1 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-C Port
5 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Port
2 x USB 2.0 port
1 x LAN port
3 x Audio Jack
1 x SMART BIOS UPDATE Button
1 x SMART BIOS USB Port
INTERNAL I/O6x SATA III Connector (6Gb/s)
1x M.2 (E Key) Socket: Supports 2230 type Wi-Fi & Bluetooth module and Intel® CNVi
2 x USB 2.0 Header (each header supports 2 USB 2.0 ports)
1 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) Header (each header supports 2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports)
1 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type C Header.
1 x 4-Pin Power Connector
1 x 8-Pin Power Connector
1 x 24-Pin Power Connector
1 x CPU Fan Connector
1 x CPU water cooling connector (CPU_OPT)
4 x System Fan Connectors
1 x Front Panel Header
1 x Front Audio Header
1 x Internal Stereo Speaker Header
1 x Clear CMOS Header
1 x COM Port Header
1 x TPM Header
1 x Thunderbolt Header
2 x LED Header (5V)
1 x LED Header (12V)
* M.2 (E key) Wi-Fi card is not provided
H/W MONITORINGCPU / System Temperature Monitoring
Smart / Manual CPU Fan Control
CPU/DDR Voltage Monitoring
DIMENSIONATX Form Factor Dimension: 30.5 cm x 24.4cm ( W x L )

Press Release

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BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, is delighted to introduce its premier SILVER series, the Z790A-SILVER motherboard.

Built around the Intel Z790 platform, the Z790A-SILVER is a masterful piece of tech designed to serve gamers, content creators, and casual users faithfully.

With support for 12th/ 13th Generation Intel Core™ processors, a quad DIMM DDR5 ram interface, and a PCIe 5.0×16 slot tailored for that beastly new graphics card, make it the ideal choice for a hardy gaming rig that turns average gamers into true champions.

As an expansion of BIOSTAR’s RACING series motherboard range, the Z790A-SILVER carries a robust build and styling handed down by its predecessors, showcasing the classic RACING stripes on its PCB and the Silver colored cooling blocks.

PCIe M.2 4.0 and SATA III (6Gb/s) are the chosen storage technology for the Z790A-SILVER motherboard. They are highly stable and efficient for any given task, with superior USB 3.2 (Gen2) type-C and USB 3.2 (Gen2) type-A ports for blisteringly fast data transfers.

BIOSTAR’s intelligent safety features are a given on their SILVER series motherboards, and the Z790A is no exception. BIOSTAR’s innovative DIGITAL PWM technology and Dr. MOS integrated driver ICs provide superior power delivery, power efficiency, and enhanced performance at higher switching frequencies.

Furthermore, M.2 Cooling Protection, ESD Protection, and OC / OV / OH Protection keep the system from overheating and critical electrical malfunctions, extending its hardware lifespan greatly.

The Z790A-SILVER motherboard uses Realtek’s RTL8125B LAN chipset supported by BIOSTAR’s 2.5Guard, featuring 2.5x higher data transfer speeds with electrical surge and lightning discharge protection.

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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