Biostar B360GT3S Motherboard Overview
First off the Biostar B360GT3S is a Micro-ATX motherboard, Biostar also offers a B360GT5S which is a normal ATX board. The board itself has a black PCB with mainly black accents. There is Biostar’s Racing “R” stamped on the board in grey and there is a small Biostar logo on the chipset heatsink.
Starting at the CPU socket we have Intel’s LGA1151 socket, which of course supports 8th generation “Coffee Lake” chips. From the looks of it we have a 7 phase power design for the CPU. The power delivery components are covered by a black heatsink. At the top of the board is an 8-pin EPS connector, system fan header, and CPU fan header.
Moving over we have our four DDR4 DIMM slots. These slots are not color-coded or have any type of reinforcement. According to the Biostar website you can install up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory. At the corner of the board are two 4-pin RGB headers, then moving down the board you’ll find your 24-pin ATX power connection and four SATA 6GB/s ports.
If we continue down the board there are actually two more SATA 6GB/s ports, giving you a total of 6. It is weird that all the ports come straight out of the board and are not at a 90-degree angle. The connections on the bottom of board are as follows (left to right) HD audio header, 4-pin system fan, two USB 2.0 headers, USB 3.1 (gen 1) header, clear CMOS jumper, BIOS switch, and front panel connections.
As far as expansion slots go you have a two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (one which has metal reinforcement), and a single PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slot. The first slot is wired for x16 whereas the second slot is only wired for x4. In between the PCI-Express slots there are two M.2 slots. The bottom slot is the one that is a true PCIe x4 (32GB/s) slot so you will get full speeds out of this slot. The top slot is only a 16 GB/s slot, so if you are installing a single M.2 definitely use the bottom slot.
The audio solution on this board is the Realtek ALC1150, which has the Racing logo on top of the chip. Also the entire audio section of the board has complete PCB isolation from the rest of the motherboard. Also on the far edge of the board are RGB LEDs, which you can control in the BIOS or through Biostar’s Racing software.
Finally moving to the rear I/O we have a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (1x type-A, 1x type-C), Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and your HD audio connections.