BioStar Racing X370GT7 AMD AM4 Motherboard Review

BIOSTAR isn’t exactly a juggernaut of a manufacturer here in the U.S. Despite stiff competition, the big boys are blowing it bad enough at the X370 Ryzen motherboard game that BIOSTAR’s X370GT7 just might be one of the best AM4 motherboard options around. While we think it might actually be good, it still doesn’t make for a smooth ride.


Motherboard Overclocking Software

Biostar includes it's Racing GT utility with its X370GT7 motherboard. The software, is not surprisingly a utility with functionality beyond performance tuning. The utility shows system information and acts as a hardware monitor. The Smart Ear functionality allows you to adjust the volume, gain and mute the audio.

The Vivid LED DJ portion of the Racing GT utility is somewhat unique. The bulk of the motherboard manufacturers have lighting control as a separate utility, but Biostar integrates it into their overclocking suite. There is far greater control here than you get in the UEFI BIOS. This isn't abnormal as many motherboard manufacturers don't have any lighting control in their UEFI at all. You can configure lighting themes to go with the normal, ECO, and sport modes. A color wheel adds the possibility of almost endless color choices. You can also adjust the LED lighting by three zones or link these all together.

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The hardware monitor isn't the most robust thing I've ever seen. It does however, show case things in a succinct and easy to understand view. Fan controls are available here, but the interface for this could have been more expansive. I mean this in the literal sense. It's very compact. The OC/OV utility allows for overclocking, and overvolting as the name implies. The OC aspect of the menu is simple, allowing for saving and loading of profiles, or adjusting the CPU multiplier ratio. The OV menu provides all the most essential voltage adjustments and allows you to increase or decrease them as necessary. You can also save/load profiles form here.

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The utility is nice as it works very well. It feels lightweight and fast, although it's not as robust as some I've seen. For example, fan control feels limited, and so does the RGB LED control. I do like the basic tuning elements of the software, and the overall interface. It lacks the excellent automatic overclocking ASUS offers, or anything on those lines. While I can't classify Biostar's Racing GT software as being best in class, it's certainly a solid, if basic offering.