Biostar A320 Pro series motherboards go back to basics

— 12:34 PM on April 11, 2017

One of those new Ryzen 5 chips could make a pretty solid foundation for an office PC, and Biostar has just the motherboard for it. The company's new A320MH-Pro and A320MD-Pro are microATX Socket AM4 motherboards that Biostar says were designed with durability and reliability in mind. To that end, these boards keep it simple and offer just the basics for a Ryzen-based PC.

As you probably expect, both boards are based on the baseline AMD A320 chipset. In fact, the two boards are identical save for the available video connections. The A320MH-Pro has an HDMI 1.4 port while the A320MD-Pro has a DVI-D connection. Both boards also get a VGA connector. The onboard video ports won't work with a Ryzen processor, but either way, you get two DDR4 DIMM slots supporting speeds up to 2667 MT/s, a single PCIe x16 3.0 slot, four 6Gbps SATA connectors, and two USB 3.0 ports. Realtek chips handle both network and audio duties on these boards.

None of those specs are going to set hearts alight, but then again, that's not the point. These boards are primed for Excel workstations and other office-oriented tasks. Even still, they support the whole range of Ryzen CPUs, so there's nothing stopping you from sticking a Ryzen 7 1800X into one of these. Possibly the most important part of these boards is that Biostar's only asking $59 for them. Look for the A320MH-Pro and A320MD-Pro at e-tail stores any day now.

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