Not only did Intel unveil its Z490 motherboard chipset for Intel's 10th generation desktop processors, but it also announced its more budget-friendly chipsets. Biostar has announced two new micro-ATX H410 models, the H410MHG, and the H410MH, aimed at the low cost and high volume market. Both with simplistic designs and budget-friendly controller sets, both models include Realtek Gigabit networking, Realtek ALC887 HD audio codecs, as well as four SATA ports and a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot.

Biostar H410MHG micro-ATX motherboard

Starting with the higher-specification of the two new H410 models from Biostar, the H410MHG includes TPM technology which adds hardware-based security functionality designed for cryptographic operations. In regards to PCIe, it consists of a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, and a single PCI slot. There are four straight-angled SATA ports below the 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power input, while a single 8-pin 12 V ATX input provides power to the CPU. On the rear panel is two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports, with an HDMI, DVI-D and VGA port allowing users to use Intel's integrated UHD graphics. A COM port, a PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard port are also present for users looking to use legacy peripherals. For cooling, the H410MHG also has three 4-pin fan headers, one for a CPU fan, and two for chassis fans.

Biostar H410MH micro-ATX motherboard

The Biostar H410MH has a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, with four SATA straight-angled SATA ports, and offers a slightly lighter rear IO panel. It includes separate PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, four USB 2.0 ports, and two video outputs consisting of HDMI and VGA. For the cooling, it has just two 4-pin headers with one dedicated for a CPU fan, and the other for a chassis fan.

Biostar H410MHG (top) and H410MH (bottom) rear panels

Shared across both models includes the memory and networking support, with a Realtek RTL811H Gigabit Ethernet controller, and two memory slots with support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-2933 memory. The H410MHG and H410MH also feature a Realtek ALC887 HD audio codec which provides three 3.5 mm audio jacks on the rear panel, as well as a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot with support for both NVMe and SATA drives.

Although Biostar hasn't announced pricing or availability for the H410MHG and H410MH models, likely, they won't be too expensive. Designed more for cost-focused users looking for a foundation while leveraging the power of Intel's 10th generation processors, both of these micro-ATX H410 models include access to the Biostar VIP Care portal for additional support from Biostar.

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  • DanNeely - Friday, May 29, 2020 - link

    Weird industry shit is a lot more than just audio; and the previos posters Xonar ST was marketed to prosumers/audiophools not audio producers like your RME cards appear to be.

    And for industrial cases I'd expect to have a small number of boards available for years to come. You can get an LGA1155 (Sandy/Ivybridge) board with an ISA slot despite it being an essentially dead interface since sometime in the 90s. I'm just surprised that this long after PCIe displaced legacy PCI on mass market boards that it's still showing up in as widely as it is.
  • esoel_ - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - link

    Omg that board is beautiful 😂
  • lmcd - Friday, May 29, 2020 - link

    Honestly what a joke. Audio processing needs fast, accurate timings and clean power. USB isn't the interface, PCIe is, and PCI also is.

    It's only legacy because you don't care about it personally.
  • Samus - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - link

    Every DJ, music producer and record studio connect their equipment via USB. All high end external DAC's are USB. Not sure what you are getting at with fast, accurate timing. Maybe for gaming, in which case who cares about fine tuned precision lossless 192khz audio quality. And if you do, there are solutions, and they are USB and work excellent.
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 29, 2020 - link

    They seem to be very slim pickings on the AMD side. I went to newegg and filtered for AM4 and PCI. Most of the boards found were out of stock/only available used/refurbed. The tally was 1x 570. 1x 450. 1x 370 (with 3 listings). And a few 350/320 boards.

    On the intel side I looked at 300 series chipsets since the 400's aren't listed yet. There were about 70 boards; but almost entirely low/mid end models. Only a single Z370 model.

    Unfortunately I think you're going to have to budget for a new sound card when you finally upgrade unless you can find some sort of riser based adapter. And there unless you want to do some substantial case modding, you'd be limited to an mATX board in a full ATX case. (Install the sound card in one of the empty openings at the bottom.)
  • brucethemoose - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - link

    Yeah, thats more or less what I was expecting :(. I'd like to go full mATX too, so if I don't dump the ST, a ribbon adapter and some modding may be in order.
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  • RaistlinZ - Friday, May 29, 2020 - link

    I'm guessing these will only be used by OEM's to pair with 10th gen i3-xxxx CPUs. Can these even run a 10900K CPU?
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 29, 2020 - link

    judging by the size of the VRMs, I suspect if you put one in; it would end up not being able to turbo much above the nominal 95W level and end up performing about the same as the non K model. Any modest gains would be down to more power efficient binning.

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