Computex 2010 CoverageClayMeow - July 5, 2010
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Although Biostar produces graphics cards as well, the company is best known for its motherboards, and thus, that was the focus of my visit to the Biostar Booth. First up were the Intel boards. The TH55 XE is a mATX board that supports Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, has integrated graphics based on the CPU model, and features 100% Japanese solid capacitors with Biostar's Dura-Max technology. Most importantly to OCC, it supports unlocked processors.
Next was the slightly less impressive H55A+. Though an ATX board, like the TH55 XE, the H55A+ supports Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, has integrated graphics based on the CPU model, but doesn't have Dura-Max and only has a 5 Phase Power design compared to 7 Phase on the TH55 XE.
When it comes to enthusiasts though, we don't want integrated graphics, we want a high-powered beast. For that, Biostar has the TPower I55. Using the P55 chipset, the TPower I55 supports Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, SLI or CrossfireX, and up to DDR3-2600(OC). It features Dura-Max technology, 100% Japanese solid capacitors, 8+4 Phase Power design, as well as a 2 Phase Memory Power design, and Biostar's Space-Pipe cooling.
Biostar also showed off two prototype Intel 6 Series boards, the TP67XE and TH67XE, using the P67 chipset and H67 chipset, respectively. Both boards feature USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support, 100% Japanese solid capacitors, and 8+2 channel HD Blu-ray audio. The TP67XE is an ATX board with an 8 Phase Power design, while the TH67XE is an mATX with a 7 Phase Power design.
Next up were the AMD boards, starting with two mATX 880G and SB710 chipset boards, featuring integrated Radeon HD4250 graphics, the TA880GB+ and A880G+. The TA880GB+ supports 4x DDR3 up to 16GB, while the A880G+ supports 2x DDR3 up to 8GB.
The TA880G HD is an mATX board with the 880G and SB850 chipsets, and like the previous two AMD boards, features the Radeon HD4250. The TA880G HD has 100% Japanese solid capacitors, a 5 Phase Power design, 8+2 channel Blu-ray audio, 128MB sideport memory, and supports SATA 6Gb/s.
The TA890GXE and TA890GXB HD are two mATX boards using the 890GX and SB850 chipsets. Both boards feature the Radeon HD4290 and SATA 6Gb/s support, but the TA890GXE has 8+2 channel Blu-ray audio and 128MB sideport memory, while the TA890GXB HD only has 5.1 audio and no sideport memory.
The only 870 chipset board Biostar had was the TA870+, coupled with the SB850 chipset. An ATX board, the TA870+ has 100% Japanese solid capacitors, 8+2 channel Blu-ray audio, 5 Phase Power design plus 2 Phase Memory Power design, and support for SATA 6Gb/s and CrossfireX.
Lastly, we have the TA890FXE, an ATX board containing the 890FX and SB850 chipsets. The TA890FXE features 100% Japanese solid capacitors, 8+2 channel Blu-ray audio, 6 Phase Power design plus 2 Phase Memory Power design, supports SATA 6Gb/s and CrossfireX, and has silent-pipe cooling. Biostar also used this board to show off ATI Eyefinity, using a Radeon HD5850.