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BIOSTAR 945GZ Micro 775 SE LGA 775 Intel 945GZ Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel 945GZ
  • Core 2 Duo / Pentium D / Celeron D
  • DDR2 533
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 7/20/2007 6:14:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo for almost no $

Pros: This mobo is the best IMO cheap mobo out there (socket 775 anyway) 950 intg gfx, handles Vista aero with relative ease. No gfx card needed. 4 SATA, Intel chipset, what else do you want?

Cons: Ungly green color. Fashion clash in the case.

Other Thoughts: Don't mess with the Bios too much, things that shouldn't make it unstable do. Just change the boot order and leave it stock. DO not overclock with this board, it is just there so you can brag to your friends about how you COULD overclock if you wanted to.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/31/2007 11:26:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Repleacment

Pros: This board has worked out pretty well for me. It has been a good replacement for my ECS RC410L/800-M 2.0 LGA 775 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Micro ATX that I ended up frying through a really long story:P.

Cons: It does not have as many ports that I would have liked to have for my cpu cooling fans, but thats ok because its still running at a fairly good temp.

Other Thoughts: I was surprised what the Integrated graphics were like on this card. It actually runs, not like a video card would, but it still runs Halo, Splinter Cell, ect. So make sure to get a good graphics card :).

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  • Alex R.
  • 5/23/2007 1:00:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsBio C-rap

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Well, it's biostar, what do you expect, DOA, as always.

Other Thoughts: DON'T BUY!

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  • Rhua W.
  • 4/21/2007 8:16:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy!

Pros: It's in the trash.

Cons: Had the same "a jack has been unplugged" error" a lot of peopple were complaining about. Updated BIOS, did not fix problem. After about 5 hours of use the board died. Do yourself a favor and scrape up a few extra bucks to buy a good board.

Other Thoughts: Bought with a combo deal, so RMAing was basically worthless. The overclocking app. that came with board was a joke. Board maxes out at 2 gig, not much room to upgrade anyway.

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  • Robert B.
  • 4/14/2007 7:49:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsV ery nice, but runs hot. Potential BIOS issues.

Pros: I purchased 6 of these. 4 worked perfectly, 2 had that crazy "plugged - unplugged" error others reported. Used latest BIOS - just recently released. Stopped the message on 1 board, but lost front audio jack, didn't work at all on 2d board. Tried latest BIOS for BIOSTAR 945GZ (not SE) as I checked the detailed specs and both boards seem identical except for BIOS. Latest BIOSTAR 945GZ BIOS fixed all problems on both boards. Go figure. Totally stable for over a week 24/7.

Cons: I've listed most above. Once past the BIOS issues these have been dirt cheap, fast, stable, and decent overclockers for MATX. An issue is heat. As others have reported for the BIOSTAR 945GZ and BIOSTAR 945GZ SE, the sensors show the board as running very, very hot, but the CPUs are very cool. On one system I OC'd a 915 to 3.4 GHz and it runs totally stable at 35 degrees, 50 under full load. No matter what I do on any system the board sensors show 80+ degrees! Either the sensors are off, or something very strange is up, as this is a standard chipset and certainly shouldn't be this hot. I question the sensors, as the boards should burn up pretty quickly at temps of 180 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Does not matter what BIOS is used, or what utility, same readings. Not one system has had problems though. Strange to say the least.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/5/2007 1:56:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Great quality for the price. Driver CD comes with everything you need. Onboard audio, USB, mouse and keyboard inputs work fine. Documentation manual is very clear and concise.

Cons: CPU socket is slightly raised, making the heatsink very hard to lock down. You have to push down on each side VERY hard to lock it into place. The north bridge gets VERY hot, so look into glueing a fan onto the northbridge heatsink or something.

Other Thoughts: All in all, outstanding quality for the money. Perfect board for a basic system with a celeron D and some kingston 667 ram. Not sure how the board fares with Vista and a core 2 duo, but I'll repost if that comes around.

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  • Robert H.
  • 4/2/2007 6:25:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsClose, but no Cigar

Pros: Fast setup,many CPU choices,everything you need onboard to build good system.

Cons: onboard sound would not stop posting jack plugged in ,a jack was unplugged over and over. Biostar Email Support was prompt with their replies, but no help. Upgraded to latest Bios as previous post but no change. Installed latest Realtek drivers , no help. Returned board at my loss.

Other Thoughts: Bioistar is good company I will still use their boards ,but if you have problem you are are your own.

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  • Robert B.
  • 3/24/2007 2:24:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat borad. If you are going to build a system know how a BIOS works.

Pros: Great board. Great price. I just built 4 systems with these. Perfect. unbeatable performance price ratio. Excellent C2D support. To Juice50: anyone who builds knows you have to disable the "floppy drive seek" or "floppy drive" in the BIOS for most boards, or it will give the message you receive if you don't have floppy installed or don't want to boot off it. It is no reason to dis a great board. Asus, Gigabyte and MSI don't give you this info in any guide either.

Cons: None. I have used 6 of these total in builds. All work flawlessly. Also, virtually all Mobo manufacturers deal with support via email - ever heard of that? I had an issue on one board. Sent an email - Biostar has a form that takes 2 minutes to fill out - I got a response with a fix in 24 hours.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2007 9:52:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggssupport?? is there any?????

Pros: Great little board. Using for a low budget build for my mom. Works great with e6300.

Cons: Absolutley no support. I tried calling biostar's U.S.A. support line and got the operator that told me the number was no longer in service. The issue with this board is that after it posts it will not load windows until someone presses the F1 key. I cannot find anywhere that tells me how to disable it. I even picked through Bios trying different settings. This is very frustrating.

Other Thoughts: Would have rated it with 5 eggs if Biostar actually had customer support in the states.

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  • Robert B.
  • 3/22/2007 9:16:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board and an incredible price.

Pros: I've been using this board for 2 weeks and it is one of the best deals I've gotten. I paid more, 57 with free shipping. So after rebate you're getting a real steal. I put it in a tiny case and tested the board extensively.: it works flawlessly with a Pentium D 945, Cedar Mill 641, and a Core 2 Duo E4300. Rock solid. It seems to accept virtually any RAM (Kingston, Infineon, Corsair). You can run 1066 CPUs, but you'll need to overclock to get to stock speeds as the normal FSB is 800. It overclocks moderately well for a small budget board. You'll need to raise the voltage slightly to get to 1066 MHz. I personally would advise against it. Stick with Cedar Mill, Presler, or Allendale. Great for budget builds that perform well and fully support both XP and Vista. The 950 graphics give full Aero support. Tiny, with 4 SATA2 ports! 3 PCI slots, so you don't lose space to the ridiculous PCI-E 1x - 75 bucks for a USB or Firewire PCI-E card; a PCI version is 7 and works just as well!!!???

Cons: The PCI-E 16x only runs at 4x. Video is crystal clear with my nVidia 6200 and I've noticed no difference in the applications I use compared to my MSI 945 ATX with Allendale in terms of graphics quality, but I don't game. On account of the limitation this is not a gamers board - but what real gamer buys micro-atx, let alone budget boards anyway? I also initially had a problem with the audio. I got that annoying constant "device plugged" then "device unplugged" message over and over again from the Realtek Hi-Def audio. Search the web and see others with this issue. I emailed Biostar and they sent me a BIOS uprgade that was recently finished (2/15) but not on the website. It solved the problem immediately.

Other Thoughts: Well worth buying - great features, great price. It has some limitations but you'll pay more for a cruddy VIA board. This is very good Intel Chipset board that is small enough to fit in a tiny case, but has enough expansion to support 4 SATA 2 HDD and 2 IDE Optical Drives. This makes it a good choice for a full sized budget dual core builds.

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