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Item#: N82E16813138117

BIOSTAR TForce TF720 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 720a ATX AMD Motherboard

  • NVIDIA nForce 720a
  • Phenom / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron
  • DDR2 1066/800
  • (1066 by AM2+ CPU)
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Learn more about the Biostar TForce TF720 A2+

Model

Brand
BIOSTAR
Model
TForce TF720 A2+

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM2+/AM2
CPU Type
Phenom / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron
FSB
2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)

Chipsets

Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 720a

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR2 1066/800
(1066 by AM2+ CPU)
Maximum Memory Supported
16GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
1
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
3

Storage Devices

PATA
1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s
6
SATA RAID
0/1/0+1/5

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
NVIDIA GeForce 8 series

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC662
Audio Channels
6 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111C
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
2
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
Audio Ports
3 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
4 x USB 2.0 Header

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Power Pin
24 Pin

Packaging

Package Contents
TForce TF720 A2+
Driver Disk
User Manual
Rear I/O Panel Shield
IDE/PATA Cable
SATA Cable
4-pin to SATA Power Cable

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Nicholas P.
  • 5/23/2009 7:20:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGets the job done

Pros: Great for the price.

Cons: Only has one PCI-E x16 2.0 slot.

Didn't have enough 3 pin fan slots for my case so I needed to order adapters.

Other Thoughts: AMD 7750 Kuma 2.7 GHz OCed to 3.2 GHz
OCZ Fatal1ty 4 GB 1066 MHz RAM
Seagate 1000 GB 3.0 Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD
Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512 MB 256 bit
Rosewill Conqueror
Biostar TF720 Motherboard

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  • Susan A.
  • 5/6/2009 3:49:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: Fired right up, recognized everything, no problems at all with this board. Easily upgradeable and lots of room to work.

Cons: None yet, but I will report if I find anything.

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  • dale f.
  • 5/2/2009 12:22:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssecond failure

Pros: this board was inexpensive, and appeared perfect for my whs system. built in video-etc.

Cons: First board failed after 9 months with the RAID controller overheating.
Second board made it 45 days. It had a much bigger heat sink. Whatever is wrong this time is corrupting data.

Other Thoughts: 1st board had a 1 year warranty-fine print excluded that if the supplier had a lesser warranty like neweggs. This is the fault of the manufacturer NOT newegg. Biostar made this choice.

2nd board board I spent the extra $15 for the 1 year warrenty. good choice it appears.

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  • Genet W.
  • 5/1/2009 9:24:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsmobo problem

Pros: beautiful color
good design
lots of ports

Cons: had this motherboard for 3 weeks.. everytihng was fine... but a new cpu fan in to replace the stock one... motherboard doesnt work now.. no led nothing

Other Thoughts: i dont really know what happened to mine

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/28/2009 8:50:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsValue == Price + Features, Ubuntu 9.04

Pros: [] Most have been well defined out by earlier reviewers ... so I am just going to highlight some important features to me.
[] Goal: Provide a memory upgrade path for future applications. Solved: Maximum memory for the board is 16 GB with initial 4GB GSKILL Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ installed.
[] Goal: Be able to convert build to Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 platform for Quickbooks & other accounting applications: Not tested by me yet. I expect this to have been enabled by the build.
[] OS: Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty with Kubuntu 9.04 packages added installed, all hardware recognized & working.
[] Goal: In parallel, use one SATA drive for OS in mobile drive tray and one IDE legacy drive for slave/data transport drive in mobile drive tray. Solved: Both SATA drive and IDE drive coexist and perform their prescribed functions.
[] Imperfectly good ... based on the price I wanted to pay and compared to my other candidates, this proved to be a good compromise... a painless build.

Cons: [] Again, most of these have been called out. I found that my graphics card fan and size did block a PCI slot ... limiting future hardware applications.
[] Missing parallel printer port. Yes, some of us still have these around performing tasks and the lack does limit a build's application.
[] Missing third and forth IDE drive support. I have many legacy drives ...
[] Missing RS232 port. I have two legacy external ZOOM modems for emergency use.

Other Thoughts: [] I have not tested all of the memory slots. An earlier reviewer had problems with some being dead. This is on my to do list.
[] I expect to install Windows XP as a second OS, SATA mobile tray drive soon.
[] I try to get full value out of my hardware purchases and do re-purpose legacy systems. For the $ price paid, at the present it appears that I received good value. Some desired features: a non-blocked PCI slot, IDE, printer port, RS232 are not present. I depends upon your build goals as to whether this works for you.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/27/2009 9:34:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid board - onboard audio is garbage

Pros: Inexpensive, packed with features, very upgradeable, ATX for mATX price, working great powering various Linux distros, nice overclocking options

I wanted onboard graphics since I'm both a penny pincher and not much of a gamer. This was about the only board in its price range that wasn't crippled in some way (for my purposes) . Didn't want ATI graphics, since I'm primarily a Linux user; wasn't limited to 8GB max ram; had a PCI 2.0 slot, etc.

Cons: The only con I can really speak of is the onboard audio. As others have reported, it sucks. It has a subtle, raspy sound quality, and sounds hissy when closing applications sometimes. Fortunately, I had an 10 year-old Sound Blaster card lying around, so that solved my problem.

Also, the decibel level is pretty low. I have decent speakers, and used to have to only crank them to about 3/10 to get a comfortable sound level. Using the onboard audio, I'd have to crank it up to about 6-8/10. And we all know the higher you crank your speakers, the more sound quality is degraded.

Won't suspend using Linux kernels 2.6.26 or 2.6.28 (using Debian and Ubuntu, respectively)

Other Thoughts: I had to set the SATA controller to "AHCI" mode in the bios to get anything to boot. I was almost tearing my hair out before I realized what was going on. I didn't need any additional boot arguments to get Linux to boot, as others have reported.

All around a good board for what you pay. If you listen to music or watch movies on a regular basis, you're probably going to want to get a discrete sound card for this. I don't consider myself an audiophile, but I noticed quickly that the sound quality was sub-par. If you just watch the occasional flash video clip and surf the web, you should be fine. I was considering docking an egg for this, but it's such a bargain that I didn't do it.

Also, I haven't had problems with the chipset getting hot, like others. The heatsink that came on my board is different from the one pictured here. I'm guessing they changed it to address the heat issue.

Bottom line - despite the crummy audio, I'd buy it again.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 4/22/2009 5:57:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSpiffy Mobo

Pros: Works plenty fine for my setup. I don't overclock or anything. CPU went in fine and everything was compatible without having to adjust the BIOS.

Cons: Audio sucks, likes to make a pop sound every few minutes. It's like a capacitor is slowly charging somewhere and then at the end discharges all over my speakers.

Other Thoughts: Setup:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

2 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HD985ZXAGHBOX

BIOSTAR TForce TF720 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 720a ATX AMD Motherboard

Rosewill R512BS Black Ultra High Gloss Finished ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W 20+4Pin &4SATA Connectors Power Supply

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  • Joshua G.
  • 4/21/2009 9:52:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Great features, hybrid sli, ddr2 1066. Can't beat the price to performance ratio. Strapped one of the new AMD X2 Kuma 2.7 ghz cpus with 4GB of Corsair DDR2 1066 Dominator Ram and my GeForce 9600GT and together everythign flies!

Cons: One PCI-e slot, but you can't get everything for this price. Not reall a con for me since I don't plan on ever setting it up with SLI anyways.

Other Thoughts: Good layout, easy to use. Good coloring. Great board, very happy with my purchase.

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  • Darin M.
  • 4/19/2009 6:01:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good.....

Pros: Everything built in to board, which makes for easy setup when using as a server.
6 SATA ports for lots of storage...

Cons: Wish there were more SATA ports, but cant have everything :)

Other Thoughts: Built system with 6 x 1TB drives. FreeBSD 7.1 installed with no problems, and compiled in GEOM_RAID5 for software RAID 5 support. All works perfectly so far.

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  • Fitsnips.com M.
  • 4/18/2009 3:22:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsavoid if running centos

Pros: power switch on mb for testing ...

Cons: Could not get centos loaded

Other Thoughts: Low Rating is Based on Linux only!

I am sure if I really wanted to debug it I could have figured it out, but that was 10 years ago now I just want a mobo that runs linux without the fight. I know ubuntu users are having good luck, but centos was not seeing the usb keyboard. Using the pci=nomsi helped get the installer to the lang selection but there it was stuck. I could have bought a ps2 adapter for the usb keyboard but why bother. To bad biostar does not support linux as I run them in my windows PC and have had great luck.

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