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BIOSTAR TA970 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2000(OC)/1866
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The BIOSTAR TA970 motherboard is a great choice for those wanting to build a powerful yet budget-friendly AM3+ processor based system. It's powered by AMD 970 Chipset, and supports Socket AM3+ AMD FX/ Phenom II/ Athlon II processor. The latest USB 3.0 and SATA III allow you to transfer and retrieve data at blistering speed. With CrossFire X, you can scale the graphics performance by incorporating two VGA cards into a single system.

Performance is just part of the story. The Blu-ray audio redefines your listening experience on a PC. This board is designed to be a tough guy, with moisture-proof PCB, ESD Protection and OC / OV / OH Protection circuit. Five-phase power design and 100% solid caps take stability and overclocking potential to the next level. An array of user-friendly software is provided, to streamline and optimize your everyday use.

  • newegg Blu-ray Audio Upgrading your Audio performance in the easiest way is choosing BIOSTAR ultimate Motherboard. It does support Blu-ray audio DRM (compatible driver/software) and provide the higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz than the 16 bit/ 48KHz from the normal MB. You will experience the high quality sound effect with pure Blu-Ray Audio.
  • newegg Moisture-proof PCB With the popularity of PC usage and working environment has getting deteriorating and moist (such as rural, coastal). The PCB will be oxidizing easily by damp or absorbed moisture. And then ionic migration or CAF(Conductive Anodic Filament) will be generated. Moisture-proof PCB meets high density and high reliability requirements for moisture proofing.
  • newegg Five Phase Power Phase Design Five-phase VRM design with high quality power components such as low RDS (on) Mosfet for lower temperature has the advantage to raise the overclocking ability.
  • newegg 100% Solid Caps With armor-plated BIOSTAR Technology, all capacitors are placed with 100% solid capacitors that have a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components.
  • newegg ESD Protection ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) is the major factor to destroy PC by electrical overstress(EOS) condition. ESD occurred when PC users touch any devices connected to PC, which may result in damage to motherboard or parts. ESD protection is designed to protect the motherboard and equipment from damage by EOS.
  • newegg OC / OV / OH Protection All BIOSTAR special circuit design detects overvoltage conditions and prevents voltage surges from spreading in real time. It also actively cuts off the overvoltage supply to protect your system. Over current protection protects motherboard from damage when overclocking or an unusual current import. Over heat protection protects motherboard & CPU from burning when exceeding the temperature limitation.

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

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  • William L.
  • 3/26/2015 3:48:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCMOS fail

Pros: Other than the major issues it has, it does serve the purpose of a motherboard.

Cons: On very first boot, got a CMOS fail. Boot up times are obnoxious. USB devices randomly restart every few minutes. It's pretty awful.

Other Thoughts: Probably just got a bad board, but there seem to be a lot of people who did, so I'm just going to try a different brand, I guess.

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  • Mark H.
  • 3/25/2015 10:57:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTotal Headache....

Pros: - Cheap

Cons: - Cheap

Other Thoughts: This motherboard has been a headache for me since november, it took me this long to figure out there was a default setting on the motherboard that was over clocking my CPU by 0.1 MHZ and causing instability and freezing. Who knows how much this has compromised the rest of my system. Do yourself a favor and buy another board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2015 3:14:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZero issues, good for the price.

Pros: Everything booted right the first time. Was able to oc the 6300 I was using to 4.4 at under 1.35v with no issues at all.

Cons: BIOS seems lacking compared to the board I replaced this with.

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  • luis z.
  • 3/3/2015 8:22:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdissapointed

Pros: fits all the right ports

Cons: wouldn't read cd drive or hard drive. I know it's too late to exchange it but didn't feel like unscrewing everything out

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  • Michael B.
  • 3/3/2015 9:21:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA...worthless

Pros: caught my eye for its high RAM capacity

Cons: no diag light or speaker makes it a frustrating board to troubleshoot

Other Thoughts: Experienced DIY builder, mobo refuses to do anything but make my fans spin. First time in case the cpu cooler, power supply fan and vid card fan run at max. No post beeps, no video output. Nada. Took everything out of the case, fans slow down properly but still no post, no beeps and no video. Swapped power supplies and video card just to be sure, still no dice. The time it took me to troubleshoot was just long enough to miss Newegg's 30-day return policy, now I am stuck dealing with Bio-star, who have yet to return my RMA request or phone calls.

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  • juan l.
  • 3/1/2015 8:49:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdid not like my bulldozer

Pros: works OK if not using bulldozers (I had fx-6100) and not paring up missmatched ram 1333 and 1600

Cons: coil wine when using Bulldozer. no usb3 header. efi not really

Other Thoughts: Pile-driver CPU eliminated the coil wine.

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  • David D.
  • 2/20/2015 7:48:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: I've had the Biostar TA970 for 3/4 year no problems to speak of don't know the price as it was in a bundle w/ a 4 gig memory stick, rosewill(?) case/power that had usb 2.0 connectors on the front panel that I could hook up, an AMD 6 core processor, and an LG dvd.
I provided a hard drive another 4 gig memory and an emergency video card I had to rush out and buy as this MoBo has no native Video.
this was my first build so I took it over to a friends house who has built like 30+ systems since before the turn of the century.
he took care of lining up and seating the CPU and heat sink then we mounted it to the Case with case provided stand offs (one slightly bent) and added all the connections next. I did the jumper wires to the front of the case as the board text is tiny but the instructions have a pix of
this strip of pins we did the 24 pin power the 4 pin power the cpu fan power and the (at least one case fan connected so it will start up) the CPU power and the audio jack the CMOS jumper had not fallen off.
installed the DVD drive and the hard drive .... jetted to the store to grab an $85 on sale video card. I think my friend turned off the advanced uefi(?) bios to get it to see my drive but it may have been because my drive was not in sata socket 5 or 6. the 2 included sata cables were nice as the dvd drive had none in it's box.
I loaded the OS and drivers that came on the provided disks from biostar and the video card and was off and running.
I did skip "flashing" the Bios for now but may up date it at a
later time I have the newer "yellow" not the older red board.
Just now I added 2x8 gig memory module to bring it up to
24 gig total and added windows 7 pro so I could use it all.
win7 sees all 24 gig and says my memory score is 7.7
but my 3+ yr. old hard drive scores 2.5 .... this is its first
use as it was just lying around for years 500 gig 7,200 rpm(?)

Cons: would be nice more usb 3.0 compatibility like header
or more connectors.

Other Thoughts: this board is great and I would buy it again !!
I bet some people didn't have a 30+ build friend to help
and that's why they can't get it to work
things to watch for:
static electricity, case pins touching the circuit board
pins should only be under proper screw holes
get (one) video card and place in dark x16 slot
instal 4 pin power as well as the 24 pin one
Cmos jumper in place pin 1-2 (run) not reset position 2-3
instal at least one case fan off the board
recommend sata 5 or 6 connection for boot drive (uefi)
use correct memory slots (colored ones first)
fully seat the memory chips .....
this is a two channel board so memory works best in
pairs of the same size [I have 2 4gig from dif. manufacturers
in the colored slots and the new 2x8gig exact pair in the
dark slots (filled last) .... (I'll prolly yank the 4's and
put in 16's when those hit the market/my price point)
my case speaker was the size of a button on two wires
(easy to misplace)
if your case has usb 2.0 on the front you can connect
to MoBo otherwise you need adapter
[thanks New egg for bundling that kind of case]
your case will have to have the stand off pins, screws
etc. as the board package has just board, 2 sata
cables, manual, driver disk and that cmos jumper
(pre-installed on pins 1-2 [run] unless it fell off ?)

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  • Aliaksandr V.
  • 2/15/2015 5:55:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good board

Pros: I have used this board more than 20 times and I don't remember any problems with it, I think it failed like one time long time ago, but I trust this board more than some others. It looks nice, lots of USB ports, all essential features are present

Cons: Nu onboard USB 3.0 plug. But it can be fixed via cheap adapter , search "USB 3.0 to 2.0 internal adapter" and you will find this piece to plug into 2.0 which is not that bad (better than dead ports)

Other Thoughts: I will keep buying this board for cheaper builds where 990FX is not necessary.

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  • Matt H.
  • 2/14/2015 2:56:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice mobo

Pros: Very nice mobo and easy to use.

Cons: um, well when booting, it takes approximately 15 seconds to get past the BIOSTAR logo boot screen.. kind of annoying since my last mobo was like a second long. but I can deal with it for this price!

Other Thoughts: Definitely recommend if you are looking for a cheap yet very functional AM3+ mobo

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  • Michelle A.
  • 2/10/2015 4:18:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good value

Cons: This is my first computer build, and as much care as I was told to take with the CPU, I was amazed at how little packaging there was. But it was fine, and I got the whole thing put together without a problem.

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