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BIOSTAR TA970 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x 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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  • martin i.
  • 8/27/2015 5:01:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Performance

Pros: I posted a generic review of this board previously and decided to give some feed back to those that technologically incline. People tend to relate better when you give them numbers to work with. I would have given this board 5 eggs, but it is not a 5 egg board in terms of the overall features and gadgets.

Biostar TA970 AM3+ Mother Board
I used AMD FX8310 cpu (3.7 GHZ and 4.2 turbo)
GTX 570
8 GB G.Skill @ DDR3 1600
1 TB Western Digital HD (7200 rpm) not an SSD
My results was amazing using Performance test 8.0 software!

Passmark Rating for the set up was 2788

CPU Mark
Core i7 3720QM (2.6GHZ) = 8303
Core i7 5820k (3.3GHZ) = 12868
AMD FX8310 (3.7GHZ) = 9134
Temps at the end testing
CPU 36* c
HD 25* c
GPU 46* c

I could have further improved the Pass-mark result by using 1866 Ram memory and a SSD. I posted the CPU mark of two core i7 to show and compare with my results. The CPU used doesn't cost a fraction of the i7's and it beat one of them.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: With the right hardware combination, anyone can set up an AMD board that can rival an Intel build in performance but not at the cost.
Hope this was helpful.

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  • martin i.
  • 8/19/2015 5:08:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Board

Pros: * Price value to performance, this board is rock solid. I have two of them. One was purchased over a yr. ago and the other was recently for my daughters PC. You cant touch the versatility and accommodations of the many CPU that it supports. Rock solid performance with AMD FX8310 in both builds. Have had no issues with those things mentioned by others here. Some these reviews leads me to believe that many folks don't have the basic understanding of building a simple pc. Updating bios went flawless in both builds.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Probably a good idea to have someone, who knows what they are doing, build your PC for you.

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  • Paul H.
  • 8/14/2015 4:15:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Budget Board That Just Works

Pros: Budget board that just works. I'm using my old AM3 AMD Athlon II X4 (Propus) and will be upgrading to an AM3+ AMD FX (Vishera, etc.) in the future.

No on-board video. If you're going to be using a discrete GPU anyway, why waste circuitry and silicon on an on-board GPU?

I like that the UEFI setup looks a lot the BIOS setups of old. K.I.S.S.

I come from the Pittsburgh area, so the black-and-yellow scheme is appreciated.

Cons: No USB3.0 headers.

Gotta find and SPDIF PCI bracket.

Some people probably prefer gaudy UEFI setups.

Other Thoughts: Newegg reviews are becoming over-run with clueless power users. While I can't attest to 125W CPUs, and DOA and duds are to expected, I experienced no problems with this board whatsoever. From the reviews I expected a better-than-50% chance that I'd have to return this board. Instead, this was my first setup where everything went right on the first try.

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  • Kevin M.
  • 8/13/2015 6:34:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot good over a year

Pros: It was cheap and came with a bundle. In the beginning it worked well.

Cons: The Bios was difficult to update and would not reboot because it had issues recognizing the SSD. I had to completely power down for it to boot again. Also, about a month ago it started locking up my computer and forced a reboot with no events in the operating system.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for. Spend the extra money now and you won't be buying another MB in a year.

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  • Sergei G.
  • 8/11/2015 9:50:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOk but not Good

Pros: Very affordable
Manual is easy to understand
Bios wasn't hard to update

Cons: The 24pin connector is a vary tight fit
No USB 3.0 I.O connectors
Bios is very basic
The Rear I.O shield has more to be desired

Other Thoughts: If you are looking to build a budget PC this is a good reliable motherboard with some cons but will still get the job done. I personally would not buy this motherboard again and would spend an extra $40 for something a little better. (If you add this on PC parts picker with an AMD FX CPU it will say *this motherboard bios may not be compatable with this CPU that is for the only version and almost all AMD AM3+ CPUs will work (FX-6300)

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  • Miguel B.
  • 8/9/2015 2:08:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good MB

Pros: Sturdy and nice-looking. All basic needs for an AMD gaming PC

Cons: Can't really overclock with it, so don't buy it with that in mind.

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  • Ernest J.
  • 8/1/2015 8:59:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Hooked up and beeped one time. NO Video and no more beeps. Tested 10 ways with working cards, memory, power supplies...

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  • Arthur B.
  • 7/25/2015 10:42:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNow that we've had this board for a while...

Pros: Please see my initial 8/28/24 review.

Now that we've had this board for a few months now, I just wanted to let everyone know that we've had no issues with it.

It's working great!.

Cons: Just that there is no USB 3 header, but that was fixed by purchasing a Vantek USB add on card.

Other Thoughts: The board runs real well.

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  • Robert M.
  • 7/18/2015 9:11:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA+++

Pros: I use Biostar MB's on all my Builds, along with AMD Processors and Crucial Memory. Go with the Best.

Cons: None

Manufacturer Response:

Interesting simple review, thank you Robert for the very kind review. Please enjoy.

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  • Mike C.
  • 6/29/2015 9:02:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGood for decent price

Pros: Bought this board for my little DIY project
1. Can't beat the price
2. So far performance pretty good

Cons: Can't say much about it for now~

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