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


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  • John G.
  • 11/24/2014 9:44:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWont boot into BIOS at all

Pros: NONE so far.........might have some if I could get it to work

Cons: NONE either. can't get the thing to boot at all

Other Thoughts: Tried everything with this board, moved mem slots moved sata cables, disconnected everything........WILL NOT BOOT AT ALL.
Tech support useless.......going to RMA and get something else.

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  • juan l.
  • 11/21/2014 3:14:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsthe worst coil whine ever

Pros: most features for the buck

Cons: no usb3.0 headers on board. terrible coil whine

Other Thoughts: noisiest motherboard ever.

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  • Joshua s.
  • 11/12/2014 9:32:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIf I could put 0 eggs I would

Pros: None

Cons: This board does not work. It turned on with fans spinning but no video. I purchased the FX 6300, G.Skill Ripjaw F3-12800CL7D-4GB, and this board. Nothing worked. No beeps from this board. I RMA'd twice. Assembly error and other parts were completely ruled out. After the third board still didn't work, I returned for a refund and ordered the ASUS equivalent, MEA97 LE R2.0. The ASUS board worked right out of the box first time

I refuse to believe I received 3 DOA Biostar boards in a row. Something was just plain incompatible but I do not know what for sure. My theory was the RAM.

Other Thoughts: Spend a little more money on an equivalent board. Do not buy this board.

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  • Virgil B.
  • 11/9/2014 6:59:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent board for the money.

Pros: Cheap
Lots of connection options
Decent BIOS options

Cons: Lacks USB 3.0 header for front panel
Picky SATA controller (see "other thoughts")
One standoff hole does not line up with standoffs (see "other thoughts")
Slightly longer than expected POST time (maybe 10 seconds or so)

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's a decent board. It POSTed the first try and has been working fine so far. The only issues I've had with it are the SATA controller and an occasional issue with my PCI-E SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium.

The SoundBlaster (connected to a speaker via optical output) will sometimes emit a static sound when I restart the computer, lasting during the entire POST time, and stopping once the system beeps and starts booting. A minor annoyance but one I wish didn't happen.

As for the SATA controller, there's something they don't tell you in the manual. If you want to run in AHCI mode, the board will only boot from drives connected to SATA ports 5 and 6. If you attempt to boot from a drive that's connected to the first four ports, you will get an error message telling you to connect a proper boot device.

A lot of people have complained about the one standoff hole not lining up, and causing the board to lack support in that area. I came up with a quick and easy solution to that. I took one of my standoffs and used a dremel tool to cut off the threaded part, where it screws into the case. I then attached the standoff to the motherboard, as if it were connected to the case, and installed the board as normal. The standoff touches the case and provides support just as well as if it were mounted normally. I've done this in the past with other boards that had non-standard mounting holes and it's always worked very well for me. For the $60 I paid for it, I really can't complain. I knew I was getting a cheap board and it does everything I need it to do, even if I hit a few annoyances on the way.

A couple of other things worth mentioning...make sure you read the manual before installing your RAM. I've seen a lot of reviewers who have had issues with that and the manual does a fine job of explaining how to install the RAM in a way that ensures the system will POST. Also, you MUST have a fan connected to the first system fan connector on the board. I connected fans to both, so it wasn't an issue for me, but you can't just use fans with molex connectors. You have to use a 3-pin fan on at least the first connector, or the system will not boot.

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  • Jill V.
  • 11/5/2014 5:10:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Looks good

Cons: When I received the motherboard it was dead on arrival I built the computer and I turned it on all the fans were spinning but it would not post there was no beep just nothing happed but the fans spinning up when I turned it on

Other Thoughts: I looked this up on the internet and people over at tomshardware.com said it was DOA

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  • Nick F.
  • 11/4/2014 7:48:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPathetic board and worse website

Pros: It turns on and runs...

Cons: RAID doesn't work at all, period, no included drivers or drivers from Biostar/AMD's websites work either, tried with multiple operating systems including Windows 7 Pro, Windows Server 2012, and Ubuntu. See notes below

Other Thoughts: I have another 970A board from another manufacturer that has a three letter name, and that board runs flawlessly. This one using the same chipsets will not work with RAID at all, I bought 4 x 3TB hard drives and they show up in every OS as separate drives, even after loading the included drivers during or after install it will not show my built RAID. The RAID/BIOS configuration is exactly the same as my other board and I popped all 4 drives into my other board and it works fine, same setup and same drivers from AMD's website...

This board is a complete fail, the only reason I bought it was to run a small footprint server with decent RAID 5 storage and after fiddling with it for 4 days I ended up swapping boards with my other machine as I don't need RAID in my gaming rig...

Thank goodness my memory/proc worked with this.

Also kind of disappointed that there wasn't any USB3 headers on the board, only a bunch of 2.0 which are worthless for my case.

This is my probably 10th Biostar board and the first I have been disappointed with, but the only AM3+ that I have bought, and will not be purchasing Biostar in the future.


Why don't I RMA it? Because I don't want to deal with their horrible support just to get another board where the RAID most likely doesn't work again...

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  • Nathan W.
  • 11/3/2014 9:45:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast & Faster

Pros: Supports * core CPU's! Heat-sink on VRM's by CPU socket. Nice board layout. 2x PCI-E for crossfire. 950 south bridge chip set. 6 SATA ports. USB 3.0

Cons: No on-board usb3 headers

Other Thoughts: Fantastic board for gaming and anything heavy you want to throw at it! Bios can be done in old school or newer UEFI. Lots of newer options in the BIOS that I haven't seen before. If you are on a budget, grab this board you wont be sorry! SPEED, VALUE, FEATURE RICH = One great buy!

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  • Tony M.
  • 10/31/2014 3:07:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsone huge problem

Pros: I've used at least 10 of these boards and have had no quality or performance issues. However, There is very little to not enough room between PCIe slots to run the newer video cards in crossfire.

Cons: All tthe new cases have front USB 3.0 20 pin blue connectors and this board has NO header. I didn't take off an egg for it but I'd sure like to see it added.

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  • Andrew L.
  • 10/31/2014 7:31:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBoard works great

Pros: Pretty well laid out board
Cost is cheap
lots of options for $$

Cons: Wish the companies would come with a better way to put the pci express slots some where else so we can actually take advantage of them or make a cable that will allow us to connect to it and have what we are using not be blocked by the graphics card.

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  • Brandon A.
  • 10/30/2014 4:47:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI regret this purchase

Pros: It worked a little.

Cons: The first one i had running for 3 weeks. Then it would just power off randomly, not a slow shutdown but a total poweroff like somebody pulled the plug. I replaced the PSU, assuming it was power related, and that didnt work. I tried different memory configurations, different video cards, added fans to the case, and even switched power cords and outlets. I RMAed the first board with the manufacturer and got a replacement.

The replacement lasted 3 days and it was back to the old tricks. In order to even get the computer to start after a power down, i had to pull the power plug, wait for 10 seconds and plug it back in. One time even that wouldn't work. I tried pulling the CMOS battery for a few minutes and putting that back in and that didnt work either. I ended up doing a CMOS jumper reset and that did the trick....for a couple of hours when it turned off again. I've built every computer i've ever personally owned, and many for my family and friends....never have I spent so much time troubleshooting and attempting to 'fix' any computer. I have been fussing with this motherboard for around 7 months now, I think I've given it enough of a chance.... I am extremely dissatisfied.

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