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Item#: N82E16813138372

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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  • Nathan A.
  • 10/18/2014 11:25:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Starter MOBO

Pros: Solid caps so it lasts a long time, extremely easy to set up, and comes with a manual that helps with setting up everything else in a detailed manner. 10/10 Would buy again.

Cons: Requires a video card (no video outputs on MOBO) but that's understood with any gaming MOBO.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my first self build PC. I bought it with a FX-8320 8 Core, 8 gigs of RAM, a 1 TB Hard Drive and 120GB Solid State Drive, and an EVGA Geforce GTX 750 Graphics card. This build is solid, runs cool, extremely powerful and very easy to put together. It was easy to set up, got it working on the first try and its been running great since.

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  • Jason P.
  • 10/18/2014 5:47:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot able to load an OS

Pros: Looks nice, has nice specs

Cons: Can't get an OS on through it. It won't recognize any USB drives to load an OS. Went to the Biostar site and downloaded the new BIOS. Now it won't output video through the video card either.

If it has beep codes, they are so quiet that you can't hear them.

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  • Jon R.
  • 10/18/2014 1:38:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 have died within a month

Pros: Good features. Can't speak for much because it was just used as a basic Windows box. No overclocking, so I didn't access any of those features.

Cons: They simply have not been reliable. First one puked for reasons unknown. It simply was dead one morning when I turned on the monitor. Second one seems to be suffering from some problem in the disc controller. It'll boot with any bootable disc in the DVD drive, but it won't access any of the drives shown when I use a Windows install disc. Thought at first it was a bad drive, but I've tried several and switched SATA cables around, etc. Definitely in the board somewhere. I'd steer away from this one because of reliability issues.

Other Thoughts: I've always had good luck with Gigabyte boards in the past but this model seems to have some sort of bad karma going on with it. Maybe it'll do better for you -

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  • Brian K.
  • 10/12/2014 8:34:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood value

Pros: price

adequate feature set

8-core processor compatibility

2 PS/2 connectors!!!!

Cons: placement of sata 1-4 headers is annoying. they interfere with most case's front-panel connections. sata 5-6 are in a good location, though.

no IEEE1394 front panel header. most people probably don't care about this, but lots of cases still have them.

Other Thoughts: if this board fails to boot with a new-ish GPU, check your power supply. i replaced a 39w 8400GS on this board with a 45w quadro K620 and despite using only 6w more power ,the K620 would post but would not boot. the 6 year-old 650w PSU was the problem not the motherboard.

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  • Pier D.
  • 10/11/2014 2:27:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA good board

Pros: - A great price
- User friendly uefi
- Look good (if you like yellow)
- The two fan port are well placed
- Runs up to ram speed of 1866 natively

Cons: - Only 2 fan port
- Only a 4 pin cpu power plug
- The uefi is user friendly... but ugly
- No usb 3.0 front port

Other Thoughts: Even thought I found a few con with the board, I still gave 5/5 egg. I gave it this rating because in it's price (60$ for me) you can't fin any other 970 chip. From my point of view it's the perfect budget gaming board for single GPU.

Even thought it's not well equipped for OC'ing the cpu, when you're doing a gaming rig it's the gpu that you'll want to OC. Also if you're on budget I wouldn't recommend going with a big case so you won't have a ton of fans, so it doesn't really matter if there is only 2 fan port, same thing for the usb 3.0.

For me, the installation was really easy and the mobo was pretty intuitive. The pcb is pretty black. Not brown like some other mobo.

My build :
CPU : fx 6300
Mobo : Biostar TA970 (5.3)
RAM : Team xtreem dark serie 1600 (2x4gb)
STORAGE : WD caviar blue (1TB)
GPU : asus r9 280 (stock : 874 max OC : 1180 running at : 1100 memory OC :6000)
CASE : antec vsk 4000
PSU : EVGA 500w 80+ bronze
OD : Samsung DVD/CD
OS : windows 8.1

All of that for $790CAD(newegg.ca) and it run pretty much anything at ultra ir high in 1080p

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  • Mr. L.
  • 10/10/2014 4:11:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good

Pros: After reading the useful comments here about the board, I got it up and running. I am on a budget, and this board and its features really fits my needs.

Cons: The manual mentions nothing about HAVING to hook up a system fan in system fan 1 before the board works well. A few people here in the comments mentioned it. I was getting the 8 beeps for video card error now and then, but, after installing a system fan, it stopped when I booted it up. Make sure, if you have 2 memory sticks, to place them in the right slots. On my board, it's the black colored slots.

Other Thoughts: This board was the best priced I could find that included surround sound inputs. I am really hoping this Biostar board works out for me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/6/2014 9:11:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat price, good product

Pros: Works great

Cons: None so far.

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  • Luqing Z.
  • 10/2/2014 11:59:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: works perfectly for me

Cons: none

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  • Francis W.
  • 9/29/2014 10:03:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA - No Video

Pros: None, motherboard DOA, No video with any of the three different video cards we used. Had to return for replacement.

Cons: motherboard was DOA

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  • milton w.
  • 9/28/2014 12:51:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsmemory issues

Pros: everything installed and booted rite up

Cons: As the last review stated, this board will not post with 1866mz memory, I have tried every setting on it and even killed windows once, I should have stayed with ASUS.

Other Thoughts: FX 4350 G Skill 1866 running @ 1600.

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