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BIOSTAR TA970 Ver. 5.3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970 + SB950
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2000(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066/ 800

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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.

Learn more about the Biostar TA970 Ver. 5.3

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the Biostar TA970 Ver. 5.3

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  • Sarah S.
  • 4/27/2016 9:10:21 PM

2 out of 5 eggsEH...Budget i guess...

Pros: it has ram slots
it has a cpu socket
you put a gpu in it
it helps the pc turn on

Cons: everything
turning on will give you autism

Other Thoughts: after using i wanted to kill myself

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  • gary b.
  • 4/3/2016 6:34:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswaste of time....

Pros: easy install, cheap, fast shipping

Cons: worked for 3 days after that pc will restart by itself.... wont boot anymore, tried all... been building pc for a long time never had this kind of issue complete waste of time...thought it was my memory but nope.... was going to swap with the same one but decided to just return it... been using giigabyte and asus and will stick to it...

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  • Joshua D.
  • 4/1/2016 9:32:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice product.

Pros: ATX form factor.
Supports AMD FX 8350

Cons: The PCI express 2.0 slots are very close together, so if you're looking to do crossfire it may not be a good idea with this board.

Other Thoughts: Definitely recommend if you're just wanting to do a single gpu setup. I have paired it with a r9 390, 16 gb ddr3 1600 ram, and a FX 8350. Runs and performs very well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/31/2016 12:03:12 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis rating is based on Delivery

Pros: Fast standard delivery, ordered it on a Tuesday night, and on my door steps Thursday before mid day. Once I put it together, I will rate its performance.

Cons: so far nothing bad to talk about.

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  • Charles H.
  • 3/20/2016 7:00:33 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard Until I Killed it with Too Many Volts

Pros: To begin, I have to say how well this motherboard served me from the time I was just a young man in 2013 to a slightly less young man in 2016. As I wrote in my first review on this board I just recently wrote in the beginning of March, 2016, this board never caused me problems unless I caused them. Well, speaking of never causing problems until I cause them...I killed my poor baby. Last week I received a new cooler for my FX-6300. The cooler did well, so I pushed up the clock speed. I paid close attention to my CPU temps, but I neglected my poor board! A part that HWmonitor could not name reached 85C (I only noticed this because my CPU suddenly underclocked itself while only being at 48C. so I looked at every temp in the program to find one at 85C. The board did not stop running, I never knew there would be a problem until the next day when I tried turning on my computer on to find that the board does nothing except route power to my fans.

Now, i am not trying to push the average person away from this board at all. This board is a solid, cheap board. I want to point out that I had a light overlock on this board for over two years before I killed my board with an extreme overclock. I thought too highly of this board, which is my fault. This board did not sell me "superdupper high overclocking capabilities." It was my mistake and I am going to stand by this board.

A moment of silence for this great board everyone

Cons: Still never could get my RAM speed to 1866. I will say that someone from Biostar commented stating that it should if the RAM supports the speed (it does, i guess they assumed that I tried to overclock my RAM), and I have to say how great it is that they are still supporting the board to this level in 2016 because I didn't even have to ask them.

I do want to point out to the next Biostar rep, who might find this, that I can make the RAM go to 1866 MHz, but I experience game crashes when I do.

Other Thoughts: Girls and Boys, if you plan to buy this board and overclock, keep the overclock light.

And thank you Biostar! I will be buying one of your $100-150 motherboards tonight to replace my old baby.

Minus one egg from Microsoft because their operating system locks itself to the motherboard it is activated on. Bad Microsoft, bad!

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for the kind feedback. Regarding the memory issue you are having running at 1866 speed. If you are running 2 memory sticks at 1866 with a FX cpu, there should be no problems, this is supported as stated in the manual. If you are running 4 sticks at 1866 speed, AMD does not officially support this speed due to the memory controller built into the CPU. This will be a hit or miss case, example you may have 2 same model FX cpu's but one is capable to run at 1866 speed with 4 stiicks, while the other same model cpu is not able to.

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  • Nathan O.
  • 3/20/2016 1:55:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot happy at all

Pros: When it worked it seemed like a decent board. Paired it with an FX6300 and a GTX 960 FTW with 8gb of ram and it ran well for a few months then just died. RMA'd through Biostar which wasn't too painful. When received the RMA board it didn't look nearly as good of cosmetic condition as the one I sent in. Looked like it had been setting out on someone's workbench and kinda beat up. Didn't think much of it because as long as it worked I was ok with it. Got around to installing it and it was DOA. Will not post. Sent an email to Biostar to see what they will do. I refuse to pay shipping on an item that was DOA and already RMA'd once. Which I believe I had to pay shipping one way. When the 1st one went it took my CPU with it. It this point I think Biostar should upgrade me at no charge. They have cost my countless hours and a cpu. Which I didn't even complain about on the 1st RMA. I have 2 other builds up and running with no issues both AMD, Asrock builds with GTX 970's that run great. Pretty much everything I buy is from Newegg and they have great customer servce. They should really consider not selling Biostar anymore, well at least this board. I will give Biostar the benefit of the doubt that they may have other boards that are quality. Just doesn't appear this is one of them.

Cons: So far. Everything. We will see if Biostar or Newegg even responds to this review and tries to make things right.

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear of your troubles, please contact for direct assistance.

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  • Thomas B.
  • 3/16/2016 9:25:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible just Terrible

Pros: It booted and ran most games

Cons: got hot

really hot NB heat sink idled at 86c

caused terrible micro stutter in ever game I tried

felt cheap and had to be forced into my case's standoff's

I/O shield was very poorly made and get caught on the inputs them selves

Other Thoughts: fx 6300 made the NB much hotter than the fx 8370 even though the tdp of the 8370 is higher.

I would not recommend this board to any gamer plain and simple.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer, sorry to hear of your issues, please if you are available to contact We would like to know your configuration setup and see if we can offer some assistance to your case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/11/2016 2:20:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The motherboard works

Cons: This motherboard gets really hot when I OC my FX 6300 at 3.9GHz I have a Cooler Master vortex plus (CPU Cooler) and then after I play games it shuts my computer down because it was too hot. This will be my last time buying a product from Biostar.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy Biostar products.

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear of your troubles, but for this configuration and overclocking experience, we do not recommend the Cooler Master Vortex series, we can recommend but the Hyper Series from Cooler Master for CPU cooling.

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  • Ervin S.
  • 3/10/2016 4:55:59 PM

2 out of 5 eggsWhere do you plug in the monitor, I do not see it.

Pros: none

Cons: Can't plug in a regular monitor

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer. The TA970 motherboard is a discrete motherboard, it does not have graphics capabilities on it's own. You would need to add a graphics card. Please do not hesitate to contact Biostar support if you need assistance, 626-581-1055 menu 2, or email Thank You.

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  • David S.
  • 3/6/2016 3:08:33 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMotherboard

Pros: The MB went together without any issues. It has a 8300 on it and 4 strips of Kingston memory for 32gb.A Crucial ssd --- A stock amd cooler for cpu. Video is Nvidia.Blu ray drivei LG. I like the board. Lots of usb on the back and 2 usb 3.0. Light overclock and it is running GREAT.Purchased here on newegg for a good price.------------------Had the Mb for a good year now and if is still working great

Cons: None really--It is solid and I made a nice purchase on all items on the entire computer.

Other Thoughts: A nice unit

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