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Item#: N82E16813138303
BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD 870
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 1600(OC)/1333/1066/800

3 out of 5 eggs Whoa?...how much? 10/21/2011

This review is from: BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros:

Wow! 89 bucks now? Two eggs off for price! I bought two, one for 55 and the other for 75. For 90 I would expect esata at the least. Anyway, this is a good board at 55, not 89. Am3+ boards cost that much. Love the board for 55, won't touch at this price. 850 south bridge, 10/100/100 lan, core unlock, sata6 and usb3. Great software that works, but there is a difference in temps in bios and software. OC software works great. Bios unlock works.

Cons:

None at 55 bucks. I unlocked the two extra cores on my 555BE but motherboard was stating 1.5 volts on the cpu. It wouldn't download windows xp sp3 at all. It did however download win7 pro 64bit without a prob. The wei score on a quad was 7.3. I run it at 3.5, hence the 1466 ram speed and it works fine. I have a junky cooler, need to replace it. Board was telling me it was running the cpu at 1.5 volts.....whoa, I don't think so....stop it! Thats on auto too! Can't set the voltage you want. Either auto or +. Stock at 1.42 and no way to lower it even with T-Overclocker! Not worth more then 55 bones

Other Thoughts:

I put some 2x2 ddr3 1333 crucial balistix on this board and overclocked it to 1466 and still ended
up with a WEI score of 5.9(on 2 different boards now)......never again, I ordered some Gskill. On my other board I'm runnig ddr3 1600 and get 7.6 of another brand. On even other boards where I have used ddr3 1333 in either 2x2 or whatever, I always got 7.4 or 5. Don't use cheap crucial! This board is decent for 55, not more. Buy an am3+ board over this if it's over 60 bucks. You'll be happier.

This board
Amd 555BE (unlocked, oc'd to 3.5, wei score 7.3)
ATI 3870 512mb ddr5 (wei score 7.0)
stupid crucial mem.....never mind
Antec 520w psu
WD black 750 hdd
xigmatek case
some kind of dvd
xigmatek 92mm cpu cooler with some wierd amd mounting.....like it's an intel cpu.....never again.


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