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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

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  • 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.

General information
  • Supported Socket AM3+ processors AMD FX/ Phenom II/ Athlon II processor
  • Supported AMD Mutil Core(x8,x6)
  • AMD 140W processor support
  • AMD 970 Chipset
  • 4 DIMM supported DDR3-2000(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066
  • Supported SATA 6Gb/s 2X speed than current SATA 3G
  • Supported USB 3.0
  • UEFI BIOS natively supports HDD larger than 2TB
  • AMD OverDrive™ with ACC feature (Advanced Clock Calibration) supported
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Moistureproof PCB
The popularity of PC usage and working environment is getting deteriorating and moist (rural, coastal, etc.). The PCB will be oxidizing easily by damp or absorbed moisture, and ionic migration or CAF (Conductive Anodic Filament) will be generated. Moisture-proof PCB meets high density and high reliability requirements for moisture proof.

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5 Phase Power Phase Design
5-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.

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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.

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ESD Protection
ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) is the major factor to destroy PC by electrical overstress (EOS) condition, ESD occurred by PC users when touch any devices connect 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.

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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 helps avoid motherboard from damage when doing overclock or an unusual current import. Over heat protection helps avoid motherboard & CPU from burning when exceeding the temperature limitation.

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BIOS Virus Protection
When enabled, the BIOS will protect the boot sector and partition table by halting the system and flashing a warning message whether there's an attempt to write to these areas.

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SmartSpeedLAN
SmartSpeedLAN is a free software application which monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. With user-friendly GUI, it allows you to select and prioritize different types of network traffic, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web surfing. You can also set any specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. SmartSpeedLAN can feature automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online experience possible.

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Charger Booster
Charger booster is the best and efficient charger solution for Apple devices such as iPad, iPhone. Basically, Charger booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any Apple goods connecting to the Motherboard. With charger booster technology, you are able to charge your Apple devices up to 42 % faster.

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SATAIII 6Gbps
SATAIII 6Gbps provides a higher bandwidth to retrieve and transfer HD media. With this super speed data transfer, SATAIII allows an incredible data boost which is 2x faster than the SATA 3G.

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USB 3.0
Experience fastest data transfers at 5 Gbps with USB 3.0. Built to connect easily USB 3.0 components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and backwards compatible with previous USB 2.0 components.

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eSATA
One or two external SATA 3Gb/s ports connectivity delivers minimal host overhead and host to device latency.

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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.

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ATI CrossFire X Technology
ATI CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. With game-dominating power, ATI CrossFireX technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve system performance. It supports up to four ATI Radeon HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever! The BIOSTAR TA970 motherboard supports two graphics cards.

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BIO-Flasher
BIO-Flasher is a convenient BIOS update tool. Just launch this tool and put the BIOS on USB pen driver before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS with only a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy disk or other complicated flash utility.


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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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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Nice MB

Pros: Have this installed in my primary computer used for gaming, web browsing, office work, home theatre, etc. Have had zero compatibility or stability problems. Running with 16gb (2X8) Gskill ddr3-1866 ram and AMD FX-8300(stock) 120gb SSD sata ssd.

Cons: Probly don't make them anymore.

Other Thoughts: I can't speak for people that overclock CPU. Honestly don't know how this board would handle it but at stock speeds this thing is rock solid.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Cheap and easy board

Pros: I have been mining cryptocurrency on this, paired with an fx 6300 and I am mining on the CPU as well, so I think I have put this board under stress and it has done very well and it is still kicking after 5 months of continuous use.

Cons: None really, other reviews mentioned the the chipsets get very hot, but I haven't noticed this.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cheap, at idle north bridge sits at 104C while running handbrake. I have built several other computers and even reseated the heatsink on the northbridge but it didn't make a difference.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer: Thank you for your feedback. We apologize to you for difficulty with your BIOSTAR product.
Please contact us at support@biostar-usa.com as soon as possible; we are always here to help you to solve the issue
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
4 years old and still working

Pros: 4 years old and still working, no hardware problems

Cons: none at this time

Other Thoughts: thought i would put in a positive review, have 2 different biostar MB's that are roughly 4 years old, both work without hardware issues.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Board died after less then 1 year.

Pros: The only good thing about the board was the price. It did what I needed it to until it mysteriously stopped working.

Cons: Not sure what caused the board to die. I do not over clock. I went to sleep with it working just fine woke up the next morning and the board would not even post. Changed the processor, video card and ram and got fan spin but no post. Tried the same processor video card and ram in another board and they work just fine. After two days of part swapping and still no post gave this one up for dead.
Biostar customer service is THE absolute worst though. 4 days of trying to contact them and nothing. The number I was given by Newegg customer service is disconnected. The number on their website will allow you to leave a message after it tells you no one can take your call. I left a message 4 days ago and another two days ago and have yet to receive any response. I emailed them and got no response either. I will probably have to wait until Newegg replaces the board because biostar is a no go.

Other Thoughts: After dealing with this I would not recommend a biostar product to anyone ever. This is the absolute worst customer service experience I have ever had. Even Microsoft customer service is better then this. Newegg has tried to contact them and has not gotten a reply. It's been 4 days. DO NOT buy a biostar product.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer: Thank you for your feedback. We apologize to you for difficulty with your BIOSTAR product.
Please contact us at support@biostar-usa.com as soon as possible; we are always here to help you to solve the issue
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Biostar TA970 ver.5.3

Pros: Great board that does everything I want it to do. Just make sure you have the time to mod the chipset heatsinks.

Cons: The only problem I found that could kill this great board early is that the main chip-set heatsink just does not work well enough. I changed it out with an old cut down Pentium 2 CPU heatsink and its small fan. Now it runs real cool to the touch. Great board, but bad chip set cooler. The second chip started to heat up after using my USB 3.0. Had to mod a heatsink for it too. It is still running like a champ, but looking for a better secondary chipset cooling option. Found a better option, but need copper shims to work. She still works great as of 8/13/2017. Using a older north bridge cooler for the south bridge.

Other Thoughts: I do not know why most motherboard manufactures skimp on the heat sinks. I have a few dead motherboards that I used to trust that failed the same way. Now I test them all no matter what brand board it is.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Dissapointed

Pros: Can't think of one

Cons: I've regretted this board since I bought it. My computer freezes all the time now.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer: Thank you for your feedback. We apologize to you for difficulty with your BIOSTAR product.
Please contact us at support@biostar-usa.com as soon as possible; we are always here to help you to solve the issue
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Died after 4 months

Pros: - It worked for about 4 months

Cons: - Died after 4 months
- No onboard VGA
- UEFI BIOS still uses old-school menu

Other Thoughts: After 4 Months the motherboard died, and I attempted to contact Biostar customer support. Their phone number given from the product page on NewEgg kept saying bad menu. The phone number from Biostars website kept saying nobody is available. I attempted to use the E-support from Biostars webpage, and after a week (6 days), I finally got a very short response to clear the BIOS (first thing i tried), and to contact a different dpartment (at a different email address) to request an RMA. This is the single worst customer service experience I have had attempting to deal with a supposedly reputable company. I would never give Biostar any money again. I understand that products can be bad, that happens with the best, however, a company should take care of its customers and replace an item that still has over two and a half years left on the warranty without making them jump through so many hoops.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer: Thank you for your feedback. We apologize to you for difficulty with your BIOSTAR product.
Please contact us at support@biostar-usa.com as soon as possible; we are always here to help you to solve the issue
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