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James G.

James G.

Joined on 09/21/04

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Most Favorable Review

Best Board for 754 for OC'ing

BIOSTAR TForce6100 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce6100 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I've used around 15-18 boards on the 754 platform,(computer tech)and this beats all of them hands-down. Don't worry about getting a CPU with a locked mult. because this board will take you to an HTT over 400! My Sempron64 2800+ runs 24/7 at 2.80GHz on this board w/o any problems. Here are some of the things that this board has... MemTest-built into bios.Nice for checking memory for errors. WatchDog-To boot at default if OC is too high BiosSavior-Save up to 50 of your favorite bios's. 15 different memory settings in bios,for the tweakers. 3.3VDimm,1.8Vcore Reset,and Power Button onboard. Diagonostic LED's onboard for diagonosing problems. Nice software supplied by BioStar.(Its the little things:) For those who care,the onboard video (6100) will warrant you scores of ~7,500 in 3DMark01,depending on your cpu speed,ram,etc.

Cons: With 1.8V.core set in bios,it actually only feeds the CPU 1.76V. No software to adjust the Chipset voltage,though not a big deal when not benchmarking.

Overall Review: What else can I say,for the money your paying here,this is by far the best board you can buy on this platform. I've used the best boards from DFi,Asus,etc. and none rival the performance of this TForce 6100. Good Job BioStar!! Keep this up and you have a fan for life. ;)

Most Critical Review

Good for stock speeds

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700CFBOX
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700CFBOX

Pros: Runs well at stock speeds. Stays fairly cool,and seems fairly snappy compaired to my old 2400mobile XP.

Cons: Purchased this with expectations of at least 2.8GHz,but it needed to many volts to run that high,therefore running to hott. The latest chips steppings are CCBWE,and are late 2005 chips. I was told they are the worst OC'ers for a SanDeigo chip. :(

Overall Review: I wish I would have purchased a Conroe instead of this,I just didn't want to buy new ram. O'well maybe later this year. Thanks Newegg for speedy deleivery. thumbs up.

One complaint

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe

Pros: Burns without any problems.

Cons: Have had problems with the disk tray not ejecting properly. It seems to get stuck on itself while trying to eject. If I run my fingernail along the bottom it will then open and close without incident.

Overall Review: Other then the tray sticking,I've owned this burner for a little less then a year and have had no problems with its burns. I haven't used lightscribe because I can't warrant a 150% mark-up on media that will be a little prettier,and wont be seen when its playing. Thanks

Perfect

BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: HDMI,S-Vid out,7050 onboard graphics,runs cool,great overclocking options in bios.

Cons: Can't get my sound to work?? I use a sound card,so no biggie.

Overall Review: Had problems initially overclocking with the 417 bios,but was able to find a newer bios (615)and was able to get the HTT as high as 353 orthos stable. I'm happy with my 3600+ Brisbane @ 3.0GHz right now. Haven't maxed it out using this board either. CPU Voltage up to 1.8V+. Memory up to 2.9V and chipset voltages up to 1.36V. Best motherboard I've used since my BioStar 754 6100Tforce,and my 939 6100 Tforce. Great job newegg,and BioStar.

Doesn't turn on

DFI RS482 INFINITY 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
DFI RS482 INFINITY 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Comes with component in cables.

Cons: Can't get it to turn on. It makes a strange buzzing that has been reported. It turns on for a second,then buzzes and shuts down.

Overall Review: I thought this would be a nice motherboard for my Dad's HTPC,but I will have to delay building him one till the Tforce 6100 is back in stock.

Buzz/doesn't start

DFI RS482 INFINITY 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
DFI RS482 INFINITY 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Looks nice.

Cons: I went to turn it on and it buzzed,and made a POP noise. I thought it might be the power supply,so I bought a new 620 cosair unit. The motherboard would still not boot. I had a friend check it out for me,and he said its the motherboard. I sent it back to get my moneyback. No more dfi boards for me.

Overall Review: Stay far away from this motherboard. If you can get the biostar tforce 6100.