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Building a Core 2 Duo system, need advice :)

By wolfram · 29 replies
Nov 13, 2006
  1. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Biostar does have a very colorful and well acknowledged history of making JUNK motherboards. I'll add my personal experience in years past has been high amount of DOA or motherboards that go belly up in the first 2-4 months. That being said though, if you got a "good" one, they were good for the long haul. It was just a case of fishing out the ones that were good vs. bad, with a high degree of "bad" in each batch.

    The new Intel based Biostar's though aren't so bad. They are basically slightly modified versions of the Intel Reference mainboard design with average components. RMA rates are improving so the TForce is a good buy. It still has some common Biostar-inflicted stupidity though (such as power leads OVER the cpu fan/heatsink and clustered northbridge where it'll get hot).. but neither of these are a big issue as you can work-around them. BIOS support has also stepped up a bit too so Biostar is back on the up swing hoping to rebutt their colorful history.

    As most smart US customers here order from NewEgg, RMA isn't a big issue either way. NewEgg will turn around DOA or flakey motherboards same-day so it's really not a big consequence.

    I'd also mention that Tomshardware results are almost 90% within the margin of error for the tests given. A +/- 5% in those tests is irrelevent since you can reboot 20 times and run the same tests and see the same kinds of variances between runs on the same mainboards. They are all very similar reference design and perform admirably.. but there is no "X kicks Y's keister!" given the results reported.
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,967   +9

    Well, I've had excellent experiences with two Biostar mobos. Very reliable, no BIOS related issues, and pretty good performers.

    However, I wouldn't like to get that Tforce P965 Deluxe. Too much complains about it ;)

    I think I'll stick to the Gigabyte one (I love that brand), and get that 1.9V XMS RAM.

    Thanks guys, and please stop your flaming war, or Howard will put his boots on your @sses :) :haha:

    Regards :wave:
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Any more flaming in this or any other threads and posts will be deleted.

    This is taken from the TechSpot Forums - Community & Posting Guidelines

    Regards Howard :cool:
  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,967   +9

    Nice warning Howard. Perhaps this thread should be closed, to avoid more problems ;)

    And thanks guys, for all your help. I now know what I'm gonna get soon :)

    Regards :wave:
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Well, since it was you that started this thread, I don`t see a problem with closing it.

    If you need this thread reopening, please don`t hesitate to pm one of the mods with a link to this thread.

    Regards Howard :)

    Thread closed.
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