Despite their bad reputation, Biostar has pressed forth diligently with their motherboards. This article will review their TForce TF570 SLI and put that bad reputation to the test. Read on for a full inspection of this product, and perhaps, a ringing endorsement.
Biostar is a name that most people would tend to look over when it comes to motherboards. People often think of products from this company as third tier; not worth the effort to get one. Well today we have the opportunity to take a look at one of their motherboards. This is an AM2 socket n570 SLI called the TForce TF570 SLI. I have never personally examined any products from Biostar. Iíve been one of those that went with ASUS, Abit, or DFI. But I'm very excited about testing this motherboard.
What You Get
For such a cheap motherboard, it means business from the minute you open it up. All the accessories are in a very impressive black mesh bag. I have never seen a motherboard that has this. Inside is what you pretty much would expect.
Finally, underneath all this is the motherboard, the heart of the computer. Now it is time to take a more in-depth look at the motherboard.
The area around the CPU looks like it has enough room for big coolers. Thereís a little clutter, but nothing that should hinder most coolers from working here. We have your standard AM2 cooler settings to mount any cooler made for this socket.
Next up are the memory slots. Take note of the color scheme. Itís not every other color; slots 1 and 2 are both the same color, and then 3 and 4 are the same color. We also have only one IDE connector. I still have a lot of IDE devices; am I the only one? Oh, we have only one IDE connector, but we can still have a floppy connector? Come on, you have got to be kidding me.
As we look around the bottom, we find 6 SATA connectors; this should satisfy everyone. We have reset buttons and a power button built into the motherboard. I didnít expect this since weíre talking about an $80 motherboard. Itís a nice feature for those who broke their computer case by dropping it down the stairs by accidentÖ.
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