by January 23, 2006 0 comments

Biostar has introduced their latest version of AMD Socket
939 based motherboard with the latest NVIDIA Nforce4 chipset (codenamed C51).
Its onboard video really caught our fancy, being based on the NVIDIA GeForce
6100 GPU chip and NVIDIA nForce 410 chips.

This Biostar Tforce has MicroATX form factor and supports
4×1 GB DDR400 memory in its four DIMMs (No support for DDR2). Two SATA-2 slots
with transfer rates up to 3Gb/s and two IDE slots should keep it future proof as
well as backward compatible. It also has six channel audio support onboard.
Considering connectivity, it has four USB 2.0 ports in the rear, supports four
more in the front, and an SPDIF connector for external audio as well as a 10/100
Mbps Ethernet port. Biostar has also given it one PCI-E x16 and one PCI-E x1
slot, plus the usual two PCI slots.

Rs 3,795
Key Specs: AMD Socket 939, Nvidia Geforce 6100 GPU, nForce 410, overclocking, RAID 0, 1 support
Contact: Supertron Electronics, Kolkata. 
Tel: 22131221.
RQS# E56 or SMS 130156 to 9811800601

The real surprise came when we put this board into action.
We used AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 2.6 GHz processor, 1 GB DDR400 RAM and a 80GB 7,200
rpm Maxtor SATA HDD to test. We never expected any great performance from the
onboard graphics card. But it scored 661 on 3DMark 2005 test, which is quite
remarkable for onboard graphics. We got 59.4 in MCCW 2003 and 48 fps in Unreal
Tournament 2004. We then tested it with a real time DivX conversion of a 60 MB
MPEG video, and could complete it in 105 secs. These are quite remarkable scores
as it came near to Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF-9 board that we tested in this issue.

Bottom Line: Given that it’s an entry-level board,
the board gives great performance for its price.

Abe Kurian

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