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Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review

Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 motherboard packs quite a lot into a microATX platform; top of the line integrated graphics, PCI Express, networking, SATA and IDE hard drive support, and integrated sound card.
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External Mfg. Website: BIOstar Jun 02 2006   Max Page  
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Overclocking on a microATX

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

219 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Having only limited experience with Biostar in the past, I'm really not sure if we should expect much in the way of overclocking. To be fair, the company is primarily focused on affordable mainstream products, and most consumers who shop for mainstream gear really aren't interested in overclocking.

A peek in the BIOS revealed no CPU multiplier controls, so we started from there. The memory frequency was set to run at DDR2-533 MHz mode, at least this way the memory is removed from the equation.

Starting at 200 MHz, the motherboard clock speed was slowly increased in 2-3 MHz intervals. The Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 motherboard overclocked quite well at the beginning and the system hit 215 MHz before the processor required more voltage. With 1.45V the system was completely stable.

Continuing to push the motherboard harder, the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 did not go up much further and hit a maximum speed of 219 MHz. I'm pretty sure the motherboard could go higher but the processor is holding things back. Still, it's not bad for a MicroATX entry level motherboard now is it?

Experts Tip: HyperTransport Width is important for performance

When dealing with the HyperTransport bus, there is more to look at than its speed. The width of the bus can greatly affect its performance and should be one of the first things you try to overclock. For instance the HTT that runs between the NB and SB is only 8 bits wide up and downstream, changing that to 16 bits wide on both essentially doubles the available bandwidth. This can affect the stability of your system, so only run it at 16 bits wide if your rig is 100% stable. If you can pull it off, you've just doubled a very important connection.

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The Biostar BIOS:

The Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 looks exactly like every other Award BIOS out there. Very blue... Here's a run down of all the interesting features.


There are the memory timing adjustments! Even though the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 is an entry level motherboard, it still has a whole host of interesting tweaking options. My my, how do you do Ras to Cas?

In the Advanced Chipset Features section users will find the motherboard HyperTransport options. These are best left alone unless you know why you might need to change them.

In the 'Overclock Navigation Engine,' you will find the overclocking options. Setting things to manual gives control to the end user and you can adjust the CPU voltage up to 1.8V, Northbridge/Southbridge voltages to 1.36V, Hypertransport voltage to 1.32V, and memory voltage to 2.0V. Considering the intended market of the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 motherboard, we're pleasantly surprised by the amount of tweaking flexibility built into it.

The motherboard clock speed can be adjusted from 200-450 MHz in 1 MHz increments, users can adjust the HyperTransport and PCI Express frequencies as well. Missing are clock multiplier adjustments so the processor will most likely limit the TForce 6100 AM2's speed.

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Contents of Article: BIOstar TForce 6100 AM2
 Pg 1.  Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  The GeForce 6100 Chipset and AM2
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking on a microATX
 Pg 6.  Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004 Results
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Compact socket AM2/Geforce 6100 Board

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