The march of
technology is unyielding, but I think Intel is pushing the market a bit too
quickly on the subject of IDE. Parallel IDE devices are on the decline as the
industry makes a gradual transition towards SATA devices, but IDE hard drives
are not yet obsolete yet.
To put IDE into the history books Intel needs optical
drive manufacturers to introduce SATA-based products. Thus far this has not
happened, and so we find ourselves in a situation where IDE channels are being
dropped on new chipsets, creating a situation where motherboard manufacturers
have to add in support to appeal to consumer demand.
Perhaps the only way to force manufacturers to abandon
the old standard is by removing IDE support completely from chipsets... and that
seems to be the attitude Intel is with the ICH8 Southbridge.
As we've seen by the benchmarks presented in this
review, the Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe motherboard is a pretty nice Intel
965-based platform. It is compatible will all current Socket 775 processors - be
it Intel Pentium 4/D/XE, Celeron D or Core 2 Duo. With DDR2-800 memory support,
memory bandwidth is no longer an issue as it once was for dual core
The TForce P965 Deluxe comes with Gigabit Ethernet, an
additional VIA IDE controller and an Intel Azalia High Definition 7.1 channel
audio codec. Expansion opportunities are pretty good with three PCI slots, a PCI
Express x16, a PCI Express x1 and one PCI Express x4 expansion slot
The Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe performed very well in all
the benchmarks. In office oriented applications and content creation type tasks,
the TForce P965 outperformed the Intel 975X and nForce4 SLI-based motherboards
used for comparison. The situation was even nicer when putting the Tforce P965
Deluxe through a round of 3D gaming tests. With a Geforce 7800GTX running in the
test bench, the Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe came in first in 3DMark05/06 and
FarCry! When the Intel Core 2 Duo processor was used, things were even sweeter
and nothing could come close to the Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe/C2D combo!
With an Intel Pentium D 840 processor the Biostar TForce P965
Deluxe motherboard was able to overclock up to 253 MHz FSB! Of course, the
motherboard is rated by default to run at 266 MHz so 253 MHz shouldn't be much
of a problem. With the CPU used for testing, a clock speed of 4.0+GHz from an
air cooled Pentium D 840 is quite good.
When the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor was thrown into the mix, it truly unlocked the overclocking potential of the Biostar TForce P965 motherboard. Starting at 266 MHz the Biostar motherboard hit an amazing 341 MHz! That's not a bad speed at all and it's nice to see that the Biostar TForce P965 has some spunk to it.
Ultimately, the Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe is very well rounded motherboard,
and it certainly has what it takes to become the basis of a good workstation
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