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Biostar P4M890-M7 VIA P4M890 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

Biostar P4M890-M7 VIA P4M890 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: When it comes to the essentials, this board offers exactly what you need to build a simple working computer.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Dec 28 2006   Max Page  
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Biostar P4M890-M7 Motherboard Highlights


There are two available 1.5GB/s SATA I ports on the Biostar P4M890-M7 motherboard, two USB headers, and two IDE133 channels. RAID support comes via the VIA VT8237R+ chipset and what VIA term 'V-RAID'. It includes support for RAID 1/0/0+1/JBOD. There are two Ultra133 IDE headers as well.


The Biostar P4M890-M7 motherboard incorporates an integrated VIA UniChrome Pro videocard, and PCI Express x16 slot for stand alone videocards. Further expansion is possible through a PCI Express x1 slot and two 32-bit PCI slots.


As much as 4GB DDR2-400/533 memory can be installed in the Biostar P4M890-M7, but only in single channel. The board is compatible with legacy 20 pin ATX power supplies, but it's recommended to use at least a 400W PSU which has a 24-pin power connector. The VIA P4M890 Northbridge is passively cooled with a small aluminum heatsink. Two channels (four devices) of Ultra 133 IDE are supported.


The Biostar P4M890-M7 accomodates all current socket 775 Intel processors that operate on a 500MHz, 800MHz or 1066MHz front side bus. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are supported. Processor heatsink fans are supported by a 4-pin PWM fan header.


There's lots of space between the PCI Express x16 slot and PCI slots, but because this is a compact motherboard it is not surprising that the memory locks won't fully open with a videocard installed. Along either side of the second PCI slot are two USB headers.

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Contents of Article: Biostar P4M890-M7
 Pg 1.  Biostar P4M890-M7 VIA P4M890 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  VIA P4M890 and VT8237R+ Chipsets
 Pg 3.  — Biostar P4M890-M7 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the tiny Biostar motherboard
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC WorldBench 5.0
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Workstation Magic, Low End Surprise

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