Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details
you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've
compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able
to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.
mainstream motherboard, the Biostar TP35D2-A7 motherboard overclocks pretty darn
well. Reaching 483 MHz FSB puts it within the top five fastest motherboards
PCSTATS has tested thus far!
Biostar Budget Board
The Intel P35 Express and ICH9 chipset combo is well
known for its stability and performance, and now low cost motherboards using are
available. The Biostar TP35D2-A7 motherboard is affordable, and well paced -
both excellent qualities for a computer part.
With a retail price of $108 CDN ($111 US, £54 GBP), the Biostar
TP35D2-A7 motherboard only the bare basics; Gigabit networking, 7.1 channel
audio, a sprinkling of SATA and one IDE channel. There is ample room for
The TP35D2-A7 is as plain jane as it gets, but its
passively cooled heatsinks run silently, and the majority of ports and
connectors a typical office PC require all all there - save for that pesky
parallel printer port. We'd advise maintaining good airflow in the PC case, the
chipset heatsinks are compact and if overclocked the chipsets might sweat it
Where the Biostar TP35D2-A7 really excelled was in the
benchmark testing. For a part that costs just over $100 CDN, this motherboard is
a real monster. This board kept up with motherboards two to three times as
expensive in SYSMark 2004 to PC WorldBench 5.0 and Super Pi. Just goes to show
you that an affordable boards stocked with excellent high speed memory and a
overclocking friendly Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 can make a winning combination.
Gaming results are particularly nice.
Just because the Biostar TP35D2-A7 is intended for the
mainstream market doesn't mean that it's totally tame. The motherboard reached a
very sweet overclock of 483 MHz FSB. On the whole Biostar has put together a
very attractive low cost Intel P35 Express motherboard with its TP35D2-A7. It
doesn't have as much flair as some of the other motherboards PCSTATS has
benchmarked, but you'll certainly save on the sticker price. Ue the money you
save and get that sweet videocard or processor you've been lusting after. Those
components usually garner more attention anyway. ;-)
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