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Biostar TF7150U-M7 GeForce 7150 Motherboard Review

Biostar TF7150U-M7 GeForce 7150 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Are you as excited about the high definition possibilities of a motherboard bound HDMI jack as we are? Good. Have a look at one of the latest boards from Biostar, the TF7150U-M7.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Dec 12 2007   Colin Sun  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR

Futuremark 3DMark06 1.0.2 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark06 1.0.2
Overall: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 9409
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 9385
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 9230
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB Single) 9566
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 11375
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard Graphics) 384
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9365
CPU: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 2399
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 2384
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 2344
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB Single) 2345
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 2354
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard Graphics) 2352
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 2341

3DMark test results with the onboard GeForce 7150 videocard are poor. Not surprising given it is an integrated videocard. When a stand alone GeForce 8800GTS 320MB videocard is used, 3D results jump to the same level as the higher end motherboards.

ID Software Quake 4 1.04

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.04
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 215.2
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 224.5
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 207.1
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB Single) 213.7
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 215.7
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard Graphics) 23.3
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 202.2
UQ 1024x768: FPS Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 206.1
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 207.9
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 183.7
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB Single) 191.6
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 204.6
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard Graphics) 52.7
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 170

Looks like nVIDIA still has a bit of homework to do, the GeForce 7150 is not quite able to keep up with the other motherboards but results aren't bad. If you're a gamer on a budget going with a GeForce 7150 based videocard is definitely worthy of consideration.

Sierra FEAR 1.08

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.04
Minimum 640x480: FPS Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 554
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 572
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 551
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB Single) 545
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 535
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard Graphics) 145
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 558
Maximum 1024x768: FPS Ranking
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066) 124
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 333/1066) 125
Foxconn MARS (P35 333/1066) 126
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB Single) 134
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB SLI) 201
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 Onboard Graphics) 3
Biostar TF7150U-M7 (GF 7150 333/1066 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 122

FEAR framerates are pretty good when using a GeForce 8800GTS 320MB videocard. Maximum overclocking results are up next.

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Contents of Article: Biostar TF7150U-M7
 Pg 1.  Biostar TF7150U-M7 GeForce 7150 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Biostar TF7150U-M7 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  nVidia's GeForce 7150 Vista Solution
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the little Biostar motherboard
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 8.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 9.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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