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Biostar TPower I45 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review

Biostar TPower I45 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: I don't know what magic Biostar engineers infused into the TPower I45 motherboard to make it an overclocking monster, but reaching +600MHz FSB with this board is a real possibility!
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Aug 17 2008   Max Page  
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The Bad?

While the TPower I45 has a lot to like about it, in one respect the board is more humble - setting up Crossfire.

To enable Crossfire you'll need to get your hands dirty and move nine jumpers; eight red blocks of four, and one lone black jumper just above the second PCI Express x16 slot. A molex power connector will also need to be plugged into the motherboard to run dual videocards, not to mention power connectors into each videocard itself. By skimping out on costly chips to do the Crossfire switching automatically, Biostar are keeping the total cost of the board low.

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Biostar's TPower I45 has two PCI Express x16 slots (single x16, Crossfire x8/x8), two PCI Express x1 slots, two 32 bit PCI slots. An auxiliary molex power connector is used with Crossfire to ensures the videocard has enough power. Headers are located along the bottom of motherboard. Notice the exclusive use of Low ESR solid aluminum capacitors.


Physical power/reset buttons and a POST code display make tweaking much more fun. The TPower I45 has six SATA 2.0, one IDE, and three USB2.0 connectors. There are three fan headers in total.


Each SATA2.0 jack comes from the Intel ICH10R southbridge which has something called Matrix Storage Technology to deliver RAID 0,1,5,0+1. Two eSATA ports on the back are supported by a Marvell chipset.


The TPower I45 has four DDR2 memory slots, these accommodate 2GB memory modules for a max of 8GB RAM. Install pairs of memory in same the coloured slots for dual channel operation, ie. both in orange or green. A 24-pin main ATX power and 8-pin Auxiliary power cable supply power to the board so you'll need a PSU of at least 500W.


This is an Intel LGA775 Socket-T processor socket. Many tower heatsinks have have 35-40mm of clearance before the first fin, which means they can fit onto boards like the Biostar TPower I45 without interfering with the aluminum Intel P45 Express chipset and MOSFET heatsinks.


The TPower I45 uses passive thermal solutions for the Intel ICH10R, Intel P45 Express Northbridge and processor power circuits. The upside is no noise, the downside is you'll need to ensure the case has good ventilation to keep these passive extruded aluminum chipset heatsinks reasonably cool.

Next PCSTATS will touch on the new Intel P45 Express chipset and what it has to offer to mainstream and enthusiast computer builders alike, and then overclocking!

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Contents of Article: Biostar TPower I45
 Pg 1.  Biostar TPower I45 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 3.  Intel P45 Express and ICH10 Chipsets
 Pg 4.  Overclocking Test Report: FSB 575MHz!
 Pg 5.  BIOS Tweaking Tools & Test Specs
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, SuperPi
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 11.  Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart

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