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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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Overclocking Test Report: FSB 575MHz!

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 333 MHz

575 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The Intel P45 Express chipset is supposed to be a pretty overclocking friendly chipset as far as Intel's past core logic goes. The Biostar TPower I45 for its part has already earned a reputation for being an easy FSB 600MHz overclocker, so we're really excited about this section of the review.

Ready, let's begin!

PCSTATS started off with the 1333MHz FSB Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF memory. This 65nm CPU has been the mainstay of PCSTATS reviews, but lately it's been acting up at FSB's above 475MHz so it may be time for retirement - overclocking can be hazardous to the long term health of hardware after all...

As usual, before overclocking began the clock multiplier was lowered to 6x, and the memory set to run at 1:1. Starting at 333 MHz FSB the clock speed was increased 15 MHz at a time, and without much difficulty the Core 2 Duo E6750 overclocked to 475MHz FSB... but no further. Sensing that perhaps this engineering sample chip had seen one to many an overclocking session, we went out and bought a retail 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 from our local Canada Computers shop, after all "45nm + 45nm" is supposed to be a winning combination right? Incidently, Can/Comp don't carry the Tpower I45, but NCIX do.

This time around the overclocking wasn't hamstrung by a flaky chip, and 475 MHz, then 490 MHz, 515, 530, 555, 570 and even 575MHz FSB booted into Windows Vista just fine.

Beyond that our luck wasn't as reliable, so the CPU, Northbridge, memory and FSB voltages were increased a little. Doing this allowed the Biostar TPower I45 system to POST at 600MHz FSB, but it would freeze or we'd get a blue screen while loading into Windows Vista. The system was stable with an overclocked FSB of 575MHz, while running the 45nm 'Wolfdale' E8400 processor, so that's the result we'll stick to. A max FSB of 575 MHz is darn impressive, I guess Biostar really are turning a page when it comes to overclocking!

Biostar Tpower2 OC Tweaker Software

I found the included Biostar OC Tweaker software convoluted to use, and not very attractive. PCSTATS has spoken with Biostar about designing a software GUI that doesn't resemble spaceships, a dragon and well... other tacky things, but it seems the companies programmers aren't convinced that simple really is better.

The Tpower2 software gives users a full report on temperatures and voltages, enabling you to monitor system status from the Vista desktop. To overclock, enter into OC Tweaker for full control over bus speed, voltages and automatic V3-V15 overclocking presets. Clock speeds and voltages are changed by clicking on the "-" or "+" icons, this is especially tedious with a board that can overclock from 333 to 575MHz.

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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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