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Biostar TF8200 A2+ GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review

Biostar TF8200 A2+ GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: As integrated graphics processors (IGP) have matured they've also started gaining features and capabilites that were once the sole province of discrete videocards.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Dec 15 2008   Julian Apong  
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Overclocking the Biostar TF8200 A2+ motherboard

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

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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 >

Overclocking a motherboard like the Biostar TF8200 A2+ isn't something a lot of users are likely to do - this is a budget motherboard with an integrated graphics processor, and given its low price PCSTATS wasn't sure how friendly it would be to our dirty overclocking ways.

As it turns out, Biostar's TF8200 A2+ has a surprising amount of tweakable settings for the avid overclocker in its BIOS. Pretty much every aspect of memory timing can be adjusted to the last latency cycle. Voltages can also be tweaked and fine tuned to give a better overclock

Despite the numerous overclocking features and settings, PCSTATS' Biostar TF8200 A2+ didn't make it very far once the clockspeeds started rising - the highest stable overclock we were able to achieve was only 225MHz, up from the 200MHz we started at. It's enough for a little speed bump though.

Inside the Biostar TF8200 A2+ BIOS:

Motherboard timing and voltages are easily adjustable and fine tuned. The peak voltages are listed about, always make sure to stay well below these maximum voltage settings!

Every possible memory timing option is listed - even for those who don't overclock their CPUs, being able to tweak ram timings can still give improved performance.

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The options for Hybrid SLI and its power saving features can also be accessed through the BIOS. Biostar offer automated overclocking settings designated by V6, V8 and V12-engine notations if you're feeling lazy.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Biostar TF8200 A2+ motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Geforce 8200 based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #1
Processor: AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775)
Clock Speed: 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 8 x 333 = 2.66GHz
Motherboard: Biostar TF8200 A2+ (Geforce 8200) ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G)
Foxconn A690GM2MA (AMD 690G)
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX)

Intel DG45ID (Intel G45)
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
Memory:

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Intel E6750 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
nVidia NF 15.24
ATi Catalyst 8.8
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.0.0.1009
nVidia Forceware 169.25
Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2007 Preview
SiSoft Sandra 2008
Super Pi
PCMark Vantage
3DMark06
3DMark Vantage
FEAR
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet
Crysis

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Contents of Article: Biostar TFA8200 A2+
 Pg 1.  Biostar TF8200 A2+ GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking the Biostar TF8200 A2+ motherboard
 Pg 4.  Motherboard IGP/VGA Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  Motherboard IGP/VGA Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007, SuperPi
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2008
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  nVidia's Take on Integrated Graphics

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