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Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review

Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AMD 990FX chipset has been out for a while now, yet Biostar's TA990FXE motherboard still gets you in the game with plenty of PCI Express lanes for Crossfire/SLI, and more SATA III connectivity than rival Intel's Z77 platform.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar May 31 2012   Max Page  
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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery Continued

Biostar's TA990FXE board supports up to 32GB of DDR3-800/1066/1333/1600/1866MHz memory in four DIMMs, or 4GB for 32-bit operating systems. Memory can be overclocked to 2000MHz.

AMD Socket AM3+ motherboards support 45nm chips like the FX-8150 Bulldozer series and previous socket AM3 flagship processors such as the Phenom II X6 1100T. The CPU to system bus is 6400MT/s, Hypertransport 3.

One nice aspect of AMDs processors is that the heatsink retention cage hasn't changed at all since the introduction of the original Athlon 64 nearly 8 years ago. An AMD heatsink made back then will still work fine with flagship processors as TDP has been kept at pretty constant 125W.

The AMD 990FX chipset is cooled by a simple passive heatsink connected to the motherboard VRM circuitry by a single heatpipe. The TA990FXE layout shouldn't conflict with standard socket AM3+ CPU thermal solutions.

Physical power and reset switches make it easy to tweak the Biostar TA990FXE motherboard during overclocking experiments outside of a case.

Now let's get to overclocking this motherboard!

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Contents of Article: Biostar TA990FXE
 Pg 1.  Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — 360-Degree Motherboard Gallery Continued
 Pg 3.  AMD 990FX Core Logic
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and BIOS Features
 Pg 5.  Test System Hardware & Specs
 Pg 6.  Sysmark 2007 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  SiSoft Sandra - CPU Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Sandra: Memory - Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  PCMark Vantage - System Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  3DMark 11 - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  3DMark Vantage - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark06 - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  System Power Draw and Conclusions

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