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Biostar TA75M+ AMD A75 socket FM1 Motherboard Review

Biostar TA75M+ AMD A75 socket FM1 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Biostar's TA75M+ motherboard is a micro-ATX entry level platform with relatively robust onboard graphics care of the AMD Fusion APU processor and thorough storage options via AMDs A75 chipset. Built around the AMD Fusion A75 chipset, the board supports socket FM1 AMD A8/A6-series processors which feature integrated graphics in the form of a Radeon HD 6550D/6530D graphics core.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Jun 05 2012   Max Page  
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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Biostar A75M+

Biostar's TA75M+ motherboard has a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots that operate at x16 and x4 mode respectively, or 8GB/s and 2GB/s per direction. A single PCI Express x1 and PCI slot complete the list of expansion options.

Along the bottom edge of the Biostar TA75M+ motherboard we find headers for the following ports: front panel audio, COM port, SP/DIF, Infrared, (1) USB 3.0 and (3) USB 2.0 headers. Furthermore, the TA75M+ has three fan headers peppered around it's mATX surface.

Six native 6Gb/s SATA III ports (RAID 0,1,10) are supplied via the AMD A75 chipset. The SATA ports are lined up in a row so closely it's difficult to access the metal release clips on each SATA cable without first removing the adjacent cable. As you can seen by the image below, if all SATA ports are populated the user literally needs to remove all of them to disengage one of them.

Biostar's TA75M+ board comes with a handy Port80 debug card and physical Power and Reset buttons for out of the box tweaking. The AMD A75 chipset communicates with the AMD A8 Fusion APU over a Unified Media Interface (UMI) interface at 2GB/s.

AMD's A75 chipset largely fills the role of a traditional Southbridge, so cooling only requires a small passive aluminum heatsink.

Biostar's TA75M+ motherboard has four DDR3 DIMMs that support up to 32GB of dual channel DDR3-800/1066/1333/1600/1866MHz memory. Memory densities up to 8GB are supported. If used, the IGP will allocate up to 512MB of system memory to itself.

AMD Socket FM1 motherboards support AMD A8 and A6 Fusion processors (FPU) such as the AMD A8-3850 CPU PCSTATS will be testing this board with. The Fusion APU includes an integrated graphics processor, memory controller and PCI Express bus.

We're happy the AMD heatsink retention cage hasn't changed much since the introduction of the original Athlon 64 CPU nearly a decade ago. An AMD heatsink made back should still work fine with flagship processors as TDP has been kept at pretty constant 125W.

On this corner of the Biostar TA75M+ board we find a small passive heatsink cooling the boards' VRM circuitry and power MOSFETs. It's nice to see Biostar using all solid state capacitors on it's motherboards these days.

While USB 2.0's 480Mb/s maximum bandwidth was enough for many years, USB 3.0 expands the bandwidth to a whopping 4.8Gb/s (4800Mb/s) which is more appropriate for today's large mass storage devices.

Next up, overclocking and BIOS screen shots.

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Contents of Article: Biostar TA75M+
 Pg 1.  Biostar TA75M+ AMD A75 socket FM1 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD A75/A8 Fusion Platform & Socket FM1
 Pg 3.  — 360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Biostar A75M+
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Biostar TA75M+
 Pg 5.  Test System Hardware & BIOS
 Pg 6.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 8.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 9.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  IGP vs. IGP DX11 Gaming: 3DMark 11, Stalker, Heaven 2.0
 Pg 14.  IGP vs. IGP Synthetic Gaming: 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  IGP vs. IGP Synthetic Gaming: Call of Juarez, Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 16.  IGP vs IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 17.  System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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