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Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Intel P35 DDR3 Motherboard Review
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Intel P35 DDR3 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Based on the DDR3 version of the Intel P35 Express chipset (and ICH9R southbridge), the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard comes supporting a wide array of SOHO and enthusiast gamer friendly features.
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Overclocking the Biostar Motherboard

Overclocking Results:
stock max. oc
motherboard speed: 266 mhz

512 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 P35 Express chipset is a monster of an overclocker in every motherboard PCSTATS has tested so far. You can bet your bottom dollar PCSTATS is expecting great things from the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard!

Our test configuration will involve the new 1333MHz FSB Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair's tasty DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D DDR3-1800 memory. While the CAS latency settings on this DDR3 RAM are 7-7-7-20, I think it is safe to say neither the CPU nor memory will be holding the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe back today... so this should be a fun round of overclocking. As usual, before the overclocking begins the CPU clock multiplier will be lowered to 6x and the memory set to run in 1:1.

Starting at 333 MHz FSB the clock speed of the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard was increased 5 MHz at a time. Without much difficulty the motherboard reached 400 MHz, then 420 MHz, then 430 MHz and then even 440 MHz came and went... To reach 470 MHz FSB, we had to bump the Intel P35 Express Northbridge voltage up to to 1.45V.

A few minutes passed before the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe reached its maximum speed of 512 MHz FSB, anything higher was simply a no go. PCSTATS did try, but the test platform would freeze up at POST or we'd get a blue screen while loading Windows. It is almost like there was a magical barrier, that once past that would crash the system.

A max FSB of 512 MHz is pretty darn sweet for a DDR3/P35 platform. It just goes to show you that Biostar mean business when it comes to overclocking !

Inside the Biostar BIOS:

Biostar gives you the regular memory timing adjustments from CAS Latency to RAS to CAS Delay and RAS Precharge. Note values are now even higher than what we're use to with DDR2 memory.

Biostar gives you full multiplier access (well as much as Intel will allow). The FSB can be adjusted between 333-700 MHz in 1 MHz increments and there are whole slew of memory dividers. Maximum CPU voltage goes 0.787V above stock, chipset voltage 0.3V above stock and memory 0.35V above stock. That should be enough for the overclocker and as you can see the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe did pretty well for itself.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel P35 Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference system #1 reference system #2
processor: intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (P35 Express)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 Express)
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 Express)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory: 2x 1024MB Corsair Twin3X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47


SYSMark 2004
PC Worldbench 5.0
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe
 Pg 1.  Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Intel P35 DDR3 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  Introduction to the DDR3 Memory Standard
 Pg 4.  Introducing the Intel P35 Express and ICH9 Chipsets
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the Biostar Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004 Continued
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4
 Pg 15.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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