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Biostar TPower I45 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review
Biostar TPower I45 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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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BIOS Tweaking Tools & Test Specs

The BIOS controls how the motherboard communicates with all the peripherals connected to it, and is a crucial component for any good well rounded motherboard. PCSTATS is only going to highlight the tweaking features in the BIOS, so you'll know what to expect.

Biostar gives you full multiplier access (as much as Intel allows). The FSB can be adjusted between 333-800 MHz in 1 MHz increments and there are whole slew of memory dividers. The Overclock Retry Count is useful for painless overclocking recovery, if the system fails to boot, it will go back to default settings to boot up, but the last entered settings in the BIOS will still be there. It makes overclocking fun, whereas with the traditional method you have to recall every setting you entered after the CMOS is reset.

Biostar gives you the regular memory timing adjustments from CAS Latency to RAS to CAS Delay and RAS Precharge.

The board has good voltage controls, and colour codes the choices green/yellow/red based on the danger. DDR goes 1.85 above stock, chipset 0.7V above, and FSB 0.75 above for example. That should be enough for the average overclocker.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Biostar TPower I45 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 P45 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 (65nm)
OC tests with:
(Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (45nm))
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz
(9 x 333 = 3.0 GHz)
8 x 333 MHz = 2.66 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: Biostar TPower I45 (P45 Express)

Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 Express)
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 Express)
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (P35 Express)
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)
Foxconn MARS (P35 Express)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i)
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E
Memory: 2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4D (DDR2)

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

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47


SYSMark 2007
Super Pi Mod 1.5
SiSoft Sandra 2008
PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage

Quake 4

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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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