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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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System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

PCSTATS measures total system power draw (watts) with the aid of an Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant Seasonic SS-760KM power supply. The meter is placed between the 120V AC outlet and the PC power supply and the computer stressed. Total system power draw is recorded and compared to the PC's idle state.

Total System Power Draw

CPU Loaded

GFX Loaded

AMD A8-3850
nVidia Geforce GTX470

89W 183W 230W

AMD A8-3850
Radeon HD 6550D IGP

27W 120W 80W

(Idel @ desktop)

(via Prime95)

(via 3DM06)

It's amazing just how little power the Biostar TA75M+ system requires while operating on the AMD A8-3850's integrated Radeon HD 6550D graphics core alone - at idle, the PC system sips a little as 27W! Under CPU-load conditions this figure jumps to a not unreasonable 120W. With the IGP stressed by 3DMark the total power consumption is a modest 80W. Adding a Geforce GTX470 videocard into the mix introduces a significant power overhead, pushing total system power draw up across the board.

Biostar's Power Saving LEDs indicate the status level of this feature.

A Budget A75 Motherboard fit for Workstations

Biostar's TA75M+ motherboard is a no-frills approach to the AMD A75 chipset. It's a microATX form-factor motherboard that can fit into nearly any case, has robust graphics and storage options and most importantly is very economical.

If you're building a media-center or home theatre PC you'll find that the Radeon HD 6550D at the heart of the AMD A8-3850 CPU well suited; it supports (light) DX11 gaming, HDMI 1.3 output and typical media playback on IGP graphics alone.

You can also take advantage of the Biostar TA75M+ motherboard's modest level of integration if you're building productivity computers for an office or home business. The Biostar TA75M+ draws very little electricity when paired with a low-wattage processor, so operating costs are quite good if electricity is expensive in your part of the world. Given that the Biostar TA75M+ retails for about $95 CDN ($95 USD, £55 GBP) and is paired with inexpensive AMD A8/A6 series Fusion processors, it's not a hard platform on the pocketbook..

Biostar did cut a few corners in order to get the TA75M+ to a competitive price point, the most notable is the lack of brackets for any of the onboard USB headers. There also aren't really enough USB 2.0 ports on the rear I/O. In this day and age, six USB ports is below the bare minimum in our books... If you have a USB keyboard and mouse, this leaves you with four USB ports for the rest of your devices!

If you can live within these limitations you'll be well served by the microATX Biostar TA75M+ motherboard, as you've seen by its benchmark performance. Bottom line, it's a good foundation for a cost-effective, entry level AMD Fusion computer system.

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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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