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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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Test System Hardware & BIOS

Quick Look Inside the BIOS

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS is a long overdue upgrade to the old blue-screen BIOS we're long familiar with. The UEFI BIOS shipped with the Biostar TA75M+ motherboard gives you the ability to tweak and tune almost every major system setting, if you're an overclocker you should find this mATX board sufficiently equipped.

BIOSTAR has largely kept the text format of legacy BIOS' intact with the TA75M+ so navigation is quick and responsive.

The main overclocking controls for adjusting the CPU clock speed can be entered manually or you can select from one of Biostar's pre-defined overclocking settings like V6-Tech engine or V12-tech engine. The overclock navigator lets you decide on the level of overclocking you want.

The BIOS has extensive memory control options, timings can be set down to the individual clocks cycle, per channel.

There are a few electrical settings that can be adjusted in the BIOS to help you achieve your best overclocking results.

Test System Specs

PCSTATS has relied on Crucial memory for its servers for years, so it was only logical to install 4GB's of Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 memory into the Biostar TA75M+ motherboard test system. Storage devices have changed dramatically in recent years, you'll notice PCSTATS to retired the faithful old Western Digital Raptor's for a super quick OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (120GB, SATAII). The effect on system-wide benchmarks is dramatic! Thanks to AMD, Crucial Memory and OCZ Technology for help outfitting this test platform.

Biostar TA75M+ Motherboard

Details on how the socket FM1 TA75M+ motherboard was configured for benchmarking - including specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions - is listed in the Test System Spec chart below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Specs

Intel Core i7 3820

Intel Core i5 2500K

AMD Fusion A8-3850

AMD FX-8150 (45nm)*
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

Intel Core i7 920
Clock Speed: 36 x 100MHz = 3.6 GHz 33 x 100 MHz = 3.3 GHz 29 x 100 MHz = 2.9 GHz 18 x 200 MHz = 3.6 GHz*
16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
20 x 133 MHz = 2.67 GHz
Socket: Socket LGA2011 Socket LGA1155 Socket FM1 Socket AM3 / AM2+ Socket LGA1366
Motherboard: - Intel X79 -
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5

- Intel Z77 -
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H

- Intel Z68
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD

- Intel P67 -
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
ASUS P8P67 Pro

- Intel H67 -
ASUS P8H67-M Evo
Biostar TH67XE
Intel DH67BL

- AMD A75 -
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
Biostar TA75M+

- AMD 990FX
Biostar TA990FXE*
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7*
ASUS Crosshair V Formula*

- AMD 890FX
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
Biostar TA890FXE
- AMD 790FX -
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

- AMD 785G -
MSI 785GM-E65

- Intel X58
Gigabyte G1.Assassin*

Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)

*Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)
(Geforce GTS250)

Memory: x32 - 4GB / x64 - 4x4GB Corsair CMZ16GX3M-4X1600C9 DDR3-1600

2x 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C8

3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3
Memory Speed: DDR3-1600 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1066
Hard Drive: 120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)
Intel SRT Tests: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 & 20GB Intel Larson Creek 311 SSD

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 (3GB/s SATA II)
*120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

Optical Drive:

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray


Power Supply: NoFan P-400A (400W)

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS11X Performa Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1155 Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1366 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):


Software Setup: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultiimate 32-bit & 64-bit
Intel INF
nVidia 285.62

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x32/x64
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x32/x64
AMD Catalyst 8.86RC2
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
AMD Catalyst 9.12
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

Benchmarks: System Benchmarks: Sysmark 2012, SYSmark 2007, PCMark Vantage, SiSoft Sandra 2011
Gaming B/M: 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06

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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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