Biostar TA785GE


As befits the value nature of the TA785GE the packaging is quite simplistic. No boxes in boxes to be found here. However the important parts are all there, and the motherboard itself is very well looked after.
The front of the box is in the usual Biostar style with the T-Series logo taking up the majority of it, but all the important information is available and laid out in a style that is attractive and pleasing. The back provides a much more detailed look at the main features any prospective purchaser could wish for, although two things are readily apparent.
Front Biostar Box  Biostar Box Back
Firstly the specifications panel on the left is very skewiff. However this is only a printing error on this particular box, because other boxes we've seen didn't have this problem.
Secondly, of the seven panels on the right hand side of the box's back three of them are dedicated to the overclocking features. This appears slightly incongruous compared to the main target audience. However, if the overclocking abilities exceed similarly priced motherboards then Biostar could have a winner on their hands.
Rear Left Closeup  Box Back Close Right
What's in the box?
As stated earlier this is an exercise in minimalism. Opening the box reveals a simple cardboard cover over the board itself and the minimum of cables. Only two SATA, one IDE and a molex to SATA are included, along with the normal manual and driver disk. Unlike many other manufacturers recently Biostar haven't colour coded any of the ports on the blanking plate. It's a strange decision but I'm sure helps keep the costs down, something we can all appreciate.
However no doubt can be made about the safety of the motherboard itself. It's packaged in the standard anti-static bag, but is covered with foam on both the top and bottom layers. Something it's nice to see especially for a product at this price. It's nice to see Biostar going the extra step to help keep the TA785GE protected until you build it.
Cables  Mobo Antistatic
Enough of the outside. Onward my fine OC3D readers and join me in a closer look at the board itself.
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Most Recent Comments

11-12-2009, 16:04:12

Good review, though I was surprised at the lack of HDMI/SPDIF. I really thought they'd be standard on a MATX board with onboard GFX now. Seems like a great board for what it does, but it doesn't exactly do what you want. Not sure what Biostar are trying to do with this one.Quote

11-12-2009, 16:31:49

Didn't think of that tbh, and ur right.

I almost feel now that the mobo looks like it's perhaps 1 of 3 in a range or something, and this is the 'lite' edition.

£57 is kinda over stretching that thought tho.

Other than that, it does look like it does it's best to do what it is equipped with well enough. Biostar have made some mobos that similarly perform very well at what they offer.

I get the feeling now that this is a mobo shipped out to plug a previous generation gap for those who's mobos might have crapped out. Again tho, £57 aint right and I'm sure ASRock's attempts would be that much better and more equipped at doing that.

Complaints aside, the onboard managing over 30fps in that FarCry2 bench, even if maybe out of character, is fair for the HD4200. HTPC mobo - not really, but do able with more kit. Gaming pc - not really, but do able with more kit.

Odd one, great review.Quote

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