Biostar TA785GE


The Biostar TA785GE comes with AMI BIOS, which is becoming much more common on recent boards than the Award BIOS, and is easy to navigate.
Most of the options are common across all motherboards, so whilst we have included a screenshot of all the major elements, comments will be restricted to only the important or unique features to save going over old ground or stating the obvious.
The first two pages provide the usual stuff we've all come to know and love. 
Bios1  2
Next is the always useful PC Health page, which actually provides accurate voltages and things. Sometimes you have to make allowance for the end voltage not quite being what you've input, but this seems pretty spot on.
3 Advanced  PCI Pnp
The Northbridge configuration menu provides the first of our departures from the norm.
Boot 5  Chipset 6
Northbridge configuration is below on the left. As you can see there are a few options for the onboard graphics, including a quite handy overclock feature. Adjustments to the GPU clock are easy to perform and actually not too necessary. The built in HD4200 has enough grunt for HTPC usage, and no overclock will help for gaming. But it's handy to have.
Northbridge  Southbridge 
Over the page we'll look at the BIOS overclocking options.  
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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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