Biostar TA890FXE Review

Packaging & Initial Impressions

Packaging & Initial Impressions


Biostar have continued their box design of black, grey and white. The front of the box reveals the model name and its key features, while a more detailed specification list can be found on the back.

Biostar TA890FXE     Biostar TA890FXE

Inside you will find its accessory set; this consists of a manual, driver disc, four SATA cables, Molex to SATA adapter, I/O shield and two Crossfire bridges. Sounds generous enough...

Biostar TA890FXE


Next up is the motherboard itself. The TA890FXE deviates slightly from its predecessors in its colour scheme, replacing yellow/green components with red and white. The board's build quality appears to be in line with its competitors at this stage.

Biostar TA890FXE     Biostar TA890FXE

Biostar have implemented a substantial heatpipe cooling module which cools the 890FX Northbridge and voltage regulation components. A stand alone passive cooler keeps the SB850 southbridge at bay.

Biostar TA890FXE     Biostar TA890FXE


We were particularly disappointed by the TA890FXE's expansion slot configuration. Despite including two Crossfire bridges, we struggle to understand how one can install any more than two double slot graphics cards. The whole concept of implementing four PCI-Express 16x slots in consecutive fashion sounds a little too counter intuitive.

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14-09-2010, 05:49:34

Alicarve

14-09-2010, 06:32:46

tinytomlogan
Edited, although the link is the same, it is working now Quote

14-09-2010, 06:49:44

Alicarve
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Edited, although the link is the same, it is working now
ok just thought i should warn you it is weird with the pcie slots all being together thoughQuote

14-09-2010, 07:05:25

alienware
Tis a bit Richard that one.

Firstly the colour scheme is horrid. Red and black? win. Red black and white? lose.

The slot layout is absolutely awful meaning you could (as has been pointed out) only get away with dual double slotters, meaning the whole excercise is a bit pointless.

And the price? 'sa bad kitty.. The MSI fuzion thing reviewed last week costs less, looks a metric ton of poo better and is an MSI. I know it only had two PCIE slots (full size) but you ain't giving up anything considering this one here is laid out so that you can only use two at once any way.

I mean, who would want to fit single slot cards into a high performance PC?

So the MSI wins the day here for me. It also has Lucid and costs less (though arguably not by much) but when you consider that Lucid chip and the royalties cost a pretty penny? It just packs the mud down even harder over the grave of the Biostar's sealed fate.Quote

14-09-2010, 13:26:48

silenthill
(lack of ability to recover from failed overclocks) now that is a big problem and I don't recommend buying this board only if there is a solution with a later BIOS update.

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