Biostar TA890FXE Review

Testbed & BIOS


AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
BIOSTAR TA890FXE Motherboard
4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1866 RAM
Samsung Spinpoint F1 320GB SATA II Hard Disk Drive
nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5
Samsung 22x DVD+/-RW SATA
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Forceware 258.96 Drivers


Biostar use the all too familiar American Megatrends BIOS layout for their motherboards. This means for most, navigating through its menus will require very little thought. Naturally, no one here is interested in boot device or peripheral setup menus, so let's head straight for Biostar's OC Menu - T-Series.

Biostar TA890FXE

Biostar have segregated overclocking parameters into various sub-menu's. While the root of the T-Series menu allows you to adjust the reference clock frequency (HTT), Multiplier settings (Northbridge, Hypertransport, CPU), Voltage settings (CPU, DRAM, IMC, SB, NB) and Memory Frequency settings have their own dedicated sections. This certainly makes the BIOS appear less cluttered and daunting for OC novices.

Biostar TA890FXE     Biostar TA890FXE

Biostar TA890FXE

So there is most certainly scope to push your system's core components for all they're worth with the TA890FXE, but just how capable is it in practice?

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Most Recent Comments

14-09-2010, 09:49:34


14-09-2010, 10:32:46

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

14-09-2010, 10:49:44

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, 11:05:25

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, 17:26:48

(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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