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Monday, April 07, 2008
Biostar TA770 A2+

2. The Package

The Biostar TA770A2+ will cost you approximately $75 (+shipping), as we found after a quick navigation across some online stores. The price is very low and combined with the performance of the AMD processors the motherboard supports, it should give you a decent low budget system.

The retail package follows the usual design of the Biostar T-Series of motherboards.

The retail box includes the usual cables, connectors and adapters.

Below is the complete list of what's included in the retail package

  • 1x HDD Cable
  • 2x Serial ATA Cable
  • 1x Serial ATA Power Cable
  • 1x Rear I/O Panel for ATX Case
  • 1x User’s Manual
  • 1x Fully Setup Driver CD
  • 1x FDD Cable (optional)
  • 1x USB 2.0 Cable (optional)
  • 1x S/PDIF out Cable (optional)

There is not any games or fancy stuff included, allowing Biostar to keep the retail price in low levels.

The board itself looks very "clean" as most of the components can be easily identified. Its overall dimensions are 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.4cm), following the ATX standards:

Below you can see is an overview of the motherboard's layout:

Let's take a closer look at the CPU area.

There is enough space left around cpu area, allowing you to install bigger cooling fans. There are also four DDR2 DIMMs for up to 8GB memory configurations, properly colored for easy installation in dual channel modes. We can also see the 24pin power and the FDD cable connector.

On the lower left side of the mainboard you can see four (4) SATAII connectors and of course the ATA133 connector. They're all colored in yellow for easy tracking. The start/reset buttons, which have become mainstream in the latest motherboards, are very useful to start the system without connecting the headers of your PC case.

The motherboard supports the PCI-e v2.0 standard through only one slot (PCI-Express x16 2.0) and has two PCI-Express x1 2.0 slots for for PCI-e cards. There are also three PCI slots for adding extra hardware to your system, (green colored).

The I/O panel has the following ports and connectors:

  • 1x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1x PS/2 Mouse
  • 1x LAN port
  • 6x USB Port
  • 6x Audio Jack
  • 2x eSATA Port (optional)

Biostar releases two versions of the same motherboard. The one we have in our hands belongs to the 5xx series, while the other series is labeled V6xx. Their main difference is the that the Ver5.x series offers a 3-way sound system:

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