BIOSTAR TPower X79 Motherboard Review



BIOSTAR TPower X79 Motherboard Review

The BIOSTAR TPower X79 LGA2011 motherboard is the only Intel X79 offering from BIOSTAR right now. While most of the companies out there release a board aimed at enthusiasts with all the bells and whistles, BIOSTAR like to keep their prices down and target those on a budget. The BIOSTAR TPower X79 is currently retailing for only $214.99 after rebate. This is a great price point to be at since not everybody needs an extreme board to meet their needs and doesn’t want to spend $400+ on a motherboard. BIOSTAR left out the high price tag, but they didn’t skimp out on features.

The BIOSTAR TPower X79 features the latest technologies that we have been seeing on all of our Intel X79 motherboards. Features like SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA III 6Gbps, AMD CrossFireX, and NVIDIA SLI have all become common place features today. What tends to separate the boards is some of the more specific features. Some of the Intel X79 system boards that we have looked at use digital VRM’s for the power delivery to the CPU and memory, while some continue to use the time honored and proven analog VRM’s. There are arguments from fans of both debating which is the better power delivery method, while I’m not here to make an argument for either, I’ll just say that I have had great results from both methods. The BIOSTAR TPower X79 is continuing to use the analog method and features a 9 phase power design along with 100% solid capacitors. The solid capacitors that the BIOSTAR TPower X79 are design for a lasting life cycle, durability, and of course stability.

BIOSTAR has also put some work into the audio on the BIOSTAR TPower X79. Instead of using the generic Realtek audio driver, BIOSTAR is using the THX truStudio Pro. THX truStudio Pro has been specially designed to the same audio experience to the PC that you can find in live performances, films and recording studios. This will give the games you play the extra depth needed to hear your your enemies before you see them. If you browse the installation CD that comes in the bundle for the BIOSTAR TPower X79, you will find several utilities that may be handy for you.

BIOSTAR TPower X79 Utilities Disk

One of the included utilities you will find is BIO-Remote. BIO-Remote will let you use your Android based smart phone as a multimedia remote to control applications like media center, PowerDVD, Media Player, WinAMP, Microsoft PowerPoint and a few others. Simply download the app from the Android marketplace or from BIOSTAR directly, set up the software on your BIOSTAR TPower X79 syatem and you’re good to go after a bit of setup between the two.

BIOSTAR TPower X79 Intel Socket 2011 Motherboard Specifications

Chipset Intel X79
CPU SUPPORT 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 LGA 2011 Processor
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 130Watt
MEMORY Support Quad Channel DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/ 1333 /1066 MHz
4 x DDR3 DIMM Memory Slot
Max. Supports up to 32GB Memory
2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
3 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot (x16, 16, x8 )4 WAY CFX, 3 WAY SLI
STORAGE 4 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector
3 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector
1 x eSATA2 3Gb/s Connector
Support SATA RAID: 0,1,5,10
USB ASMedia ASM1042 USB 3.0 controller
6 x USB 3.0 Port
1 x USB 3.0 Header
2 x USB 2.0 Port
2 x USB 2.0 Header
Gigabit Ethernet Realtek RTL8111E – 10/100/1000 Controller
Audio CODEC Realtek ALC898 8 Channel Blu-ray Audio
REAR I/O 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x eSATA2 3Gb/s Connector
6 x USB 3.0 Port
2 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x RJ-45 Port
6 x Audio Connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Port
INTERNAL I/O 1 x USB 3.0 Header
2 x USB 2.0 Header
4 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector
3 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector
1 x Front Audio Header
1 x Front Panel Header
1 x S/PDIF-OUT Header
1 x CPU FAN Header
2 x System FAN Header
1 x Serial Header
1 x CIR Header
DIMENSION ATX Form Factor Dimension: 30.5cm x 24.4cm ( W x L )
OS SUPPORT Support Windows XP / Vista / 7
1 x SLI Connector
1 x CrossFire Connector
1 x I/O Shield
1 x CD Driver
1 x User Manual
FEATURES Supports uEFI GUI Interface BIOS
Supports THX TruStudio Pro
Supports BIO-Remote2
Supports BIO-Remote
Supports Space-Pipe Thermal solution
Supports 100% Solid capacitor
Supports Puro Tone HD Audio Technology
Supports Rapid Switch2
Supports Rapid Debug3
Supports BIOS-Flasher
Supports BIOS-Relife
Supports Toverclcoker OC software
Supports Charger Booster

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