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Review Biostar TP67XE

BIOSTAR TP67XE The P67 board from Biostar. The taiwanese motherboard manufacturer presents us his board with the new intel P67 chipset. Over with the 1156 socket and lets make some […]

BIOSTAR TP67XE

The P67 board from Biostar. The taiwanese motherboard manufacturer presents us his board with the new intel P67 chipset. Over with the 1156 socket and lets make some place for the 1155 one. This means that i3, i5 and i7 CPUs used on socket 1156 won’t be compatible with this new 1156 socket.

Bundle

Biostar propose with this board a simple bundle.
In this bundle we have :

  • Trois câbles Sata
  • Plaque arrière I/O
  • Un manuel
  • Un cd de drivers
  • Un pont CrossFire
  • Un pont Sli
  • Un câble Molex / Sata

Specifications

Cpu: Socket 1155 Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium  /  Celeron

Chipset: Intel P67

Memory: DDR3 1066 / 1333 / 1600 / 1866 / 2133 ( Max Memory Capacity 16GB )

Sata II & Sata III

Realtek RTL 8111E  10 – 100Mb/s – 1Gb/s

Sound Codec ALC892 7.1 Channels HD

Usb 3.0 NEC uPD720200

2 slots Pci-express 16x

Back Panel I/O: – PS2 Keyboard

  • RCA + S/PDIF Out
  • 1394 Port
  • eSata Port
  • Lan Port
  • Usb 2.0 Port ( x6 )
  • Usb 3.0 Port ( x2 )
  • Audio jack ( x6 )

Board Size: 305 ( W ) x 244 ( L ) mm – ATX

OS Support : Windows XP / Vista / 7

Details

The TP67XE has 3 fan connectors. This is a bit a shame for a Biostar board. Take the example of a regular case that is the CoolerMaster HAF932 and an cooler as Corsair H70. For this setup, you are going to find a solution through additional molex connectors to be able to plug all your fan on the power supply.

The TP67XE has two ATX 12v 8pins connectors. Why two ? This is here in order to allow you a stronger and more stable overclocking of the board.

Four slots are present to mount 16Gb of DDR3. If you have only two memory modules, it is a good idea to consider using the white banks.

The classic ATX 24pins.

New generation of CPU and so new socket generation (we are getting used to it now with Intel recently). So we have a 1155 socket that replaces the 1156 one. The mounting holes for the cooling are exactly the same as for the previous generation socket, so no need for you to buy a new cooler or any king of adaptor for it.

Meanwhile, notice that the CPU compatible with the socket 1156 are not compatible on this 1155 socket and vice-versa.

The new sandy bridge CPU family from Intel was launched un early January, but stand by for the following models coming up later this trimester.

This motherboard has five SATA slots. Two are SATA3 (the white ones) and three are SATA2 (the red ones). We are sad to observe that this kind of board is still limited to only five ports. One disk burner, a DVD/BR player, one SSD , a HDD and one more slot for the case e-SATA port. And done, no more slots free and you are good to go for getting an additional SATA extension card…

In order to ease the boot up and reset while benching, Biostar integrated the classic OC used buttons for SWPWR1 et SWRST1. we don’t know if these buttons will remain as one our test board of if Biostar is going to change it by fixing them properly on the board for a better esthetic.

The board also has two old-fashion PCI slots, two PCIe 1x and two PCIe 16x slots (plugged 16x or 8x – 8x).

You will find a digit display that is displaying the informations about potential errors through codes, the BIOS post steps codes and the CPU temperature.

The board has three USB connectors that will allow sufficient case plugs. These connectors are working under the USB 2.0 technology.

Finally, this board has three independent coolers. In fact, these three coolers aren’t connected together through heat-pipes as we are used to see on many boards. The two at the top cool down the CPU power stages and the one from the bottom is cooling the P67 chipset.

In the upcoming weeks, you will meet all the P67 boards from our lab compared all together in a global P67 board review.

Thanks to Biostar for this motherboard.