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Biostar Launches First AMD Dragon MoBo

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Monday Biostar unveiled the very first Dragon Platform qualified motherboard, the TA790GX A3+

According to the company, the TA790GX A3+ uses Biostar's Green Power Utility, enhancing energy efficiency by disabling extra phases while the CPU carries a light load.  The integrated GUI monitors what the CPU is resourcing, and then responds by optimizing the power consumption. The board also uses a 4+1-phase VRM design, enhancing the overclocking ability for the Phenom/PhenomII CPU. The TA790GX A3+ natively supports DDR3 memory up to 1333MHz as well, and sports 100 percent solid capacitors.

Biostar says that the TA790GX A3+  utilizes the AMD 790GX+SB750 chipset, designed to support an 5200 MT/s HyperTransport 3.0 (HT3.0) interface and PCI Express 2.0 x 16 graphics. For more graphical power, Biostar slapped in ATI's Radeon HD 3300, however gamers can take advantage of ATI CrossFire X technology, enabling two or more graphics processors to work together to improve system performance. The TA790GX A3+ supports up to four ATI Radeon HD graphics cards as well, and even enables ATI's Hybrid CrossFireX technology under a Windows Vista environment. The board comes packed with a built-in HDMI/DVI connector with HDCP support of 1080p HD resolution, and on-board 128 MB DDR2 side-port memory for that extra oomph with a max shared up to 512MB.

Additionally, end-users can update the TA790GX A3+ BIOS via a USB flash stick before entering the OS. Consumers can even bring the BIOS back to life - if corrupted - through the board's BIO-ReLife technology. The TA790GX A3+ also features a few other nifty additions including a hardware installation debugger using LED indicators, a rapid switch to allow users to test the board without short-circuiting the wrong pins, and an overclocking setting within the BIOS itself.

Biostar's TA790GX A3+ supports the AMD Phenom II X4 (Socket AM3), the Phenom II X3 (Socket AM3), and features a maximum CPU TDP (thermal Design Power) of 140Watt. The board contains 4 DDR3 DIMM memory slots (supporting up to 16 GB memory), 2 PCI slots, 2 PCI-E x1 2.0 slots, and 2 PCI-E x16 2.0 slots. On the storage side, the board has 6 SATA2 2Gb/s connectors, 1 IDE connector, and supports STAT RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. For a total list of hardware specs, head here.

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    sohei , February 11, 2009 10:48 AM
    full-option mobo
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    computerninja7823 , February 11, 2009 10:56 AM
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    For more graphical power, Biostar slapped in ATI's Radeon HD 3300, however gamers can take advantage of ATI CrossFire X technology, enabling two or more graphics processors to work together to improve system performance. The TA790GX A3+ supports up to four ATI Radeon HD graphics cards as well, and even enables ATI's Hybrid CrossFireX technology under a Windows Vista environment.


    i believe that this part is messed up. enabling two or more graphics processors to work together to improve system performance. The TA790GX A3+ supports up to four ATI Radeon HD graphics cards as well, how can this support 4 graphics cards?!?! i think you mean 4 graphics CORES.
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    arson94 , February 11, 2009 12:23 PM
    computerninja7823i believe that this part is messed up. enabling two or more graphics processors to work together to improve system performance. The TA790GX A3+ supports up to four ATI Radeon HD graphics cards as well, how can this support 4 graphics cards?!?! i think you mean 4 graphics CORES.




    You can put a video card in a PCI-E x1 2.0 slot. I wouldn't recommend it for performance degredation reasons, but you can do it.
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    Judguh , February 11, 2009 12:23 PM
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    the board has 6 SATA2 2Gb/s connectors


    I thought that Sata 2 was 3Gb/s?
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    arson94 , February 11, 2009 12:26 PM
    Let me clarify: If the ends of the slots were open, you could put a video card in a PCI-E x1 2.0 slot. But, I doubt the ends of the slots are open so physically, no you probably couldn't put more than 2 video cards on this board. Sorry computerninja7823
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    computerninja7823 , February 11, 2009 1:14 PM
    hey its cool arson 94...i just wanted to try and clarify things...i doubt anyone would want to put four graphics cards in a setup like that it would be wiser just to wait and see what other companies release down the road

    ~compninja~
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    slabbo , February 11, 2009 1:55 PM
    is this the first AM3 board?
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    Richeemxx , February 11, 2009 3:19 PM
    No its just the first one from Biostar
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    rooseveltdon , February 11, 2009 8:45 PM
    well technically speaking other mobos right now have am2+ boards that sometimes support am3 however this board is specifically designed for am3 and is backward compatible with am2 and am2+ so yeah this is the first real am3 board designed to fully take advantage of the new AMD dragon technology.
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    doormatderek , February 11, 2009 10:02 PM
    it is NOT backward compatible as it uses DDR3, correct me if i'm wrong?...
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    doormatderek , February 11, 2009 10:06 PM
    only the new processors have a DDR3 memory controller. The OLDER boards are supposedly compatible with the newer processors as the newer processors have both a DDR2 and DDR3 integrated memory controller within the processor
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    Anonymous , March 27, 2009 6:08 AM
    mother board yang kaya gimaNASIC ITU BIOSTAR 790GX a=3