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Biostar P4TGE: A Colorful Package With FSB Tricks

The End User Pays: 13 Boards With Intel 845GE/PE
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It's straight down to business with the Biostar packaging.


First impressions: blue PCI slots, a yellow AGP slot and red IDE interfaces - these make the Biostar the most colorful character of all of the test candidates.


The Biostar is sold complete with cables and driver CD.

While there's no denying that color is in vogue, the Biostar's design appears to be too much of a good thing: the PCI slots have been made in dark blue and the AGP slot in yellow, and on top of that, two of the memory sockets are in sky blue and another one even in white. Where support is concerned, the varied color-coding is probably an advantage, however: what color is the slot? Compared to previous tests, the Biostar has clearly improved. The equipment ranges from a FireWire controller to serial ATA RAID and 5.1 audio, right up to a three-phase voltage regulator. The manufacturer hasn't cut corners with accessories, either: delivery comes complete with two serial ATA and IDE cables, slot panels for USB 2.0 and FireWire, as well as two CD-ROMs of software. Worth mentioning is the stabilization for the CPU socket on the board's underside that effectively prevents the board from being bent.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Tough Battle For Customers: With Features And Color, Continued
  3. Price Check: Chipsets For Pentium 4
  4. From 3.06 GHz: New Cooler Design For The P4
  5. The Boards
  6. Asus P4PE/ GE: Now Fully Equipped At The Old Price, Continued
  7. Asus P4PE/ GE: Now Fully Equipped At The Old Price, Continued
  8. Aopen AX4PE/ GE Max: Silent Solution And Overclocking
  9. Aopen AX4PE/ GE Max: Silent Solution And Overclocking, Continued
  10. Aopen AX4PE/ GE Max: Silent Solution And Overclocking, Continued
  11. Biostar P4TGE: A Colorful Package With FSB Tricks
  12. Biostar P4TGE: A Colorful Package With FSB Tricks, Continued
  13. DFI NB78-HL: Meager And Low-priced
  14. Gigabyte GA-8PE667 Ultra/ 8GE667 Pro: Mega-Equipment
  15. Gigabyte GA-8PE667 Ultra/ 8GE667 Pro: Mega-Equipment, Continued
  16. Gigabyte GA-8PE667 Ultra/ 8GE667 Pro: Mega-Equipment, Continued
  17. Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds: The Iwill P4HT-S
  18. Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds: The Iwill P4HT-S, Continued
  19. Storming The Market: Intel D845PEBT2
  20. Storming The Market: Intel D845PEBT2, Continued
  21. Fujitsu-Siemens D1527/ D1547: Made In Germany
  22. Fujitsu-Siemens D1527/ D1547: Made In Germany, Continued
  23. Fujitsu-Siemens D1527/ D1547: Made In Germany, Continued
  24. A Naked Candidate: QDI Platinix 2E/ 333
  25. Comparison Of SDRAM, DDR SDRAM And RDRAM Bandwidths
  26. Benchmarks Under Windows XP SP1
  27. DirectX 8 Games: 3D Mark 2001 SE
  28. MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
  29. SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU And Multimedia
  30. Multimedia Performance: PC Mark 2002
  31. 3D-Rendering Performance: SPEC Viewperf 7
  32. Archiving: WinACE 2.2
  33. Overview: Features Of All Boards Tested
  34. Overview: Features For All Motherboards, Continued
  35. Overview: Features For All Motherboards, Continued
  36. Conclusion - Asus Offers The Best Mix
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