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BIOStar P4TCA Pro: Good Basis With WLAN, Continued

Mobo Tsunami! 24 Boards with the 865/875P Chipset
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Included with the Biostar.

The board ran factory-set with the maximum possible timings (DDR400 CL2.0-2-2.5), so that the manufacturer did not have to do any follow-up work on the BIOS. On top of this, the board offers a good standard of performance and was convincing from the start due to its high stability.

BIOStar has introduced cost-cutting measures in the case of the RAID controller (VIA VT6410): in practice, sporadic problems arise when recognizing drives - this would, for example, be less likely to occur if the Promise chip was used.

The VIA controller causes frequent problems with the recognition of IDE drives.

Our assessment in brief: BIOStar has made radical improvements compared to previous tests. Arguments for purchasing the board include the integrated WLAN function for 802.11b and its high stability in the case of aggressive memory settings. Even the BIOS update at the press of a button works perfectly, albeit not via Windows XP or the Internet.

Summary
  1. Motherboard Trends 2003: Consumers Are Spoilt For Choice
  2. Motherboard Trends 2003: Consumers Are Spoilt For Choice, Continued
  3. Overview Test Candidates: 24 Boards On The Test Bench
  4. Abit IC7-G: For Overclocking Fans, Continued
  5. Abit IC7-G: For Overclocking Fans, Continued
  6. Abit IS7: Bitter Price War With PAT
  7. Abit IS7: Bitter Price War With PAT, Continued
  8. Aopen AX4C Max 2: Mid-Range Product With A Few Minor Faults
  9. Aopen AX4C Max 2: Mid-Range Product With A Few Minor Faults, Continued
  10. Aopen AX4C Max 2: Mid-Range Product With A Few Minor Faults, Continued
  11. Aopen AX4C Max: Cooling Element With Possible Danger Of Burning
  12. Aopen AXSPE Max: Restrained Enthusiasm
  13. Asus P4C800 Deluxe: Sparse Selection Of Equipment At A High Price
  14. Asus P4C800 Deluxe: Sparse Selection Of Equipment At A High Price, Continued
  15. Asus P4C800 Deluxe: Sparse Selection Of Equipment At A High Price, Continued
  16. Asus P4C800-E Deluxe: Good Choice With CSA Support
  17. Asus P4P800 Deluxe: The Only One With Activated PAT
  18. Asus P4P800 Deluxe: The Only One With Activated PAT, Continued
  19. BIOStar P4TCA Pro: Good Basis With WLAN
  20. BIOStar P4TCA Pro: Good Basis With WLAN, Continued
  21. BIOStar P4TCA Pro: Good Basis With WLAN, Continued
  22. Chaintech 9CJS Zenith: The Features Giant
  23. Chaintech 9CJS Zenith: The Features Giant, Continued
  24. Chaintech 9CJS Zenith: The Features Giant, Continued
  25. DFI Pro 875 Lan Party: A Feast For The Eyes In The Dark
  26. DFI Pro 875 Lan Party: A Feast For The Eyes In The Dark, Continued
  27. Elitegroup PF1: Get The Price Down!
  28. Elitegroup PF1: Get The Price Down! Continued
  29. Epox PE-4PCA3+: Above Average
  30. Epox PE-4PCA3+: Above Average, Continued
  31. Epox PE-4PDA2+: Better Than Its Big Brother
  32. Epox PE-4PDA2+: Better Than Its Big Brother, Continued
  33. Gigabyte: Four Boards With 865 And 875 Chipset
  34. Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra: Top Class At A Top Price
  35. Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra: Top Class At A Top Price, Continued
  36. Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra: Top Class At A Top Price, Continued
  37. Gigabyte GA-8KNXP: Credit Where Credit's Due
  38. Gigabyte GA-8KNXP: Credit Where Credit's Due, Continued
  39. Gigabyte GA-8PENXP: Is PAT Activated?
  40. Gigabyte GA-8PENXP: Is PAT Activated? Continued
  41. Gigabyte GA-8IG1000Pro: Low Cost At A Cutthroat Price
  42. Intel D875PBZ: Spartan, Slow, Expensive
  43. Intel D875PBZ: Spartan, Slow, Expensive, Continued
  44. Intel D865PERL: Potential For Fine Tuning
  45. Intel D865PERL: Potential For Fine Tuning, Continued
  46. MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R (MS-6758): At A High Level
  47. MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R (MS-6758): At A High Level, Continued
  48. MSI 865PE Neo 2-FIS2R (MS-6728): Fastest In The Comparative Test
  49. QDI P4I875PMA-6AFR: Innovation - ATX Becomes Micro-ATX!
  50. QDI P4I875PMA-6AFR: Innovation - ATX Becomes Micro-ATX! Continued
  51. Soltek SL-86SPE-L: Color Me Purple
  52. Soyo P4I875 Dragon 2: Mega Features With Weaknesses
  53. Soyo P4I875 Dragon 2: Mega Features With Weaknesses, Continued
  54. Equipment And Overview Of All Test Candidates
  55. Equipment And Overview Of All Test Candidates, Continued
  56. Equipment And Overview Of All Test Candidates, Continued
  57. Equipment And Overview Of All Test Candidates, Continued
  58. Equipment And Overview Of All Test Candidates, Continued
  59. Equipment And Overview Of All Test Candidates, Continued
  60. Test Setup And Details
  61. Benchmarks In Windows XP
  62. OpenGL Games: Quake 3 Arena
  63. DirectX 8 Games: Comanche 4 Demo
  64. DirectX 8 Engine: 3D Mark 2001 SE
  65. MP3 Audio Encoding: MP3 Maker Platinum 3.04
  66. Archiving: WinRAR 3.11
  67. CPU And Multimedia: SiSoft Sandra 2003 SP1
  68. Office Application: PC Mark 2002
  69. Application: SPEC Viewperf 7.1
  70. Conclusion: Purchase Decision Not Dependent On Chipset
  71. Conclusion: Purchase Decision Not Dependent On Chipset, Continued
  72. Awards: Gigabyte GA-8KNXP (Intel 875P) And MSI Neo 2 (Intel 865PE)
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