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  • Earthmonger - Monday, May 03, 2010 - link

    I saw the color scheme and thought, "Hey, that's pretty attractive", then noticed the slot layout as you mentioned. What were they thinking? Those extra PCI-E slots are effectively useless because of it. And anyone running three or four GPUs is going to buy a board with balls, so this Biostar isn't even a consideration. Which leads me back to wondering why they bothered with the extra PCI-Es at all.

    It's a pretty doorstop.
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  • Rajinder Gill - Monday, May 03, 2010 - link

    Seems to be a common trend with Biostar. The last two boards we reviewed also suffered from odd slot layout syndrome.

    later
    Raja
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  • Etern205 - Monday, May 03, 2010 - link

    Which is why they are at the bottom of the food chain... Reply
  • leptonsoup337 - Monday, May 03, 2010 - link

    The second I noticed that they put all four PCI-E slots side by side, I thought to myself, "what the hell are they thinking?! Or were they just NOT thinking?" Talk about taking careful aim and shooting yourself in the foot. Reply
  • ochentay4 - Monday, May 03, 2010 - link

    it all comes down to the price. 890amd motherboards are not cheap. i want to get the cheapest mb and it could be this one. crossfire its not my interest. best mb chipset is (and price.) Reply
  • Taft12 - Monday, May 03, 2010 - link

    Agreed, this will surely be the least expensive 890FX board on the market - not likely to see many buyers of this thing shelling out for dual-5850s.

    We need some USB 3.0 devices before it's time to start caring about the lack of a USB 3.0 controller and by that time, we'll have a new generation of CPUs and chipsets from AMD anyway.
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  • Rajinder Gill - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - link

    MSRP is $159 Reply
  • mygrillz - Monday, May 03, 2010 - link

    the # of VRMS doesn't matter as long as they are designed to handle
    the load. 6 big VRMS can handle more power than 18 smaller VRMS
    on this board Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 140Watt

    PCIe Slots are configured as follows:

    PEX16_1/PEX16_3: PCI-Express Gen2 x16 Slots
    - PEX16_1 & PEX16_3 slots are reserved for graphic or video cards.
    PEX16_4: PCI-Express Gen2 x4 Slot
    PEX16_2: PCI-Express Gen2 x1 Slot

    So disk controllers etc will fit in just fine. And CFX at less than 16x speed
    is a big no on amd chipsets for those dreaming of triple.

    Nice to see ACC unlock supported this is new for BIOSTAR.
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  • simple_inhibition - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - link

    if its priced right, i might pick one up for an inexpensive folding board and pair it with 4x 9800GTs Reply
  • Rajinder Gill - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - link

    MSRP is around $159 I'm told. So you'd need to look at what other vendors are offering at the same price point in terms of layout and features.

    regards
    Raja
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  • faxon - Monday, May 10, 2010 - link

    So i just stocked this board today @ palo alto frys since it's my job to manage the motherboard demos. board retails for $140, and considering it's 890FX i would say that's pretty damn cheap, considering that we have 890GX boards which cost that much or more on the shelfs already. still doesnt hold a candle to MSI's 890FXA-GD70 though if you just want a shit ton of PCI-e slots without spending to much money, since it has a 5th slot, USB3, and better overclocking potential, which on a system with that many graphics cards, you're going to have to do to get a CPU that can keep up with all 5 Reply

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