Basic Features: Biostar TForce4 U 775

Specification Biostar Tforce4 U 775
CPU Interface LGA775-based Pentium 4, Pentium 4 XE, Celeron D, and Pentium D processors
Chipset NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra - SPP (C19, rev. C1)
NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra - MCP (MCP51, rev A20)(nForce 430)
Pentium D Support (Dual-Core) 820D, 830D, 840D, 840EE, 920D, 930D, 940D, 950D, 955EE
Front Side Bus 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz
Front Side Bus Speeds Default, 450MHz ~ 1300MHz in 1MHz increments
Memory Speeds Default, 400MHz ~ 1300MHz in 1MHz increments
PCI Bus Speeds Default
PCI Express Bus Speeds Default, 100MHz ~ 148.4375MHz in various increments
Set Processor Multiplier 12 to 60, (in 1 step increments)
LDT Multipliers 1x, 2x, 3x, 3.5x, 4x, 5x
Core Voltage Default, 1.1000V to 1.8250V (in 0.0125V increments)
DRAM Voltage Default, 2.05V, 2.10V, 2.25V
SPP Chipset Voltage Default, 1.53V, 1.58V, 1.61V
FSB Voltage Default, 1.30V, 1.40V, 1.50V
Memory Slots (4) x DIMM, max. 4GB, DDR2 667/533/400, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Expansion Slots (1) x PCI-E x16 (operates in 1x16 mode)
(2) x PCI-E x1 (operates in x1 mode)
(4) x PCI 2.2
Onboard SATA NVIDIA nForce 430: (4) x SATA II
Onboard IDE NVIDIA nForce 430: (2) x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
SATA/IDE RAID NVIDIA nForce 430:
(4) x SATA II
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
Onboard USB 2.0 (8) USB2.0 ports
Onboard LAN Realtek 8201CL PCI 10/100Mb/s LAN - PHY
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC-850, 8-channel capable Audio
Power Connectors 24-pin ATX
4-pin ATX 12V
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Parallel
1 x Serial
1 x Audio I/O Panel
1 x RJ45
4 x USB
Other Features (O.N.E.) - Overclocking Navigator Engine
(C.R.P.) - CMOS Reloading Program
(M.I.T.) - Memory Integration Testing
(I.F.P.) - Integrated Flash Program
(S.R.S.) - Self Recovery System
Hardware Monitor - Windows Based
Overclocking Utility - Windows Based (Limited Functionality)
Smart Fan Function - Windows Based
Live Update - Windows Based BIOS Update Program
BIOS N4UIA126-BST (1/26/06)

The Biostar TForce4 U 775 is a member of the TForce4 Series product family and, as such, is a value-based board targeted towards the enthusiast user who is concerned about price and performance. The board ships with an accessory package that includes the standard assortment of IDE/SATA cables and power connectors. Biostar also includes a driver CD along with several desktop utilities for monitoring and tuning your system.

This is the main BIOS screen and it displays the generic options available on the board.

The Overclock Navigator section allows you to change the majority of the system performance settings. The system features the Auto Overclock System that will automatically adjust most system parameters based upon the components installed. The V6-Tech setting will overclock the system around 10~15%, V8-Tech setting will allow up to a 25% overclock, and the V12-Tech system will allow up to a 30% system overclock.

The balance of the Overclock Navigator section allows you to set individual parameters manually for voltage, multipliers, and chipset settings.

The board fully supports manual memory timing adjustments or allows for a Default setting that will set the memory to the SPD settings.

An additional feature on the board is the CMOS reloading program that allows users to save up to 50 sets of CMOS settings into the BIOS. The user is able to personalize each setting before saving it. The feature worked well in our testing, provided that we were able to reach the BIOS setting.

Overall, the BIOS options are very good for a chipset that NVIDIA has stated is not optimized for overclocking. The board's bios even includes a built in memory tester based upon Memetest86+ version 1.55. We would like to see more memory voltage options included in the BIOS along with the ability to adjust the PCI bus speeds.

Index Biostar Tforce4 U 775: Features
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  • Zoomer - Monday, September 18, 2006 - link

    I was really interested in buying this board to replace a dead board until I read the part about ALC 850. Urgh.

    The 10/100 ethernet was also an issue, but I could have lived with that. But no HD Audio? This is 2006, not 1996.
    Reply
  • neweggster - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - link

    I would like to see more articles from Biostar. They seem to have a good idea on what performance is. Any idea if you guys could get a article on the Biostar TForce4U Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra AMD mobo?

    Reply
  • Gary Key - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - link

    We are working on it. :) Reply
  • cpeter38 - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - link

    How come AT has taken down the RS580 article (at least) twice now?? Reply
  • Gary Key - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - link

    quote:

    How come AT has taken down the RS580 article (at least) twice now??


    The NDA for the RD580 is on 3/2/06. ATI has requested the review sites adhere to this date. However, if you look around the net the article has been saved in a zip file and is available for viewing. ;-)
    Reply
  • cpeter38 - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - link

    THANK YOU!!!!

    (for the explanation)
    Reply
  • cpeter38 - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - link

    ACCCHHH!!

    ********** EDIT *************** EDIT ************

    RD580!!!
    Reply
  • ronein - Sunday, February 19, 2006 - link

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    Very detailed and coherent article! I am in no way in the market for an intel/biostar board (how many are? ;), but the review was a pleasure to read. I found the author's writing style to be very unique and the article overall was outstanding. Keep up the good work AT!


    I second that!
    Reply
  • lexmark - Friday, February 17, 2006 - link

    Very detailed and coherent article! I am in no way in the market for an intel/biostar board (how many are? ;), but the review was a pleasure to read. I found the author's writing style to be very unique and the article overall was outstanding. Keep up the good work AT! Reply
  • bldckstark - Thursday, February 16, 2006 - link

    Good job on including the min and max frame rates on the graphs. That is an excellent addition. Now if we can just get the median and mode......... *>} Reply

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