titleI entered the world of computer gaming with a well-justified custom laptop my freshman year of college. The urge to build my own PC inevitably began to grow as I traveled to LAN parties and saw the creation of others. My first board was a hand-me-down Biostar with a lot of life yet to give. Five years later, it’s fitting that my first build with Sandy Bridge-E is from that company‘s first socket 2011 board, the TPower X79. The TPower X79 is one of Biostars first attempts to branch out beyond the budget boards they are known for. I am excited to see what direction they will do and how it will perform. 

Product Name: Biostar TPower X79

Review Sample Provided by: Biostar

Review by: Adam and Wes

Pictures by: Adam

 

Specifications

Chipset

Intel X79

CPU SUPPORT

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 LGA 2011 Processor

Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) 130Watt

MEMORY

Support Quad Channel DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/ 1333 /1066 MHz

4 x DDR3 DIMM Memory Slot

Max. Supports up to 32GB Memory

EXPANSION SLOT

3 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot (x16, 16, x8 )4 WAY CFX, 3 WAY SLI

2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot

1 x PCI Slots

STORAGE

4 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector

3 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector

1 x eSATA2 3Gb/s Connector

Support SATA RAID: 0,1,5,10

USB

ASMedia ASM1042 USB 3.0 controller

6 x USB 3.0 Port

1 x USB 3.0 Header

2 x USB 2.0 Port

2 x USB 2.0 Header

GbE

Realtek RTL8111E - 10/100/1000 Controller

MULTI GRAPHICS

AMD 4-Way CrossFireX

NVIDIA 3-Way SLI

CODEC

Realtek ALC898 8 Channel Blu-ray Audio

REAR I/O

1 x PS/2 Keyboard

1 x eSATA2 3Gb/s Connector

6 x USB 3.0 Port

2 x USB 2.0 Port

1 x RJ-45 Port

6 x Audio Connector

1 x S/PDIF Out Port

INTERNAL I/O

1 x USB 3.0 Header

2 x USB 2.0 Header

4 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector

3 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector

1 x Front Audio Header

1 x Front Panel Header

1 x S/PDIF-OUT Header

1 x CPU FAN Header

2 x System FAN Header

1 x Serial Header

1 x CIR Header

DIMENSION

ATX Form Factor Dimension: 30.5cm x 24.4cm ( W x L )

OS SUPPORT

Support Windows XP / Vista / 7

ACCESSORIES

6 x SATA Cable

1 x SLI Connector

1 x CrossFire Connector

1 x I/O Shield

1 x CD Driver

1 x User Manual

FEATURES

Supports uEFI GUI Interface BIOS

Supports THX TruStudio Pro

Supports BIO-Remote2

Supports BIO-Remote

Supports Space-Pipe Thermal solution

Supports 100% Solid capacitor

Supports Puro Tone HD Audio Technology

Supports Rapid Switch2

Supports Rapid Debug3

Supports BIOS-Flasher

Supports BIOS-Relife

Supports Toverclcoker OC software

Supports Charger Booster

 

Posted: 2 years 6 months ago by Wingless92 #24703
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I will be interested to see what the support is like down the road. I am wondering what the BIOS updates will look like to be exact. Will they be updating it regularly or skimp. Should be interesting to see.

Then again, most people will buy the 3820 CPU and this would be a great board for that CPU.

For me, i'll stick to the big three, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI.
Posted: 2 years 6 months ago by jj_Sky5000 #24700
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I have 4 Biostar MB, they are Super reliably and more good things too come.
Posted: 2 years 6 months ago by Brandonxcore #24699
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That looks...nice for a Biostar motherboard, never though i would be saying that. :ohmy:
Posted: 2 years 6 months ago by garfi3ld #24698
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