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Intel 915P Shootout : Biostar P4TGP 775
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 30th January, 2005


Introduction

Biostar is one of the more established companies, having been around for nearly two decades. However, they are often overlooked by consumers and overshadowed by the likes of ABIT, ASUS, MSI and the other first tier motherboard manufacturers. Biostar may not have the marketing muscle, but they have traditionally made decent motherboards, with sensible designs and features that are value for money. For our shootout, Biostar sent us one of their 915P boards, the P4TGP 775.

The Biostar P4TGP 775 motherboard.

The product packaging of the P4TGP 775 includes the following :-

  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x Floppy drive data cable
  • LAN/WAN router card
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • Application Pack CD (Norton Internet Security 2004, Norton Ghost 2003)
  • User's Manual

    Biostar P4TGP 775 Technical Specifications
    Cpu Support
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 Extreme Edition processor in an LGA775 socket with a 800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533/800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Celeron® D processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533MHz system bus
    • Intel® Hyper-Threading™ enabled
    Chipset
    • North Bridge: Intel 915P Express
      • 533 / 800MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    • South Bridge: Intel ICH6R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports four SATA ports (with RAID 0 and 1 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture
    • 4 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR 333/400 non-ECC memory
    Storage
    • Intel ICH6R South Bridge
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1
    • ITE IDE RAID controller
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOB
    Audio
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • C-Media CMI9880 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
    Networking
    • Realtek RTL8110S-32 Gigabit LAN
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • VIA Fire VT6307 IIM 1394 Host Controller
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear, 4x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a port (1x rear, 1x header)
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x S/PDIF Input header
    • 1 x FP-Audio header
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 2 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
    • 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    • 3 x PCI slots (1 PCI slot shared with Biostar proprietary network/router SLR slot )
    Others
    • Compatible with 20-pin ATX Power Connector (but 24-pin Power Connector recommended)
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 11.5"x 9.6"(29.3cm x 24.4cm)
    BIOS
    • Award BIOS, APM 1.2 supported


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