As befits the value nature of the TA785GE the packaging is quite simplistic. No boxes in boxes to be found here. However the important parts are all there, and the motherboard itself is very well looked after.
The front of the box is in the usual Biostar style with the T-Series logo taking up the majority of it, but all the important information is available and laid out in a style that is attractive and pleasing. The back provides a much more detailed look at the main features any prospective purchaser could wish for, although two things are readily apparent.
Firstly the specifications panel on the left is very skewiff. However this is only a printing error on this particular box, because other boxes we've seen didn't have this problem.
Secondly, of the seven panels on the right hand side of the box's back three of them are dedicated to the overclocking features. This appears slightly incongruous compared to the main target audience. However, if the overclocking abilities exceed similarly priced motherboards then Biostar could have a winner on their hands.
What's in the box?
As stated earlier this is an exercise in minimalism. Opening the box reveals a simple cardboard cover over the board itself and the minimum of cables. Only two SATA, one IDE and a molex to SATA are included, along with the normal manual and driver disk. Unlike many other manufacturers recently Biostar haven't colour coded any of the ports on the blanking plate. It's a strange decision but I'm sure helps keep the costs down, something we can all appreciate.
However no doubt can be made about the safety of the motherboard itself. It's packaged in the standard anti-static bag, but is covered with foam on both the top and bottom layers. Something it's nice to see especially for a product at this price. It's nice to see Biostar going the extra step to help keep the TA785GE protected until you build it.
Enough of the outside. Onward my fine OC3D readers and join me in a closer look at the board itself.