Biostar TPower i55 Review

In Detail

Biostar TPower I55

The TPower I55 in Detail

Starting with the PCI side of the motherboard we have two PCI-e slots which either run at x16 in single, or x8 in Crossfire/SLI. We've also got a PCI-e x1 and a PCI-e x4. In keeping with the all-rounder theme a board at this price tends to have we've also got two standard PCI slots just above a floppy connector. So you could theoretically use this to upgrade your old Pentium III and keep your peripherals. 

On the bottom right corner we're much more in the 21st century with three USB 2.0 headers. The southbridge has a sturdy aluminium block helping to dissipate heat. Below that is the diagnostic POST 7-seg display and the power and reset buttons.

Biostar TPower I55     Biostar TPower I55  

The area surrounding the CPU socket looks very cramped from this shot but actually it's all well designed. The heat-sinks are no taller than a bare DIMM and really do look the part. No problems with fitting a good tower cooler in here. On the right of the DIMM slots we have the ATX24 socket and an IDE. The placement of the IDE is better than most as at least it's up where it's most likely to be used, i.e in the transfer of an old optical drive.

One thing we absolutely have to give brownie points for is the front panel connectors. For a reason we've yet to fathom it seems to be the vogue for manufacturers to not only use a plain black header, but to not even mark the board to show what pins are what. Anyone who's been under a desk with a torch trying to put their case connectors back on will know what I mean. Biostar though not only use a clear colour-coded header, but mark the board clearly too. It may be a small thing but we love it.

Biostar TPower I55     Biostar TPower I55  

The TPower I55 has six SATA II 3Gbps sockets. Although SATA 6Gbps does have an advantage with SATA 6Gbps hardware, it makes no difference to standard drives and so isn't really missed, especially at this price.

The back of the I55 has all of the standard connectors we're used to seeing. As well as a PS2 port which is actually useful as we couldn't get the board to use our USB keyboard to enter the BIOS, a problem we've seen on previous Biostar motherboards.

Biostar TPower I55     Biostar TPower I55  

Before we get on to the BIOS, just a couple of shots of the heat-sinks. They add a nice air of quality to the board that belies its price-tag. It does mean that the board is a bit of schizophrenic with the top half looking very expensive and the bottom like an explosion in a 2001 crayon factory.

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Most Recent Comments

03-09-2010, 05:44:34

£11.59? I'll have five....

Right, I'll stop extracting the urine and read it now

OK fantastic review as ever lads, ta muchly

There were two things that had me in stitches.

Firstly this -

And then this. I think the person who designed this is from Yorkshire. Down't t'pub for a pint of bitter and t'chip butty

03-09-2010, 05:49:29

Think you need to clean your glasses and have another coffee dude Quote

03-09-2010, 06:00:03

Oooo ya sneaky bugger I should've screen grabbed it

Haha, I can't stop saying "Be sure to have t'fun with t'overclocker" in a Yorkshire accent.

hahahaha !Quote

03-09-2010, 07:08:47

Originally Posted by Scrotie McBoogerballs View Post

Oooo ya sneaky bugger I should've screen grabbed it

Haha, I can't stop saying "Be sure to have t'fun with t'overclocker" in a Yorkshire accent.

hahahaha !
Aiiiigh t'be sure t'be sure.

Great review mr veebles as per usual Quote

03-09-2010, 08:55:54

Originally Posted by Scrotie McBoogerballs View Post

At first this seems like a great P55 board !

Al tho i personally don't like all these pre overclocking features, seems all the P55 boards have them now ...

this OC genie on my MSI P55-GD65 is a complete joke ! EDIT sorry i mean i just doesn't seem to work , all it does is BSOD lock...

and i believe my EVGA P55-FTW has the option in the bios ?!Quote

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