Cebit 2006: Day 4

Cebit 2006: Day 4

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Biostar is more focusing on the retail enthusiast market now with their T Series motherboards. To make the products more appealing to end users the packaging has been completely redesigned. I really love the light colored elegant approach of the packaging. The colorful highlights (check the full-size version of the image) are embedded using a special process which puts little reflective elements into the paper.


The inside has also been revamped. Inside the mesh bag you will find the accessories very neatly arranged. This is the first time I have ever seen so much love put into making accessories a bit more than just some cables and manuals flying around inside the package. On the right you have some special things like a mobile phone battery charger powered by USB. The charger is universal, adapters for pretty much all cell phones on the market are included.


The TForce4 U 775 uses NVIDIA's nForce4 Intel Edition and looks like it could be a solid budget motherboard for the Intel platform.
  • Intel Socket LGA775
  • NVIDIA nForce 4 Ultra Intel + nForce 430
  • 4x DDR2 667
  • 1x PCI-E x16, 4x PCI, 2x PCI-E x1
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • 10x USB 2.0
  • 4x SATA, 2x UDMA

Intel has announced new chipsets for their Conroe CPUs, the P965 powers the TForce P965.
  • Intel Socket LGA775
  • Intel P965
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 1x PCI-E x16, 3x PCI, 3x PCI-E x1
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 10x USB 2.0
  • 6x SATA-II, 1x UDMA

For the AMD side of things the TForce 550 is using the recently announced NVIDIA nForce 550 chipset.
  • AMD Socket AM2
  • NVIDIA nForce 550
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 1x PCI-E x16, 4x PCI, 2x PCI-E x1
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 10x USB 2.0
  • 4x SATA-II, 1x UDMA

Also for Socket AM2 but using the older nForce 4 is the TForce4 AM2
  • AMD Socket AM2
  • NVIDIA nForce4
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 1x PCI-E x16, 4x PCI, 2x PCI-E x1
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • 10x USB 2.0
  • 4x SATA, 2x UDMA

There is also a T Series motherboard with integrated VGA: TForce 6100 AM2
  • AMD Socket AM2
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6100 + nForce 410
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 1x PCI-E x16, 2x PCI, 1x PCI-E x1
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8x USB 2.0
  • 2x SATA-II, 2x UDMA

Except for motherboards, Biostar is also making small form factor barebone cases. There is a wide variety of designs available to fit into your living room style. Not only do they look good but the cases are also very aggressively priced.
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