Summary: I purchased in Sep 2014 & received PCB Ver6.0 with the 1st BIOS. The Biostar CPU QVL does not specify which BIOS is needed for each CPU but my G645 worked well enough to update to the newest BIOS. The manual is brief & unspecific. It covers the basic specs, connections, & software install but offers no insight into BIOS setup or all the other little things normally covered in a good manual.
Pros: Low cost with reasonably good quality Responsive support staff Has Onboard video, legacy PCI & serial port
Cons: Board arrived with the 1st BIOS revision Unspecific manuals & documentation Minor WinXP-32 installer & driver issues Possible Onboard video issues under Windows 8.1-64 I am an experienced builder who normally uses Asus, Gigabyte, & AsRock boards. I gave Biostar a try because I needed a basic low cost board with DVI video, USB3, legacy PCI, & a serial port. If you have a few minutes grab a cup of coffee & read my other thoughts.
however when i got it the pin cover thats supposed to be over the part where the CPU goes was not in place it didnt even look li
Joshua Arsenault, Amazon
17 September 2014
Summary: Motherboard seems to be okay for now, however when i got it the pin cover thats supposed to be over the part where the CPU goes was not in place it didnt even look like it had ever been in place, and i had recieved the wrong i/o panel that goes on the back of your case. I was under the impression that i had ordered a NEW product, not a used one.
Summary: bought this little guy because I had to save somewhere. I have not been disappointed. Fitted with: i7-3770 Vulcan 2x8GB 1600Mhz 760 GTX might be a concern if you're looking for more expandable slots
Pros: small formfactor small price solid bios great for budget gaming
Cons: doesnt taste like mint chocolate ice cream...
Summary: Using for media server machine coupled with Intel Celeron G1610 Ivy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor BX80637G1610 - just a bunch of shared drives, no RAID. Performance is just fine. Would've liked another SATA port, but external USB3 streaming speeds are smoking.
Pros: Painless setup. Good performance. Cheap. USB3.
Summary: I hate when these companies don't read your RMA, they see that it POSTs and they send it back. I will never buy another Biostar product, because their warranty is a waste of time. I'm throwing this board in the trash, no point in paying shipping to get my board sent back with the same problems.
Pros: I installed this board and everything was fine, then I plugged in a flash drive into the front USB ports and it hard shut off. After case swaps, different devices, etc. it kept happening. Replaced with an MSI board works fine. RMA to biostar explaining the issue, get the board back it does the same thing.
Summary: I suppose I should take the negative credit for buying the board, and not noticing the bad SATA plug placement, but still, it's a bad design and needs to be pointed out. But other than those 2 flaws, which do not actually take away from the performance of the MB, it is a solid little MB for use in a micro case HTPC.
Pros: Fast shipping...again! Great, low budget price on a board that has just about everything I needed for my HTPC...USB 3 and SATA 6 support. Nice color too. HDMI and DVI out with USB 3 and USB 2 ports in back.
Cons: The reason I gave this board only 3 eggs is: The placement of the onboard SATA ports is terrible! The SATA 6 port is in line with the Gen 3 PCi-E slot! Why didn't Biostar just put those little ports off to the side away from the PCi Express slot? So if you have a video card that has any kind of bulk to it, it covers the SATA 6 port! And the other con is that there is only 1 plug on the MB for a case fan. It would have been better to have 2. Yes a case with a second fa...
Cons: - Had trouble with network connector - Placement of sata connectors on drive seats them right under the video card if you have one that is long - Placement of sound connector makes you route cable *under* the video card.