Biostar announces Intel P45 motherboard aimed at the serious overclocker
For the computer hardware enthusiast, the most exciting trade show of the year is often Computex in Taiwan. CES in Las Vegas is a great show but many computer hardware makers typically hold most product announcements for Computex.
This year at Computex new motherboards are out in force and many of them are sporting the anticipated Intel P45 chipset. Among the new crop of motherboards to use the P45 chipset is the Biostar TPower I45. While the TPower I45 is the top of the line motherboard with the P45 chipset from Biostar, the series will include several motherboards that will hit different price points. The models in the P45 series will include the TP45 HP, TP43 HP, TP45D2-A7, TP43D2-A7 and P43-A7.
The TPower I45 is aimed at the overclocker and features 100% solid capacitors, updated TPower utility, 8+2 channel HD audio, twin PCI-Express x16 slots and a new thermal solution called Cooler Harbour. The board supports CPUs with front side bus speeds of 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz and DDR2 RAM at 800/1066/1200 MHz. ATI CrossFireX is supported and the board offers 10 USB ports (including headers). Asus will also be launching its own line of P45 chipset motherboards at Computex.
Other early Computex product information includes some shots of the upcoming ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card. This card is reported to feature 512MB of GDDR3 and will retail in the $179 to $219 range.
The launch date for the new card it rumored to be June 18. The card is supposed to be available as soon as it is launched at Computex rather than being yet another paper launch. A higher performance HD 4870 featuring GDDR5 is supposed to come later, how much later is unknown.