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Biostar TH67+ review

Kat Orphanides
21 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
86
inc VAT

Biostar's microATX Sandy Bridge motherboard does the job, but it's distinctly short of ports and you can get more for the same price.

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Specifications

LGA1155, microATX, Intel H67 chipset, supports: 2nd gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7

The TH67+ is Biostar’s microATX model in its Intel socket LGA1155 range. It’s fairly well supplied with connectors and expansion slots for its size, with four SATA2 connectors, two SATA3 connectors, a PCI slot, a PCI-E x1 slot and two PCI-E x16 slots, one of which only runs at x4. Four memory slots can take up to 16GB of RAM, which you can overclock to speeds of up to 2,000MHz in the motherboard’s UEFI (the new-style BIOS) settings. The UEFI interface isn’t as glossy as that of some motherboards, and all the main overclocking settings are crammed into a single cramped page, but we found everything we needed after a bit of exploration.

Biostar TH67+ top

The motherboard’s back panel is seriously undersupplied with ports. There are just four USB ports, two of which are USB3, and a single PS/2 port. There are four USB headers on the motherboard so you can connect case ports or add blanking ports, but we'd have liked more ports built into the back panel. There are no eSATA or Firewire ports on the back, although eSATA can be added through a cheap blanking plate. On top of that, there are just three 3.5mm analogue stereo outputs. Beyond those and the usual VGA, DVI and HDMI video outputs there’s nothing else there.

Biostar TH67+ ports

The TH67+ looks like a decent proposition at first and performed well enough in our tests, with an Overall score of 170. However, we weren’t satisfied with its paltry selection of back panel ports. The TH67+ is by no means useless, but it costs the same as Asrock’s Best Buy winning H67M-GE/HT, which is significantly better and has faster performance.

We reviewed the early release version of this motherboard, which has been withdrawn and replaced with a practically-identical version that replaces the faulty SATA2 controller.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA1155
Form factormicroATX
Size244x230mm
Processor support2nd gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus100MHz (20Gbit/s DMI)
Chipset north bridgeIntel H67
Chipset south bridgeIntel H67
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1600/1800(OC)/2000(OC)
Maximum memory speedPC3-16000
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£86
Supplierhttp://www.cclonline.com
Detailswww.biostar.com.tw

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureCrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots1
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel H67 (6x SATA2/3, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC892 (3x analogue out, S/PDIF out header)
USB2 ports / headers4/3
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2, serial header
Other ports2x USB3, 2x SATA3, VGA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included3x SATA, 1x SATA power
Brackets includednone
Software includeddrivers

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment300MHz

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