I 've ordered a Biostar TA970 Plus motherboard.
There's no review anywhere in the internet that i could find, but how bad can it be for an 8+2 for someone who doesn't go above 4Ghz, right? Thing is, i will probably never use it (i will keep it as spare), but a few days ago, i accidentally managed to semi-break one of the RAM clips on the Giga 970 UD3P (with no practical conseguences though) and i also noticed that at one point, i have scratched the back of the board to the point that copper is visible. No cut traces in that place and the board works fine, but still, i 've scratched it by dragging it on the case stand-offs. So if the UD3P for my main PCs goes kaput, i 've only 1 UD3P spare and a bunch of Asrock 970 extreme3s, which though i 'd like to avoid for my main rig. So i figured "what the hell, let's buy a 2nd spare with 8+2 phase". But i thought to change this time. The Giga is a good board for overclockers and everything you want, but the UEFI friendlyness is subpar, not to mention the double boot bug that forces you to keep Turbo on "auto", which i never liked as idea, it seems "untidy". So, i thought "i 've never bought a Biostar board, let's try it".
I will post a small review if i find the time when it gets here, although i don't plan on actually using it. I will just put a CPU/RAM/GPU on it to make sure it's working and see a bit around the BIOS and then store it in case i need a spare. I am too tired to actually install an OS for real on it, just to test it. But if i notice anything worth of notice that i see visually or in the BIOS, i will post it.
I like the fact that's it's all black. I don't like the idea of having electrolytic caps on the board again, but usually audio caps last longer and seems the latest trend for motherboards.
I guess further on, if i get bored with the Giga UD3P, i may swap it and keep the Giga as spare and put the Biostar as main. But right now the idea of having to find all P-state voltages from scratch is out the question...
Biostar is really hard to find here and only 2 shops sell it right now. My suspicion is that it doesn't use digital PWM , as there is no mention in the website, but well, it's not the end of the world... Otherwise on paper looks good. For the same money the UD3P is probably the better motherboard, but well, let's try Biostar for once too...
EDIT: I also expect it to use doublers, but at least it has lowRDS(on) mosfets so they can't possibly be my "beloved" Nikos D-PAKs.Edited by Undervolter - 4/7/15 at 9:45am