Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Preview - Page 1

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As per our modus operandi, let us start off by examining the quality of the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe ‘s product packaging. The User’s Manual that was included with the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe was fair at best. It did cover all of the required items like board layout, pin diagrams and installation instructions but fell far short when it came to the BIOS. The manual did dedicate a few pages to the overclocking features of the BIOS, as we would expect, however the remainder of the options are left for you to discover. Even the overclocking features are given a general description without any further detail or listing of available options. With the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe, it’s up to you to find out what’s really offered…or we can do it for you here today. The manual also covers the OS software for overclocking, but again it is rather vague and leaves much to be desired.

In terms of additional hardware, Biostar has provided a single black, rounded IDE cable as well as a standard floppy cable. This is fulfills all requirements for these cables given the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe’s capabilities. Biostar has also chosen to include six SATA data cables, as well as 6 SATA power cables. This is typically an area motherboard manufacturers like to skimp out on, so it’s nice to see Biostar offer support for all six available SATA ports.

Other items that have been included are your typical rear expansion bracket supporting additional S/PDIF digital audio, along with the required rear I/O bracket the driver disc and of course the manual which was discussed above. Since the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe sports three additional USB 2.0 headers built into the board itself, I was hoping to find some additional USB 2.0 brackets here. Granted, Biostar does implement 6 ports into the rear I/O which should be enough for most everyone, but it would’ve added a little value to the board in terms of the consumer. One noticeably absent feature here is IEEE1394 which sees no hardware support on the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe, again a feature that will be sorely missed.

Overall I’d have to say that I’m indifferent to the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe’s product package. It has ups and downs as do all products, but there wasn’t anything that made me think…wow what a value. The user manual is in dire need of attention to detail. The level provided would work for those who either ignore the manual entirely, or only use it on the rare occasion. Anyone looking for a performance board with little experience would be lost in the woods when it came to operating in the BIOS. Biostar does include cables to support all of the available SATA, IDE and Floppy ports which is a bonus, but the lack of an additional USB bracket and IEEE1394 support are disappointing. Average is how I’d describe the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe’s product package. If Biostar seeks to gain some momentum, working on the value added features here will certainly do no harm in the eyes of the consumer.