Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Preview - Page 2

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Now that we’ve had a chance to inspect the product package, it’s time for a look at the board design and layout scheme. As far as an initial overview of the motherboard goes, the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe comes with an attractive black PCB substrate featuring orange and white DIMM slots and PCI/PCI-E slots. Biostar’s copper heatpipe cooling solution, much like others found on the market, adds an aggressive feel to the board as a whole. My first impression upon looking at the board was quite simply, fast. The general layout has been done well with all components given adequate spacing and most importantly, the DIMM’s won’t overlap the PCI-E x16 slot…no worries about annoying RAM change issues with the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe.

The LGA775 socket has been oriented lengthwise from East to West across the board, the most typical layout that we’ve seen on nearly all LGA775 motherboards. Near the Socket T, Biostar has adopted use of all low profile capacitors and chokes, effectively removing all oversized electrical components from the processor’s “keep-out” zone. This will help the board support larger, high performance heatsink solutions.

The MOSFETs for Biostar’s eight-phase power solution are all underneath the two large rectangular heatsinks. These copper heatsinks help to dissipate the sizeable amount of heat generated by both the MOSFETs as well s the Northbridge and Southbridge chips. Upon initial inspection, these look to be high quality heatsinks with a large surface area and good solder joints, simply meaning they should provide acceptable or better cooling capability. All of the cooling components are held down via several white, spring-loaded through-pins.

The eight-pin 12V ATX power connector is sandwiched in the rear of the board between one of the heatsinks and the rear I/O hardware. This means there’s not much room for maneuvering once everything is in the case, though Biostar did place this connector in the most open area of the rear I/O. The only items that you’ll have to deal with are the two eSATA ports, making life a little easier when it comes to plugging and unplugging the power cable.