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Biostar TP43 HP

The Biostar TP43 HP is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 775/ Socket T socket.

It has 8 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Biostar TP43 HP

help iconCPU SocketLGA 775/ Socket Thelp iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel P43help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date01 Sep 2009help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM8 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.06
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 667 MHz
  • DDR2 800 MHz
  • DDR2 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 800 MHz
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots3help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 2 x fan header
  • Floppy drive connector
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear6help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
  • 1 x Firewire connections

Biostar TP43 HP compatibility review

The Biostar TP43 HP uses the Intel LGA 775/ Socket T CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 0 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM.

Released on 01 Sep 2009, the Biostar TP43 HP is now over 9 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Biostar.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Biostar TP43 HP should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Biostar TP43 HP has 6 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The Biostar TP43 HP does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Biostar TP43 HP's PCIe v2.x. The Biostar TP43 HP does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Biostar TP43 HP has 9 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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