Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (Intel P965)



Biostar has been a long time player in the motherboard market, more known for their mainstream oriented motherboards in the vein of Chaintech, ASRock or ECS. However, that doesn't mean that Biostar motherboards are not tailored to suit more demanding computing needs. It has been quite a while since we've taken a look at a Biostar motherboard, but their latest TForce series motherboard based on the Intel P965 chipset looks like a very interesting offering and we couldn't pass up the chance to take a first hand look.

In the traditional sense, the TForce P965 Deluxe motherboard has the trappings of Biostar's budget-minded design lineage. However, the board also carries features that are more targeted towards the upper mid-range market and gaming community. The board comes in a fresh packaging design with some interesting items thrown in such as a multi-connector USB charger kit and a earphone/mic set (maybe Biostar thinks all gamers are LAN hopping road warriors?). The quality of the free gifts is basic OEM fare, but it is welcome that they are useful general-purpose items and not tied to the motherboard exclusively.

The Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe motherboard.

The full box packaging and technical specifications of the Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe are listed below:

  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 4 x SATA power converter cables
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • Coaxial and Optical S/PDIF bracket
  • Multi-purpose USB port/charger set
  • earphone/mic set
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • User's manual

Stylish packaging sees motherboard peripherals in a neat toiletry bag plus the two free gifts of a USB travel charger and stereo earphone/mic set.

A rather leveled out rear I/O panel, but comes with six USB 2.0 ports, LAN and analog surround sound. Biostar chose to have the parallel port as a header even though there is enough room to have it on the rear panel.

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