The two AMD 770 based motherboards, snappily named as motherboards tend to be the A770E3 and A770L3, or designed specifically with gamers in mind.
They run single or dual PCI Express 2.0 slots and feature AMD OverDrive for easy tinkering and the HyperTransport 3.0 technology to keep high resolution gaming and HD video easy on the eyes.
The A770E3 has support for 4 x DDR3 DIMM memory as well as dual channel DDR3 at 800, 1066 and 1333 Mhz, and supports up to 16GB of memory. The E3 is made in mind of an “entry level” home server and sports what Biostar calls a “four phase power design” – meaning it can accommodate the Phenom II x4 and X6 CPU up to a maximum of 125W.
The A770L3 is built for an entry level gamer who likes to tinker with kit. It sports 100Mbps LAN as well as six channel HD audio and can support all AMD CPUs up to the X4 series, says Biostar.
Biostar’s 760G based motherboards, the A780L and A780L3 both apparently boast strong DirectX 10 support.
They’re built for “office productivity,” says Biostar – with features like ATI SurroundView shipped with the ATI Radeon HD3000 graphics card. It says both of these are made with an energy efficient platform that will consume less power while still working well paired with an Athlon X2 dual-core. Biostar reckons the motherboards also work well for Joe Bloggs who fancies a home media centre without buggering about on all sorts.
Lastly the Taiwanese maker of mobos has announced the gamer friendly A880G+ based on, uh, the AMD 880G chipset. It’s integrated with an ATI Radeon HD 4250 and supports the latest flavours of Phenom and Athlon processors. It has support for DirectX 10.1 and ships with the graphics-boosting ATI Stream.
Lazy overclockers will feel at home – the included Game Boost technology allows a user to fiddle about with frequency and voltage as well as GPU clock speed. Bio-unlocking ships as well, designed to activate the ACC feature on AMD pprocessors, allowing users to unlock extra cores.
More information and full specs can be found on Biostar’s website, here.