Biostar shows off Sandy Bridge support

Motherboard maker Biostar has released a CPU support list for socket 1155 motherboards, which happens to mention the forthcoming Core i5 and Core i7 Sandy Bridge microprocessors.

Also included are figures relating to the processor frequency and Thermal Design Power characteristics. These were leaked to the press a few months ago and what is interesting is that these specs match those leaks.

The support list also reveals QDF (S-Spec) numbers for Sandy Bridge qualification samples.  If you are the sort who likes to note numbers, and can get off the end of the railway platform in time, you might like to jot these down.  

They are Core i5-2300 – Q1HG, Core i5-2400 – Q1HT, Core i5-2400S – Q1HZ, Core i5-2500K – Q1J1, Core i5-2500S – Q1HH, Core i5-2500T – Q1HJ, Core i7-2600 – Q1HK, Core i7-2600K – Q1HL, and Core i7-2600S – Q1HM.

CPU World points out that the list does not show the socket 115 Biostar motherboards. However it points out it is not difficult to make a stab at guessing which motherboards it will link to. 

Biostar plans two socket 1155 boards, TH67XE and TP67XE.The TH67XE will be based on Intel H67 chipset, and supports Core i3 / i5 / i7 microprocessors with TDP up to 95 Watt. There will be four memory slots, and is probably designed for DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 with the maximum amount of supported memory being 16 GB. 

The Biostar TH67XE will have 1 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1 2.0, and 2 PCI-E x16 2.0 Slots, SATA2 / SATA3 / eSATA connectors, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, IEEE 1394 interface, 1Gbit LAN controller, 8-Channel HD Audio, and integrated video. 

The motherboard is manufactured in micro-ATX form factor.The Biostar TP67XE is based on Intel P67 chipset, and is produced in ATX form factor.  The board includes a number of improvements over the TH67XE.

One of them is that it is not limited by processor’s 95 Watt Thermal Design Power. Another is that it supports memory up to DDR3-2200 in overclocked mode and has additional PCI and PCI-E x1 slots, and two extra USB 2.0 ports.  However this board will not come with integrated graphics.