Final Thoughts & Conclusion
I’ll start off saying that since we frequently get to test out some bleeding edge and extremely high-end hardware fairly often, it’s very difficult to look at a product like this from a gaming standpoint from the eyes of a gamer that spends less on an entire machine than some do on a single component. When you consider you can pick this board up for around $80 USD online, and that gets you not only a motherboard, but a CPU and GPU as well effectively, it’s pretty hard to deny its value. When you also consider it can swing more than playable frame rates in popular games, it’s actually impressively surprising. If there was a way to allow faster memory speeds, that would greatly help performance. An APU has not only the CPU relying on system memory bandwidth but also the GPU, so every bit helps.
We were a little worried about fan noise, those little fans are not known for their silence, but under full load the fan ramps up to audible, but not overly loud. Our worst-case power usage came in at 68.4W from the wall, but running this from a 1000W power supply on our test bench is putting it in about the most inefficient range it can be in. Idle usage came in at about 25W, so this is a pretty impressive performance for such a small power envelope. We never saw the CPU or GPU break the 60C mark, so the cooler is doing its job, even if it doesn’t look like it can. All in all, Biostar provides a powerful platform to start with for value-oriented gamers, and let’s not forget you can still add a discrete GPU down the road.
Great job Biostar!