Biostar Announces A70MGP Socket FM2+ Motherboard


Although AMD has just recently launched the A68H chipset, which supports FM2+ APUs, because these new (exclusive to BIOSTAR) A70M boards support USD 3.0 and SATA3, they offer an upgrade level that is higher than the current entry-level A58 chipset boards.


Now BIOSTAR is exclusively offering A70M chipset motherboards that come with the same features as the A68H based boards but with lower pricing. The A70MGP is based on the AMD FM2+ socket design that will support AMD Multi-Core (x4, x2) socket FM2+/FM2 processors AMD A-series/ E2-series processors all in a Micro-ATX form factor.


Using the AMD A70M Chipset, the A70MGP gives you the options for small builds using the MicroATX form factor. It has 2 DIMM slots supporting up to 32Gb of DDR3 RAM and uses the newest SATA 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of current SATA 3G connections with 4 SATA connectors along with USB 3.0. There is also support for AMD Dual Graphics Technology, as well as support for full HDMI 3D 1080p.


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You can achieve 10Gb speeds (~950MB/s-1.08Gb/s real world speeds) on a single point-to-point transfer if you have the right hardware and you know how to configure it. Out-of-the-box...not likely. The following assumes your network hardware is all 10Gb and jumbo frame capable and enabled.

1. You need a source that can sustain ~1GB/s reads and a destination that can sustain ~1GB/s writes. A couple of high end PCIe SSD cards, RAID'ed SSDs or a RAMdisk can pull it off, and that's about it.

2. You need a protocol that supports TCP multi-channel. SMB3, when both source and destination are SMB3 capable (Win8+/2012+), does this by default. Multi-threaded FTP can. I think NFS can, but I'm not 100% certain...

3. You need RSS (Receive Side Scaling), LSO (Large Send/Segment Offloading), TCP window scaling (auto tuning) and TCP Chimney (for Windows), optionally RSC (Receive Side Coalescing), are setup and configured properly.

Even modern processors cannot handle 10Gb worth of reads on a single processor core, thus RSS needs setup with a minimum of 4 physical processor cores (RSS doesn't work on Hyperthreaded logical cores), possibly 8, depending on processor, to distribute receive load across multiple processors. You can do this via PowerShell (Windows) with the Set-NetAdapterRss cmdlet.

# example command for a 4 physical core proc w/ Hyerpthreading (0,2,4,6 are physical, 1,3,5,7 are logical....pretty much a rule of thumb)
Set-NetAdapterRss -Name "<adapter name>" -NumberOfReceiveQueues 4 -BaseProcessorNumber 0 -MaxProcessorNumber 6 -MaxProcessors 4 -Enabled

LSO is set in the NIC drivers and/or PowerShell. This allows Windows/Linux/whatever to create a large packet (say 64KB-1MB) and let the NIC hardware handle segmenting the data to the MSS value. This lowers processor usage on the host and makes the transfer faster since segmenting is faster in hardware and the OS has to do less work.

RSC is set in Windows or Linux and on the NIC. This does the opposite of LSO. Small chunks are received by the NIC and made into one large packet that is sent to the OS. Lowers processor overhead on the receive side.

While TCP Chimney gets a bad rap in the 1Gb world, it shines in the 10Gb world. Set it to Automatic in Windows 8+/2012+ and it will only enable on 10Gb networks under certain circumstances.

TCP window scaling (auto-tuning in the Windows world) is an absolute must. Without it the TCP windows will never grow large enough to sustain high throughput on a 10Gb connection.

4. Enable 9K jumbo frames (some people say no, some say yes...really depends on hardware, so test both ways).

5. Use a 50GB file or larger. You need time for the connection to ramp up before you reach max speeds. A 1GB file is way too small to test a 10Gb connection. To create a dummy file in Windows use fsutil: fsutil file createnew E:\Temp\50GBFile.txt 53687091200

This will normally get you in the 900 MB/s range on modern hardware and fast storage. LSO and TCP Chimney makes tx faster. RSS/RSC make rx faster. TCP multi-channel and auto-tuning give you 4-8 fast data streams (one for each RSS queue) on a single line. The end result is real world 10Gb data transfers.

While 1.25GB/s is the theoretical maximum, that is not the real world max. 1.08GB/s is the fastest I've gone on a single data transfer on 10Gb Ethernet. That was between two servers in the same blade chassis (essentially point-to-point with no switching) using RAM disks. You can't really go much faster than that due to protocol overhead and something called bandwidth delay product.

Looking for a new motherboard

I am looking to upgrade my motherboard. It's been so long since I looked into new motherboards, I don't know what any of the terminology means. I am looking to play games (most games are like card games that don't need highend graphics except one (Diablo 3), also I am a photographer. Another thing is I am running Win XP on an IDE hard disk, can I clone from this hard disk to a partition with Win 7 on a SATA drive. From what I've seen they don't make motherboards with IDE anymore. I have a IDE DVD drive, I've tried to use the SATA DVD drives, but they don't seem to work as well as the old IDE drives (I've bought 5 SATA DVD drives, and none of them work as well as the IDE drive. That's a whole can of worms I don't want to open here).

Can someone suggest a good motherboard and a CPU and how to clone from one drive to a partition on another drive?

Exclusive AMD A70M Chipset Powers New FM2+ Biostar Motherboard

This motherboard comes in the micro-ATX form factor and has a pair of DIMM memory slots, allowing for up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory.

No, there is no DDR4 support, and there won't be until 2015. Not that you even need DDR4 in a low-end or multimedia PC anyway.

The FM2+ socket means that you can install dual-core and quad-core AMD APUs from the AMD A-Series and E-Series.

Biostar also made sure to include four SATA connectors (SATA III, as we said), as well as two USB 3.0 connectors (5 Gbps SuperSpeed rate).

Finally, AMD Dual Graphics Technology is present, allowing the GPU of whatever APU you buy to combine forces with an add-in PCI Express video board.

All in all, the Biostar A70MGP should provide everything an A68H or A58 chipset-based motherboard would, only with twice the SATA HDD/SSD performance and ten times the USB top speed.

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ASRock Z97 Anniversary Motherboard | Hardware Secrets

The ASRock Z97 Anniversary is an inexpensive socket LGA1150 motherboard based on the Intel Z97 chipset, supporting the fourth and the forthcoming fifth generation Core i processors. It brings six SATA-600 ports and six USB 3.0 ports. This motherboard was named after the Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 processor, and we will try to figure out what makes it targeted at this particular CPU.

In order to celebrate the 20 years of the Pentium brand, Intel released the Pentium G3258 processor, a.k.a. Anniversary Edition. What makes this CPU unique is that it has an unlocked clock multiplier, just like the Core i5 and i7 “K” models. So, this processor is targeted at the user who, in the golden ages of overclocking, liked to buy an inexpensive processor and overclock it to achieve clock rates higher than the then available high-end models. The Pentium G3258 has a 3.2 GHz clock but is promised to reach at least 4.5 GHz through overclocking.

Being a motherboard sold as “the best motherboard for the Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258”, you may think this motherboard has all the features overclockers look for, such as a high-end voltage regulator circuit, a clear CMOS buttom, POST status display, voltage monitoring points, etc, but this is not the case. This motherboard is, in fact, a very basic one, as you will see.

The Intel Z97 Express chipset is a Z87 chipset rebranded for marketing reasons. They are identical and, therefore, have the exact same specifications. Most motherboards based on this chipset support the new SATA Express and M.2 (successor to the mSATA) connectors, but these are mechanical features provided by the motherboard, not by the chipset.

Like the Z87, the Z97 supports six USB 3.0 ports, six SATA-600 ports, Smart Response (installing an SSD as a cache for the main hard drive), Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while in sleep mode), and Rapid Start (faster boot times) technologies.

You can see the ASRock Z97 Anniversary motherboard in Figure 1. It uses the ATX form factor, measuring 12” x 7.5” (305 x 190 mm).

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes PC Hardware Requirements Updated

on the Steam page, the minimum specs required for the game will require gamers to have a computer with a Core i5-4460 clocked at 3.4GHz or better. 4GB of RAM is also the minimum requirement followed by a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 with 4GB of VRAM and DirectX 11 and 4GB of hard disk space.

The changes here appear to be the processor in which previously it required gamers to have a Core i5

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my computer sometime fail to start.


I'm having a problem with my computer that i built about 2.5 years ago. Sometimes not always, it boots and suddenly shutdown, about 2-5 seconds later it will auto start and shut down again and it does that about 2-3 times then I get the message saying that computer dint start property and ask me if I want to start troubleshoot or safe mode.

It does not happen always, and I always shut my computer property by going to start > shutdown.

I opened a thread about this issue in the past, were someone pointed that I need to flash my bios version to an order stable version which I did and it kinda fixed problem for a couple months.

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