BIOSTAR recently unveiled its new AMD socket FM2+ motherboards, highlighting what the Taiwanese manufacturer calls the “6+ Experience”, a set of features meant to provide a solid base for system and DIY builders of gaming, entertainment and productivity computers. The new boards will retain backwards compatibility with previous generation Socket FM2 APUs.
BIOSTAR claims their enhancements will improve user experience in six areas dubbed: “Audio+”, “Video+”, “Speed+”, “Protection+”, “Durability+” and “DIY+”.
Audio+ - The audio features from BIOSTAR are extensive with the following audio features: 3D Audio, True Blu-Ray Audio, 3D Hi-Fi Amp and 3D Smart Ear.
Video+ – With AMD’s Radeon Graphics and support for Microsoft’s DirectX 11.1, 3D powered graphics are delivered with ease. There is support for full HDMI 3D 1080p andit supports AMD’s Eyefinity technology.
Speed+ - With PCI-E 3.0 technology, there is 2 times the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0 and allows for up to1GB/s of bandwidth per lane per direction. There is also SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC’s network behavior. Charger Booster is the fastest and most efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Protection+ – USB Overcurrent Protection is an onboard dedicated power fuse to help prevent electrical USB port failure. This ESD protection (Electrostatic Discharge) prevents the USB Port from providing overcurrent. In addition, throughout strategic places on the board there are OVER-Current Protection, OVER-Voltage Protection, and OVER-Heat Protection safeguards. These are special circuit designs to detect heat and overvoltage conditions to prevent voltage surges from spreading in real time.
Durability+ – There are several design features that work towards providing a more durable motherboard on which to build a system.Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS is a low resistance design that can significantly reduce the current in energy loss. Durability+ also means the use of a moisture-proof PCB. Computers are often used in humid areas (such as coastal climates). The PCB will oxidize if it can easily absorb moisture. Moisture-proof PCBs meet high density and high reliability requirements for moisture proofing.
DIY+ – Many people love to do it yourself when building PCs and BIOSTAR fully supports the user in many innovative ways such as with BIOS features. UEFI BIOS is a modern and easy-to-use graphical user interface. The UEFI BIOS comes with a colorful easy-understand icons leading users directly into the setup layer. BIO-Remote 2 gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple products are able to access and control the PC remotely. This allows a smart device to become an intelligent and functional remote controller. In addition, the BIO-Remote2 feature also includes both the function of a mouse pad and a power point presentation controller.