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    Default Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

    In the past several months, the push for Home Theater PC's (HTPC's for short) has started to grow wildly. The allure of a fully modular home theater machine that does more than just play your movies or music is simply too strong for many to resist, and rightfully so. Oftentimes the question we may ask is "What platform should I build a HTPC on?" The answers vary wildly based on individual hardware preferences. AMD seems to think that one of the best choices out there for the discerning HTPC enthusiast lies with their newest Kaveri APU.While there are many choices out there of associated hardware, with more on the way, Biostar has one now that appeals directly to the audiophile: the A88W Hi-Fi 3D. Designed with both a high-end isolated audio solution and potential for tuning an unlocked APU, this motherboard looks to be a very sensible choice for those who want a little bit from every buffet of tech; the question is, "does it deliver finely tuned notes for enthusiasts of all kinds, or does it fall flat?" We're here to find out just that.

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    Default Re: Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

    Great review Mike thanks for posting

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    Default Re: Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

    Good review. Looks like they need a BIOS fix for this board. Once it's done, this is pretty nice looking.

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    Default Re: Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

    Great Job Mike,
    Hey did you contact Biostar Support to see if they can help you out with the BIOS issue??
    I know that in most cases, they have some kind of update if there is a bug and they can send you BIOS updates even tho its not listed on the website.

    I've done this with a few boards that were "pre releases" or pre production.
    That may help out others that are interested in this board if you have solutions posted in your review.

    Otherwise, great job on your first mobo review. I know motherboards take a lot of time to do.

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    nice review Mike. decent board too.
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    Good job and great pics nice board for the money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Great Job Mike,
    Hey did you contact Biostar Support to see if they can help you out with the BIOS issue??
    I know that in most cases, they have some kind of update if there is a bug and they can send you BIOS updates even tho its not listed on the website.

    I've done this with a few boards that were "pre releases" or pre production.
    That may help out others that are interested in this board if you have solutions posted in your review.

    Otherwise, great job on your first mobo review. I know motherboards take a lot of time to do.

    Everyone cant be as awesome as you with board reviews Kenny, get off his back. JK

    Seriously I even sent an email to our rep and never got a reply. We waited for days for an answer. Still haven't received one. Not sure whats up.

    Either way, I am sure the board will run better once they release an update. They try to get the boards to reviewers ASAP and sometimes it is a tad too soon.

    Overall It is a decent board and Good review. Great Job Mike on your first board review!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Everyone cant be as awesome as you with board reviews Kenny, get off his back. JK

    Seriously I even sent an email to our rep and never got a reply. We waited for days for an answer. Still haven't received one. Not sure whats up.

    Either way, I am sure the board will run better once they release an update. They try to get the boards to reviewers ASAP and sometimes it is a tad too soon.

    Overall It is a decent board and Good review. Great Job Mike on your first board review!
    Hahahahahaha... Gotta push you guys a little.. lolz j/k.
    But great job on the review. Sucks to hear that they didn't respond, the last time I had a issue with Biostar I just contacted there customer support on the website and got a response within a few days. I didn't go thru the marketing rep since most of the time they don't deal with the technical stuff and info gets passed onto the tech side.

    I am sure they will release an update that will help with the issue sometime down the line.
    Either way, still a good review by Mike!


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    Good review Mike. Nice board also.

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    Default Re: Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

    Since the release of this board and the review there has been another BIOS revision released, but nothing was mentioned about stability concerns or anything remotely related to the issues we encountered during testing. I'll be keeping an eye on the BIOS revisions myself, and if time permits then I will re-test the board to see if the stability issues have been resolved. If they improve at any point then I will post an update to the review in a separate article detailing briefly the improvements that have been made and, if any, an award change (link will be posted in the article). Again, this is assuming that time permits and other review items will take top priority.

    That aside, I was really impressed by the build quality of the board as well as the clean way with which it showed. Really even that oddity in the rear I/O wouldn't have really bothered me so much since most of the time you won't ever be looking back there anyway. Throw this into something like the gray Corsair Graphite 230T and slap on a 120mm AIO like an H75, pair it up with an A10 7850K, 2133 MHz RAM (think Corsair Vengeance Pro blue heatsinks or G.Skill Ripjaws X) and an R7 250 (the Sapphire's blue PCB would actually work well in the build), and you have a super sharp-looking system... just needs that BIOS problem fixed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mgutierrez33 View Post
    Since the release of this board and the review there has been another BIOS revision released, but nothing was mentioned about stability concerns or anything remotely related to the issues we encountered during testing. I'll be keeping an eye on the BIOS revisions myself, and if time permits then I will re-test the board to see if the stability issues have been resolved. If they improve at any point then I will post an update to the review in a separate article detailing briefly the improvements that have been made and, if any, an award change (link will be posted in the article). Again, this is assuming that time permits and other review items will take top priority.

    That aside, I was really impressed by the build quality of the board as well as the clean way with which it showed. Really even that oddity in the rear I/O wouldn't have really bothered me so much since most of the time you won't ever be looking back there anyway. Throw this into something like the gray Corsair Graphite 230T and slap on a 120mm AIO like an H75, pair it up with an A10 7850K, 2133 MHz RAM (think Corsair Vengeance Pro blue heatsinks or G.Skill Ripjaws X) and an R7 250 (the Sapphire's blue PCB would actually work well in the build), and you have a super sharp-looking system... just needs that BIOS problem fixed!


    Did you try the new bios? I would not be surprised if they did not list improvements for the problems you mentioned. Why bring attention to a problem people are yelling about now. lol
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    They usually avoid listing all of the problems that are fixed in a BIOS revision.

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    Default Re: Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

    Well you can avoid naming the specific fixes all you want, but when even a company like Asus releases as many as EIGHT BIOS revision for the A88X PRO board shortly after the release of Kaveri under the descriptor "Improves system stability," and sometimes TWO of those updates are within DAYS of each other I would seem to think that that would speak more than any specific bug fixes could. Since time is limited with me at the moment sadly I have not gotten the chance to test out the most recent BIOS update, but as soon as I can I will be taking another look at this board.

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    Default Re: Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

    Not naming problems is likely a combination of PR work and avoidance of customer returns for a refund.

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    Not naming problems is likely a combination of PR work and avoidance of customer returns for a refund.
    When you go get updates from OEMs like HP or Dell what the update does it rarely listed in any meaningful way. Some of the other PC parts manufacturers we all know and love don't really saying anything helpful on updates either. So lack of a detailed description isnt surprising to me.

    Either way I hope it corrects the little bugs it had. I think I would still get this board for a media pc just because of the audio portion of the board.
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    Yup, like the others have said and not to beat a dead horse, but bugs and issues that arise during motherboard launches are rarely reported in the BIOS updates. They will always post a vague description of what it will fax. "Stability issues fixes" normally mean, yes we screwed something up, here is the fix! so just update it, however its a good ideal to update anyways to see if the problem was resolved that one may initially have.

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