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Biostar doesn’t belong to the first-tier mainboard makers but its products are especially interesting for this very reason. It might be an exaggeration, but I believe it would be fair to say that a market leader can actually produce a mediocre mainboard and it will sell well just because of the famous brand name on its box. Its sales will be backed up by the reputation of the brand which has been earned for years as well as by large production volumes and extensive sales channels. The market life of a Biostar mainboard is not that simple: it is not enough for a mainboard from this maker just to be available in retail. For a user to prefer it to products from ASUS or Gigabyte, it must be definitely better in some or, desirably, all respects. Biostar mainboards are far from being absolutely superior to the competition as yet, but it is interesting to test them as the manufacturer tries hard to make them special. Biostar keeps track of the newest trends in the industry and endows its products with up-to-date features and technologies while maintaining rather appealing prices. I hope you will find this review of the Biostar TH55XE mainboard (based on the Intel H55 Express chipset and designed for LGA1156 processors) interesting, too.

Package and Accessories

The box with Biostar TH55XE is going to stand out among small packages with microATX mainboards as it could easily take in even a full-size ATX mainboard. It is only by touch that you can feel that the narrow strip with the model name and logotypes is glued to the box rather than printed on it. Biostar uses standard packaging for all its products instead of developing and producing an individual box for each model. This is one of a number of small tricks that help reduce the manufacturing cost and keep the price of the end product as low as possible.

The back of the box is designed in the same way. The list of exclusive Bio-Tex technologies is printed because it is the same for all T series mainboards from Biostar. The sticker adds a photo of the mainboard and a brief list of its specifications.

Besides the mainboard, the box contains the following accessories:

  • Three SATA cables with metal connectors;
  • Power adapter for SATA devices;
  • I/O Shield for the mainboard back panel;
  • User manual;
  • CD disk with software and drivers.

The mainboard documentation also mentions an IDE cable but it was missing among the accessories to our sample. A cable strap with Biostar logo that could be used for cable management inside the system case is included as a bonus accessory.

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