Biostar has been trying to reinvent itself as an enthusiast brand, a hard sell considering most seasoned vets have a hard time shaking the notion that Biostar's focus is squarely on the budget buyer. The truth of the matter is Biostar holds several overclocking records under its belt, and it's because of high end boards like the new TA990FXE.
In case there was any doubt, Biostar comes out and says it's targeting "the most demanding overclockers and gamers" with its new board. The appropriately named TA990FXE is based on AMD's 990FX chipset. It supports all socket AM3+ processors, including AMD's upcoming Bulldozer chips.
Four DDR3 DIMM slots support up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3-2000MHz memory. There are three PCi-E x16 2.0 slots and Biostar says the TA990FXE is one of the few boards to support a x16, x16, x4 configuration. Other features include five SATA 6Gbps ports with support for RAID 0/1/5/10, three USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, GbE LAN, and 8-channel audio. There's also an included bracket that adds a serial port and external eSATA connector.
Of interest to overclockers are all solid capacitors, hardware debugging with LED lights, and a handful of overclocking utilities.