Biostar N3150NH Motherboard With Integrated Intel N3150 CPU Review

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Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:00am

Biostar N3150NH

Introduction

Integrated CPU motherboard (SOC) combinations are becoming quite popular. Biostar has recently released the N3150NH ITX form factor SOC motherboard in response. It features a preinstalled passively cooler Intel N3150 quad-core CPU running at 1.6 GHz.

The Intel N3150 is a member of the Braswell family of 14nm CPU’s. With low power requirements, these SOC motherboards are perfect for applications where desktop processors either create too much heat or are simply overkill. Common applications include home file servers, kiosks, net-tops, home theater PC’s, computer driven machinery, and much more.

There is support for up to 8 GB of DDR3/DDR3L 1600 or up to 16 GB of 1066 non-ECC memory. There is also a full complement of USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers. A PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot allows for expansion. A Realtek ALC662 6-channel HD audio and a Realtek RTL8111H Gbit LAN controller round out the connectivity options.

The Intel 8th generation graphics supports DirectX 11.1 and Pixel Shader 5.0. There is also triple monitor connectivity via DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.1a. 4K resolutions are available on HDMI and DisplayPort. There is also hardware acceleration decoders for H.264 @ level 5.2, H.265/HEVC @ level 5, JPEG, and VP8. 7.1 CH HD audio with content protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec) round out the multimedia features.

Biostar's take on the N3150NH

Intel Celeron N3150 Quad Core processor

The Intel® Celeron N3150(2M Cache, up to 2.08 GHz) is a quad-core processor. The maximum GPU frequency was also increased on the N3150 to 640 MHz, while the base GPU speed stayed at 320 MHz. It supports DDR3L-1600 memory and fit into 6 Watt thermal envelope.

HD Audio

Provides high quality sound with minimal loss of audio fidelity.

DX11.1

Direct3D 11.1 enables Direct3D 10 APIs and Direct3D 11 APIs to use one underlying rendering device. And it allows developers to achieve a high speed, fully conformant software rasterizer.

SmartSpeedLAN

SmartSpeedLAN is a free software application which monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. With user-friendly GUI, it allows you to select and prioritize different types of network traffic, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web surfing. You can also set any specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. SmartSpeedLAN can feature automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online experience possible.

Charger Booster

Charger booster is the best and efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPad, iPhone. Basically, Charger booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any apple goods connecting to our Motherboard. With charger booster technology, you are able to charge your apple devices up to 42 % faster.

USB 3.0

Experience Fastest data transfers at 5 Gbps with USB 3.0--the new latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and backward compatible with previous USB 2.0 components.

Moistureproof PCB

The popularity of PC usage and working environment is getting deteriorating and moist(rural, coastal, etc.). The PCB will be oxidizing easily by damp or absorbed moisture, and ionic migration or CAF (Conductive Anodic Filament) will be generated. Moisture-proof PCB meets high density and high reliability requirements for moisture proof.

Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS

Low resistance design can significantly reduce the current out of energy loss. Low temperature, small size, excellent thermal conductivity.

ESD Protection

ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) is the major factor to destroy PC by electrical overstress(EOS) condition, ESD occurred by PC users when touch any devices connect to PC, which may result in damage to motherboard or parts .ESD protection is designed to protect the motherboard and equipment from damage by EOS.

USB Polyswitch

On board dedicated power fuse to help prevent USB port failure. It prevents USB Port overcurrent and safegurand your system and device lifespan.

BIOS Virus Protection

When enabled, the BIOS will protect the boot sector and partition table by halting the system and flashing a warning message whether there's an attempt to write to these areas.

OC / OV / OH Protection

All BIOSTAR special circuit design detects overvoltage conditions and prevents voltage surges from spreading in real time. It also actively cuts off the overvoltage supply to protect your system. Over current protection, avoid motherboard from damage when doing overclock or an unusual current import. Over heat protection, avoid motherboard & CPU from burning when exceeding the temperature limitation.

UEFI BIOS

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a brand new framework that provides a revolutionary interface. It is a modern clear and easy-to-use graphical user interface. The UEFI comes with a colorful easy-understand icons leads users into the setup layer directly.

Header Zone

Users can easily assemble their own computer, a simple-swap data discs and other accessories.

BIO-Remote 2

BIO-Remote2 Technology is featuring users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android mobile or Apple goods are able to access and control your PC remotely; At this moment, you’re smart device became a intelligent and functional remote controller; more than that, BIO-Remote2 also includes both function of mouse pad and power point presentation mode.

 

The N3150NH is surprisingly feature packed. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.

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