A Closer Look
Biostar’s A10N-8800 occupies the small, Mini-ITX form factor that is compatible with almost every case on the market, even larger micro-ATX, and full ATX cases.
A pair of full-size DDR4 slots lets you use up to 32GB of memory. Unfortunately, no matter what memory kit you use, you are limited to DDR4-2133MHz.
Future GPU expansions can be handled with the PCIe x16 slot at the bottom. Storage possibilities consist of an M.2 slot that supports PCIe based drives only, and two SATA 6Gbps ports. USB 3 and USB 2 headers are in the same corner along with a serial UART header.
Two fan headers sit near the back of the board, one is preoccupied with the CPU fan. A front panel audio header hides directly behind the rear audio jacks. For a cheap board, we have to give Biostar credit here for the SUPER LAN surge protector to protect your system from spikes and surge coming in over your network/internet connection. A 4-pin power supply connector provides power to the APU and is required.
Rear I/O is comprised of a pair of PS/2 ports, an HDMI and VGA video port, a pair of USB 3.1 (gen 1) ports and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. Above this is a gigabit Ethernet port, and lastly is a trio 0f 3.5mm audio jacks.
A built-in heatsink and fan handle cooling out of the box with no extra coolers or decisions on what to use needed.
Main power comes in on a standard ATX 24-pin connector. The CMOS battery sits in this corner, and there is a jumper next to it to easily clear the CMOS.
There really isn’t much to point out on the back, just a sticker with the UPC and serial numbers on it.