ASRock N3150-ITX Motherboard With Integrated Intel N3150 CPU Review

Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, August 21, 2015 - 8:00am

ASRock N3150-ITX

Introduction

ASRock not too long ago released a new Mini-ITX motherboard with an integrated CPU. These new integrated CPU motherboard combinations are becoming quite popular. Do to their low power requirements, they 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, driving computerized machinery, and much more.

The N3150-ITX 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. There is support for up to 16 GB of DDR3/DDR3L 1600/1066 non-ECC memory.

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.

There is also a full complement of USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers. A PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot and a half-size Mini-PCI Express slot allows for expansion.

ASRock's take on the N3150-ITX

Intel® Quad-Core Processor N3150 (Up to 2.08 GHz)

Improved performance, lower power consumption, and new multimedia capabilities.

14nm CPU Core Inside SoC Motherboards

Built around an Intel® N3000 Series processor, this motherboard packs plenty of expandability, superb integrated performance, and abundant graphics outputs. With its excellent hardware configuration and software support, it is your ideal solution to do business work, play games, or enjoy video and music entertainment. ASRock presents you the best motherboard to build your own mini PC!

Power Gear

Toggle between three operational modes (Eco, Normal and Sport) to maximize performance or conserve energy. Use Eco mode for saving power during torrent downloads or other light activities, normal mode for regular tasks such as web surfing or word processing, and then shift to Sport mode to take on heavy jobs such as gaming or 4K video playback.

Supports Standard & Low Voltage SO-DIMMs

Capable of supporting both standard and low-voltage SO-DIMMs.

16GB Memory Support

Each slot supports 8GB memory modules, thus delivering a maximum capacity up to 16GB.

HEVC (H.265) Decoding + 4K

Supports HEVC (H.265) decoding to provide substantially improved video quality. Plus a minimum of 3840 x 2160 pixels with 4K resolution.

Triple Monitor

Graphics, graphics and even more graphics! You've demanded for more eye candy, so this motherboard supports Triple Monitor. You may choose up to three display interfaces from the rear i/o to connect monitors and use them simultaneously without installing another graphics card.

Passive Heatsink Design

The CPU is covered by a specially designed heatsink which allows advanced heat dissipation. Utilizing an ultra quiet fanless design, this ASRock motherboard provides the most silent computing environment.

mini-PCIe Slot

The mini-PCIe slot is a convenient peripheral interface that can be used for connecting WiFi card.

High Expandability

Six USB 3.0 5 Gb/s ports plus four SATA3 6Gb/s ports for supporting all of your peripherals with fast data transfer speed.

ELNA Audio Caps

Who says high quality audio is only available on high-end motherboards? ASRock applied ELNA audio capacitors on mainstream and entry-level motherboards! Compared with traditional solid caps, the leakage current of ELNA audio caps is merely 3uA. This is the key to reduce noise level significantly and satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles.

Wake On WAN

The latest technology that WOWs you with the ability to wake up your PC remotely over the internet. Turn your PC on/off only when you need to. Keep your PC healthy and save energy at the same time.

ASRock APP Shop

ASRock APP Shop is designed for your convenience. We provide various apps and support software for users to download. You can easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock APP Shop.

ASRock APP Shop is the only all-in-one software package that delivers you the most practical PC apps and tools, in one integrated interface – from ASRock exclusive tools to the most update-to-date options of the latest technology.

 

That is quite a few features in such a small package. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.

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