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BIOSTAR fanless mini-ITX format A68N-5000 Kabini motherboard

by Mark Tyson on 21 April 2014, 12:10

Tags: Biostar, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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BIOSTAR emailed us today to announce a new motherboard which it has added to its range. The AMD Kabini APU-onboard fanless motherboard design is called the A68N-5000. BIOSTAR has equipped the motherboard with an AMD A4-5000 Quad-Core processor which includes AMD Radeon HD8330 Graphics.

A system based upon this motherboard is said to run "cool and quiet with heat sinks instead of fans". BIOSTAR says that this will help reduce system noise, reduce dust build-ip and reduce power costs. Nevertheless this 17cm square motherboard has quite a long list of features which may appeal:

CPU

AMD Fusion APU A4-5000 Quad-Core Processor

MEMORY

Support DDR3 / DDR3L 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz, 2 x DDR3 DIMM Memory Slot, Max. Supports up to 16GB Memory

EXPANSION SLOT

1 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x4)

STORAGE

2 x SATA3 Connector

USB

2 x USB 3.0 Port, 2 x USB 2.0 Port, 2 x USB 2.0 Header

LAN

Realtek RTL8111G - 10/100/1000 Controller

INTEGRATED VIDEO

AMD Radeon HD8330 Graphics, On Board Graphic Max. Memory Share Up to 2GB, Supports DX11.1, Supports HDCP

CODEC

Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Audio

REAR I/O

1 x PS/2 Mouse, 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 2 x USB 3.0 Port, 2 x USB 2.0 Port, 1 x HDMI Connector. 1 x VGA Port, 1 x RJ-45 Port, 3 x Audio Connector

INTERNAL I/O

1 x Printer Header, 2 x USB 2.0 Header, 2 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector, 1 x Front Audio Header, 1 x Front Panel Header, 1 x S/PDIF-OUT Header, 1 x CPU FAN Header, 1 x System FAN Header, 1 x Serial Header

H/W Monitoring

CPU / System Temperature Monitoring, System Fan Monitoring, System Voltage Monitoring

DIMENSION

Mini ITX Form Factor Dimension: 17cm x 17cm ( W x L )

OS SUPPORT

Support Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1

ACCESSORIES

2 x SATA Cable, 1 x I/O Shield, 1 x DVD Driver, 1 x Quick Guide

FEATURES

Windows 8 Ready, Supports BIO-Remote 2, Supports Solid capacitor, Supports BIOS-Flasher, Supports Charger Booster, Supports BIOS Online Update

To keep its firmware up to date this motherboard supports BIOSTAR BIOS flasher and BIOS Online Update. The BIO-Remote 2 feature allows Android or iOS mobile users to conveniently remote control their PC, perhaps in an HTPC environment. The Remote functionality also allows users to employ their smartphone screen as a touchpad and PowerPoint presentation controller.

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There is an official product information page available for this new motherboard but some of the specs appear to be wrong. In BIOSTAR's email to HEXUS the integrated GPU is said to be the AMD Radeon HD8330 but on the web site and downloadable data sheet it says the GPU is a Radeon HD8210. However I looked at the AMD A4-5000 processor page at AMD.com and this processor does indeed come with Radeon HD8330 graphics.

We haven't been given any details about the pricing or distribution of the A68N-5000.



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Frankly I'm stunned at how little heat that CPU must produce, I think the heat sink on my motherboard is roughly the same size and its a reasonably low end motherboard
Biostar omits the mini PCIe socket, but retains the PS2 ports, parallel and serial headers?

A mini PCIe or mSATA socket would have been nice :(
DDY
Biostar omits the mini PCIe socket, but retains the PS2 ports, parallel and serial headers?

A mini PCIe or mSATA socket would have been nice :(

As this is likely to be used in a SFF or HTPC case and thus likely to be used with a television then legacy ports are a waste of space. Does anyone still use PS2 keyboard and mouse?
Only 2 sata ports is really paring the board down and only four usb ports on the back panel when there is clearly enough room for at least another six.
Like to see this baord go head to head with this from Gigabyte … http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00J0P042U/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1RBLI8BU7UB9Y
I always look for motherboards with 2 x PS2 ports so I can use with my old KVM switch. DVI/HDMI/USB KVM's are a fortune and USB to PS2 adaptors never seem to work with PS2 based KVM.
Hmm, wondering if this would be a good board to use as the basis of a home NAS. Yes, it's only got two SATA ports - but that's enough for hosting the OS if I use that 4x PCI-E slot for a decent SATA (RAID?) card.