Biostar whips up a Braswell mini-ITX board of its own

— 9:28 AM on June 22, 2015

The march of Intel Braswell-powered mini-ITX mobos continues. Today's spin on the formula comes from Biostar, whose N3150NH mobo features a Celeron N3150 quad-core CPU for a suggested price of only $69. 

If nothing else, the N3150NH looks durable. Biostar claims some degree of moisture-proofing for the PCB, and it suggests that the system is suitable for rural or coastal areas with high humidity. The company also touts the board's ESD protection features, which could lessen the risk of frying the board during installation or while inserting or removing peripherals in dry environments.

The Celeron N3150's quartet of cores runs at 1.6GHz, with a burst frequency of 2.08GHz. Twin SO-DIMM slots can accomodate up to 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, or up to 16GB of DDR3L-1066.

Two USB 3.0 ports and another pair of USB 2.0 ports handle peripheral I/O, and that can be further expanded with another trio of internal headers—one for USB 3.0 ports, two more for USB 2.0. HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet (courtesy of Realtek) and PS/2 connectors round out the port block.

For internal expansion, a pair of SATA 6Gb/s ports and a single PCIe 2.0 x1 slot are all that's on offer, but it's hard to argue with those specs for the price.

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