Mini Biostar board has mobile Kabini, passive cooling

Earlier this month, Biostar revealed a stack of desktop Kabini motherboards designed for the socketed version of AMD's low-power APU. Those aren't the only Kabini-based products in the company's stable, though. Biostar has also cooked up a mini board with the A4-5000 mobile APU we reviewed last year. The chip is soldered to the motherboard, and it's capped by a passive heatsink.

The A4-5000 combines four 1.5GHz Jaguar CPU cores with Radeon HD 8330 integrated graphics. That CPU clock puts the chip between the socketed Athlon 5150, which is clocked at 1.6GHz, and the Sempron 3850, which runs at 1.3GHz. Unlike desktop Kabini parts, which have 25W thermal envelopes, the mobile chip has a 15W TDP rating. That's probably why Biostar can get away with passive cooling.

Despite its mobile APU, the board supports desktop memory and features a full-sized PCIe x16 slot. (Keep in mind that Kabini has only four Gen2 PCIe lanes, though.)  I see a couple of 6Gbps SATA ports and a mention of Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, too. The port cluster isn't fully visible in the lone product picture posted on Biostar's site, but it looks fairly spartan from above.

Interestingly, the A68N-5000 can communicate directly with mobile devices. BIO-Remote 2 functionality "allows a smart device to become an intelligent and functional remote controller" and "also includes both the function of a mouse pad and a power point presentation controller," Biostar says. The remote software is available for Android and iOS, and it could appeal to folks looking to deploy the board in a silent, low-power PC for the living room.

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