Biostar released a new Mini-ITX motherboard with an integrated CPU. The N3150NH motherboard features a preinstalled Intel N3150 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU and has support for 8 GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, or up to 16 GB of DDR3L-1066. The board comes equipped with Realtek ALC662 six channel audio and a Realtek TRL8111H gigabit LAN controller. Video output is handled through either a single HDMI or VGA port.
There are also four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports on the back, and one USB 3.0 header on the board for expansion. The USB ports feature Charger Booster technology, which Biostar has claimed can charge Apple devices up to 42 percent faster than a typical charger.
Biostar has included software called SmartSpeedLAN that monitors for the LAN controller. This application can be used to not only monitor, but can also be used to prioritize network traffic. It will let you prioritize types of traffic (streaming video, gaming, communications, etc.) and will also let you specify applications to be prioritized, or even blocked.
The N3150NH has been constructed using what BIOSTAR is calling eXtreme Durable Capacitors (X.D.C.). The company said these low ESR and high ripple solid state capacitors can have as much as 6.25 times the lifespan of ordinary liquid capacitors.
Biostar also claimed that this board is moisture proof. The company has designed a new process to create the PCB which is supposed to be far less permeable, preventing oxidation from moisture buildup. Biostar said it has been designed for use in outdoor situations such as kiosks, and rural and coastal areas that have high humidity.
In addition to the moisture protection, Biostar said it added electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection on the board, which is supposed to protect the hardware from electrostatic shock. The USB ports have a built-in fuse, which is meant to prevent USB port overcurrent, and the whole motherboard has safeguards to prevent overcurrent, overvoltage and overheating. The system will cut power when an issue is detected. To round out the safeguards, the company also installed virus protection into the BIOS to prevent boot sector and partition table viruses from writing to the drive.
The N3150NH features support for BIO-Remote2, which allows you to control the computer using an application installed on an Android or Apple device. The application will give you access to a trackpad mouse control and also features a slide show remote for Power Point presentations.
Biostar's N3150NH motherboard with embedded CPU is available now with an MSRP of $69.