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Sep 10, 2012

AMD-Based Biostar A68I-350 Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard




The new product from Biostar Microtech is not nearly as small as a certain product that VIA released recently (VIA EPIA-P910), but it isn't much larger either, belonging to the form factor class immediately above it.

By form factor, we mean to say that A68I-350 DELUXE, as Biostar's motherboard is called, has the mini-ITX form factor (VIA's small board is a Pico-ITX). Thus, it is suited to home-theater personal computers (HTPCs) and the like, not embedded and industrial applications. For those who want to know the specific measurements, the piece of hardware is square, with a side length of 17 cm / 6.69 inches. Even in such a small package, though, A68I-350 DELUXE has all the features that a media-centric system could possibly need. The AMD Brazos 2.0 processing platform is the core of the matter, as the AMD A68 chipset is paired with an E-350D dual-core APU (accelerated processing unit). This chip runs at 1.6 GHz for the x86 cores and integrated the Radeon HD 6310 graphics (up to 512 MB shared memory). Three SATA 6.0 Gbps ports make sure that a large storage capacity can be included in whatever HTPC the motherboard ends up servicing. Even with an ODD (optical disk drive), there should be more than enough HDD and/or SSD capacity to hold one's video, music and picture collections.

As for better graphics (the integrated chip is good for media but may not be enough for some), an add-in card will be possible to install on the PCI Express x16 slot (x4 electrical). Needless to say, the mainboard gets a decent level of DRAM support as well: two DDR3-1600 memory slots. As for the rest, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a D-Sub output and an HDMI connector complete the ensemble. Biostar is already selling the A68I-350 DELUXE, so check your local retailers to see if they have it. The price should be of 66 Euro / $66-84.

Biostar A68I-350 DELUXE motherboard
Image credits to Biostar

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