Intel Braswell Motherboards (N3150 / N3050) Are Now Available for $60 and Up

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Intel recently launched Braswell processors to succeed to their Bay Trail processor family, using 14nm lithography, a newer generation Intel GPU, more L2 cache, and various other improvements. Some ASRock motherboards based on such processors are now listed on Newegg starting at $58.99 with ASRock N3050B-ITX motherboard (dual core processor), and $69.99 for the quad core version (ASRock N3150B-ITX).

N3150B-ITX mini ITX Motherboards
N3150B-ITX mini ITX Motherboard

Apart from the different processors, both mini-ITX motherboard mostly share the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron N3050 dual core processor @ up to 2.16 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen8 @ up to 600 MHz – 6W TDP
    • Intel Celeron N3150 quad core processor @ up to 2.08 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen8 @ up to 640 MHz – 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x 240-pin DDR3/DDR3L 1600/1066 for up to 16GB RAM
  • Storage – 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
  • Audio Codec – Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec, 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • Expansion – 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot
  • Rear panel ports
    • 1x PS/2 Mouse Port; 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port
    • 1x COM port; 1x Parallel/LPT port
    • Video Output
      • 1x D-sub (VGA) port up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
      • 1x HDMI port up to 2560×1600 @ 60Hz
      • Dual display supported
    • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 Ports; 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
    • Audio – Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone.
    • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek 8111GR)
  • Internal Connectors
    • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 headers (Supports 4x USB 2.0 ports) ; 1x USB 3.0 header
    • 1x COM Port Header
    • 1x TPM Header
    • 1x Chassis Intrusion Header
    • 1x CPU Fan Connector (3-pin)
    • 1x Chassis Fan Connector (3-pin)
    • 1x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
    • 1x Front Panel Audio Connector
  • Dimensions – Mini-ITX form factor

ASRock_Braswell_MotherboardThe motherboards ship with a quick installation guide, a support CD, a rear panel I/O shield, and two SATA data cables. The GPU found in Braswell processors supports H.264 @ level 5.2, H.265/HEVC @ level 5 (GPU accelerated), and VP8 video codecs.

To get a complete system, you’ll also need memory, storage (HDD or SSD), a power supply unit (PSU), and an enclosure, but you should be able to get a complete system for $150 and up depending on your requirements. You could also buy Intel N3050 NUC on Amazon for about $145, but you’ll still need to add memory and storage.

ASRock explains the system supports Windows 10, 8 and 7 (64-bit), but Linux should be supported too, at least the Yocto Project has specific support for these low power Braswell processors, so hopeful that means a fully working kernnel (and drivers) will be available, but this needs to be tested/confirmed…

I could not find benchmarks comparing Celeron N3050 to the older Celeron N2807 (Bay Trail) yet. You may also want to visit ASRock’s N3050B-ITX and N3150B-ITX product pages.

Via FanlessTech

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Here is compared against J1800, J1900, J2900:
http://www.techspot.com/review/1014-intel-celeron-n3050-pentium-n3700/

iridiumsat
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Full ATX psu is kept this design could not fit in embedded solution.
19V laptop dc adapter jack would be great.

Jibril
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@iridiumsat
as Q1900DC-ITX ? write to ASRock your Xmas letter !!!
Otherwise use a 6-24V M2 Atx power supply board for an embedded solution (best solution) or the classic 12Vdc Pico-PSU.

Mark
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I could use a board like that, but the graphics are pretty unimpressive and if it’s a step back in speed from the Bay-Trail processors… I can’t really get too excited over this one…

Alfred Braithewaite
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@cnxsoft

“these new Braswell processors are slower than their Bay-Trail equivalents”

A very good reason to wait until the Skylake equivalents arrive then, especially as initial findings appear favorable, at the top end at least.

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The link got chopped off for some reason, trying again …

guru.net/components/cpu/anton-shilov/first-review-of-intel-core-i7-6700k-skylake-published-up-to-29-faster-than-core-i7-4790k/

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iridiumsat
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@Jibril
Yep, as Q1900DC-ITX but in Brasswell 14nm platform and DC jack PSU.

I’m looking for this solution for adapting custom Linux kernel and file system in usb flash drive to get a rock-solid embedded platform.

Finally, only one graphical app running is Chromium no any desktop and building HTML5 on top.

kucho
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you can allways use a pico-psu clone…

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How can this board support 16 GB RAM if the CPU on it only supports 8 GB?

Grant
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Just install an Intel NUC with a N3050 in it as a media center. Works great. Hardware decoding of H264 and HECV/H265 at 4K/UHD resolutions!
Use MPC-HC as your media player.