Last week, I wrote about low cost ASRock Braswell motherboards with pricing starting at just under $60. But there were mainly two complaints about these boards: performance was about the same as similarly priced Bay Trail processors, and the requirements for a large – and relatively expensive – ATX power supply. There’s not much that can be done to improve performance, but ASRock also has launched N3150DC-ITX motherboard powered by a 19V DC adapter.
- SoC – 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 – 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
- Audio Codec – Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec, 7.1 CH HD Audio
- Expansion – 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot, 1x half size Mini PCI Express slot
- Rear panel ports
- 1x PS/2 Mouse Port; 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- Video Output
- 1x DVi-D port
- 1x HDMI port
- 1x DisplayPort 1.1a
- USB – 2 x USB 2.0 Ports; 4 x USB 3.0 Ports
- Audio – HD Audio Jacks: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / 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 Print port header
- 1x TPM header
- 1x Chassis Intrusion header
- 1x CPU Fan connector (3-pin)
- 1x Chassis Fan connector (3-pin)
- 2x SATA power connectors
- 1x Front Panel Audio connector
- 1x SPDIF out connector
- Power Supply – DC Barrel for 19V DC in. 90W power supply recommended if 4 hard drives are connected.
- Dimensions – Mini-ITX form factor
The mini-ITX board also have some extra features such as 4 SATA ports instead of 2 SATA port for the ATX versions, more video output ports, 6 jacks for audio, although it loses the external COM and LPT port.
I could not find pricing information yet, but it’s likely to have a similar price to the quad core ATX version (about $70), or a few dollars more. Phoronix has also started to publish some Linux benchmark results for the dual core processor (N3050) using an Intel NUC. You may also want to check out the user’s manual for further details.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.