Intel recently announced updates to Intel Celeron N3050 & N3150, and Pentium N3700 processors, confusingly called J3060, J3160 and J3710 and offering higher burst frequencies compared to their predecessors. BIOSTAR has now also updated their Motherboard catalog with four models based on Celeron J3060 and J3160 dual and quad core processors.
The four motherboards key differences are listed as follows:
- BIOSTAR J3060NH Mini-ITX motherboard with Celeron J3060, SO-DIMM slot, and HDMI + VGA
- BIOSTAR J3160NH Mini-ITX motherboard with Celeron J3160, SO-DIMM slot, and HDMI + VGA
- BIOSTAR J3160MP Micro-ATX motherboard with Celeron J3160, DIMM slots, and VGA + external printer & COM ports
- BIOSTAR J3160MD Micro-ATX motherboard with Celeron J3160, DIMM slots, and DVI + VGA + internal printer port
But the rest of the specifications are very similar between all 4 boards:
- System Memory
- 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM memory slots for up to 8GB DDR3L-1600 or 16GB DDR3L-1066 OR
- 2x DDR3 DIMM memory slots for up to to 8GB DDR3L-1600 or 16GB DDR3L-1066
- Storage – 2x SATA3 connectors
- Video Output – VGA, DVI and/or HDMI depending on model.
- Audio – Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Audio, 3x audio connectors, 1x front audio header
- Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 header, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 headers
- Expansion slots
- mini-ITX boards – 1x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
- macro-ITX boards – 1x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot(x1) + 2x PCI Slot
- Misc – 1x PS/2 mouse, 1x PS/2 keyboard, printer port, COM port…
- Power Supply – ATX connector
- Mini ITX Form Factor; dimension: 17cm x 17cm OR
- Micro ATX Form Factor; dimensions: 22.6cm x 18.8cm
The motherboards are said to be compatible with Windows 7(x64)/8.1(x64) /10, but 64-bit Linux distributions should work fine too.
I could not find for sale anywhere yet, but for reference the previous mini-ITX model based on N3150 processor sells for 69.50 GBP($98 inc. VAT) on Amazon UK, and I’d expect the new model to only be marginally more expensive. More details are available on BIOSTAR’s “INTEL CPU onboard” page.
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.
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