BIOSTAR Introduces 4 Motherboards based on Intel “Braswell” Celeron J3060 and J3160 Processors

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.

BIOSTAR Macro-ITX J3160MP “Braswell” Motherboard

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:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron J3060 dual core processor @ 1.6/2.48 GHz with Intel HD graphics 400 with 12EU @ 320/700 MHz (6W TDP) OR
    • Intel Celeron J3160 quad core processor @ 1.6/2.24 GHz with Intel HD graphics 400 with 12EU @ 320/700 MHz (6W TDP)
  • 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
  • Dimensions
    • Mini ITX Form Factor; dimension: 17cm x 17cm OR
    • Micro ATX Form Factor; dimensions: 22.6cm x 18.8cm
BIOSTAR J3160NH mini-ITX Motherboard (Click to Enlarge)
BIOSTAR J3160NH mini-ITX Motherboard (Click to Enlarge)

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.

Via FanlessTech

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13 Replies to “BIOSTAR Introduces 4 Motherboards based on Intel “Braswell” Celeron J3060 and J3160 Processors”

  1. I’m not saying here is a big difference between them, but N-cpus are meant for mobile devices and J-cpus for desktop – this was the rule with previous generation (there was bigger difference in TDP than with current gen), so you wrote the first paragraph wrong.

    both N and J are (suppodesdly) already available:

  2. @renw0rp
    Celeron J3060 & J3160 and Pentium J3710 are “stepping” upgrade of Celeron N3050 & N3150, and Pentium N3700. I’m not sure why Intel changed the name from N to J.

  3. @TLS

    what do you mean by “again”? Isn’t it the same as with the previous generation (Bay Trail from Silvermont family) released in 2013? There was N-lineup and J-lineup; so what has changed?!

  4. The confusing part is they *only* changed 2 characters of a new lineup of Braswell processors. The J1800, J1900 and J2900 didn’t have N series counterparts with 10 added to the number. I don’t think it matters much for the motherboards, since the overwhelming majority of people building computers with these things will be smarter than the average bear. While there isn’t a ton of difference between them, if these start getting put into netbooks then it can be a bit more confusing to people just trying to get a cheap machine.

    To further that point, it looks like the first sentence has the numbers wrong. I believe it’s supposed to be J3160 and J3710. I could easily see people being confused by keeping the numbers so close together under the Braswell name.

    I’ve actually been fairly impressed lately with how well the N3150 performs given the low power consumption (typing on one now). Amazing how well things work when there are proper drivers available. This thing was practically unusable in Linux when it was first released. I played Unturned via Steam last night and rarely encountered any choppiness. Only 51C after an hour. The stock heatsink was adequate but I changed it; These new boards seem to have much better heatsinks than the one my ASRock came with.

  5. @renw0rp
    Intel didn’t do it for the original Baytrail chips, hence “again” as they’ve gone back to the same naming scheme as before.
    Intel up to their usual confusing branding of their products…

  6. None of any board has DC 19 volt input for using with laptop compatible adaptor.

    Even nowadays INTEL embedded CPU has been shown up for a while with drawing a bit of power consumption.

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