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 Post subject: Biostar NM70I-847 - cheap 17w Celeron 847 + motherboard?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:41 pm 
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I was looking into building another no moving part PC for audio use, and came across this cheap board on Newegg. It has a 17w Sandy Bridge Celeron 847 (1.1ghz dual core, HD2000 graphics) soldered on. Has anyone looked into this board before?

Pros:
- Cheap
- CPU should benchmark faster than AMD E350 or Intel Atom
- Looks like only 25w draw under load, but the poster @ Newegg didn't specify the rest of the components
- PCIe x16 slot (x8 electrical)

Cons:
- CPU fan is supposedly loud, but it looks easy to replace
- SPDIF is on a +5v header, needs an extra dongle to be useful

Manufacturer's site:
http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/mb ... _ID=617#ov

Newegg link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813138368

I have one on order and will post my thoughts once I receive it. I'm hoping that the mounting bracket for the included HSF matches a northbridge so that I can install Xigmatek's 80mm tower cooler on it. I already have a PicoPSU, 8G DDR3, and old 64G SSD handy.

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 Post subject: Re: Biostar NM70I-847 - cheap 17w Celeron 847 + motherboard?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:22 pm 
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I think that the Xigmatek(This one ?) NB heatsink is a bad choice - unless you make a four-point mounting system with support on the CPU. All the low power CPU's have the bare silicon as cooling surface - pretty easy to chip/crack. I'd rather go with the Enzotech CNB-SI; smaller, but enough to cool 17W if you have some airflow over the MB, or use 40mm fan on "low"(max. 2000) RPM, and much safer to install and deploy.


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 Post subject: Re: Biostar NM70I-847 - cheap 17w Celeron 847 + motherboard?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:20 am 
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kaotikfunk wrote:

I have one on order and will post my thoughts once I receive it.


Any follow-up on this?

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