The Biostar A10N-8800E Motherboard Review: Carrizo in 2019?!by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on August 14, 2019 8:00 AM EST
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The Biostar A10N-8800E motherboard uses a simplistic, yet striking color theme throughout with yellow DDR4 memory slots, a yellow full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, on a black PCB with black connectors. This full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot allows users to use a discrete graphics card which is an option if an option with DisplayPort is desired, although the AMD FX-8800P does feature integrated graphics of its own.
In the centre of the PCB is an integrated cooling solution which is made of an aluminium heatsink with a straight-forward fin-array, and a small black fan. This is more than ample for the AMD FX-8800P quad-core processor with its low operating 15 W TDP. There is no overclocking here.
Located at the top of the Biostar A10N-8800E is two memory slots which have support for DDR4-2133 and up to a maximum of 32 GB of capacity. These slots also only support non-ECC memory so users looking to use server grade memory with the intended use of a building a small form factor microserver will have to re-think their options if error correction is a buying factor.
Located above the full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot is a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot which is also capable of running SATA based drives. This is somewhat unique for a Carrizo desktop system, and well worth the addition. There are also two SATA ports with straight-angled connectors located just below the 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power input. With the AMD FX-8800P coming with its own low profile CPU cooling solution, there are two 3-pin fan headers to use for case fans. Nothing fancy and 4-pin PWM fans aren't supported, but the level of cooling required for operation on an integrated SoC option such as this isn't a hefty requirement.
Driving power to the basic three-phase power delivery is a single 4-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input. The power delivery of the A10N-8800E is operating in a 2+1 configuration with each CPU VCore phase consisting of two Sinopower SM4364A N-channel high-side MOSFETs, and a single Sinopower SM4377 N-channel low-side MOSFET. Providing power to the integrated graphics of the AMD FX-8800P is a single dual-driver ISL62773A and is designed for AMD Fusion mobile processors specifically. None of the power delivery includes any form of a heatsink, but due to the low operating power of the FX-8800P, this isn't a requirement.
On the rear panel of the Biostar A10N-8800E is a basic set of inputs, connectors and outputs usually associated with integrated SoC solutions. USB capability is provided by two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports and two USB 2.0 ports. A single front panel USB 3.1 header provides an additional two G1 Type-A ports, where the single USB 2.0 header also contributes an extra two ports to the cause. Additionally from left to right, is separate PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, an HDMI video output capable of delivering the 4K2K high definition resolution, a single D-Sub output, a single 1 GbE LAN port, and three color-coded 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek (insert model) audio codec.
What's in the Box
Included in the accessory bundle of the Biostar A10N-8800E are two SATA cables, a silver IO shield, a DVD driver disk and a quick guide to get users up and running. It's a very basic set of accessories, but more than ample as the PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot includes the mounts and screws required for installation on the board already.
- Two straight-angled SATA cables
- IO shield
- Driver installation disc
- Quick installation guide
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emn13 - Friday, August 16, 2019 - linkActually, the name AMD uses for their HW video decoder is UVD, and carrizo is @ v6, and that supports 4k hevc.
blppt - Friday, August 16, 2019 - linkDid not know that. But, it is worth noting that there is no 10 bit nor HDR support in hardware.
Better than I thought it was, but still short of what you would want for an HTPC setup.
John_M - Friday, September 13, 2019 - linkAccording to the article, "the FX-8800P represents a more modest option and has built-in hardware HEVC and H.265 decoding abilities".
Irata - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - linkI would have loved to have such a board on the market four years ago when the CPU was released. This would have IMHO been a much nicer alternative to a Jaguar based APU for a SFF system.
But now for years later ? While not that terrible, it seems like this was released a few years too late.
Now it may be useful for Kiosk type applications and such but for home use ? Not sure about this.
AlyxSharkBite - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - linkI used this in a build for a friend’s kid they didn’t have much money but kid needed a PC for school work. This run Open Office and education software just fine.
artk2219 - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - linkCheap kids gaming computer with something like a Radeon HD 7950, 7970, R9 280(x), 380(x), RX 550, 560, GTX 770, 960, 1050(ti). Cheap NAS, HTPC, media display computer, senior computer, etc. Granted you could also use older sandy bridge, ivy bridge, or FX builds for the same thing and have them be far more capable, but this gets you new components with somewhat of a warranty. Also, you could move the ram, gpu, ssd, etc to a new build if you ever decide it needs an upgrade.
mckirkus - Friday, August 16, 2019 - linkThis is for emulator/retro gaming builds most likely.
ShieTar - Monday, August 19, 2019 - linkPlays World of Tanks just fine, and I assume that will hold true for about 90% of all games currently played, just not the AAA titles with the latest engines. Probably runs Minecraft and Rocket League etc. just fine as well. The definition of a gaming PC has hugely widened over the last 10 years.
equalunique - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - linkI have a ThinkPad sporting one of these APUs. It'll run Half Life 2 & TES Oblivion/Morrowind just fine.
yankeeDDL - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkWell ... I have a laptop with the FX-8800P and I am pretty much convinced to move to a 3750H... Thanks.