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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- Athlon 200GE
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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YukaKun - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkI'm still using my A8-3850 as my HTPC, so... :shrug:
Ro_Ja - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkThey could've at least added more USB ports.
DanNeely - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkI'm wondering if no more were available. This is a mobile chip, and while I can't find IO specs, 4 each USB2 and USB3 (the other 4 USB are in a pair of headers) along with 2 SATA is about right for a laptop. 4 external 3.0 ports, 2x 2.0 ports for keyboard and touchpad, and 2 more for optional misc internal device connections.
eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkWow, there must be a lot of unsold and unused Carrizos in somebody's warehouse!
artk2219 - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - linkThere are, AMD had TONS of stock left over from carrizo and Llano, to the point where you can still find a lot new old stock Llano chips. We will be seeing these carrizo and honestly even Bristol Ridge parts for years.
jamesb2147 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkUse case: Open source hardware router (with PCIe network card, natch).
evernessince - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkConsumes too much power for that. The ARM chips inside many modern routers are far more efficient.
RMSZaphod - Friday, September 27, 2019 - linkSure, for a handful of homebodies surfing the net, gaming etc. If you have a business environment, with layer 7 filtering, a mail server, multiple routed IPSEC VPN nodes, and come under moderate bot attacks (cuz server, road warrior access, etc) Pi's and other ARMs bog down. I've had one come under an attack on a Monday morning when everyone was logging in and checking email, and that morning VPN tunnel traffic burst, over heated and shut down. Until the attack stopped, I couldn't get it to stay up. 90 minutes of unhappy clients isn't worth the delta on sunk costs. Athlon GE setup with dual port intel giga nic are rock solid. Under similar circumstances it barely breaks a sweat, It also sustains bandwidth through the tunnels when the traffic is hundreds of smaller transactions from many users throughout the day(10-15%-basically full line speed), and had some 5-7% lower latency.
Point is it depends. For ~$175-200 you've got a 5-8 year lifespan machine that's virtually trouble free. That's $22 to $40 a year, for a very flexible, highly configuarable router/firewall/dns/dhcp/proxy-server/layer7/VPN/Roadwarrior VPN/VLAN device (also compatible with IPSEC VLANs from Cisco, Juniper, Barracuda, Linksys, Netgear, Sonicwall etc/DynDNS compatability, BGP, even email gateway type filtering)
kadoo - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkyes, it's windows 7 time!
obama gaming - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - linkIs the M.2 NVMe or SATA?