Tuesday, May 19th 2015

ASUS Unveils N3150M-E Motherboard with Celeron "Braswell" SoC

ASUS unveiled a value micro-ATX motherboard based on the new Intel Celeron N3150 SoC "Braswell." This 14 nanometer chip embeds a quad-core CPU based on the "Airmont" architecture, an integrated GPU with 12 execution units, and a dual-channel DDR3L-1600 memory controller, apart from platform core-logic. The board draws power from a 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors.

The SoC, with its 6W rated TDP, is cooled by a fan-less heatsink. The SoC is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot, and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots, apart from the board's I/O. Storage connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include HDMI and D-Sub. Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, and onboard audio with audio-grade capacitors and ground-layer isolation; make for the rest of its modern connectivity.
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11 Comments on ASUS Unveils N3150M-E Motherboard with Celeron "Braswell" SoC

#1
dj-electric
Trying to estimate how strong this chip is, if the avarage frequency is about 1.8Ghz @ 4 Cores.
Anyone have a clue of a desktop equivalent? Me thinks 2nd gen (1155) pentium.
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#2
natr0n
I would slap a fan on that and see if possible to oc it.

6w is surreal
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#3
RCoon
Looks like they stapled an old VRM sink on there. Spare stock from the old Z boards?
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#4
cyneater
Wonder if these are like the Celeron J1900 2ghx to 2.4ghz.. claimed to be 10w...
but once you add sound network PHY and extra sata controller thats 19 to 22w.

Turn everything off but video and the wattage goes down.
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#5
Dragonsmonk
PCI-e x16 @x1 mode... awesome... even worse than the AM1 boards.
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#6
buggalugs
what the heck is that big parallel port looking thing on the I/O?
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#7
Uplink10
This is what I was afraid of, Atom CPUs making their way into mainstream micro ATX motherboards with only 2 SATA ports and a parallel port.

Intel should stop using other names instead of Atom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#8
Brusfantomet
lookng forward for those SoC itx boards shuld be nice for a HTPC build
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#9
MikeMurphy
Dj-ElectriCTrying to estimate how strong this chip is, if the avarage frequency is about 1.8Ghz @ 4 Cores.
Anyone have a clue of a desktop equivalent? Me thinks 2nd gen (1155) pentium.
On single-threaded performance, LGA1155 enjoys roughly 70%-90% improved IPC over Silvermont and Airmont Atom cores such as these. In other words, a 1ghz LGA1155 core will provide similar performance to a 1.6 ghz Atom core.

For comparison:
A 1.6ghz non-turbo i3 will score around 1,600 points in single-threaded Geekbench.
A 1.6-2.4ghz Atom x7 in the Surface 3 scores 1,000 points in the same test.
A 1.7ghz Core2Duo scores around 1,000 points.

I hope that helps.
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#10
DEcobra11
Why they still put an aditional 4 pin power connector, kind of useless in these platforms... Or does it come with a physically AND electrically compatible PCI-e x16 slot?
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#11
Cataclysm_ZA
buggalugswhat the heck is that big parallel port looking thing on the I/O?
LPT - Line Printer Port. Its a parallel connection to old printers, commonly used for dot matrix units these days. Most motherboards just include a break-out header on the PCB these days.
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