Monday, February 13th 2017

Biostar Intros the A6N-5100 "Kabini" Motherboard

Biostar introduced the A6N-5100 mini-ITX motherboard. A slight upgrade over the company's A6N-5000 from two years ago, the new board integrates AMD A4-5100 APU based on the "Kabini" silicon, which has the chops to outperform Intel's Celeron "Braswell" processors. The A4-5100 integrates a quad-core CPU ticking at 1.60 GHz, and AMD Radeon GCN graphics. The board features two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, supporting up to 16 GB of memory, one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI display output, and storage connectivity that includes two SATA 6 Gb/s ports. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Source: FanlessTech
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27 Comments on Biostar Intros the A6N-5100 "Kabini" Motherboard

#1
Toothless
Seems like it's weaker than the 5350, and at a near 0.5ghz downclock. HTPC maybe or storage server with a sata pci card.
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#2
Assimilator
Toothless said:
Seems like it's weaker than the 5350, and at a near 0.5ghz downclock. HTPC maybe or storage server with a sata pci card.
This one has a massive advantage over Intel's FCBGA boards in that it has a full-length PCIe x16 slot, not a measly x1. Like you said, perfect for a home storage server with a dedicated RAID card.
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#3
Toothless
Assimilator said:
This one has a massive advantage over Intel's FCBGA boards in that it has a full-length PCIe x16 slot, not a measly x1. Like you said, perfect for a home storage server with a dedicated RAID card.
So does my 5350 build. :roll:
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#4
londiste
Assimilator said:
This one has a massive advantage over Intel's FCBGA boards in that it has a full-length PCIe x16 slot, not a measly x1. Like you said, perfect for a home storage server with a dedicated RAID card.
physical x16, it only has 4 lanes of pci-e 2.0
more of an fyi, point still definitely stands and i think intel's competitors have 4 lanes much total while 5350/5100 have 8 lanes total.
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#5
marinexu
"The board features two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots" but they look like DDR3 DIMM not SO-DIMM
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#6
Arnulf
Hello Biostar, this is year 2013 calling. I want my APUs back!
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#7
john_
Pity that Biostar tries to do business with what ever hardware it can get for peanuts. I bet AMD didn't knew what to do with those Kabinis and the A68 chipsets, so it sold them at a small discount, like 80% discount.
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#8
hojnikb
Dear Biostar,

How about making a mitx board with stoney ridge ? Now _that_ would be killer for htpcs
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#9
hojnikb
john_ said:
Pity that Biostar tries to do business with what ever hardware it can get for peanuts. I bet AMD didn't knew what to do with those Kabinis and the A68 chipsets, so it sold them at a small discount, like 80% discount.
Kabini doesn't have a chipset, it's a SoC design.
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#10
john_
hojnikb said:
Kabini doesn't have a chipset, it's a SoC design.
The funny part here is that I have an AM1 in the living room.
Yeah, forgot that and came to wrong conclusions when looking at that A68N in the model number.
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#11
Cataclysm_ZA
Was someone at Biostar sleeping on the "Release this product!" button? Kabini is really old at this point.
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#12
TheinsanegamerN
"The company didn't reveal pricing."

Probably about -$20. They will pay you to take these things, just so biostar can write of such a horrible investment.

I mean, kabini in 2017? Really?
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#13
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
I see the A6N and it takes me back to 2005

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#14
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
btarunr said:
The board features two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots
Tell me, do those slots look like SO-DIMM slots? o_O
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#15
kruk
So, AMD: How about releasing some faster CPUs for all us AM1 owners? Preferably die shrinked ... :peace:
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#16
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
Toothless said:
Seems like it's weaker than the 5350, and at a near 0.5ghz downclock. HTPC maybe or storage server with a sata pci card.
Exactly my thoughts, this would be perfect for a NAS using a SATA card/HBA or as a PFSense router using a multi-port NIC.
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#17
hojnikb
That things needs a bigger heatsink, this is too small for 15W without some serious throttling.
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#18
hojnikb
kruk said:
So, AMD: How about releasing some faster CPUs for all us AM1 owners? Preferably die shrinked ... :peace:
AM1 is dead sadly.
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#19
Dj-ElectriC
Holy Hell BIOSTAR has horrible timing.
This company is completely out of touch. "ATi Radeon".
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#20
silentbogo
Sadly, this ain't any better than what we had before....
I actually downgraded my mini-server to Zotac M880G-ITX.
Same performance as much newer N3150 at only twice the power (I think for Turion K625 it's somewhere near ~25-30W).
The only downfall is very slow RAM, but it has 6[!!!] SATA-III ports.
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#21
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FreedomEclipse said:
I see the A6N and it takes me back to 2005


I actually still have one of those boards... not in use though.
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#23
silentbogo
eidairaman1 said:
Console replacement?
not really, unless you like to play NES, Sega or Wii via emulators, or Steam indie crapware. CPU is way too weak.
Perfect for HTPC/Streaming. Or, as mentioned before, fully functional NAS with hardware RAID (most boards of this class only have PCIe x1 slot, which limits it to x2 SATA from chipset and 2-4 more with some limited software RAID functionality).
Even older Q5000 could handle 4K playback flawlessly.

I actually have an AsRock QC5000-ITX somewhere in the donor pile... wondering if I should order a replacement CPU from china, cause N3150 is not enough for me anymore...
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#24
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
silentbogo said:
not really, unless you like to play NES, Sega or Wii via emulators, or Steam indie crapware. CPU is way too weak.
any Xbox 360 or PS3 emulators
Perfect for HTPC/Streaming. Or, as mentioned before, fully functional NAS with hardware RAID (most boards of this class only have PCIe x1 slot, which limits it to x2 SATA from chipset and 2-4 more with some limited software RAID functionality).
Even older Q5000 could handle 4K playback flawlessly.

I actually have an AsRock QC5000-ITX somewhere in the donor pile... wondering if I should order a replacement CPU from china, cause N3150 is not enough for me anymore...
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#25
MnkyBrs
silentbogo said:
not really, unless you like to play NES, Sega or Wii via emulators, or Steam indie crapware. CPU is way too weak.
Perfect for HTPC/Streaming. Or, as mentioned before, fully functional NAS with hardware RAID (most boards of this class only have PCIe x1 slot, which limits it to x2 SATA from chipset and 2-4 more with some limited software RAID functionality).
Even older Q5000 could handle 4K playback flawlessly.

I actually have an AsRock QC5000-ITX somewhere in the donor pile... wondering if I should order a replacement CPU from china, cause N3150 is not enough for me anymore...
https://www.pcper.com/reviews/General-Tech/AMD-AM1-Platform-and-Athlon-5350-GTX-750-Ti-1080p-under-450

Not exactly. It's playable.
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