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Biostar A10N-8800E Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

  • The Biostar A10N-8800E is available for US$88.49.
  • Affordable
  • Compact
  • M.2 16 Gb/s
  • Solid audio
  • Gaming performance
  • Needs more USB
  • Fan header and power placement
Taken in the context of performance gaming products, the Biostar A10N-8800E will not impress. However, as an office PC or HTPC, both more realistic applications, the Biostar A10N-8800E is very promising as the extremely power efficient AMD FX8800p is excellent for streaming video, word processing, or doing light editing.

I benchmarked the Biostar A10N-8800E using my GTX980 rather than the integrated graphics. In that configuration, some games were playable, especially if you are willing to turn the settings down. I don't want anyone to come away with the impression that this board is incapable of gaming. However, I really don't think that is the best use for it. This is an extremely cost effective solution for an HTPC or any number of office environments.

When it comes to usability, the Biostar A10N-8800E is excellent. I had no trouble getting it up and running, and the BIOS and software are all very simple and easy to use. Biostar includes a very simple, low overhead suite of software that compliments the Biostar A10N-8800E very well. The temptation to pad profit margins of a budget product like this by going all in on bloatware partnerships is a pitfall Biostar has gracefully avoided.

The bottom line is that the Biostar A10N-8800E is not going to replace your high-end gaming rig, but it may be a great update for your office or living room.
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