Mini-ITX motherboard with Sandy Bridge mobile Celeron 847 and Intel HD Graphics

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Dougie Fresh Offline
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I came across this very interesting motherboard today. I've never taken any interest in Biostar products due to the poor reviews but this one is very compelling since I don't see anyone else offering something like this (at least not for sale in the US). This is available at Newegg, Superbiiz, et. al. It has a 17W TDP Sandy-Bridge mobile Celeron processor with Intel HD Graphics. The price is well under $100.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-NM70847
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/intr...p?S_ID=617

[Image: MB-NM70847_LG.JPG]

Intel celeron 847 (dual-core Sandy Bridge-MB running at 1.1GHz) and Intel nm70 chipset
• 2 x DDR3 memory slots (up to 16GB).
• 1 x SATA II port.
• 3 x SATA II ports
• 1 x PCIe 2.0 slot (x8)
• Gigabit Network (Realtek 8111F)
• 4 x USB 2.0 ports
• D-Sub (VGA) and HDMI
• 5.1 analog audio

Passmark
Celeron 847 = 1016
AMD E-350 = 786
Intel Atom D2700 (2.13GHz) = 842

I ordered one to try in the S197-H80 case.

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(This post was last modified: 2012-10-23 20:59 by Dougie Fresh.)
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Some more pictures

[Image: MB-NM70847.3_LG.JPG]

[Image: MB-NM70847.1_LG.JPG]

It looks like ECS is also coming out with a Celeron 847 / Intel HD graphics mITX motherboard

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product...=1&LanID=0
http://www.techpowerup.com/174239/ECS-Re...M70-I.html

It'll be very interesting to see how these Celeron 847 / Intel HD graphics mITX motherboards perform as HTPCs.
(This post was last modified: 2012-10-23 21:04 by Dougie Fresh.)
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Cool test it out........ hope that little fan don't drive you crazy. Post results sir!
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I did some quick testing on this today using Windows x64 Ultimate, 128GB SSD and 4GB DDR-1333 with a 60W power supply.

It played 1080p flawlessly in WMP and handled Netflix HD using IE/Silverlight without any problem. Windows seemed very responsive. Overall, I was very impressed with the performance. It was much better than the Atom D2700DC I'd tested a few months ago. The only problem was what Beer40oz hinted at and that's the little chipset fan being used for cooling. For a 17W TDP CPU/GPU I was very surprised how hot it ran, around 60C the whole time. Interesting is that the max. temp. spec'd for this is 100C so maybe it's supposed to run hot. Anyway, I'll be looking for a replacement solution, maybe something passive. If I can find something inexpensive that works as a better cooler, this could be the best mini-ITX all-in-one combination for HTPC under $100.

Stay tuned ... XBMC testing to come.
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What version of Intel HD Graphics is it using?
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ECS's board dose not have hdmi
(2012-10-28 03:27)Jasp Wrote:  What version of Intel HD Graphics is it using?

just was about to ask

My HTPC AMD A8-3870K CPU/ SilverStone ML03B/ASRock MB-A75M /Seasonic SS-400ET/Corsair XMS3 4GB
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(2012-10-28 03:30)lagledavid Wrote:  ECS's board dose not have hdmi
(2012-10-28 03:27)Jasp Wrote:  What version of Intel HD Graphics is it using?

just was about to ask

The one i'm looking at does....

ECS
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(2012-10-28 03:32)Jasp Wrote:  
(2012-10-28 03:30)lagledavid Wrote:  ECS's board dose not have hdmi
(2012-10-28 03:27)Jasp Wrote:  What version of Intel HD Graphics is it using?

just was about to ask

The one i'm looking at does....

ECS

when looking at the specificastion under REAR PANEL I/O not showing HDMI

My HTPC AMD A8-3870K CPU/ SilverStone ML03B/ASRock MB-A75M /Seasonic SS-400ET/Corsair XMS3 4GB
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Power draw (edited: picoPSU-90 w/ 60W AC adapter)

Desktop: 15.0W
1080p MKV playing: 17.7W
Prime95 FFT: 26.2W
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Swapped out cheap knock-off 120W direct-plug DC PSU for a picoPSU-90 (edited numbers above). This dropped temps by 10C and power usage by 2W all around. This keeps the fan below 5000RPM where it's tolerable. I am going to order a Scythe Mini Kaze 40x20 fan for $6.50 to replace the stock fan and see how that goes.
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(2012-10-28 04:55)Dougie Fresh Wrote:  Swapped out cheap knock-off 120W direct-plug DC PSU for a picoPSU-90 (edited numbers above). This dropped temps by 10C and power usage by 2W all around. This keeps the fan below 5000RPM where it's tolerable. I am going to order a Scythe Mini Kaze 40x20 fan for $6.50 to replace the stock fan and see how that goes.

your my hero. If this works out i will be picking one up

My HTPC AMD A8-3870K CPU/ SilverStone ML03B/ASRock MB-A75M /Seasonic SS-400ET/Corsair XMS3 4GB
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Found another company called Wibtek that are pretty new to the motherboard game, using the same chipset.

Cant find anyone that stocks them though.

http://www.wibtek.com/
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Wouldn't zotac id61 be better? (Celeron 867)
http://www.zotac.com/index.php?page=shop...66&lang=en
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If it can handles blu-ray 1080P video and bitstreaming HD audio using XBMC, it'll be a great low cost and low power HTPC for users in this forum.....

It is much cheaper than the latest "Intel NUC".....

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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(2012-10-28 07:53)kwanying Wrote:  Wouldn't zotac id61 be better? (Celeron 867)
http://www.zotac.com/index.php?page=shop...66&lang=en
It is.....you have 200Mhz extra, HDMI, Wifi, Remote, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, etc....ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID61 - C B867 1.3 GHz...

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
(This post was last modified: 2012-10-28 08:14 by bluray.)
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