Some Low-Power Platforms Tested
Contender 2 – Biostar A68N-5000 (A4-5000)
At HKD$609 (US$78), the platform is also targeted at low-cost systems. It supported two desktop DDR-3 memory with a maximum frequency of DDR3-1600. All the SATA and USB ports are provided by the System-on-Chip withy 2 SATA-6Gbps ports and 2 USB 3.0 port. With only 4 USB ports in the back panel, users may need to use the USB headers for more USB ports. The PCI-E x16 slot could only provide the bandwidth of x4 electrically. The cooling of CPU is also provided by a large heatsink without fan. The heatsink will get hot under full load that I recommend against using this board in a fanless case.