BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard Review
John Williamson / 6 months ago
Despite a lot of the media focus being on Kaby Lake and AMD’s fabled Zen architecture, it’s important to remember that some users require a new motherboard as a matter of urgency and cannot wait for upcoming solutions. Not only that, in low-end scenarios such as a home office system or HTPC, modern processors provide more than enough performance. Some time ago, BIOSTAR decided to focus their efforts on embedded products after acknowledging the herculean task of trying to compete with ASUS, Gigabyte and other brands in the enthusiast market.
Today, we’re taking a look at the BIOSTAR A68N-5200 which employs the Mini-ITX form-factor and an integrated AMD Fusion A6-5200 APU. This embedded quad-core chip operates at a stable frequency of 2.0GHz without any Turbo technology and has a maximum 25W TDP. On another note, the processor includes a Radeon HD8400 graphics segment, designed mainly for multimedia applications instead of casual games. Priced around the £60 mark, the BIOSTAR A68N-5200 is an attractive proposition for a budget, small-form-factor build and I’m expecting it to uphold a good user-experience.
Packaging and Accessories
The motherboard is contained in a compact box sporting a clear, understated theme. As you can see, the packaging outlines the key features such as 5.1 audio support, SATA3 and the A6 quad-core processor.
On the back section, a more comprehensive explanation is provided to learn about the moistureproof PCB, ESD protection and motherboard circuitry. The information is presented in a clear manner and easy to understand.
In terms of accessories, the motherboard is bundled with an I/O shield, driver/software disk, two flat head SATA cables and a quick installation guide. Rather surprisingly, the installation guide is in full colour and has a number of high-quality diagrams. This makes it easier to read and should encourage those without much PC building experience to enjoy the contents.