If you are anything like me then you most likely aren’t just limited to having a PC or two in your office, you most likely are using an HTPC or something similar at one or more televisions in your house. You could just pick up one of the many options available on the market right now, or you could put together something yourself. I’ve done this a few times in the past but over the past few years the prices for capable components have come down and let’s be honest, the performance requirements aren’t really going anywhere until 4k becomes a little cheaper. So today I’m going to take a look at a nice budget motherboard with a built in quad core AMD Fusion APU from Biostar. I don’t expect the A68N-5000 to be a hardcore gaming board, I’m really just curious how well it will handle simple tasks that an HTPC or small home server would require.

Product Name: Biostar A68N-5000

Review Sample Provided by: Biostar

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes






AMD Fusion APU A4-5000 Quad-Core Processor


Support DDR3 / DDR3L 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz

2 x DDR3 DIMM Memory Slot

Max. Supports up to 16GB Memory

Expansion Slot

1 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x4)


2 x SATA3 Connector


2 x USB 3.0 Port

2 x USB 2.0 Port

2 x USB 2.0 Header


Realtek RTL8111G - 10/100/1000 Controller

Integrated Video

AMD Radeon™ HD8330 Graphics, On Board Graphic Max. Memory Share Up to 2GB

Supports DX11.1

Supports HDCP


Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Audio

Rear I/O

1 x PS/2 Mouse

1 x PS/2 Keyboard

2 x USB 3.0 Port

2 x USB 2.0 Port

1 x HDMI Connector

1 x VGA Port

1 x RJ-45 Port

3 x Audio Connector

Internal I/O

1 x Printer Header

2 x USB 2.0 Header

2 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector

1 x Front Audio Header

1 x Front Panel Header

1 x S/PDIF-OUT Header

1 x CPU FAN Header

1 x System FAN Header

1 x Serial Header

H/W Monitoring

CPU / System Temperature Monitoring

System Fan Monitoring

System Voltage Monitoring


Mini ITX Form Factor Dimension: 17cm x 17cm ( W x L )

OS Support

Support Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1

Bundled Software



2 x SATA Cable

1 x I/O Shield

1 x DVD Driver

1 x Quick Guide


Windows 8 Ready

Supports Solid capacitor

Supports BIOS-Flasher

Supports Charger Booster

Supports BIOS Online Update


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35894 21 Nov 2014 17:28
Before we hit the weekend I take a look at a budget Mini-ITX board from Biostar that has a build in AMD APU. If you are looking to put together a basic PC, HTPC, or a small home server you might want to take a look!

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