Biostar has put together a pretty well rounded SFF PC in
its iDEQ 250N Mini PC System. It doesn't look like a regular computer or even a
SFF PC, rather it looks like... Well perhaps a CD case or some type of
Based on the nVIDIA GeForce 6100 and nForce 410
chipsets, the Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System can have many faces.
Equip it with a socket AM2 AMD Sempron processor and it's a very capable
workstation machine, perfect for students or clerical work. Install something
like an Athlon64 X2 or FX processor, team it up with a decent PCI Express videocard and you've got
yourself a compact PC that can rival most others!
Not everything with
the Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System was perfect though. It's a value-oriented
barebones small formfactor system, but it would have been nice if Biostar could
have equipped the machine with a few more USB ports. As it is, two USB headers
sit permanently unused. Also a better job could have been done at rounding edges
on the drive rack.
In general, overclocking and SFF PC's do not get along. The Biostar
iDEQ 250N Mini PC System did moderately well, overclocking to 242 MHz.
The area where the Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System
really excelled in was benchmarks, particularly the office oriented tasks. From
SYSMark2004 to the Office Productivity tests, SiSoft Sandra and Super Pi, the
little SFF PC kept up with equivalently built full systems on some of the best
chipsets on the market. Gaming turned out not to be the GeForce 6100's strong
suit... but after slapping in a GeForce 7800GTX videocard the iDEQ 250N Mini PC
System was ready to rock.
The Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System overall is a pretty
well rounded machine. The Biostar name is not that big in North America, but
this little SFF PC was definitely up to the task. If you're on a budget and
looking out for a good well rounded small formfactor PC, the Biostar iDEQ 250N
Mini PC System and its Geforce 6100 chipset is certainly one to consider. You
just might like what you see, and your wallet will to.
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