completely access the inside of the Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System, you must
remove all three outer panels first. Undo the two screws holding the drive rack and
you can pull the entire cage out. Removing the rack makes installing each
drive easier, but it's not absolutely necessary.
As you can see there is a ton of space to work with. You do not have to remove the
drive cage to access the inside of the system, or replace a hard drive or swap
From swapping the processor to installing memory or a new
videocard, you can do just about everything inside the iDEQ 250N Mini PC System you
need to without having to pop the top panel off. SFF PC's have certainly come a
long way, I can remember a few units where you practically had to disassemble
the entire computer just to get a stick of memory in there.
The view from the other side. Users can install memory or
even remove the processor completely. Biostar did its homework here and
the iDEQ 250N is very easy to work
Biostar does a good job at cable management inside the
iDEQ 250N Mini PC System too. All the wires are kept tidy thanks the five large
cable clips and and handful of well placed zip ties. This is one of
the best management systems we've seen, and for a motherboard manufacturer like Biostar to have paid
such close attention to detail says quite a bit.
A top view does a good job at illustrating how
much space you have to work with. Biostar uses a few well place cable clips
to keep the area clear of clutter. The Enhance 220W power supply might
seem small, but it kept the system running with a GeForce 7800GTX just
Surprisingly, there is enough space for two full sized
hard drives in the Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System, most other SFF's that can
accommodate two hard drives are physically larger. If you don't use the floppy, a
third hard drive can be installed into the system. To make things easier for the
end user, the iDEQ 250N Mini PC System ships with two Serial ATA and
SATA power cables with connectors at 90 degrees. There are only two SATA ports (which
support RAID 1,0), so if you install a third drive it will need to be
Everything is easy to access and installation is a
snap. The bottom portion of the drive tray is removable so the two 3.5" hard
drives can be
The Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC
System comes with onboard video care of the nVidia Geforce 6100 GPU, and as
far as integrated video goes this solution is reasonably adept. However, if you find
the onboard Geforce 6-series video to be inadequate to your needs, you can install a
full fledged PCI Express x16 videocard for dedicated 3D power.
The orientation of the CPU
is very important and you want the CPU fan blowing towards the rear of
the system (it is shown backwards here). It's replaceable should it die
however you'll need to get yourself a slimline 80mm fan.
Videocards using dual slot coolers (like the GeForce 7900GTX or Radeon X1900
XTX) will occupy the space for the PCI device. As the power supply in
the iDEQ 250N Mini PC System doesn't have a six pin videocard power connection
you'll also need to fish ou that Y-splitter that shipped with the videocard. Luckily there
are two free molex power connectors just for this situation.