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Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC Geforce 6100 Small Formfactor Barebones
Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC Geforce 6100 Small Formfactor Barebones - PCSTATS
The iDEQ 250N is a socket AM2 AMD Athlon64 platform which is based on nVIDIA's extremely popular GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 series chipsets.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Nov 24 2006   Max Page  
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Biostar's Good Little SFF PC

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 receiver.

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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Contents of Article: Biostar iDEQ 250N
 Pg 1.  Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC Geforce 6100 Small Formfactor Barebones
 Pg 2.  Barebones System Features and Requirements
 Pg 3.  The iDEQ 250N Chassis
 Pg 4.  Inside the Biostar SFF PC
 Pg 5.  GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 Chipsets
 Pg 6.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content
 Pg 7.  Overclocking the little machine
 Pg 8.  Test System Specs and Sysmark 2004 Results
 Pg 9.  SFF PC Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 10.  SFF PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  SFF PC Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 12.  SFF PC Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 13.  — Biostar's Good Little SFF PC

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