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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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The iDEQ 250N Chassis

The Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System definitely has a unique look and doesn't resemble a PC at all. Immediately accessible is the power and reset buttons on the front bezel, sliding down the plastic cover reveals one 5.25" optical drive bay and one 3.5" floppy drive bay. At the bottom of the front bezel is another plastic flap and it hides the two USB slots and the microphone and headphone jacks.

The Biostar iDEQ 250N has a rather elegant look. There is a large power button along with a smaller reset button. To reach the open drive bays, slide the top part of the bezel down and to reach the front panel ports, open up the bottom section.

At the bottom of the front bezel are the front panel I/O connectors. On this particular model there are microphone, headphone jacks and two USB ports. Higher end models may also come with IEEE 1394a and optical in/out options.

Everything goes together like clock work and both the bottom flap and plastic cover move very smoothly. If you're an anti-floppy type of person, Biostar includes a black plastic face plate you can put in this space so there isn't an empty hole staring back at you.

He you can see the open 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays when the sliding door is down. The door moves very smoothly and does not catch on anything.

Along the sides are air vents which act for air intake, the Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System doesn't get very hot but you'll need to have at least 10cm of space between the PC and other objects. Don't put the computer right next to the wall either, you'll need a bit of space for the exhaust fan.

A large vent for incoming cool air at the side of the case. The aluminum casing is high quality and everything fits together like a puzzle; one top and two side panels.

At the back of the case you'll find the rear I/O and we have the usual assortment of connectors. Starting from the left there is the microphone, audio out and audio in jacks, the two PS/2 ports, a Serial port, the VGA output, a network card port and two USB 2.0 slots. To the right of that are the two expansion slots and you can install a PCI Express x16 videocard and PCI device.

A full picture of the rear of the Biostar iDEQ 250N system. Here we see the power supply and the expansion slots as well, make sure you check the PSU voltage before turning the system on! Make sure there's at least 10-15 cm of clear space behind the iDEQ 250N so the hot air can be expelled properly.

While I understand that the iDEQ 250N Mini PC System is a budget model, it would have been nice to have a few more USB 2.0 slots, and perhaps to option of an eSATA jack on the I/O panel. As it is, two USB headers on the motherboard go to waste.

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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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