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BIOSTAR Viotech 3100+ VIA C7-D 1.6GHz VIA NanoBGA2 VIA CN896 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo

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  • VIA C7-D 1.6GHz
  • VIA CN896
  • VIA Chrome9 HC IGP
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • 6/1/2012 3:15:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: fanless

Cons: low speed

Other Thoughts: using this has a htpc. got a 512Mb video card w/ hdmi out and it increased overall performance of the system 10X. XP is the latest windows that'll work on this bad larry.

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  • 7/7/2011 6:44:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSimple but Effective

Pros: As a simple, inexpensive solution to accomplish basic computing tasks, this motherboard/CPU/VGA combo does the trick. Its low power consumption and silent operation make it well suited to a web terminal application.

Cons: Although I knew this going in, I still have to say that this hardware is... anemic... at best. YouTube videos are about the most advanced multimedia task you can do with this (it occasionally struggles to play them at all). Not a con if you have a specific, low intensity application in mind.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my first system build. It runs Ubuntu pretty well (with no visual effects, of course), and I am still amazed by its silence; the only sound I hear when the system is running are occasional grunts coming from my hard drive! All things considered, this is a solid product that will do just fine for the most basic productivity, social networking and web browsing tasks.

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  • derk
  • 12/24/2010 11:58:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsnot bad

Pros: small, pci x16, good for movies

Cons: to slow to transcode with 12 hours to transcode a movie a amd 2500xp did in 4

Other Thoughts: This board works well with ubuntu 10.04ltd and up use it as a home theater pc

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  • DukeTop
  • 10/6/2010 7:55:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsErrors

Pros: By all means the mobo looked like a good deal.

Cons: 1st DOA, 2nd failed after first reboot. I'm hoping it was just a bad batch.

Other Thoughts: Newegg took care of all the problems. (+4 stars for Newegg)

Calling the manufacture's help line sent me to a support line that didn't answer, that forwarded to what it called an operator, that forwarded back to the help line. It stated that hours during the week started @ 9:00a, while my calls were between 10:30a and 12:30p.

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  • dr. thrill
  • 8/10/2010 12:09:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsissues with via as a whole

Pros: - it will work
- better than most other via based products

Cons: - slow
- does not support anything other than win xp
- weird "via only" problems
- barely working
- expensive compare to similar offering from amd and intel...yes intel too!

Other Thoughts: I have had a few via products, mother boards, notebook, cpu, gpu, etc. I knew what I was getting into when I purchased this for a friend who wanted a quiet pc. I was not surprised to find this could only do so little. Via products are known to have issues, from not recognizing hard disks, ram compatibility to unstable video cards. Promising features are either not there or half broken. Poor sales and tech support just add to the chaos. I don't know why via is still around. It doesn't seem to be selling anything of significant quantity - if at all - at the moment. S3 chrome is supposed to be ATI killer, right? Where is it now? I have not seen one myself and can't purchase one from their online "vaporware" store either.

Manufacturer Response:

Biostar Viotech 3100+ with VIA C7 cpu is a Atom based competitor, it's not designed nor priced to compete against mid to higher end desktop products. Biostar does have other products with more performance, please feel free to visit our website for product info at www.biostar-usa.com

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  • Smith
  • 6/28/2010 8:43:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice and quiet

Pros: Low power, fanless, yet all of the typical features. I wanted a power-miser of a motherboard to use for an Ubuntu home server, using the Ubuntu desktop distro. Some quirks in setup, but now works very nicely. Ubuntu required no assistance in running the graphics, network and sound. Installed 1 GB, 1 SATA HD and 1 IDE CD. Nice and quiet. No part of the tower is warm to the touch.

Cons: Some quirks in getting Ubuntu and this board to play together. Using a SATA HD and IDE CD, I could not get Ubuntu to start properly off the Live CD. Went to Live USB stick and it installed without trouble. The motherboard complains and halts post if I disconnect the CD drive - haven't fully investigated that yet, but no big deal. Sound has distortion issue if set at 100%, but this is easily compensated with my amplifier. Heat sinks get pretty warm - hooked up chassis fan to help cooling.

Other Thoughts: Runs very well with Ubuntu desktop edition and keeps power draw at a low level.

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  • mitch
  • 6/24/2010 6:53:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsit'll work

Pros: The small size as well as the fan-less design is a plus. The VIA C7-D chip works well with windows xp sp3 and BOXEE. The BIOS provides plenty of configuration control and allows the processor to be over clocked; of course to do so requires a fan to keep the temp down.

Cons: Initially I purchased two for use in my kids rooms as a media center under Ubuntu. However the C7-D does not do well with linux. After looking around the net for a few days I found that this seems to be a recurring issue. Video playback with Linux is choppy and inconsistent. Under XP it's smooth and usable.

Other Thoughts: Not a bad board but if you want to use it to it's fullest then windows is the way to go. If you need a simple PC with no video playback then this is your board for LINUX

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  • Anozke
  • 6/7/2010 11:16:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood enough

Pros: Compact enough to fit in quite a few boxes. The passive cooling is a big plus for quiet rigs. VERY VERY happy this has a PCI-e slot, which is the main reason I bought this over other boards for the price.

Cons: You're not going to be doing a lot with the processor. Research the processor first to know it will perform your requested tasks.

Other Thoughts: Combination of motherboard offerings and price justified my purchase.

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  • joeyg
  • 3/27/2010 1:10:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust What I Wanted

Pros: Small size, low power draw. Using in a GPU folding box. Allows me to concentrate on tweaking system power requirements to the GPU load. Running Vista 32 Professional with no issues.

Cons: None

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  • Mr. Candid
  • 3/15/2010 10:20:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSurprisingly Capable

Pros: small form factor
passive cooling
2 DIMMs slots
inexpensive

Cons: single core, cpu not upgradable

Other Thoughts: I purchased this MB to build an internet appliance for our kitchen, for this purpose it fit the bill perfectly.

I used a 1GB DIMM of DDR2 667 and a Sony Slimline DVDRW for this build and a clean install of XP Pro SP3 with Firefox, MS Office 2007 and McAfee booted up in under a minute.

DVD movies and Flash games which are pretty CPU intensive both played smooth and the onboard audio chip sounds pretty good as well.
I am pleasantly suprised how well a small, passive- cooled motherboard can perform.

While this would not be my 1st choice for my main PC, it has plenty of horsepower for web browsing, email and playing DVDs

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