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BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U Intel Celeron 1037U Dual-Core 1.8GHz Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

  • Celeron
  • DDR3 1600/1333
  • Intel HD Graphics
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • RYAN M.
  • 12/22/2014 9:33:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little MB

Pros: Installation was a breeze. Driver install disk automatically detected and installed all used/present devices in one simple step. Using as a HTPC. Audio is enabled over the HDMI. PCI-E 2.0 x16 port (@x8) is perfect for my use. I have an ARECA raid controller that connect to an external HD array enclosure.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: While connecting the 24pin power cable, the board seemed to flex quite a bit. It may be the PSU/cable or the port on the MB required more force then normal to clip in place. I just recommend caution, use counter pressure behind the port on the MB, or make the connection before installing the MB in your case.

There was an anomaly with installing my RAID controller. For some reason the RAID controller would not function properly at first. After several reboots, re-seating, ect. it still didn't work. After I installed all the drivers via the included installed disk and a reboot, it suddenly work. Not used to OS drivers being required before something will show up in POST. But just a though to share in case anyone else has problems with functionality on the PCI-E slot.

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  • Joel S.
  • 12/3/2014 7:22:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUPDATE: Biostar has yet to disappoint me

Pros: So I wanted to update my original review for a couple of reasons. The first and most important, was my grammar. I think I had a mild stroke when I wrote the first one. I looked back and read what I wrote, I was very disappointed in myself. So hopefully this one is a lot better. The second reason is that I wrote the review when I first got the mobo and I have now spent enough time to verify that it is indeed a great board.

I bought this primarily as an HTPC build. I had a lot of the components already; Currently my build is as follows:

Corsair Ares 4GB 1600 (Already owned)
ATI HD5450 (Already Owned)
PSU 430W (Corsair builders choice, Already owned)
Bit fenix prodigy $40 (Bought from Performance PCs, a "damaged Unit")
Keyboard/Mouse Logitech k400r (already owned)
Hard Drives: 120GB Kingston V300 & 2TB WD caviar green (Already owned)

I had most of the components already that I picked up over the years, This little motherboard was actually a lot better than I expected it to be, it scored 5.9 on windows 8 64bit pro. I honestly through it would score around high 4s at best. I can run 1080P with no problems using the ATI card. I haven't used the onboard graphics, so I can't speak to the that, but with a 30 dollar hd5450 it is running video smoothly. I also successfully install Linux, but went back to windows when I could not get sound out of the ATI card. Windows 8 pro is working flawlessly. This little computer truly performs and for the money this a winner. I have been using it as an HTPC and the thing is quite with only some slight noise from cpu fan on occasion. If you are looking to build a gaming rig this mobo will truly disappoint you, but if you need reliable HTPC to run XBMX(KODI) this is great motherboard/cpu combo. I recommend using a graphics card to boost performance.

Cons: No USB 3.0, only one fan connection on the mobo, but this thing doesn't require more cooling. The only loud thing is the 40mm fan. Invest in a noctua fan. Again for the money this things kicks. The color scheme is chaotic, but this isn't really a showcase mobo so you can't expect a slick and pretty piece of hardware.

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  • Nicole H.
  • 10/29/2014 1:41:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThree builds using this board

Pros: - Powerful little processor and a great deal (was a better deal the first build I made using it, by $10)

- Reliable (though perhaps with conditions read the "other thoughts")

- Produces 1080p just fine (albeit, I have not tried direct streaming from the Plex, only transcoded at 10Mbps at 1080p)

- Two others running 24/7. One is a pfSense and the other is a, well, media grab box. Nuff said.

The build (in all three builds):

APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX
BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (in two builds, 8GB in the other)
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX (in one build)
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD (in the other two builds)
MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 (in all three builds, I put this in the rear left side of the top cover of the case -- using duct tape to block the holes on that side that this fan doesnt cover to focus air flow)
LITE-ON Drive Model iHDS118-04
Paid $255 for a nice Linux/Windows box (using the WD Blue) or $340 using the SSD

Everything fits, if you choose the right order. Put the RAM into the motherboard before you affix it to the case. The rear right of the CD-ROM will come close to the RAM (if you choose the ripjaws, you could go with a lower profile RAM if you want to avoid the uneasy feeling, but, I would recommend something with a heatsink and I know those Ripjaws will fit, not sure of any other brand/model). Sure wish I could include pictures like another site offers... aherm!

Cons: - Possibly the chipset heatsink. Time will tell. BIOSTAR, if you revise this board, please, add a little height to the fins, I believe the extra 2 cents (?) per board production costs would behoove you.

Other Thoughts: - Chipset Heatsink -- this bad boy gets pretty warm. I'm contemplating using a 40mm fan on this and/or may attempt to install a new HS on it as well. I do not feel the heatsink on this is entirely adequate BIOSTAR (sorry). It may last, we'll see, I'm at the four month mark for all of these, two of which run 24/7. Granted, I do have fairly nice airflow through the case due to the addition of a 80mm fan that I'm using (and made note of above).

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  • martha h.
  • 8/10/2014 7:11:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsjust awesome

Pros: Small, powerful little board. Also supports audio pass through on HDMI which makes it an excellent choice for openelec or xbmcbuntu. Was thoroughly impressed at getting 5.1 channel to my receiver.

Cons: Gets a little hot, but was expected as it sits in my media cabinet with little airflow, temps on the CPU stay around mid 50's C in my setup.

Other Thoughts: Runs great under windows 7 also,

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  • BRIAN W.
  • 8/7/2014 5:18:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMaybe I shoulda looked more...

Pros: This motherboard is being used in a media server, and installing it was a breeze. It fit well, and everything was in a great place for the case I used! Everything on it seemed to be solid, and quality parts were used. I was quite excited to see it in action!

After I got it working (see Other thoughts, as it may not be a con on Biostar), I installed Windows 7 on an SSD. Between the SSD and this motherboard, everything is fast! Windows boots in ~7seconds, and everything is very responsive. I was fairly impressed at that lil Celeron!

Cons: Well, after everything was said and done, drivers installed, server mounted and plugged into my TV via HDMI (1020p), I grabbed a beer and settled down to watch my first high-def movie! And it was beautiful! Except - did I just see a little bit of flickering?? I waited a while, and indeed, at some points there are...unsmooth movements in the video, especially when there's a large update to the frame. 99.9% of it plays perfectly using VLC media player, but that 0.1% is rather noticeable and disappointing. And, that was only 720p.

I bumped things up to a 1080p file, and... it's worse as expected. I guess Intel HD wasn't quite what I was hoping it to be... I'll try different players and see if I can fiddle with things to make it work, but at the moment I just feel like I dumped $250 into a system that's marginally acceptable. I'll update this review if it's found to be something not of this motherboard's fault, but... well, continue reading into the "Other thoughts" section.

Other Thoughts: Perhaps I'm being a bit hard on this motherboard already due to two things that may or may not be its fault. First, was initial power-on. I installed everything, turned it on, and got a series of indefinite beeps. Checked online, and it's either bad PSU or BIOS. Reset the CMOS using the jumper, and it posted! For a few seconds, until the screen displayed heavy video artifacts, and the system crashed and rebooted into the series of beeps - BIOS just re-corrupted itself. I was about to RMA the board, but thought I'd start messing with the RAM. Removed one 2GB stick, left the other, and symptoms persisted. Removed the 2nd stick, and no/bad RAM beeps as expected (after resetting CMOS jumper). Replaced the 1st stick into the 2nd's slot, and it works after another CMOS reset! Placed the 2nd stick back in, and it still works! So, I guess the RAM just needed re-socketed (both RAM and board are brand new, and I paid attention to the clips clicking fully in every time). I've never had RAM corrupt the BIOS before though, so that was extremely odd. But, problem solved and memtest passed.

2nd issue is the system I was building didn't have a DVD drive, but all I had was a Win7 DVD. So, I had to move Win7 installation files onto the USB stick. Nothing I haven't done before. But, I had one hell of a time trying to get the motherboard to boot off the USB stick! It would see the stick, and the stick was set up properly (though by the end I was trying several different things), but it would just give me a blank cursor whenever I tried to boot off the USB. After getting frustrated after several attempts, and running out of time, I started trying different fixes at the same time - different USB stick, different installation files, different USB port, different file systems... At one point it started working and everything else was happy from there!

---I just now tried the other USB stick, original USB port, etc. and of course now it's working for every combination! The heck?! This motherboard, or SOMETHING with this system, seems to be fighting me every step of the way! And of all my battles (including ones I haven't written here involving drivers), I can't justify putting my finger on the motherboard for any of them. I think it's trolling me, but I can't prove it...

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  • Richard C.
  • 7/15/2014 8:08:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied after three months

Pros: Cheap, easy to install. Surprisingly good performance.

Cons: I used this motherboard, CPU combo to build a basic web surfing, email reading system to use when my girlfriend was hogging up the gaming PC. It worked well for the few times I actually got to use it. So I sat down to use it last night and I knew something was wrong immediately because the system seemed to be caught in a loop of powering up for about 1 to 2 seconds then powering down, waiting about 5-10 seconds and then powering up for 1 to 2 seconds again, repeat.... I could tell it was doing this because the power LED and fans would run for the 1-2 seconds. I attempted to troubleshoot the system by replacing the Power Supply and all other components from another working system. Even with everything replaced, the motherboard still exhibited the same behavior. Now the dilemma, "Is it even work the trouble and shipping costs to RMA?"

Other Thoughts: I'm disappointed in my first Biostar purchase. For my gaming rigs, I always go with Asus or Gigabyte, neither have let me down. I guess I should of stuck with them for the cheapo build as well.

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear of your troubles. RMA/repair services can be started with the following link. http://www.biostar-usa.com/apps/rma/new.asp . If you have questions, please feel free to contact Biostar, 626-581-1055 menu 2 or email support@biostar-usa.com

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  • Mr. C.
  • 6/30/2014 11:19:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well.

Pros: 4 SATA headers, mini-ITX form factor, boots in seconds, low electricity usage for 24-7 operation.

Cons: Only 1 SATA3 rest are SATA2.
Only USB2, no USB3.

Other Thoughts: It works very well as small cheap webserver.

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  • Jacob N.
  • 6/20/2014 8:03:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap price, great quality.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/7/2014 7:38:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat and cheap!

Pros: Price. Can't beat there. There was another similar board exactly same specs but different maker but on sale for 15 bucks less. Too bad they were sold out by the time I got one.

Using this as a Windows Media Center Server / Storage server. My current PC generates a ton of heat and power and this thing uses like nothing. I stream all my stuff though my XBox 360 as a windows media extender. Some people ask why not just get a NAS or something? Well unless its an AVI the built in video player won't play it. I could buy other things as well but I have a RAID in this machine (Dell SAS 5 Card) and I like to keep an eye on it, check hard drive SMART status, Clone to a backup when ever I feel like it ect and this little guys does it flawlessly. I have it in a Temp case but plan on getting a nice ITX case, silent PSU, and a few other things. Had no issue starting it up and installing windows. No issues with my RAID card what so ever. I just remote into it when I need to access it and what not and it does lag a little but not too bad but then there are quite a few things in the back ground running though and it still runs pretty good. Love the Gigabit lan to stream everything and if i really need to use the HDMI to connect to my TV but its currently in another room. Want to make this thing as silent, cool, and power efficient as possible since I will keep it on 24/7.

Cons: None as of now

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  • Patrick L.
  • 5/29/2014 8:27:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTiny Wonder

Pros: Efficient, Powerful

Cons: None... Best I can come up with is that it needs more SATA ports.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these. One for a dedicated XBMC box and the other to replace my storage server.
OpenELEC a dedicated XBMC distro runs perfect on this. 2g of ram and this plays EVERYTHING with no issues.
For my server I've got Windows Server 2013-R2 with 4 storage drives. I also have a Software Firewall and my PBX running under Hyper-V.
It just keeps amazing me. Plus I've saved a good deal of money on electricity since each machine only pulls around 20 watts on average.

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