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

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  • Celeron
  • DDR3 1600/1333
  • Intel HD Graphics

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Arlen S.
  • 10/19/2015 11:11:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy Server

Pros: Simple and easy hardware setup, low power usage, quiet

Cons: None, for the way I'm currently using it

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as a home Minecraft server for my kids and their friends. Setup was easy--I just added RAM (8g), a generic PicoPSU, a spare laptop HD and a power switch. No troubles updating BIOS from a usb drive or installing MineOS the same way.

With six players on a Spigot server (running a few "lightweight" plugins), there's no perceptible server lag or heat buildup. Maybe I could have gotten by with a less powerful setup, but I doubt I could have found a new one cheaper than this.

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  • Robert L.
  • 8/23/2015 2:43:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent NAS board

Pros: This is a no frills board perfect for a low power NAS. GbE, PCI-E x8, up to 16GB of RAM, and 4 on-board SATA ports make it a very attractive board at this price point.

Cons: It would've been nice to have a second GbE, but at this price, I can't really fault it.

Other Thoughts: This has a true PCI-E x8 slot. While this is an older CPU, none of the newer embedded Celeron or Pentium motherboards have a x8 slot, they're all x1. This is an important feature if you're planning to run a SAS/SATA HBA such as an IBM BR10i or M1015. I run this board with 2x 2GB Crucial DDR3 1600, IBM M1015 HBA, 8x WD Red 2TB, 2x 1TB WD Red 2.5", all running under Open Media Vault. Easy on the electric bill, easy to run, and just stays out of the way. In the end, I normally don't shop Biostar when looking for motherboards. My main brands are Asus and Gigabyte, but they lost out due to lack of the PCI-E x8 slot. Nice board, nice price, great for a NAS on a budget.

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  • Arthur M.
  • 8/9/2015 3:32:25 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuying Another

Pros: I have used this MB for over a year now and am totally satisfied. Hasn't even burped once. No configuration issues with Linux. Am buying another to experiment with various Linux distros. Will try an external video card just to see what happens. Best board that I've ever owned.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Even after one year, it's still one of the best embedded boards available!

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  • 7/20/2015 1:12:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is a perfect 7th Generation gaming motherboard!

Pros: This is the best embedded CPU motherboard that you can find for gaming! I am using mine with a GTX 750 and 4 GB of RAM. I am using a Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB SSD plugged into the SATA 6 connector, and it is very fast! It runs most 7th gen games on the highest settings @ 1920X1080! The only games that have problems are unoptimized. Road Redemption for whatever reason is a CPU hog! Most embedded motherboards have seriously crippled graphics card slots. This one has a slot that is equivalent to a generation 1 PCI Express X16 at full speed. The CPU is equivalent to an AM2+ quad core Phenom. Which is equivalent to a Core 2 Duo. 2 old AMD CPU cores equal ~1 Core 2 CPU core.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: None

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  • Oleg P.
  • 5/29/2015 2:58:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely awesome

Pros: Absolutely awesome. I have the previous version of this board with 837 CPU, which was great for HTPC. The celeron 1037U is actually good enough for fairly heavy gaming (it's processing equivalent of mobile i3 processors), I paired it with geforce 730 ddr5 (the 384 core version), and it plays at Crysis2 1600x1200 at "low" settings (which still look awesome). And it maxes out original Crysis just fine. It flies in older source games (cs, l4d, portal, hl2) maxed out. It flies in borderlands series almost maxed out, etc. It's a very decent build on the cheap. I bought it for HTPC with light gaming duty, and it works better than expected. As for HTPC duty - It plays 1080 and all that with barely any cpu load. I've become a fan of this CPU x37-series (don't confuse these with Nxxxx celerons, or other atom derived combos).

Cons: Lack of USB 3.0

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  • RYAN M.
  • 12/22/2014 9:33:20 AM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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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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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