Some people say that good things can’t come in small sizes but, in some situations, a smaller package is exactly what you need. Take, for example, parking in a garage, there always seems to be that compact car spot available that you can't fit a massive SUV into, but you can certainly get a SMART electric car into it. Easy parking is definitely a plus in a crowded city where parking can cost you as much as a mortgage on your home. The same can be said for other things, as well, there have been many times where I could not fit into a tight space to get to something but my daughter could get her body into the space and get whatever was needed.

Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D Motherboard and Box


How about computer systems, though, is there ever a need for micro components? Well, I think the answer to that question is pretty obvious, who doesn’t like the idea of a laptop computer, or a tablet? Components continue to shrink and it is easier to make a great system in a compact package. The mini-ITX form factor is just another option for building a small system and is especially useful when used in an HTPC, or for businesses looking to mount their systems to the back of a monitor.

Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D Motherboard


The Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D motherboard comes in the mini-ITX form factor at only 17 x 17 cm, targeting the budget audience. The small form factor of the Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D is ideally suited for low power solutions, such as an HTPC or kiosk system. The Hi-Fi board contains the Intel B85 Chipset, which supports Socket LGA1150 i3, i5, and i7 processors, Intel Rapid Start, Intel Smart Connect, and Intel SBA 2.0. There is support for two DDR3 DIMM modules at 1333 or 1600 MHz, with a maximum memory capacity of 16GB. A combination mSATA/Mini PCI-E slot is on the board for the addition of a SSD or Mini PCI-E card. The Hi-Fi B85N 3D comes with 100% solid capacitors for stability and longevity of the board. As for display outputs, there is support for VGA D-Sub, DVI-I, and HDMI 1.4a, max resolutions include support for 4K2K resolutions for high definition displays.