The Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM3 socket.
It has 8 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket AM3||Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v2.x|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||MCP68S||Crossfire Support||0 graphics cards|
|Release Date||29 Apr 2009||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||8 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||2|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||4||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||2||Back Panel I/O|
|USB 3.0 Internal||1|
The Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x uses the AMD Socket AM3 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1333 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM.
Released on 29 Apr 2009, the Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x is now over 10 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Biostar.
The Micro-ATX Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.
The Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x has 2 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.
The Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x 's PCIe v2.x. The Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x has 6 USB 2.0 slots and 1 USB 3.0 slot. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.