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Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x

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.

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Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM3help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetMCP68Shelp iconCrossfire Support0 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date29 Apr 2009help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM8 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.02
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 800 MHz
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x IDE connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal1

Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x compatibility review

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Released on 29 Apr 2009, the Biostar N68S3B Ver. 6.x is now over 10 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies.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.

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