Motherboard with embedded/icluded intel celeron n3050 cpu , inc vga and HDMI outputs (from inbuilt graphics) £31.98 Ebuyer
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Motherboard with embedded/icluded intel celeron n3050 cpu , inc vga and HDMI outputs (from inbuilt graphics) £31.98 Ebuyer

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Found 7th Aug 2017
Gigabyte GA-N3050M-D3P N3050 1.6GHz VGA HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio Micro ATX Motherboard

takes ddr3 or ddr3/l , could be the basis for a very low power media PC a NAS or seeder box .. or just a low cost PC with additional windows/Linux and ram. desktop processor within a low thermal envelope of on 6 watts.

2 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory.
1 x PCI Express x4 slot, running at x1 (PCIEX1_2)


1 x PCI Express x1 slot, running at x1 (PCIEX1_1)

1 x PCI slot <---- might be very useful for older cards
Support for Windows 10 32-bit/64-bit


Support for Windows 8.1 64-bit


Support for Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit


* Please download the "Windows USB Installation Tool" from GIGABYTE's website and install it before installing Windows 7


Only problem I foresee is that it only has two sata connection.
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mikerr1 h, 2 m ago

Hmm, those N3050 are really very slow, but then again its only £30

Yeah, they should really make faster ones too, for a much higher price.
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Has AES-NI, could be a good VPN box with a second NIC. Low power and should do 100mb encrypted.
Hmm, those N3050 are really very slow, but then again its only £30
mikerr1 h, 2 m ago

Hmm, those N3050 are really very slow, but then again its only £30

Yeah, they should really make faster ones too, for a much higher price.
Horribly slow CPU, about the same speed as a Pentium D or Athlon 64 X2 from 2005/2006. However, if your needs are VERY light and you set your expectations low, it's cheap and could be just about good enough.
By the time you have a case and kitted it out, you could have bought a Dell Optiplex small form factor or HP Elite 8200/8300 from eBay refurbished and it will be more powerful and just as quiet.
fishmaster38 m ago

By the time you have a case and kitted it out, you could have bought a …By the time you have a case and kitted it out, you could have bought a Dell Optiplex small form factor or HP Elite 8200/8300 from eBay refurbished and it will be more powerful and just as quiet.



Guessing this is for someone who wants a really low power cheap basic media server or something similar.
Would it handle 4k video?
Old probably broken junk from ebuyer I dont see why this unreliable second rate internet shop ever manages any heat.
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Its says in the specs it will handle 4k video but worth checking if you have specific reqs. eg It may only do 4k @ 30fps .. but thats good enough for films and most? home shot video..
Would also make a good internet gateway/ firewall pfsense maybe CCTV recorder/server , they use these all the time on NCIS.
Only 2 SATA ports is a bit rubbish but PCI SATA cards are relatively inexpensive.

Wouldn't trust the cpu for 4k video but as a file server (with the above addition) this seems perfect.
I ordered one of these from Aria on Friday for £26.28 delivered. I'm planning on putting it in handed-down case, adding a quad Ethernet pci-e card and ram from eBay, and using it to run pfSense. 6W TDP is pretty impressive.
jamesehunter7 h, 55 m ago

Old probably broken junk from ebuyer I dont see why this unreliable second …Old probably broken junk from ebuyer I dont see why this unreliable second rate internet shop ever manages any heat.


Never had a problem with Ebuyer, we order lots of different kit from them for work, very good company IMO.

Price is now £29.99 by the looks of it, good cheap Mobo for basic tasks!
Shame it isn't Mini ITX, I could have used it then. Good deal for what it is though.
Indeed. Looking to replace a fairly ancient e350m1 with something Intel/better bios but need mini itx
rasherontwine7 h, 46 m ago

I ordered one of these from Aria on Friday for £26.28 delivered. I'm …I ordered one of these from Aria on Friday for £26.28 delivered. I'm planning on putting it in handed-down case, adding a quad Ethernet pci-e card and ram from eBay, and using it to run pfSense. 6W TDP is pretty impressive.



What sort of power supply are you using? Is it standard PC PSU? I'm keen on one of these but not having a power efficient PSU (PICO?) puts me off. thanks.
Anyone know how the CPU compares to the raspberry pi 3?
It'll play old or basic games like the recent full throttle remaster and other stuff. I used a gigabyte Brix with similar hardware to play games like that and also stream my Xbox using Windows 10. Fine for plenty uses.

You could also install LibreElec as the OS and use it as a media centre. Played Blu-ray quality 50GB MKVs no bother for me, but I don't have a 4K TV.
Edited by: "HarryB" 7th Aug 2017
I use one of these in my media PC. When paired with an SSD it never really feels slow and it's perfectly happy decoding 1080p video. It's also virtually silent (with all the other components you would have with it) and consumes a fraction of the power of my previous setup. I highly recommend this if you want a low-cost, low-power option. I never tried 4K but never embraced it as I think it's overkill personally
n3050 is very slow, got one for my kid, but is just too slow for win 10 it is just sitting in the corner for more than a year.
given my core 2 duo E8400 @3ghz can just about do 1080p x265 decoding at about 80% occupancy, imo i do not think it is good them advertising this as 4K. most 4k streaming is x265 isnt it? and i well bear my backside if this chip can do 4k hvec!.
its not a bad price if you have a use, but as a media pc? imo it is not something i would build a media pc around, i dare say a cheapo android box would make a better and ultimately cheaper media centre than this.

(supports 4K display does not mean supports 4k video.. but that advert could easily be misconstrued - not a pop at OP btw)

X265 is such a superior format to X264 that anyone looking to build a media box now has to be thinking of support for that.

edit... mybad it supports hvec natively, so that changes things somewhat!. voted hot.,
Edited by: "bigmike20vt" 9th Aug 2017
I have a Pentium G2020 at home, and although it still does basic stuff, it is getting time to upgrade. So why would you buy something that is even slower?
bigmike20vt2 h, 56 m ago

given my core 2 duo E8400 @3ghz can just about do 1080p x265 decoding at …given my core 2 duo E8400 @3ghz can just about do 1080p x265 decoding at about 80% occupancy, imo i do not think it is good them advertising this as 4K. most 4k streaming is x265 isnt it? and i well bear my backside if this chip can do 4k hvec!.its not a bad price if you have a use, but as a media pc? imo it is not something i would build a media pc around, i dare say a cheapo android box would make a better and ultimately cheaper media centre than this.(supports 4K display does not mean supports 4k video.. but that advert could easily be misconstrued - not a pop at OP btw)X265 is such a superior format to X264 that anyone looking to build a media box now has to be thinking of support for that.


The N3050 supports hardware decoding of HEVC (x265)

nucblog.net/201…ce/
OperaUK17 h, 23 m ago

What sort of power supply are you using? Is it standard PC PSU? I'm keen …What sort of power supply are you using? Is it standard PC PSU? I'm keen on one of these but not having a power efficient PSU (PICO?) puts me off. thanks.

It's the original PSU from an Antec case, but my intuition is that PSU efficiency is more important in high-power systems than low. Even if it were 50% efficient that's still an LED bulb's worth of electricity with this motherboard.
similar money to a rasperry pi I guess
could this work with micro psu ?
...or even better, use laptop charger as psu. I know its a work around but it could be cheap and silent and really low power
mrkhal1l21 h, 53 m ago

Anyone know how the CPU compares to the raspberry pi 3?




I would also like to know, anyone know?
peter12552 h, 18 m ago

...or even better, use laptop charger as psu. I know its a work around but …...or even better, use laptop charger as psu. I know its a work around but it could be cheap and silent and really low power




Both of what you have said sound like you are talking about a PicoPSU, look on eBay and cheap ones from China are about a tenner, then the external power supplier is probably also about a tenner for a decent wattage, then you need a slim case, it starts to add up, it would be silent though.

Some low power motherboards accept a DC input (ie. basically have a PicoPSU built in), but this is not one of them.
Edited by: "nige182" 8th Aug 2017
captainbeaky20 h, 50 m ago

The N3050 supports hardware decoding of HEVC …The N3050 supports hardware decoding of HEVC (x265)http://nucblog.net/2015/07/braswell-nuc-nuc5cpyh-review-windows-performance/


wow.... ok that is impressive, i take it back then. <slapped wrist for opening mouth without doing homework> actually a good deal for a media pc then. thanks for the info
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it is just sitting in the corner for more than a year.
Please , for pitys sake , play with your child.

I also do not look forward to the pictures Bigmike20vt is going to post !
Edited by: "GwanGy" 9th Aug 2017
dlok20 h, 55 m ago

similar money to a rasperry pi I guess


Unlike the pi , this has Gigabit ethernet and USB3 - so a bit better as a fileserver
Edited by: "mikerr" 9th Aug 2017
Ordered at 21:45, delivered at 12:20. Not bad!
nige18222 h, 6 m ago

Both of what you have said sound like you are talking about a PicoPSU, …Both of what you have said sound like you are talking about a PicoPSU, look on eBay and cheap ones from China are about a tenner, then the external power supplier is probably also about a tenner for a decent wattage, then you need a slim case, it starts to add up, it would be silent though.Some low power motherboards accept a DC input (ie. basically have a PicoPSU built in), but this is not one of them.



True. But if you look at prices of some MB with dc input, it will cost you way more than buying everything separately.
mikerr9th Aug

Unlike the pi , this has Gigabit ethernet and USB3 - so a bit better as a …Unlike the pi , this has Gigabit ethernet and USB3 - so a bit better as a fileserver

Ansolutely and x86 instead of arm. I meant it as a good thing.
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