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BIOSTAR RACING P1 SFF PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2017 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

The Teardown

 

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As an end-user, you don't have to open the RACING P1 because the unit comes with built-in storage and memory which you cannot upgrade. You actually have to ruin the adhesive on the rubber legs to reach the screws, so I don't recommend opening the unit. Once you open the unit, you will see a large heat pad that conducts the heat from the SoC's heat sink to the metal body. That heat sink cools down the SoC and two of the four memory chips through more heat pads.

 

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The only reason you might have to open the unit might be to replace the CMOS battery after maybe 3-5 years, and it is replaceable. The motherboard is meticulously laid out to increase board real-estate. It also astounds me how much they can fit into a device the size of your hand.

 

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The Atom x5-8350 SoC integrated a lot into a single package; its SSPEC is SR2KT. RAM is from Samsung; it's labeled SEC 628, and each chip should be 1GB. There are two RAM chips on the front of the board and two on the rear.

 

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A SanDisk SDINADF-64G 64GB eMMC flash module provides system storage. Power regulation on the motherboard is controlled through an AXP288C, from X-Power. It's a common power management IC I have found in other low power high-quality devices.

 

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A Realtek RT8111H provides the Gbit LAN port, and an AMPAK AP6255 controller provides Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0. I couldn't find much on the chip other than it's based on the Broadcom 43455 which is a 1x1 Wireless AC controller capable of 433 Mbps.

 

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The Realtek ALC5645 provides 2-channel audio. The four USB 2.0 ports on the rear require a hub, and the hub is a Genesys Logic GL850G low power USB 2.0 hub.

 

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Elan's eKTF5832 microcontroller is used to control the RGB LEDs in the lid and the 5050 port at the front of the device. The wireless AC card uses a detachable antenna which is attached to the metal body of the unit.

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