GA-N3150N-D3V - Celeron n3150 with dual lan @itx



  • was on the gigabyte website looking for a bios update, and came across this:

    GA-N3150N-D3V @ http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5631#ov

    Celeron N3150 and dual realtek lan onboard - seems to be the spiritual successor to the rather popular j1900 variant. this one adds two additional sata ports.

    wish it was a set of intel lan cards and that the board has a pcie slot instead of a pci slot, but its good to go for a cheap build. They only seem to have stock in europe.



  • only a pci slot to fall back on so someone is going to have to take a leap of faith.

    after lurking around here for a couple months, i just finished my first pfsense build and went with the ASUS N3150I, since it had a 4x pci-e slot, and just added a dual port intel nic since they are practically giving them away on ebay. the onboard realtek nic didn't work at all.

    thanks to all you wizards here on the forums, i have traffic shaper, snort and pfblocker all running happily.



  • I was thinking about ordering an ASUS N3150I-C board for an economical low (electrical) power pfSense build.  I wanted a current power efficient (low TDP) mini-ITX board with a PCIe x4 slot so I could plug an Intel or equivalent quad port NIC into it.  While reading about the board on the ASUS website, I noticed that the PCIe expansion slot is described as a "PCIe 2.0 x4 (x1 mode)".  Does this mean that it is a physical x4 slot operating as an electrical x1 (single lane) slot?  Is this a potential bottleneck?  What other boards should I consider?  Thanks.



  • What other boards should I consider?

    Not really in the region of the N3150 and his electrical power usage and all is pending on what you need
    or what you want, to build with your pfSense, only a firewall box or a real UTM device. And what is the main
    point you are looking for? Is it a must be to get a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot? How great is your budget? What is the main
    use case for you?

    Jetway N2930 ~$200 board
    Under Frequently Bought Together
    PSU ~ $11
    Case M350 ~$50

    Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
    8 GB RAM ~$40
    60 GB SSD ~$50
    to choose from the bottom shown spare parts

    Will be at around 7 Watt till 13 Watt and really powerful and comes together with;

    • 4 core CPU N2930
    • 4 Intel based LAN Ports
    • 8 GB RAM
    • mSATA or SSD likes you want
    • The PSU would be put into the mainboard directly from out site pug

    No AES-NI and Intel QuickAssist, but strong enough to route nearly 1 GBit/s at the WAN port
    and let you run Snort and pf-blocker-NG with ease. So you don´t need a Intel Quad Port NIC!



  • @Stratofortress:

    I was thinking about ordering an ASUS N3150I-C board for an economical low (electrical) power pfSense build.  I wanted a current power efficient (low TDP) mini-ITX board with a PCIe x4 slot so I could plug an Intel or equivalent quad port NIC into it.  While reading about the board on the ASUS website, I noticed that the PCIe expansion slot is described as a "PCIe 2.0 x4 (x1 mode)".  Does this mean that it is a physical x4 slot operating as an electrical x1 (single lane) slot?  Is this a potential bottleneck?  What other boards should I consider?  Thanks.

    Yes - it does mean there is only one lane to that slot.  I'm in the same boat - I want an N3150 for AES performance but the choices seem to be a motherboard with a 1 lane PCIe slot or a dual Realtek NIC board.  I'm not sure what a dual Intel NIC in a single lane would end up doing performance wise.  I'm leaning towards going w/ the realtek box which I can get from aliexpress for $220 w/ 8GB of RAM and a 64 GB SSD.



  • Why don't You consider GA-N3150N-D3V with additional Intel NiC PCI card? This would be much cheaper i think. I currently use this motherboard (with Realteks) and it's just great. Just works, zero problems with pfSense. AES NI just rocks on this Celeron :)

    openssl speed -evp aes-256-cbc -engine cryptodev
    engine "cryptodev" set.
    Doing aes-256-cbc for 3s on 16 size blocks: 814460 aes-256-cbc's in 0.38s
    Doing aes-256-cbc for 3s on 64 size blocks: 845370 aes-256-cbc's in 0.32s
    Doing aes-256-cbc for 3s on 256 size blocks: 680991 aes-256-cbc's in 0.31s
    Doing aes-256-cbc for 3s on 1024 size blocks: 401145 aes-256-cbc's in 0.21s
    Doing aes-256-cbc for 3s on 8192 size blocks: 80071 aes-256-cbc's in 0.02s
    OpenSSL 1.0.1l-freebsd 15 Jan 2015
    built on: date not available
    options:bn(64,64) rc4(16x,int) des(idx,cisc,16,int) aes(partial) idea(int) blowfish(idx)
    compiler: clang
    The 'numbers' are in 1000s of bytes per second processed.
    type            16 bytes    64 bytes    256 bytes  1024 bytes  8192 bytes
    aes-256-cbc      34750.29k  168909.05k  557867.83k  1947365.83k 27986842.97k



  • @karaznie:

    Why don't You consider GA-N3150N-D3V with additional Intel NiC PCI card?

    "Good" old PCI limits the throughput to around 800 Mbit/s total (i.e. 400 Mbit/s per direction if running full duplex), so putting a NIC there isn't very useful.