Gigabyte, Biostar serve up Bay Trail on Mini-ITX


— 6:00 AM on February 4, 2014

At CES, Scott got up close to an MSI Mini-ITX motherboard powered by a desktop version of Intel's Bay Trail processor. Now, as Liliputing reports, Gigabyte and Biostar have introduced a couple of similar boards featuring the same chip.

The Gigabyte J1800N-D2H and Biostar J1800NH both feature the Celeron J1800, a dual-core Bay Trail model with a 10W TDP and a top Turbo speed of 2.58GHz. In both boards, the chip is tucked under a passive heatsink, and it's surrounded by the following: two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, one PCIe x1 slot, one Mini PCIe x1 slot, two Serial ATA 3Gbps ports, a single USB 3.0 port, four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a choice of HDMI and VGA outputs.

Here's the Gigabyte J1800N-D2H:

And here's the Biostar J1800NH:

Aside from the coloring of the circuit board, heatsink, and slots, these two boards are pretty similar. The only noteworthy differences I can see are that Biostar positions its SO-DIMM slots differently and puts a smaller heatsink on the CPU. I guess that Celeron J1800 doesn't need much cooling.

According to Liliputing, the Gigabyte J1800N-D2H and Biostar J1800NH are both supposed to be priced around the $60 mark, much like the MSI offering Scott spotted at CES. The Biostar model is already listed at Directron for $55.99.

   
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