On the heels of Gigabyte and Biostar, Asus has unveiled another Mini-ITX motherboard based on Intel's Celeron J1800 "Bay Trail-D" processor. This one was spotted by the guys at FanlessTech, and it probably has the blingiest heatsink of the bunch. Check it out:
There's not much else going on otherwise, though. The Asus J1800I-C, as it's called, has the same basic specs as the Gigabyte and Biostar offerings: a couple of SO-DIMM slots, PCIe x1 and mini-PCIe expansion, dual Serial ATA 3Gbps ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and VGA display outputs, and a lone USB 3.0 port.
Beside the heatsink, one of the differences is that the Asus board features an old-school COM port. I'm not sure what the appeal is—perhaps it's for digital signage applications or some other, equally obscure niche. Either way, if you want to get your RS-232 on, this is the Bay Trail-D board for you.
Right now, the Gigabyte J1800N-D2H is the only Bay Trail-D board available at Newegg. It costs $74.99, which isn't bad, considering the CPU comes soldered-on and ready to go. Some folks in the user review section aren't happy about the lack of Windows 7 support, though. The Asus J1800I-C also supports only Windows 8 and 8.1, according to its spec sheet, so it's unlikely to be better on that front.
|1. Ryszard - $503||2. punkUser - $502||3. the - $306|
|4. SomeOtherGeek - $300||5. Ryu Connor - $250||6. doubtful500 - $200|
|7. Anonymous Gerbil - $150||8. danny e. - $125||9. SecretSquirrel - $125|
|10. excession - $101|
|Friday night topic: quadcopters!||21|
|The TR Podcast video 173: Torquing the Titan||3|
|Report: AMD R&D spending falls to near-10-year low||82|
|Deal of the week: Ultra-wide IPS for $750, 16GB DDR4-2666 for $190, plus more||48|
|Broadwell Xeon D lands on Mini-ITX boards||34|
|Half-Life 2: Update mod adds modern polish to old classic||59|
|The TR Podcast is live, so come ask us stuff!||1|
|AMD shows off DirectX 12 performance with new 3DMark benchmark||86|