Tiny Asus Bay Trail-D board has bling-tastic heatsink

— 4:41 PM on March 3, 2014

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:

Ooh. Shiny.

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.

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