Gigabyte, Biostar serve up Bay Trail on Mini-ITX

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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    • Flying Fox
    • 9 years ago

    What about exotic codecs where the CPU has to pull its own weight, like 720p/1080p RMVB?

    • vargis14
    • 9 years ago

    Out of the 2 I would go for the gigabyte board,2 so dimm slots vs 1, and on top of the single PCIE 1xslot you have a mini PCIE slot available that the biostar board does not have

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Intel and AMD have both made their Silvermont and Jaguar core-based products’ naming convention so confusing. For example, Kabini comes in E- and A-series SKUs, while Bay Trail (which I believe uses Silvermont) are sold off as Pentium, Celeron and Atom SKUs. WTH. They should just put up a big table with all the SKUs there, indicating which cores are in use with a particular SKU. Geeks like us care about this sort of thing.

    • ratborg
    • 9 years ago

    I’d spend an extra $5 on the Gigabyte board just because it is sooo much better looking. (Not to mention I think they have better build quality overall).

    • funko
    • 9 years ago

    has an nvidia NVS110

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    20 seconds with a cutter wheel. Just don’t drink a pot of coffee first.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Even with the Gigabyte you could slap in a x4 with that space.

    • DPete27
    • 9 years ago

    The Biostar board only has [b<]1 SO-DIMM Slot[/b<]. Might want to correct that.

    • Bauxite
    • 9 years ago

    You’re brave, I do it by hand with a sharp exacto pen.

    The gigabyte would probably interfere with anything past x4 but the biostar even has the pcb space line blanked for x16!

    • ozzuneoj
    • 9 years ago

    ECS is going to release a board with a Celeron J1850 which is a 2Ghz Quad Core:
    [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/7453/ecs-reveals-bay-traild-miniitx-line[/url<] Haven't seen them anywhere yet though. I'm impressed that the Biostar J1800 board is already available for purchase.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 9 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Just out of curiosity, does your laptop have an Intel GPU or something else?

    I rebuild, repair and sell older systems all the time, so any additional input I can get in these areas is most helpful in determining how a system I have might compare to something newer.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Yeah, compared to the GMA950, today’s integrated graphics are going to be way better for video playback. Intel has made headlines for improved 3D performance, but more importantly their HD media playback is just as improved.

    • drfish
    • 9 years ago

    In the case of the Gigabyte I can understand but the Biostar has no excuse.

    • tay
    • 9 years ago

    Any quad core boards planned? Need one for a build for the family or else it’s Haswell i3

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    *sigh*

    I really wish these motherboard manufacturers would use an open ended PCI-E x1 slot if that is to be the only slot expansion available. I’m getting tired of dremelling them out.

    • funko
    • 9 years ago

    I can only offer you my completely non scientific and 100% subjective experience. But my baytrail equipped Dell venue 8 pro (which is clocked lower, but is quad core) running win 8.1 on the 1280×800 screen (which is awesome btw) and 2gb of ram is much more responsive playing 1080p mkv and mp4 files, including nagivating to different parts of the videos, compared to my Core 2 duo 2 ghz SSD equipped laptop with 4gb of ram running win7 x64. and it has absolutely no trouble running youtube at 1080p without a hiccup on a fast connection. (then again, neither does my snapdragon 800 quad core equipped phone – re: youtube)

    • ozzuneoj
    • 9 years ago

    I’d be interested in seeing some CPU and graphics benchmarks for these J1800 chips, comparing them to older standard size components. For example, how does the CPU compare to an older Core 2 Duo (say, an E6600) and what is the gaming performance comparable to? Obviously, it isn’t much… but this is likely the fastest and most efficient cpu\motherboard combo you can buy for under $60, and its probably more than fast enough for most people’s needs.

    Does anyone know how Bay Trail handles media playback? I know that a Pentium 4 with a GMA 950 can handle youtube 720P with reasonable performance (I’ve tested it… just don’t try it with an Athlon XP), but there are other situations that make even newer setups drop frames.

    EDIT: Also, I just realized that the Intel HD on these chips has much higher clocks than that of the Atom Z3740, but is missing some features. Compare the two:
    [url<]http://ark.intel.com/products/78866[/url<] [url<]http://ark.intel.com/products/76759/[/url<]

    • Glorious
    • 9 years ago

    The J1800 appears to be a dual-core, not quad.

    [url<]http://ark.intel.com/products/78866[/url<]

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