MSI Launching J1800I Mini ITX Motherboard With Intel Bay Trail-D Processor

Subject: Motherboards | January 22, 2014 - 08:55 PM |
Tagged: msi, mini ITX, J1800I, Intel, celeron, Bay Trail-D, Bay Trail

MSI is preparing to release a new Mini ITX motherboard that comes with a pre-installed Intel bay Trail-D processor. The new motherboard is the MSI J1800I and will be available for around $100 USD.

The Mini ITX form factor board features two DDR3 1333MHz SO-DIMM slots, two SATA III 6Gbps ports, and a single PCI-E x1 expansion slot. The aspect that sets this mini ITX board apart is the inclusion of a dual core Intel Celeron J1800 processor clocked at 2.4GHz. This CPU is a Bay Trail-D based on the Silvermont (Atom) micro-architecture. The chip has a 10W TDP and is passively cooled by a bundled aluminum heatsink.

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IO options on the MSI J1800I motherboard include:

  • 2 x PS/2
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DVI
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x GbE
  • 3 x Audio

The board could make for a small home server or media box in the living room. The Bay Trail-D processor carries Intel's "Celeron" branding, but is is effectively an OoOE Atom chip. The motherboard+CPU combo should retail for just under $100 and be available soon. More information can be found on this MSI product page.

Source: MSI

January 22, 2014 | 09:45 PM - Posted by Willmore (not verified)

Enough ports to make a router? No.
Good enough graphics to make an HTPC? No.
Enough SATA ports to make a storage server? No.
Cheap? No.
Can use cheap memory? No
Can play back video competently? Maybe.

I think I'll wait for a Kabini board.

January 25, 2014 | 11:57 AM - Posted by Luthair

There is a PCIe slot which you could use for an ethernet card.

For some reason dual ethernet only ever appears on the highend boards, I don't imagine Kabini will be any different.

January 31, 2014 | 05:31 PM - Posted by Because0789 (not verified)

Everywhere else I have seen this story it is $60 not $100 and also that there is going to be a quad core version for $10 more which would be more than enough to do any decent 1080p playback as a media center pc.

January 31, 2014 | 05:35 PM - Posted by Because0789 (not verified)

Like here

January 22, 2014 | 11:41 PM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Sounds like a winner.

January 23, 2014 | 10:21 AM - Posted by fhmuffman (not verified)

Does anybody have an idea when Intel is going to have Iris graphics that support HDMI 2... is it really going to be 2015?

January 23, 2014 | 03:06 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

I'm not sure, finding the current Iris Pro in systems is tough much less that version :/.

January 23, 2014 | 01:58 PM - Posted by Justin150 (not verified)

Willmore: as the article suggest this would make a cheap and perfectly decent small server. If you need more SATA ports than add a PCI Raid card

Problem is that an HP Microserver is simpler and ultimately if you get a discount on the G7 cheaper

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