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ASRock Q1900-ITX Intel Celeron J1900 Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • John C.
  • 1/15/2015 8:58:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board for MCPC

Pros: Feature Rich, Small, Embedded CPU/GPU

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: Price was more than I wanted to pay, but it turned out to be just what I needed. I was replacing an Asus Mini-ITX board that failed after 1 year, so I hope to get more than that out of this one.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/14/2015 6:51:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood OMV Server

Pros: low-cost, low-power, 4 sata, adequate performance

Cons: i need 5th sata

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  • Andrew B.
  • 1/8/2015 12:25:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat low power board for server or HTPC

Pros: 4 cores
Good RAM capacity
Had the minimum # of SATA ports I needed
USB 3.0
Low Power and high performance compared to ATOM or AMD solutions
Price is right

Cons: SO-DIMM RAM but I knew that going in
Limited # of SATA ports but 2 of each was fine for me
4 or more SATA3 ports would make this board the bees knees.
For some reason these J1800 and 1900 boards don't get many SATA ports.

Other Thoughts: Created a Linux file server with this and Ubuntu 14. It boots from USB thumb drive.
I checked power consumption with my watt meter and it was under 25 watts for board plus 8 gb ram, a couple of 2 tb green drives and usb thumb drive. Time will tell how long the thumb drive lasts.

I also installed VirtualBox on it to run an old Windows XP machine when I need it.
I have had about a half dozen motherboards for my file server for the last 15 years or so and this is one of the best so far.

There is a 2 SO-DIMM version of this board if you need more memory.

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  • Peter B.
  • 11/15/2014 9:54:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat product

Pros: quad-core processor, built-in HDMI output, SATA 2, SATA 3, USB 2, USB 3, fanless

Cons: rear bezel (I/O port identification) is pretty flimsy

Other Thoughts: This imbedded motherboard is perfect for a home theater PC. Small footprint (mini ITX), quiet (fanless), quad-core processor, high speed digital connections, and all for $75. I installed 8 GB RAM, Win 8.1 (full retail version) on a 64 GB SSD and had 40 GB to spare.

The only issue I had was in enabling the PCIE bus. It took a couple of shots to manually install drivers from MFR DVD, but all worked in short order. I would purchase this item again (and may do so).

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  • Mr. L.
  • 11/3/2014 11:10:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome HTPC

Pros: Low cost very low power fanless system with a fair amount of umph.

I rebuilt a 10+ yo mythtv setup using 3 of these boards. I first bought one to test with modern (0.27 as opposed to my old 0.20) mythtv SW and see how it handled the video decode task. I was so impressed I immediately bought two more.

The first board is now a low power back end only system (from a mythtv perspective but it performs many other server functions). It's a headless system that lives on a shelf in my laundry room and boots with only a power cable and network cable. It's been running reliably 24/7 for about three weeks now and I have no reason to believe that it won't go for many years.

With 4GB RAM, a SSD boot drive, two 4TB drives, and a gigabit network link it is drawing about 28W at the wall using an old 80+ power supply that would really like to be delivering more power. I may pick up another pico-supply as I would expect that it would be closer to 20W at the wall. (80+ isn't 80+ if you are only drawing a little more than 5% of the supply rating.) The CPU utilization rarely goes about 10% on this system and it runs cool even though it is behind bifold doors.

The two front end systems are in small cases with SSD boot drives, pico-supplies, and remote control receiver HW. They connect to their TVs using HDMI to deliver a 1080p image. The cases have adequate ventilation so the systems are fanless and create no noise. Even after an extended viewing period decoding OTA HD MPEG2 being streamed over the network from the back end, I find that the CPU core temperatures are just shy of 60C while the SSD is usually 32C.

The CPU has enough horsepower to decode OTA HD (720p and 1080i) in SW with about 20% utilization on 3 cores and 35% on the 4th. With HW decode (using VAAPI) the utilization drops even more. This means that even with SW decode there is plenty of CPU bandwidth left to ensure that response to user input is quick. These make great little HTPCs.

Cons: One of the memory sticks is adjacent to the end of the heat sink. If one were inclined to use a fan to blow over the end of the heatsink the memory is blocking the flow.

Other Thoughts: Awesome fanless HTPC. No issues with any of the three boards I bought.

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  • Anthony S.
  • 10/24/2014 10:45:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood HTPC board

Pros: Impressed by this little thing, and being fanless is a nice bonus. Stays around 48-50C in entertainment center.

Low CPU use for video of most types.
Handles Netflix in HD easily

More than 2 SATA ports, in case you want more drives. 1x PCIe slot supports add-on cards, such as a TV tuner, which sold me on it. I don't get why the AMD boards do NOT do this (GPU Only on all the AM1 boards, if you didn't know, unless they have more than 1 slot, such as the mATX sized ones - but none of the ones of this ITX size support anything other than a GPU... just something to keep in mind)

Cons: As one poster said, I can confirm there's no display scaling. That's a shame. Maybe future drivers will remedy that. At least Media Center can scale somewhat, which is helpful.

Can't speak to the issue of not bitstreaming TrueHD, as I only have it connected straight to TV. Eventually, will have audio out from TV to receiver for basic stereo setup, so it's not an issue for me, but if I had this connected to a nice receiver, I'd be slightly put off by this lack of an option.

GREEN screen upon first boot. Not sure if it was a flaky HDMI cable/connection, but it settled after a couple of boots and re-seating the cable. If it persists, I may have to RMA it. Hoping it was just a slightly bad link, and stays stable (it has so far, for the past several hours). Just be sure if you see anything like this to fully unplug, and plug back in.

Other Thoughts: Pretty impressed at the price point, cool running, feature set. Wish I'd known about it a little sooner. Been waiting for something like this. I'm sure the next generations of these will be even better, but this one should do for some time.

Not sure why the RAM slots stick up, instead of flat like some others. Kind of funny to pop in a stick like you would a full sized one. Used a low voltage 1333 GB stick, seems fine.

Used an old "green" drive, and it doesn't boot any faster or slower than the machine it used to be in, but that's OK.

Lost a couple points on "desktop Aero" with win score, but gained a bit in a couple other places, so that's fine. Previous GPU for HTPC was an nvidia 430 card. Amazing that this little Intel seems to be about as powerful for video, though may lack some of the advanced features.

First Intel based purchase for home use in a very long time. Fanless, powerful enough for an HTPC, and the PCIe slot will eventually host my old tuner card (using USB ATSC tuner for now, as the card is in another box at the moment).

Can't go wrong with one of these, unless the scaling is an issue or bitstreamed lossless audio is a problem. For direct to TV that doesn't need scaling, it's no problem.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 10/17/2014 12:50:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPreliminary Review

Pros: Quad-core cpu is powerful enough for everyday computing and home theater use.

CPU only needs 10 watts maximum power; typically uses about 4 watts.

Passive heatsink is silent and keeps the cpu reasonably cool.

Physically small so it can fit in a mini-ITX case.

Has 2 x SATA III ports and 2 x SATA II ports.

Has 2 x USB 3.0 ports plus 2 x USB 2.0 ports on rear panel.

Display outputs include HDMI, DVI-D, and plain old VGA.

Has optical digital-out for audio as well as standard analog audio-out.

Has 1 x PCI-e x1 slot so you can plug in an add-on card for extra SATA ports or extra USB ports, etc. if needed.

Cons: You must use laptop memory sticks (called SO-DIMM) because of the small size of this motherboard. SO-DIMMs cost a few dollars more than the equivalent desktop memory sticks.

Other Thoughts: To build a new combination home media server / home theater pc (HTPC) we first considered using a new Pentium or Celeron dual-core cpu ($50 - $60) and a budget-priced motherboard ($40 - $50). However, those are 54-watt cpu's which are difficult to cool without a heatsink/fan. This prevents the system from being silent (desirable for home theater use, of course!).

So, this little ASRock board includes the 2.0GHz quad-core cpu with a silent heatsink, and it only costs $75.

This is meant to be a very low cost project so we made use of some existing spare components we had sitting around not in use, namely an old power supply, an old Antec Sonata case, old DVD drive, old-ish Kingston 64GB SSD, and fairly new Seagate 2TB and WD 3TB drives intended for DVD/always on use, and Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center.

It all works OK and feels quick and snappy.

Will update this after we have more experience of using it, but for now a big thumbs-up!!

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  • NATHAN H.
  • 10/16/2014 11:52:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsfreenas

Pros: cpu, pcie, 4x sata, bios

Cons: no h/t, would like mATX version with more sata ports

Other Thoughts: As of version 9.2.1.8 this motherboard DOES RUN freenas, proxmox, and likely pfsense! is running freenas excellently for me off of a usb, with a second pci ethernet card and four disks in raidz. 100+ MB/s NFS, 80-90 MB/s SMB. i have both this and the gigabyte j1900 board, this one is far superior.

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  • K W.
  • 9/23/2014 10:44:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice board

Pros: Great board, fast and capable. Replaced a fanless atom-based board and was pleasantly surprised.

Cons: none

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  • John R.
  • 9/21/2014 10:33:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent MB ....but.!

Pros: The people giving this MB only one egg, because of failed boot, probably did not read the specs on the Intel J1900 uP. The specs call for DDR3L-1333 memory. 1067 memory will not work.(I tried it too.) Use Crucial CT2KIT25664BF1339 or similar memory. Boot time, with Win8, is 18 seconds, start button to final screen...and that is not the fastest boot setting.!

Cons: The only drawback I see in this MB is that it does not run WinXP. When you try to load XP, you get the BSOD because one ACPI file is missing. I tried several versions of XP, but none worked for me. However, FAST and SUPER FAST boot will not work with XP. Works only with Win 8 or 8.1. So it is a trade off. If you want fast boot you have to use Win8 with its "Labyrinth Menus". But what do you expect from the so-called "criminal M$ gang".?

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am pleased with this MB so I gave it 5 stars. However, I hope to try Win9 for an improvement. You will have to enjoy the simplicity of XP on another machine....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review.
Unfortunately, Windows XP is not on the mainboard’s support OS list.
For more information, please visit the link for supported OS at " http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Q1900-ITX/?cat=Download " .
If you have any technical inquiry or warranty questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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