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BIOSTAR J1800NH Intel Celeron J1800 Dual-Core Processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, surprisingly fast, small with little heat even with passive cooling, usb3, hdmi, onboard intel hd much improved over older gma video

Cons: Wonky bios setup that isn't clear on what some things do. Newegg and reviews list this as windows 7/8/8.1 compatible but manual lists only 8/8.1 even though 7 works (after you figure out bios settings) Had a nightmare installing windows 7 from usb key, seems after setup would start the board would just shut off all usb ports, Did not have this issue with Ubuntu 14 at all but note you must enable CSM (Compatibility Support Module) if you plan to use anything that is not UEFI compatible (aka windows 7).
Not a con but maybe an oem error, after i installed windows i used the supplied dvd to install all drivers and after it was finished and rebooted, my intel turbo driver couldnt start, video was not installed at all (standard vga only) and i still have an unknown device in my device manager that i have no idea what it is yet, but nothing connected except for a dvd rw, usb keyboard/mouse with no hubs and a usb wifi adapter that i installed the driver for and is working fine.

Other Thoughts: Lots of thoughts on this board, i has infuriated me almost to the point of returning it until i thumbed thru settings and got usb working like it should. Just to see how this thing would fair I loaded up Neverwinter Online, set the video settings to about 3 notchs from min. on their slider, logged in and to my supprise the game was completely playable (for pve purposes not sure about pvp) main city was a little laggy but nothing too horrible, combat zones was completely smooth. Not saying this is a gaming board by far but knowing that it can hold it own on this game very very much impressed me. Celeron and intel onboard video have come a long way in the last few years. After figuring out what to change (and yes ps2 ports worked fine but i didnt have a keyboard on hand that was ps/2) in the bios and seeing it in action, im happy with it.

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Display Name: Carrie M.

Date Joined: 01/30/12

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  • First Review: 05/26/14
  • Last Review: 05/26/14
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