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This review is from: ASRock Q1900TM-ITX Intel Celeron J1900 Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: Size (compact), built in DC connector, fan-less (silent w/SSD), streams 1080p flawlessly, plenty powerful for average everyday use, built in safety/protection features, quality components, has essentials i.e. USB 3.0, front side USB (2.0), VGA, HDMI, audio out, microphone in, Ethernet port etc).
Cons: DC adapter not included. Slightly discouraging trying to figure out what adapter plug was compatible with this board. Also, the downloadable manual provides adapter head/tip dimensions ( dual plug tip with inner diameter of 5.1mm and outer of 7.4mm) . The following adapter sold on Newegg will work with this board: 1ST PC CORP. ACDC-19UFX90 Universal 19V/90W single output Laptop Charger.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an excellent board from a company that builds overall solid/reliable boards with quality components (i.e. all solid capacitors, MOSFETs-surge protection, etc). I was hesitant to use them at first considering I was not familiar with Asrock. However after having experienced them for myself over the last year or so (I'm on my third motherboard from them; all have worked flawlessly with great bios/features) I'm much more confident with the brand/quality. Previously my go to mobo brands were EVGA, MSI, Asus and Gigabyte depending on system build and budget restraints.
Out of my ten-plus years of experience building mostly gaming and fanless PCs (and even fan-less gaming PCs), I wanted something compact and fan-less (like Apple’s Mac Mini). That's where this board paired with the SilverStone PT13 case comes into play. Also, the motherboard comes with an I/O shield that's compatible with the SilverStone PT13 case, which fits like a glove with ideal/adequate ventilation in all the right places (i.e. CPU cooler located just below ventilation.
This mother board excels at everyday use with minimal power usage and is dead silent. It runs multiple tasks fairly well, but can be overtaxed when pushed. I wouldn't recommend it for some who needs raw processing power with converting media, etc on a daily basis; once in a while is fine.
For my personal use, it serves well streaming media, typing up papers (using Microsoft Suite i.e. Word, Excel, PP etc.), Facebook, browsing the web with Google Chrome and 20+ tabs open, iTunes (video/music etc.), and watching television i.e. CWTV, youtube, Netflix, iTunes (podcasts) etc (I sometimes have many of these things running at once or at least open in the background nearly using up the 8GB of RAM). I also stream video to a 1080p 55" television on occasion (audio and video through HDMI).
My overall goal when building this system was to have something aesthetically appealing, compact and functional. This build is just that.
The following are the components I used in my build if you are interested in pursuing a similar build for yourself:
Hard Drive: Crucial M500 480GB SSD (I recommend you use a Samsung SSD); crucial gives me random errors on occasion and is a moody SSD with new computer builds. It's solid overall once up and running though.
Motherboard: Asrock Q1900TM-ITX
DC power adapter: 1ST PC CORP. ACDC-19UFX90 Universal 19V/90W single output Laptop Charger
Memory: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance
Wifi module: TRENDnet mini wireless N USB adapter
OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit
Enclosure/case: SilverStone PT13 (Newegg does not offer this case at the moment but it can be purchased through the other online retailor…the largest one in the U.S. at the moment).
Also worth nothing for those new to these types of boards is that the power connector for the hard drive is built into this motherboard and it does come with the needed wiring as demonstrated in the product photos.
This review is from: ASUS J1800I-C Intel Celeron Dual-Core J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: Build quality, all solid caps, GUI bios, Asus name, packaging.
Cons: I had to reset the bios once already, serial port, slow j1800 Bay Trail processor, requires a 4-pin power connector for the CPU (not the case with the Asrock q1900)
Other Thoughts: Overall, the board is ok. I'm not a fan of the legacy ports. This board, like Gigabyte's GIGABYTE GA-J1800N-D2H becomes easily bottle-necked. Itunes barely runs and some video podcasts must be run from the windows media player because itunes over taxes the j1800-Celeron. Also, web-pages with flash, heavy with images (or high-res) significantly slow performance. I got this board with the expectation of producing and consuming media content through the office suites. It barely accomplishes this. I probably wouldn't mind recommending an Asus board with the J1900, but there doesn't to seem to be one available at the moment. Also, I believe Asrock makes a better board for this market and at a better price-point with modern features (i.e. four USB 3.0 (front/back), Sata3, etc).
If you are looking for a solid board at a similar price point, but much more performance and an even better build quality (more built in safety features-i.e. high-density fabric board), I would recommend the Asrock Q1900. I purchased this board (and the Asus J1800I-C) for about $75. The Asus (because of the J1800 Celeron) is sitting in my closet unused.
This review is from: ASRock Q1900-ITX Intel Celeron J1900 Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: All Solid Caps and quality components, Excellent Bios (Runs/supports Windows 7 out of box), Does not require CPU Power Cable, Runs Cool and Quite, 4 Cores, 7.1 CH Audio, Sata 3, 1ST TO SUPPORT 1.35 and 1.5V SO-DIMM MEMORY (204 pin) ! ! ! 2 USB 3.0 ports rear and two USB 3.0 port connector for front case panel, Neutral design (brown/black) Runs basic progs i.e. itunes and streams video with little to no lag, no legacy ports!
Cons: The PS2 ports are dated (and VGA), but no big deal.
Other Thoughts: Review:
Overview: This board performs well. It runs smooth and without stutter and supports my full voltage (1.5V) Corsair Vengeance SODIMM memory modules (4GB X 2). This is the first Bay Trail board to support full voltage memory modules. I have this board paired with a crucial M500 480GB SSD and placed in an Antec ISK 110 case.
As a full time Seminarian (basically a full-time college student working on a masters), I consume and produce a lot of media content as well as papers and presentations. I also run multiple applications at once i.e. itunes, chrome (20 to 40 windows: some for research, others for personal entertainments), Word, Power Point, File Explorer (managing assignments) and so forth. This board handles all of this with ease and I have not observed any lag after my plug and play experience of setting this board up (Plug and Play was not my experience with the (GIGABYTE GA-J1800N-D2H and the ASUS J1800I-C all in one motherboards; they took much too much of fiddling with to work). I choose this (Asrock Q1900) board because my computer sits on my desk. I like a quite system and when I’m recording (i.e. sermons etc.) a fan-less systems doesn't add to background noise etc.
I've tried the GIGABYTE GA-J1800N-D2H and the ASUS J1800I-C. The Gigbabye board was frustrating. They don’t clearly specify that the board only supports 1.35V 204pin SODIMMs. Also, the bios was atrocious. I had a few hard-drives and SODIMMs that the board would not recognize. The Asus board was a similar situation, but with a much better bios. Asus was good with clearly labeling that their board only supports the 1.35V SODIMMs. The Asus board however stopped working at one point. I reset the bios with the jumper pin on the motherboard and that fixed the problem. I found that somewhat strange. What I greatly appreciate about the Asrock Q1900 is that it is modernized compared to the other two boards mentioned that focus primary support for legacy systems. I purchased this board for about $75; that’s close to the same price as the Asus and Gigabyte boards. The Asrock smokes these two in a combination of build quality, performance, design and function. Before moving onto the processor, I found it worth mentioning that the Asrock Q1900 does not require a separate 4-pin power connector for the CPU. This cleaned up my small Antec ISK 110 case wiring.
The J1900 and J1800 performance is a night and day difference. The J1800 had stuttering while browsing heavy content pages such as (www.cnet.com). Pages with more than a handful of images took a while to load. Programs would often be reported as not responding by windows because they opened slowly; not they had crashed. iTunes also had trouble playing some video files that I would have to resort to Windows media play to get a smooth stream due to a lack of processing power.
In my opinion, this board is perfect for the average consumer looking for a modern, quite, solid and reliable Bay Trail board at an exc