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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
Pros: Form factor, power supply compatibility, aesthetics, price, build quality. design (well thought out layout)
Other Thoughts: This case looks great. It's compact and all my hardware fits in perfectly with a reasonable amount of airflow. It's sturdy and will look great with many different applications i.e. office, gaming, media etc...
Interestingly, I wanted to build a nearly silent PC. I have done that with a 520 watt Seasonic fan-less PSU, four Noctua fans (two on side over fan-less graphics card @ 80mm; run at various RPMS depending on CPU temps. They both share a single header through split adapter that comes with fans), one on processor @ 92mm and one drawing air in case up front @ 120mm (120 mm fan running off Molex connector; fan is silent version, runs a constant rpm and not tied into fan header on mobo; provides adequate air intake gaming/intensive or light use), 4130T intel i3 processor (30 TDP), Noctua NH-L9i CPU cooler, Fanless Power Color R9 270 graphics card (I had to order from overseas since Newegg doesn't carry it), Two SSDs (Samsung 840 and Vertex 3 @ 250GB) and ASRock B85M-ITX motherboard.
The Asrock motherboard bios is critical for allowing me to control the fan RPMs (1 on processor and 2 by 80mm over graphics card; also pull hot air from case) at various RPMs at different CPU temps. This is the only motherboard I'm aware of that does this. Previously I had an EVGA stinger motherboard, but you can only pick set RPMs to run system fans once you exit the bios. This allows me to run the Noctua fans at near silence and spin up to a low whir sound when gaming.
I only mounted one SSD up on top rack above PSU, it does not give off much heat. I did not mount the other SSD above the graphics card because it gives off too much heat out the top half of the case (does not affect PSU cooling). I placed the other SSD below fan in front section of case. The PSU and processor run surprisingly cool with this configuration.
My point in mentioning all of this? The fan, GPU and PSU are all laid out in ideal places with this case. The airflow is such that I can run fan-less components and be able to place low running RPM fans at critical airflow points, which allows me to run a cool system with fan-less components.