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Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good -- UEFI UPDATE REQUIRED! 11/26/2014

This review is from: Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Excellent board for the price.

Cons: You will need to update to the latest UEFI for proper functionality. Not really a huge con, but one needs to be aware of it.

Other Thoughts: Okay, this is an update to my previous review ---

I was able to get Windows 7 and audio over HDMI working correctly, but it took some tinkering. (The install is NOT in UEFI mode.)

I updated to the latest UEFI from the web-site, from within my Windows 7 install. However, doing so causes Windows to not bootup properly. Once I did a re-install, all was fine. The flasher is a command-line application, so it's pretty straight forward. Also included in the download -- a PDF document that walks you through everything. :)

Once you update the UEFI, you have to load the board defaults. Then re-configure the compatibility support module, then re-install Windows.

My HDTV was detecting the HDMI video output as DVI, until I updated the firmware of the board.

Be sure to use the correct firmware! There is 32-bit and 64-bit. My board came with 64-bit by default, which was what I updated it to, but also because I am running 64-bit Windows.

For whatever reason, Windows 7 performs a lot better after the update. This is with a slow, 5400RPM laptop drive too. (I have a single stick of 4GB GSkill Laptop RAM.)

Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice board, but very quirky! 11/23/2014

This review is from: Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Inexpensive, low-power consumption. Enough processing power for the intended use -- Web browsing, office, basic media playback.

Cons: Buggy firmware?, strange behaviour with Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: I got this half-off. I won't list the price since NewEgg probably won't allow that. :) -- It was a deal I could not refuse, as it's MUCH better than one of the comparably priced VIA x86-64 CPU embedded solutions that were on here as well.

Let me start off by saying that I knew I was going to be installing Windows 7 on this unit from day one. In order to do so, however, I had to go through some "Hoops."

You need to go into the UEFI and look for the CSM, compatibility support module. You then need to set it on, and allow Legacy booting on any device you need to install Windows from. Therefore you need to select a USB device if you are booting from a flash drive, as well as your optical drive if you have one installed. As well as your hard drive or SSD.

You then also need to make sure that Windows 7 is selected as the legacy boot OS. Choosing Windows 8 for a 7 install will likely result in a BSOD.

From there, DO NOT enable USB-3. -- My particular board will not allow Windows to detect the USB keyboard and mouse on the USB-2 ports (any of the four) if the USB-3 port is enabled.

From there, make sure USB-2 is enabled. If you disable BOTH usb ports, you will lock yourself out of the UEFI! (You must rest the CMOS if you do so, presumably if you had a PS/2 keyboard you could revert it without a reset however.)

Once you boot the Windows 7 install disc, leave it sit for a few minutes to detect your keyboard and mouse. Once it detects the two, the install should run smoothly.

No major problems with running the install on a 5400RPM laptop hard disk. Obviously that's not a good performance drive, but it will work until I can spare the cash for a small SSD!

Performance is good for what it is. -- I would submit it's probably around the speed of an old Pentium E2160 chip from 2006/2007. Probably a bit more. -- Not super powerful, but you can still do a lot with it. The integrated graphics are Intel HD, however the generation (4000, 4400, etc.) is not clear. -- I haven't tested any games yet.

This machine would be better for older games, or console emulation. Which is why I obtained it.

Note -- I did not update the BIOS. I also don't have the revision the board has in front of me. So perhaps the update would fix these issues!

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to install, and runs cooler than my old i3!

What can I say. It's a CPU, and it's the fastest my motherboard takes. I highly doubt I will ever purchase one of the even higher-end chips, so this is great.

The chip is easy to install, and even with the stock cooler -- under high load -- the temps are within normal ranges.

Cons: Expensive, probably overkill for most people.

Put simply: I think most people would LOVE my old Intel Core i3. So unless you are doing video editing, video rendering, or complicated emulation, etc. -- Save some cash.

Other Thoughts: I just upgraded from an Intel Core i3 2100 to this. The difference is actually quite subtle on most tasks, but where it shines is Premiere CC --- I don't use CUDA, so I can actually have sane render times for simple effects. As in, what would take an hour or more on the old i3 is much more reasonable with this chip.

A standard definition MPEG-2 DVD render that is an hour long clip is faster than real-time, with the maximum quality settings within the main concept encoder.

I don't make BluRay discs -- That's best left to a mastering house. That being said, the HD MPEG-2 renders are also acceptable in terms of speed. H.264 as well.

Also, this chip makes encoding with x264 [using the slow settings] much more sane, as expected!

Considering the fact that I dealt with an old Athlon 64X2 from 2007-2013, I know this chip will last me for a few years. Most likely, I will build a new machine once there is a 5th or 6th generation i7 -- Or whatever comes next, with this box being another to keep around!


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