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HTPC and SFF enthusiasts will have their own Bay Trail "motherboard" from MSI

by on11 February 2014 2848 times

The new motherboard from MSI codenamed J1800I comes with an Intel Celeron J1800 SoC, and with Intel HD graphics. Despite being embedded, the SoC can clock as fast as 2.4 GHz, TDP is only 10W, so for the cooling is sufficient passive aluminum heatsink what we have so far seen only on the chipset. To ensure stable operation, MSI used Military Class 4 components.

The board is a good basis for concluding HTPC or office computer, but you should not expect too much, because of the small size it could not possess more features. The maximum amount of DDR3 (1333 MHz) memory that board support is 8 GB and it includes two Dual Channel SO-DIMM memory slots.

Despite its small size, MSI has managed to squeeze in the back of it three video outputs (D-Sub, DVI and HDMI), Gigabit LAN and outputs for the sound card. On board are also one PCIe x1 slot and one PS2 connector for keyboard and mouse. To connect additional equipment, MSI has provided one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, while for connecting optical drives and hard disk drives or solid state board has only two SATA III ports. Suggested retail price for the MSI J1800I Bay Trail motherboard is around $60.

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Last modified on 11 February 2014
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