We previously reported on Bay Trail-D motherboards coming from ECS, GIGABYTE and Biostar, but today it is ASUS’ turn to add in a SKU to the mix.  The J1800I-C, like the others, uses a passive cooler on a mini-ITX motherboard.  Similar to ASUS’ recent styling on the mainstream segment, the J1800I-C heatsink comes in a gold color, and as the name suggests the motherboard uses the Celeron J1800 Silvermont based SoC.  This is a dual-core 2.41 GHz part, with turbo up to 2.58 GHz and a TDP of 10W.  The integrated GPU is a HD (Ivy Bridge) system at 688 MHz, which also has a turbo mode to 792 MHz.

The motherboard uses two SO-DIMM slots, and the SoC is limited to 8GB of DDR3L-1333 MHz memory.  We also have a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, a mini-PCIe slot, two SATA 3 Gbps ports, one USB 3.0 port, 6 USB 2.0 ports (4 back panel, one header) with also VGA and HDMI video outputs.  The motherboard has a COM header as well as two 4-pin fan headers.  Audio comes via a Realtek ALC887-VD codec, and the LAN is a Realtek RTL8111G gigabit Ethernet controller.  ASUS is keen to promote that even on this low end SKU, users have access to the ASUS graphical BIOS and features like AI Suite 3, USB 3.0 Boost and Fan Xpert.

Similar to other Bay Trail-D motherboards, we expect the J1800I-C to be around $65 at retail.  The focus on such a motherboard/SoC combination is usually integrated systems, such as digital signage, although it could equally be put forward for a low power small form factor system.

Source: ASUS

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  • DuckieHo - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    QuickSync is for video encoding while Clear Video HD is for the decoding. Even if it is based on the IVB IGP, Intel likes market differentiation. For example, the Celeron G16xx series have IVB IGPs as well but all the GPGPU features were disabled.
  • A5 - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Yeah, I'd like to see an HTPC-focused review of these. If it can do Steam In-Home Streaming and video decode duties well, this would be a really nice solution.
  • orangefr2 - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

  • Cygni - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Agreed. Throw it up against the socketed Kabini as well, and add some CableCard tuner tests if possible. If the quad core can handle CableCard 4 streams, I would get one in a heartbeat.
  • cgalyon - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Would be nice to have a board with built in 802.11ac for wireless streaming. That could make for a great client system (remote desktop, streaming, etc). Could always add it via one of the card slots, just have to figure out how to wire the antenna properly then.

    I imagine this is an obvious question, but I still don't know and can't the answer. Can this fit in a NUC style case? I would love to grab the Silverstone tiny case and put one of these in for use as a remote client computer.
  • Metaluna - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    It's a miniITX form factor, so it's way too big for a NUC case. Something like a Mini-Box M350 + PicoPSU should be fine though. Too bad it doesn't have a 19V DC input directly on the board like some Thin miniITX boards do.
  • cgalyon - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Ah thank you, that helps! Too bad really, because I'm not sure where to look for boards to fit some of the NUC-style cases (like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8... Doesn't seem like they're widely commercially available, which is strange considering that the cases are available.
  • DuckieHo - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    You can buy NUC systems but there relatively expensive.

    I would recommend Habey for low-priced nice HTPC mITX cases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Sub...
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Anandtech should really start benchmarking BayTrail, Kabini and Celereon/Pentium CPUs to give us some perspective. :-)
  • BSMonitor - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    They often have 1 desktop SKU in their benchmarks for these. Its always the one at the top with the bar that spans the entire graph .. ;) .. 10W passively cooled vs 35W actively cooled.. You tell me how that's going to turn out..

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