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ASRock's Q1900TM-ITX is Thin Mini-ITX Bay Trail Board

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ASRock has revealed a thin Mini-ITX board based on the Intel Bay Trail platform.

Since the introduction of the AM1 platform from AMD, the Bay Trail competition has begun and heated up considerably. Adding fuel to the fire, ASRock has introduced a new Bay Trail board based on the quad-core J1900 processor. The motherboard will be called the Q1900TM-ITX.

The Celeron J1900 chip is a Bay Trail-based chip, operating four cores at a clock speed of 2.0 GHz. The integrated Intel HD graphics runs at 688 MHz, though it can boost up to 854 MHz. All of this has a TDP of just 10 W, allowing ASRock to have the chip passively cooled.

What sets this board apart from other J1900-based boards is its form factor. It's built on the Thin Mini-ITX form factor, which means that it will only fit in thin enclosures, among which are a number of all-in-one solutions. Power is provided via a DC input, rather than with the use of a standard PSU based on the ATX specifications.

Rear I/O connectivity is handled by three USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, a VGA port, Ethernet port, HDMI, and stereo analog audio. Onboard expansion is provided by a single PCIe 2.0 x 1 slot along with a single Mini-PCIe slot.

A possible use for a board like this is as a simple in-home streaming device, media center, or just a budget-friendly home PC. Performance won't be spectacular, but certainly good enough for most everyday tasks.

No word on US availability or pricing, though the board has been spotted in Europe for a price just shy of €120. We've reached out to ASRock, and we'll let you know when we hear back.

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    knowom , June 16, 2014 1:29 PM
    Why the hell would anyone even consider buying Bay Trail when they could buy a cheaper C2Q like Q9550 and motherboard then just undervolt it to as low as .752v or at the very minimum will handle .85v which Intel lists in it's voltage range 0.8500V-1.3625V.

    TDP isn't based on minimum power requirements, but is maximum and it's not run at .85V by default. The C2Q is cheaper and a more full featured platform and has more cache and if you need additional power will easily provide it.

    Core 2 Duo SU9600 runs at 1.6 GHz 3 MB800 MT/s 8× 1.05–1.15 V 10 W1.050V
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    jardows , June 17, 2014 10:11 AM
    @knowom - Good luck finding a C2Q board in thin mini-itx!
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    knowom , June 17, 2014 3:31 PM
    Fair point I suppose though you can find Micro ATX boards no problem which isn't a whole lot bigger especially if your all ready using a Micro ATX compatible case.
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    sonofliberty08 , June 18, 2014 4:50 PM
    all celeron with J are atom like which meant to be crap, just forget it and get a cheap mini-itx E-350 apu onboard
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