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MSI's Bay Trail-D Mini-ITX Board Launching This Month

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MSI's Mini-ITX board powered by Intel's Bay Trail-D is coming before the month is out.

CES is full of products that might never see the light of day or aren't set to launch for a very long time. This Mini-ITX board from MSI is one of the isn’t available yet, but will apparently be out by the end of the month. When it does become available, it will be priced under $60. 

 

The J18001 boasts Intel’s 2.4 GHz dual-core Celeron J1800 (hence the name of the board), as well as support for up to 8 GB of RAM via two DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM slots, and two SATA Gbps ports, one PCIe slot, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, USB 3.0 (x1), D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI. If you’re not feeling the dual-core version, MSI says there will be a version with the more powerful quad-core Bay Trail-D out in January/February for only ten bucks more.

The quad-core Bay Trail-D comes with 2 MB of L3 cache as opposed to the 1 MB in the dual-core model and comes in two flavors, the Pentium J2900 and the Pentium J2850. The former packs a graphics clock rate of 896 MHz, while the latter boasts a graphics clock rate of 792 MHz. The Celeron J1800 features the same 792 MHz graphics clock rate as the Pentium J2850.

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    Sicundercover , January 18, 2014 10:33 AM
    This would be more interesting if it wasnt Intel graphics.
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    shafe88 , January 18, 2014 10:43 AM
    It would be great to have an AMD version, the ultimate HTPC board. Small with decent graphics.
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    oj88 , January 18, 2014 11:18 AM
    Don't forget that Bay Trail SoC CPUs are for cheap netbooks, tablets, 2-in-1s, and AIOs, with 32-bit, 2GB RAM. The full system's (including touch screen, keyboard, mousepad and OS) price range is between $200 to $400. I don't see its value in the DIY market here.
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    navalweaponsofficer , January 18, 2014 5:21 PM
    I agree great HTPC option and 64bit OS capable. These Bay Trail D chips are a great value for low power computing and pack a lot of compute power for their power rating.
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    InvalidError , January 18, 2014 5:41 PM
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    I don't see its value in the DIY market here.

    DIY NAS, HTPC, various types of home servers and appliances... basically anything where power efficiency and small size are more important than processing power and expansion options.
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    mrcoolbreeze704 , January 18, 2014 6:13 PM
    Would a a6 or a8 not be better for a htpc build? Seems and has the edge in integrated graphics at this price range.
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    InvalidError , January 18, 2014 6:40 PM
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    Would a a6 or a8 not be better for a htpc build? Seems and has the edge in integrated graphics at this price range.

    Unless you plan to play more than trivial 3D games on your HTPC, then the IGP does not matter much.

    I know if I personally built an HTPC, I would try to aim for fan-less and that would be far easier to achieve with a 7.5-10W Bay Trail than a 45-65W A6.
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    Jaroslav Jandek , January 19, 2014 3:31 AM
    Looks like my server/HTPC is getting an upgrade (I am also considering the boards from ECS). Looks like this one will fit nicely on the back of my TV or wherever I eventually place it.
    Board (< $60) + 4GB RAM (~$30) + pico & adapter (~$22 + $9) = ~$121. Relatively cheap platform for an HTPC... I will 3D print the case for the board myself. I already have the RAM, the adapter and some HDDs.
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    antilycus , January 19, 2014 10:01 AM
    my mini itx case w/ external power supply is about the size of a Wii. It has a 256SSD and just upgraded to FM2+ A10-7850k. This is the ULTIMATE HTPC + gaming machine. Go run the Heaven (unigine) benchmark on your PC and let me know what it gets. This APU got 30fps on basic settings (720p). This thing listed above. wouldn't even get 4 fps.
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    Jaroslav Jandek , January 19, 2014 11:28 AM
    @antilycus: My primary concern is audio/video playback and web browsing. It is also a server (VPN, NAS, various services) running 24/7 => low power and low noise are the most important features. We have 2 PCs with dedicated GPUs if we wanted to play games.

    Just FYI even the Atom Z3740 can do 40+ FPS in Starcraft 2 and 20+ fps in more graphics-intensive games (like Crysis) at 720p/min.settings (and that's a 2W part).
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    jimmysmitty , January 19, 2014 8:39 PM
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    This would be more interesting if it wasnt Intel graphics.
    For the majority of people tis would be fine for a HTPC as most wont game on it.If you want to game you can either add a discrete GPU or just buy a AMD APU instead as that is all AMD has for mITX boards.
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    pollom , January 19, 2014 10:14 PM
    Really nice for asterisk server :) 
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    test 0525 , January 20, 2014 12:36 AM
    where are the "7.1 channel audio" ? not even an S/PDIF :( 
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    pogsnet , January 20, 2014 12:47 AM
    I won't believe that it can be 4.5x faster against Kepler as shown in the slides.
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    houldendub , January 20, 2014 4:31 AM
    Actually really like these, anyone else thinking about Stream Machines??
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    the1kingbob , January 20, 2014 6:27 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    This would be more interesting if it wasnt Intel graphics.
    For the majority of people tis would be fine for a HTPC as most wont game on it.If you want to game you can either add a discrete GPU or just buy a AMD APU instead as that is all AMD has for mITX boards.
    AMD has 6 mini-ITX boards on newegg with FM2/FM2+ compatibility, that is the same size as this board.
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    mmohon , January 20, 2014 6:47 AM
    Anyone think I could use this puppy for in home streaming via steam? Was thinking of building a small pc for my living room. I have a wired drop to feed it. I just need to get my games on my TV while leaving the tower in my office..
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    falchard , January 20, 2014 1:00 PM
    I don't see a market for this. Anyone else able to find any?
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    InvalidError , January 20, 2014 1:36 PM
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    I don't see a market for this. Anyone else able to find any?

    There is a huge potential market for this. If you cannot see it, you need to learn to look further than the tip of your nose. There is over a dozen examples in this thread - just about anything that does not require tons of processing or GPU power is a potential market for things like these.
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    Wisecracker , January 20, 2014 4:38 PM
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    I know if I personally built an HTPC, I would try to aim for fan-less and that would be far easier to achieve with a 7.5-10W Bay Trail than a 45-65W A6.


    The quad-core A6-1450 *Temash's* Bay Trail, has a greater OpenGL score than Intel HD4K graphics in CineBench15, and maxes at 7w.

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