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

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
    This would be more interesting if it wasnt Intel graphics.
  • shafe88
    It would be great to have an AMD version, the ultimate HTPC board. Small with decent graphics.
  • oj88
    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.