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MSI Bay Trail J1800I ITX board listed in Europe

by on15 January 2014

Listed at €74, MSRP ~$60

It’s been a while since we saw any movement on the ITX front. A few years ago AMD shook up Intel’s Atom lead with Brazos, its first low voltage APU. Brazos was a hit and Intel responded with a few new Atoms that really weren’t up to par, but it also introduced a range of low voltage Celeron chips. The latest series, based on Ivy Bridge silicon, is very interesting indeed.

Now it’s was AMD’s turn to spice things up with Jaguar based products, but there are just no Kabini-based ITX boards on the market yet. As usual, AMD is late to the party and now we’re seeing just how late.

The first Bay Trail boards are starting to emerge, although Kabini was to launch a couple of quarters ahead of Bay Trail. ECS already announced three Bay Trail boards and now MSI is joining the fun.

The MSI J1800I is based on the Celeron J1800, a dual-core SoC clocked at 2.41GHz. It has two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, along with VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and USB 3.0 connectivity.

Since this is a 10W part, the board is passively cooled and we suspect most if not all Bay Trail boards will be passive. 


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