$60 MSI J1800i Motherboard Features 10W Intel Celeron “Bay Trail” Processor

We’ve now got plenty of low cost and low power ARM based boards and devices, but Intel is not sitting by idly, and in recent years they’ve worked to greatly reduce the power consumption of some of their processors, and relatively low power, cost effective Intel based motherboards will be available later this year. For example, MSI J1800i will be based on Intel Celeron J1800 dual core Bay Trail processor with 10W TDP, 64-bit support, and cost around $60 when it becomes available end of January or in February.

MSI_J1800iHere are some of the specifications of this motherboard:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J1800i dual core @ 2.41 with integrated Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2x DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM slots (Up to 8GB)
  • Storage – 2x Serial ATA 3Gbps ports
  • Video Output – HDMI, VGA, and DVI
  • Connectivity – 1x Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 host ports, 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Expansion – single PCIe Express x1 slot
  • Audio – Speaker, audio in and audio out jacks
  • Misc – PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors

The “recommended customer price” for Celeron J1800 processor is $72.00 on Intel website. I’m not sure if this is just for the “boxed version”, but it seems difficult to make a $60 motherboard with a $72 CPU, unless they talked about volume pricing. We’ll have to see. You’ll need to add memory (4GB SO-DIMM DDR3 is about $40 now), and potentially a SATA HDD or SSD to get the full price for comparison to ARM platforms. There will also be a quad core version for $70, probably based on Celeron J1850 (10W TDP).

The benchmark results below give an ideas of Intel process in terms of power consumption, by showing a Celeron J1850 (10W TDP) launched at the end of 2013 has about the same CPU performance as an Intel Core2 Duo E8200 processor (65 TDP) launched in 2008.

Bay_Trail_Intel_J1800_CPU_benchmark_vs_Core2_Duo

As a comparison, an ARM Linux or Android computer will typically consume 2.5W to 10W (possibly 15W for Cortex A15). That’s the whole board, and the motherboard above will consume more than 10W once you add all components, but the gap is narrowing.

Source: Tech Report, via Fanless Tech

Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.

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Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

Someone please build one with 6 Sata, I want to upgrade the lowly AMD C60 in my NAS…

Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

I would definitely prefer these to ARM for media PC, BTW (even if they need a bit more power). Finally no ARM weirdness and actually working drivers (unlike RK and Allwinner) for all major OSes. Then again, I already have a core I3 NUC so not sure if I will bother upgrading that (though less heat would be welcome)…

Xan
Xan
6 years ago

More competition is welcomed.

Now I need to rethink my plans for new XBMC box and small NAS/torrent/XDCC box… this looks indeed nice.

passante
passante
6 years ago

No SATA port… Also for me is a no go 🙁

JotaMG
JotaMG
6 years ago

Yes, if the final retail price is this it will be competitive.
Really you don’t need a HD, you can use a SD card and USB card reader for less than $5, and you get a running system.
(but no wi-fi)

LeoKesler
6 years ago

But how much is the performance difference to a IMX6q ?
Because, for a complete x86 motherboard with CPU, I think it is cheap.
And probably it is plug and play and not the nightmare of some ARM boards.

By the way, gigabit network ?

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

This is an 22nm Atom mainboard with a dual core (Silvermont) CPU. http://ark.intel.com/products/78866/Intel-Celeron-Processor-J1800-1M-Cache-up-to-2_58-GHz There are two SATA ports and since there is a PCI-E (1x) slot, you could add a SATA controller card if you need 4 more SATA ports. There is also a GB Ethernet port. http://www.msi.com/product/mb/J1800I-.html#/?div=Basic As for WiFi and Bluetooth, there are a number of inexpensive miniature USB adapters that one could use. The main advantage of this sort of mainboard compared to the various ARM TV box solutions is the Linux compatibility: this is an x86/64-bit CPU with an Ivy Bridge based GPU (Intel HD graphics).… Read more »

panicopticon
panicopticon
6 years ago
passante
passante
6 years ago


Ops, I didn’t checked the original site and it was not clear from the list. Good news!

passante
passante
6 years ago
JotaMG
JotaMG
6 years ago

Andrew :
b) Android compatibility. ARM is still the way to go for running Android.

Who needs Android when you can have full Linux support??

3 questions:
1) do the board need a fan for the cpu? (hope not)
2) is the Cpu swappable?
3) can one use a Power Supply without fan, or with the fan disabled?

mcg
mcg
6 years ago

It would be a great XBMC / NAS / Torrent box… if it had spdif out. It could substitute my 4w raspberry pi + 13.5w NAS.

deadhp1
deadhp1
6 years ago

It looks like a great replacement for my aging amd e-350 box.

adem
adem
6 years ago

How about this one. you might as well pay the extra $10 and get two more cores

http://ark.intel.com/products/78867/Intel-Celeron-Processor-J1900-2M-Cache-up-to-2_42-GHz

adem
adem
6 years ago

hey guys going off topic here but i really want to know if its possible to use this cooler with a extra block connected to a gpu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUETV2EpUgg

if so i might buy it. it’s around $160 although i dont know how much a block would cost for my gigabyte 650 ti boost it would be if i can cool two thing with one pump also the fans dont work on my gpu

Sander
Sander
6 years ago

The Celeron J1800 processor is $72.00?! Wow, what a hefty price, even for a SoC. (It is a SoC, right?)

Gabe
Gabe
6 years ago
Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

Seeing that the 4 core and the 2 core Bay Trail D both have a TDP of 10W, i would seriously expect the 2 core to draw less than 6-7W under full load. Of course the South Bridge and the ram will still draw some, on top of that. So it’s not quite ARM territory yet but it’s also much faster.

Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

Thinking of it, I might be better off buying an Akasa Newton case for my existing Core i3 NUC and finally silence that bugger (it very much eludes me why it got good ratings on noise online)…

Gabe
Gabe
6 years ago

Gigabyte J1800n around 90 US dollars, not in stock yet:
http://www.pcgarage.ro/placi-de-baza/gigabyte/ga-j1800n-d2h

Smeghead
Smeghead
6 years ago


I wouldn’t be surprised if #4 meant no *mSATA* port. That would make a lot more sense.

mike
mike
6 years ago

So Mobo is $70 plus $40 for memory plus $40 for case plus $40 for power supply gives $190 versus a complete ARM Quad Core mini pc at $60. So almost 3x price of quad core ARM which is a reasonably fast system. Curious how the performance would compare between the two.

Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

@mike
It will have vastly better software support than any of the cheap androids, for damn sure.

jorge
jorge
5 years ago

Hi, I wanna know if my j1800 Intel core 2 dual can be upgraded to a Intel quad core GPU I just wanted to know since my PC is not able to run my programs, and it is soldered but I wanna know if it can be solder removed and cleanly be replaced with the necessary tools you may provide me with your knowledgeable help to me. Thank you in advance. I just wanna get the Lil square GPU into my reliable PC. Please inform me!

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