Tuesday, August 5th 2014

ASRock Unveils a Pair of Pentium J2900 Motherboards

ASRock unveiled a pair of new motherboards based on Intel's new Pentium J2900 quad-core "Bay Trail" SoC. These include the Q2900-ITX (mini-ITX) and the Q2900M (micro-ATX). Both feature the 10W J2900 chips cooled by a fan-less chunky aluminium heatsink. The J2900 features four cores, nominal clock speeds of 2.40 GHz, with 2.66 GHz Turbo Boost, 2 MB of cache, 688-896 MHz Intel HD Graphics, and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.

The Q2900-ITX offers two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, a single PCI-Express 2.0 x1, a miniPCIe 2.0, two-each of SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s ports, four USB 3.0 ports, display outputs that include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI; 8-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet. The Q2900M, on the other hand, features much of the same features, except full-size DIMM slots, an additional PCI-Express 2.0 x16 and PCIe 2.0 x1 slots; and 6-channel HD audio instead of 8-channel.
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3 Comments on ASRock Unveils a Pair of Pentium J2900 Motherboards

#1
jmcslob
I've seen how the AMD AM1 5350 wipes the floor with this setup but I'd like to see them compared with a low end mainstream GFX
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zsolt_93
Insert a R7 250X and beat all them AM1 APUs. For doing excel or web browsing you need the CPU power and these little boys got that one with the Celeron being on par with the 5350 a lot of time i expect this to be better. If business software that can profit from HSA comes out it would be a win for AMD but until then a little lower price will get Intel the dollars.
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I like that second picture with the board with 2 1x PCI-E slots and a 16x. That also seems worth it for a low power gateway considering the 10-watt TDP. I'll wait and see what other companies release though. I really don't like that perpendicular design for the DIMM slots to be honest.
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