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ASRock Intros Celeron J1900-based Q1900DC-ITX Motherboard

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  1. btarunr

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    ASRock rolled out the Q1900DC-ITX, a low-power computing motherboard based on Intel Celeron J1900 "Bay Trail" SoC. The chip embeds a quad-core x86-64 CPU clocked at 2.00 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 2.42 GHz. The board is designed to draw power from an external power brick, over 2-pin DC-in. It uses a chunky fan-less heatsink to cool the SoC, which is wired to two DDR3L SO-DIMM slots. Expansion includes one PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and an mPCIe. Storage connectivity doesn't let down, and includes two each of SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s. The board offers legacy connectivity such as LPT and COM over headers. Display outputs include DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub. 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, two each of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0/1.1, and PS/2 mouse/keyboard connectors make for the rest of it.

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    How would one go about using sata devices you need a psu... o_O

    Unless fan has some adapter pin to sata

    I see the sata power pins now lol
     
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    Yeah, took me a while to find them lol (just under the SATA ports themselves in the photo, for anyone still in squint mode hehe). Looks like they used FDD power headers or similar, which take up less space than a long SATA power header as seen on some ITX boards. :)

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    Is the J1900 a good candidate for something like a XBMC/Openelec box? I got a friend looking at options for something along those lines. The on-board video is also something I am concerned about.
     
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    I am still not sure why they make these when a RaspberryPi does all this and more, and has a huge community, and its cheaper, its barely enough power to run a spreadsheet, or single task in todays world, let alone do anything we really want a small form factor PC to do.
     
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    I bet this thing is way more powerful than a Pi, can run Windows (important to some), and because it is x86 based it can run regular programs. Things like proper Flash support are also to be considered. Do not get me wrong, the Pi is a nice thing but for another kind of audience.
     
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    If its not for the cost, a standard PC without gimped hardware will run it much better, for slightly more than this costs, if for cost and true form factor there are much better alternatives.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128698

    $87 plus freight, plus drive, plus PSU, plus case, plus OS....... Easily a $350 build. Or A4-4000 in a ITX board for the same price and much more user friendly and i3 performance, or save more and get a 25W APU with still way better graphics and the ability to actually use your device, and upgrade it.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7933/the-desktop-kabini-review-part-1-athlon-5350-am1/7
     
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    This particular Asrock board doesn't need the usual pico-psu bolt-on. It's powered from a 19V DC jack at the back.
    A similar AM1 board alone costs about 55 plus another 40 to 65 for the CPU for more than double the power consumption and a fan. And what are you gonna upgrade it to? AM1 has exactly 4 skus. Will you be crossing your fingers for future unannounced processors that might fit in a board you buy today?
    And the GPU. They are both worthless for gaming but both provide hardware acceleration for 1080p H.264 decoding. And both should handle 1080p Hi10p software decoding. What else do you need the GPU for in this kind of system?

    And why A4-4000? Celeron G1820 is a much better choice since the GPU on the A4-4000 sucks anyway.(edit: h81 mini itx boards are cheaper too)
     
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