News on the grapevine is filtering down for Bay Trail-D.  We have had the 20W Avoton server equivalent processor in our offices for a little while now, but alongside this Intel have 10W consumer based Celerons to market.  With the chips being a ball-grid-array arrangement it is up to the motherboard manufacturers to provide the base on which these processors sit.  Alongside some display from MSI at CES, GIGABYTE and Biostar are coming to market with their versions.

From GIGABYTE, this is the J1800N-D2H, using the 10W Intel Celeron J1800 Bay Trail-D SoC, a dual core Silvermont CPU starting at 2.41 GHz with turbo up to 2.58 GHz.  N in the name indicates mini-ITX, and D2H positions the motherboard at the lower end in terms of specifications.  The board itself uses a passive heatsink to cool the CPU (more than understandable for 10W), two DDR3L SO-DIMM 1333 MHz slots (1.35V memory only), a D-sub and HDMI audio output, two PS/2 ports, USB 3.0, a USB 2.0 hub, two SATA 3 Gbps ports, a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, a mini-PCIe slot, Realtek ALC887 audio and Realtek NIC, all in a 17cm square form factor.

The Biostar J1800NH is a similar product with the Celeron J1800 SoC, using instead a single DDR3L SO-DIMM slot, fewer USB 2.0 ports and a Realtek ALC662 audio codec instead.

What is perhaps more surprising is the pricing.  The Biostar motherboard is currently available for $56 with a $60 MSRP – the GIGABYTE motherboard, and the MSI one at CES, should be around $60 as well.  However this SoC, sold by Intel, is listed as $72 tray price (i.e. in batches of 1000).  This means either that these manufacturers are getting them at a discount, or selling them at a loss.

The purpose for Bay Trail-D is tablet like performance in a desktop form factor, with perhaps the added advantage of expandability and connectors.  Users wanting quad core solutions will have to keep eyes peeled for J1850/J1900 versions, or jump to Pentium J2850/J2900.  We saw that ECS was going to release a line of these motherboards last year.  As mentioned, we have Avoton in to test, specifically Intel’s 8-core Silvermont solution for IPC/servers.  Keep your eyes peeled for that review.

Sources: Fanless Tech via Liliputing via Tech Report.

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  • Bambooz - Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - link

    There's another board with the Celeron J1800 out right now, which is the MSI J1800i.

    Note the warning "Please be noted that J1800I only supports Win 8/8.1 OS now.".
    Seems like there's no way to disable Secure Boot...!? Would make it useless for a lot of people.. Kinda like the disaster with the Atom Z5xx (video acceleration only on windows) or the N2800/D2700 (full functionality only on one OS, which is Win7 32bit)
  • BMNify - Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - link

    its only 2 cores and 2 threads with no AVX so its no better than this board above
  • purerice - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    Thank you for mentioning the J1850 and J2850.
    ( pricing) they are $10 and $22 more respectively than the J1800 but give 2x cores, 2x cache at the same TDP.

    At such a meager price difference, Intel would be better off ditching dual core CPUs altogether. Not just for the price difference but also for programming, to encourage the transition to multi-threaded apps.

    At the price for this though, it is pretty cool for what you get. It's actually faster than my 6 year old desktop that has a much higher TDP CPU.
  • duploxxx - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    so Intel is not able to sell there Bay Trail for tablets and is dumping them like crazy to motherboard vendors.

    still waiting on some decent gpu benchmarking of these bay trail series.
  • extide - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    No, this is an entirely different line of CPU's. (Yes same silvermont core, but different SKU's and featureset)
  • sheh - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    Nice, but too bad on using SO-DIMM instead of standard ones.

    Oddly good price, considering Intel's Galileo board costs a bit more. Perhaps it's just economies of scale.
  • Krysto - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    What's the point of a 10W Atom? I thought Intel decided against that years ago
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    Intel's using high power baytrail chip for future celeron/pentium branded parts instead of cut down core series rejects.
  • cjs150 - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    I like the Gigabyte board, depending on price. Stick an m-sata in the mini-pci slot load it with Windows server and I have a silent home server, might even manage a raid card for the PCI-E slot
  • alexvoda - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - link

    Not enough SATA for me.
    Looking good otherwise.

    When will the Asrock C2750D4i be available here?Why isn't it available yet?
    Don't mind me, just ranting.

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