Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H Motherboard (2.41 GHz, Mini -ITX, Gigabit, LAN)
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The GIGABYTE J1800N Mini-ITX motherboard is a fully integrated PC motherboard featuring the Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core processor. Designed for compact, small form factor PC systems and devices, the GIGABYTE J1800N is entirely fanless, making it ideal for always-on, mission critical systems, as well as noise-sensitive digital entertainment systems. Connectivity includes digital and analog display outputs via VGA and HDMI ports, while a Mini-PCIe slot provides flexible Wi-Fi option.
1xGigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H Motherboard Built In J1800N (2.41GHz) Mini-ITX Gigabit LAN (Integrated Graphics)
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- Came with F3 bios pre-installed; no difficulty installing linux
- Ridiculously fast POST (literally 1 second) when the setup key timeout is reduced; perfect for HTPCs
- XBMC is smooth even with custom themes etc. - generally no issues.
- Hardware acceleration in XBMC causes major decompression artifacts (makes the video bitrate look 10x lower - every keyframe is heavily pixellated and slowly comes 'into focus'). Probably a GPU software issue, but regardless it all but rules out 1080p playback on Linux at this time.
- Not sure if this issue lies with the motherboard, tv or tv tuner (tbs 6280), but if an RF loopback cable is connected at power on, it is impossible to get any HDMI output until power cycled. Attaching it after power on causes no issues.
- No manual RAM timing/voltage control - prevents manually forcing 1.5v sticks from running underclocked at 1.35v. As a result, only 1600MHz 1.5v sticks are likely to work (they will tend to have a 1.35v 1333MHz mode), if you do not have any native 1.35v sticks.
- The hardware acceleration bug has been fixed by a recent kernel and/or intel dri update. 1080p playback is now 100% perfect in XBMC.
- The latest F4 bios has regressed to have the extremely poor HDMI support of F2. F3 (the best bios version currently available) is still available here: http://download.gigabyte.eu/FileList/BIOS/mb_bios_ga-j1800n-d2h_f3.zip
- If you can't get an HDMI signal on certain TVs but can on others, install the F3 bios and set all CSM settings in the BIOS to legacy only
**UPDATE** 06/02/16: Still going strong! Has been in 3 different builds - a desktop, an HTPC, and a home server. Nice, versatile, quiet, and durable if you only need low-mid performance (no top-end gaming unfortunately! -you get what you pay for...)
Unfortunately my experience of this board was far from what I expected. First problem was that it refused to work with the DVI output to my monitor. Once I finally got a screen working by using the VGA output, I tried to set it to boot in 'legacy' mode, that is to say, not in Win 8 UEFI. It locked-up, and it refused to let me back into the BIOS setup screen and gave me no alternative than to reset the BIOS using the board jumper to factory settings. It saw my SATA hard drive most of the time but never reliably detected my SATA DVD drive. I tried booting a variety of operating systems from USB, CD, and HDD but with no success.
After doing some research I concluded that this board is effectively UEFI boot only. The 'legacy' boot mode just doesn't work. You can apparently upgrade the BIOS to version 3 (Version 1 supplied) but to do that you need to boot it into Windows 8 first, then flash the BIOS.
By the time I concluded that BIOS re-flash was essential, I had already wasted too much time and I don't see why I should be supplied with something that needs faffing around with Win 8 and BIOS updates to get it working properly. So I have returned the board as not fit for purpose as supplied.
If you only want to use Windows 8 and you a happy with UEFI boot only then you'll probably not experience any problems. If you want to use Windows 7, Vista, Linux or anything else, then I'd advise against this hardware.
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It's useable, but save yourself the hassle of the poor and arguably flaky bios and buy an ASRock Q1900-ITX instead.Published 19 months ago by Woodz