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Gigabyte J1900N-D3V Review

The Gigabyte J1900N-D3V is a curious piece of hardware. It packs a Celeron J1900 System-on-Chip that is passively cooled and may well be the quickest PC build you have ever performed. Drop the motherboard in the case – connect a few cables – job done.

The I/O panel of a Mini ITX motherboard is necessarily tight on space so it is a surprise to see that Gigabyte has combined four USB 3.0 ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet with two legacy Serial ports. This legacy theme continues as the on-board expansion slot is PCI rather than PCI Express.
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There is no denying the J1900N-D3V is very cheap however it offers little in the way of performance and its major strengths are its tiny power draw and use of passive cooling.

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Pros:

  • Passive cooling.
  • Silent operation.
  • 20W power draw, 30W is the absolute maximum.
  • Mini-ITX form factor.
  • Four USB 3.0 ports.
  • Low price.

Cons:

  • Curious use of Serial, PS/2 and PCI legacy technology.
  • Very low CPU and GPU performance.

KitGuru says: For most of us this motherboard is nothing more than a curiosity but someone, somewhere will pay for this combination of silent operation and support for Serial ports.
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Rating: 7.0.

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