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.
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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- Passive cooling.
- Silent operation.
- 20W power draw, 30W is the absolute maximum.
- Mini-ITX form factor.
- Four USB 3.0 ports.
- Low price.
- Curious use of Serial, PS/2 and PCI legacy technology.
- Very low CPU and GPU performance.