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Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-J1800M-D2P: review and testing

Continuing familiarity with the lineup of GIGABYTE motherboards with integrated processor Intel Celeron J1800, we will talk about a compact model GIGABYTE GA-J1800M-D2P designed in a format microATX. In theory, it can be an excellent basis for the building of compact multimedia system oriented to reproduce high-quality multimedia content on your home TV or monitor.


As for the "heart" of this model, the detailed characteristics of the installed processor can be found in the material devoted to the motherboard ASUS J1800I-C. And we will look at the characteristics of the hero of this review.

The specs:




GA-J1800M-D2P (rev 1.1)


Socket BGA1170

Integrated processor

Intel Celeron J1800 (2 х 2,41 − 2,58 ГГц)

Supported CPUs

Intel HD Graphics: core frequency 688 МГц (max up to 792 MHz); capacity of video memory is taken from RAM

Memory frequency

1333 MHz

Memory support

2 x DDR3/DDR3L DIMM- slots with memory support up to 8 GB in dual channel mode

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

1 x PCI

Disk subsystem

2 x SATA 3 Gb/s


1 x Realtek 8111G (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC887

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel sound



24-pin ATX connector

4-pin ATX12V connector


1 x CPU fan connector (3-pin)

1 x system fan connectors (4-pin)


Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x D-Sub

1 х HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45)

1 x USB 3.0

4 x USB 2.0

1 х LPT

3 x audio jacks

1 х PS/2 (mouse or keyboard)

Internal I/O

2 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

2 х COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x S/PDIF Out

1 x CMOS



PnP 1.0а, DMI2.7, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, WfM 2.0


user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions


190 х 180 mm

Producer website

Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available at support page

Package and content


Package of motherboard GIGABYTE GA-J1800M-D2P made in the form of small cardboard box, decorated with quality printing in dark colors. A key design element of the face side is the big picture of the passive cooling system of the processor. Also here is the name of the model and the manufacturer. Slightly below you can find a  logo of branded concept Ultra Durable, which includes the following features:

  • Ultra Cool & Performance - power circuits uses high field-effect transistors with low on-resistance (Low RDS (on)), as well as durable solid capacitors.
  • Ultra Safe - this model is equipped with additional protection of ports USB and LAN ESD. Each LAN and USB-port works in conjunction with a special protective filter that is able to withstand severe electrostatic discharge, which protects the system from power surges, even during a thunderstorm. Do note the presence of protective circuits, safeguard internal components against overvoltage and an improved laying of fiberglass in the PCB, thus reducing the negative impact of moisture.


The reverse side contains a schematic image of the motherboard and configuration of interface panel. Also there is a more detailed description of the above advantages.


Also we found a CD with the software, the interface panel plug, user manual and two SATA cables.

Design and features


Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-J1800M-D2P is made on dark brown microATX PCB with a non-standard size (190 x 180 mm). In this regard, the manufacturer has applied original layout of on-board elements, where DIMM-slots are located on opposite sides of the PCB, and ports SATA are closer to the center.


As for ease of building, the original arrangement should not stop you, as a manufacturer equipped the DIMM-slots with latches on only one side. Problems can only arise when installing overall expansion cards, especially in the slot PCI Express 2.0 x1.


On the back side of the motherboard, you can pay attention to the use of screws to secure the radiator for the cooling of the processor. This should ensure adequate downforce and an optimal efficiency.


Most of ports and connectors are concentrated in the central part of the printed circuit board. Here are: connecting module of the front panel audio jacks, S/PDIF Out, the two connectors COM and two blocks to activate additional interfaces USB 2.0. Total number of USB 2.0 ports is eight: four internal and four external. As for USB 3.0, there is only one corresponding port, and it is located on the interface panel. All of the above connectors and ports are realized by controllers integrated into the processor.


At the lower right corner of the motherboard we found a connector for a system fan, the jumper to clear the CMOS, as well as the module to connect the front panel with a convenient color display.


The possibility of organizing a disk subsystem is presented two ports SATA 3 Gb/s, arranged perpendicular to the surface of the board. Both interfaces operate due to integrated controller.


The tested model is equipped by two DIMM-slots for memory modules of DDR3 and DDR3L standard. And this is one of its advantages, as many competitive analogues require installation of SO-DIMM-modules. Modules operating at frequencies up to 1333 MHz in the nominal mode are supported. The maximum capacity of memory can be up to 8 GB, which is enough for a compact and inexpensive system.


Cooling system of the product includes one radiator that provides heat removal from chipset Intel Celeron J1800. In the process of testing the following temperature indices were fixed:

  • radiator for chipset cooling – 48.3°C;
  • chocks of power subsystem – 65.5°C;
  • field-effect transistor of power subsystem–  74.7°C.

Demonstrated results tell us that the preset passive cooling system copes with its direct tasks, because the critical exponent TJUNCTION for this CPU is on the level of at 105°C.



Processor power supply is performed via 5-phase scheme for computational cores and additional joints. The transformer is based on PWM controller ISL95836. The circuitry is made by high quality components such as: solid capacitors, MOS transistors with low resistance of open channel and chokes with ferrite cores. Basic 24-pin and additional 4-pin connectors are use for power feeding.


To extend the functionality of GIGABYTE GA-J1800M-D2P user has two slots: PCI Express 2.0 x1 and PCI. As you can see, the ability to install a discrete graphics card is not available, that is not a disadvantage for low-cost multimedia system-oriented for HD-content.


Multi I/O capabilities are based on chip ITE IT8620E which controls the operation of the system fans, COM and PS/2 ports, as well as provides the monitoring.


Since the integrated processor controller does not support the bus PCI, and operation of the respective connector is implemented using a bridge PCIE-PCI based on the chip ITE IT8892E.


To implement the features of the integrated graphics core the user will have two video outputs: D-Sub and HDMI, which operate thanks to the controller ASMedia ASM1442K.


To support network connections there is a GB LAN-controller Realtek 8111G. Also, users have the flexibility to allocate network resources by software GIGABYTE LAN Optimizer.


Sound subsystem of model is based on the 8-channel codec Realtek ALC887 which supports 2/4/5.1/7.1 audio systems.



Interface panel of the model contains the following ports:

  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 1 x USB 3.0;
  • 4 x USB 2.0;
  • 1 x LPT;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x D-Sub;
  • 1 x PS/2 for mouse or keyboard connection;
  • 3 x audio jacks.

We have a good configuration of interface panel, which has enough USB ports, as well as two video outputs, including digital HDMI for playback of high-quality content. In addition to the preset port LPT, you have the opportunity to bring to the interface of the PC two COM ports, using the appropriate connectors on the circuit board, which significantly expands the list of supported peripherals. And the features include only inconvenient connection of multichannel speakers, where you need to use the audio outputs on the front panel of the case or transfer the audio signal through the HDMI port.


The means of organizing the cooling system inside the case of GIGABYTE GA-J1800M-D2P are quite standard. There are two fan connectors, one of which is used for CPU cooling system (3-pin), while the other is designed for system fans (4-pin).  

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