I posted this over on the XBMC page, but have been watching this thread for a long while now and wanted to share the love here too. Actually this thread helped me find the board I bought. So thanks! Hope this helps. First poster, loooongtime reader of SPCR reviews. Especially of PSUs years ago. Grateful.
So I've got my Gigabyte GA-J1900N-D3V here up and running Win 8.1 pro update on the F2 bios without any issues at all. Loving it!
Fanless, silent bliss. 15 watts idle and not much more maxxed out. Got a little 80w pico psu in a little mini-box mini-itx case and about to put it in the Coolermaster Elite 130 that just arrived today so I can use the Full PCI slot.
Running the Ripjaws cas 9 4gb pair with an 840Evo 250GB. Smooth as can be. Really nice little rig. Actually snappier and seems to multitask better than my old Q6600 I upgraded from.
Similar passmark scores. I've got around 2118 on my Win7 that I cloned over from my old PC to this new one using the Samsung data migration software. It worked fine. I loaded the Win 7 drivers from Gigabytes site and all worked great. Here's my passmark result for Win 7: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/dis...2850662080
I'll post my 8.1 Pro results in a few minutes. Should be very similar. I just ran it and got 2079 CPU mark but it wouldn't let me upload it as I had the Rapid mode enabled on the SSD. Will redo and post.
=2118 CPU. But overall passmark rating is lower at only 203 vs 817. Not sure why. Looks like perhaps the stock drivers that come via the Windows update service just aren't cutting it. I'll install all the Gigabyte drivers and redo yet again. Good to know.
So all in all, this is the first silent PC I can actually call a 'real' PC that I can use for surfing with 25+ tabs open with NO lag. My 2820 NUC couldn't do that as it was only single channel memory and had a passmark score of around 1000. So this is the perfect solution for someone trying to save on wattage and noise like me. I was at 230 watts on my old PC. Now I'm at 15. Awesomeness. Plus it is stable as can be and has an onboard 24bit 192Khz sound card. Can't beat that. And a full PCI slot and two nics. The only thing I wished this had was onboard DC power and an HDMI port. Right Now I'm using a DVI to HDMI adapter. Still love it.
Oh, and be sure to buy a Molex to 4-pin aux power cable if you use the mini-box PicoPsu. I didn't realize this board had Aux power, but it won't boot without it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00066I...UTF8&psc=1
Hope that helps.
EDIT: Update. I responded earlier that I didn't see an HDMI audio out, but was just looking again and it is there. Oops. Mod hasn't approved that post yet, but I was mistaken. My monitor isn't playing the audio though even though the green volume meter is bouncing up and down. SO, it seems that perhaps the DVI>HDMI adapter is blocking it. But the OS is trying. I can try hooking it up to my TV later to see if audio is actually passing through and the problem may actually just be my 27" monitor. I'll let you know.