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[tcMag] MSI offers Wind board for DIY netbooks

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While they will likely be less popular than netbook, nettops make sense as secondary PCs and a lot of people will surely put these cheap, low-power and little desktops to good use. Currently, the likes of Asus and MSI are known to be making Atom-powered nettops but the latter has went one step further and has prepared the Wind board, a micro ATX motherboard equipped with an Atom N230 (1.6 GHz) CPU and the 945GC, ICH7 chip combo, for those who want to build their own nettops.

Codenamed MS-7314, the Wind motherboard uses two heatspreaders for its three main chips, has two DDR2-667 slots, one Ultra ATA and two SATA connectors and one PCI slot. The GMA950 integrated graphics card is hooked up to a VGA connector which is flanked by an Ethernet and four USB 2.0 ports. The Wind board is expected to hit the stores soon.


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i really do NOT Like that silvery thingy i the middle of it...
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post #3 of 15
This definitely is not a microATX board. It's a mini-ITX.
 
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i really do NOT Like that silvery thingy i the middle of it...
You mean the heatsink?
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What's different between ITX and ATX?
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What's different between ITX and ATX?
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post #7 of 15
This looks to be a good thing for creators of small computers. The atom is great at power consumption, this could provide people with low energy mini servers, or better yet, throw in a discrete video card with HDMI and HD video capability and you got your self a mini Media center.

Hope the price is ok.
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Discrete video card where?
This thing only has a PCI slot.
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Discrete video card where?
This thing only has a PCI slot.
I do believe they offer cards such as the 2400 pro on a PCI card interface, that should handle HD tasks I believe.
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post #10 of 15
Stupid Intel....

Intel is reclassify mITX with PCI only. VIA, the creator of mITX, are saying to use PCIe.
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