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MSI Announces I3-945GSE-D Fanless 3.5'' Mainboard with Atom-based Solution

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    In the view of the demand for an ultra mini size platform with fanless design strongly inquired from customers, MSI IPC announces the latest 3.5" small form factor, I3-945GSE-D, based on the Intel Atom N270 processor and the Intel 945GSE chipset which gives devices based on it enhanced graphics and power-saving capabilities.

    MSI I3-945GSE-D is fanless and comes to meet the requirements of an ultra-low power platform, especially in power input design, MSI I3-945GSE-D support wide range DC 9V ~ 36V inputs, and it also supports for numerous display, includes VGA and LVDS.


    MSI I3-945GSE-D is a premium, industrial 3.5" small form factor mainboard touting an impressive feature set for its size. The board offers a full range of I/O, including GPIO, 4 USB 2.0 ports, 5 RS-232 COM connectors, and a powered SATA connector. It supports SO-DIMM memory slots for DDR2 SDRAM and up to 2GB. Networking is provided by one Intel 82574L GbE LAN. Moreover, it features one compact flash slot and one mini-PCIe slot for easy expansion. It also supports onboard watchdog timer for added system redundancy and security. MSI I3-945GSE-D has onboard power and a fanless design, making it an excellent all-in-one, high-end solution for use in custom enclosures and embedded applications.

    Key Features:
    • CPU and Chipset: Intel Atom N270 processor and Intel 945GSE chipset
    • Wide Range Voltage Input for DC Sku (9~36V)
    • Memory: DDR2 400/533 SO-DIMM, maximum up to 2.0 GB
    • VGA Interface: built-in Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    • LVDS interface: Onboard 24-bit Dual channel LVDS connector
    • SATA: one SATAII interface with 3Gb/s transfer rate
    • LAN Interface: Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet
    • Audio: Realtek ALC887 HD audio codec
    • GPIO interface: Onboard 8-bit Digital I/O interface
    • Extended interface: CF Slot and Mini-PCIe slot

  2. FreedomEclipse

    FreedomEclipse ~Technological Technocrat~

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    at first i thought cool - its a stripped down cheap nettop. then i saw the spec and....


    fine its a nettop, not a netbook - it doesnt need all these powersaving features because it needs to be constantly plugged into mains

    but a Atom N270? can someone from MSI please tell me why an old N270 and not something more upto date from the Atom range???

    even Intels ULV or AMD's V series netbook processors would be cool - ontop on that, its a Intel built in GPU which will stuggle to run anything above 360p an ION based chipset would have been fucking ownage

    so what is the purpose of this nettop? how can they expect any of this shit to sell when there are so many better options available with better features then this crap??

    honestly wtf - really WTF



    the good:

    power saving/low power consumption

    the bad:

    -can only be upgraded with a maximum of 2Gb ram
    -N270 Atom - performance severely limited
    -Cant put your own GPU in
    -struggles to play anything above 360p = youtube-fail
    -Not ION platform

    - in otherwords - DONT BUY THIS CRAP!!
  3. bear jesus

    bear jesus New Member

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    Umm i though it was not for home usage, as in it was designed to be used in an industrial setting?

    Mainly embedded into random machines used for mass production, they why its ultra low powered so can't really do anything that anyone here would want :laugh:

    I have no idea.
  4. wolf

    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    I tend to agree, in the same form factor they could have a dual core atom and the ion chipset making this MUCH much more attractive for a micro PC, that or the new zacate platform even.

    oh well, for its size it's still a useable PC. I could see this making its way into solutions for tills at businesses or home automation needs.
  5. tkpenalty New Member

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    Although from an enthusiast's perspective you're 100% right, the target market is POS/Businesses, and therefore you kind of need to step back and take a different look at it.

    Whenever you develop solutions for that kind of market, you need to have a stable platform that's predictable, thus explaining the use of rather archaic hardware. In these cases MSI knows pretty well the issues that exist with the chipset and as well as solutions.

    If we went with kind of what obviously is the better option performance wise, the CULVs, ions, you'd find that you'd be turning businesses/OEMs into lab rats with the increased point of failures. For this kind of product, I don't think that's really tolerable.

    Heres an extreme case; the space shuttle, they use the 8016 Intel CPUs or something in them because they're so predictable, and reliable.
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