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MSI Wind PC Atom 1.6 MHz CPU Intel 945GC 1 x 200Pin Intel GMA 950 Barebone - Retail (Black)

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  • CPU Type Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor on board
  • Expansion Slots
  • LAN Realtek 8111C(10/100/1000Mbps)
  • Back Panel Ports

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Product Description

Msi Wind PC Desktop Barebone Embedded Intel Atom 1.6GHz, Intel GMA 950 chipset, DDR2 SODIMM. 6 USB 2.0 ports, 7.1 ch HD Audio, 1 VGA port, 10/100/1000Mb Ethernet. Drive Bays: One 5.25" External and one 3.5" Internal.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001E71IE0
  • Item model number: 936-6496-010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By AK Pilot on November 21, 2008
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I bought this to run Windows Home Server and it's been a very good choice for me. The unit is VERY quiet-- it has a single fan in the back of case but it is quiet. It uses little power (under 30 watts under load) so leaving it on 24/7 is not a problem. It runs cool (because the motherboard is really just a low power laptop motherboard) and takes up very little space.

Physically it is about the size of an Xbox 360, with room inside for a SATA 3.5" and a SATA 5.25" drive (the 5.25 can be a exposed via a pop-out panel so it can be a DVD-RW drive). Cables and screws are included for the SATA drives so no cables needed. The built-in Gigabit Ethernet port is perfect for a home server; it also has on-board video and sound. 6 USB 2.0 ports are externally exposed, 2 in front for mouse/keyboard and 4 in the rear (for external USB drives for example). The only thing missing is RAM (it takes a single laptop style 200pin DDR2 533MHz RAM card and you can easily find a 2Gig card for under $25 including shipping), and hard drive(s). In my case I installed a DVD-RW drive in the exposed bay however a USB DVD driver might be a better choice so that you can use that bay for another hard drive, since Windows Home Server has features that make use of multiple drives.

After the Home Server OS is installed you can remove the mouse/keyboard from the USB ports because after that all administration is done remotely and this unit will boot fine without either attached. You can certainly run Windows XP on this unit but in my case I bought it specifically to run Home Server.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2008
I got this because I was unhappy with the Asus 20g netbook I purchased.

This beastie came solidly packed in a good, strong box with a handle (which I still use to haul it around). I put in a 160gig SATA drive, 2gig of ram, and a DVD/CD burner, which took about 20 minutes.

I loaded Ubuntu Hardy Heron, which installed on the hard drive very easily, and I'm now in the process of fine-tuning the settings. I haven't had much time to test the system and add all the software updates I would like, but so far it runs very well for basic desktop functions (writing, etc.).

I found the build quality very good, the instructions more than adequate, and the ease of installation of drives very good. (Each bag of hardware for mounting drives is marked for the type of drive. Very nice.)

An extra bonus is that it uses an outboard power supply brick, which means it could very easily be battery powered.

The only problem I had was that Hardy didn't recognize the network port out of the box - but I was using an old copy, and haven't had time to redo the install with that latest version. It is clearly a software issue, not hardware, as the hardware check shows the port working quite happily. I will probably move to Ibex or a dual boot system when I have more time to play.

I am not at all interested in Windows function or performance on this as I am leaving Redmond in the dust and migrating to Linux. Open source is the clear choice for the future of good operating systems and software. This is a great little Linux box for a very reasonable price, and not tied to a proprietary (and kludgy) Linux shell like Asus' machines.

Frankly, I was surprised at the quality. I was expecting much worse, and was extremely happy to see just how good it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nate on December 3, 2008
Pros:

It is what it is, small, quiet, cheap & efficient.. However for a SFF unit it is still hackable, which is very nice. I'm Using it as a net appliance, surf the web/docs... I slapped 2 gigs of Kingston RAM (got it for $28) in and the thing is lightning fast booting from a USB flash disk running Linux. Took about 10 minutes to unbox, set up, place the RAM. Up and running for under $200.

Cons:

~ the CF slot requires you to pull the motherboard.
~ vga only, no dvi.

Other Thoughts: There are so many possible uses for this device. I will get a couple to use as net appliances and media centers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Dasso on January 7, 2009
Pro:
- Small and efficient
- Snappy
- Runs Windows 7 very well
- Reasonably priced
- Card Reader

Cons:
- Has trouble with streaming full-screen video (1680x1050)
- Somewhat time-consuming to install components
- Limited upgrade potential versus a normal-sized desktop
- No PS/2 ports

My overall impression of this guy is great. I use it as a second desktop for web browsing, email, music, Hulu and file backups. Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10 installed perfectly. I just got my hands on a copy of Windows 7 beta and it installed with all the drivers! I was very, very impressed about that. I've also tested it with Windows Server 2003 and XP... both did just fine (you'll need to use the driver CD to get started in those OS's). I haven't tried Vista, yet.

The machine is snappy... in other words, it responds quickly to most desktop tasks. What it doesn't do is work well for CPU intense activities. I don't recommend rendering your 3D videos on this thing (O RLY?). This shouldn't be shocking news to anyone, though.

I mentioned limited upgrade ability. It can only have 2 drives and there are no expansion PCI/PCMCIA slots. It only supports up to 2 GB of RAM. However, that really is a lot, considering what the machine is designed to do in the first place.

The last thing I'll offer is something that I actually had a hard time figuring out when I was comparing this to other mini-PC's... You'll need to have the following to get it to run:
- 1 200-pin DDR2 533 RAM, up to 2GB
- 1 SATA Hard Drive
- 1 SATA CD/DVD-ROM Drive (not actually required, but useful for installing your OS)
- USB Keyboard and Mouse
- Monitor
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