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MSI teases mini-ITX gaming gear

MSI teases mini-ITX gaming gear

MSI has teased a two-hit combo for gamers looking to build small form factor console-beaters: a mini-ITX motherboard and matching short-board PCIe graphics card.

MSI has teased two new entries to its Gaming Series range, a mini-ITX motherboard with integrated Wi-Fi and a matching dual-slot graphics card for gamers looking at a compact build.

Interestingly timed, given Valve's beta test of compact PC-based Steam Box consoles and its plans for hardware partners to launch their own variants early next year, MSI isn't giving away too much in terms of specs or features but has posted a single teaser image to its Facebook page with the promise that a launch is 'very close.'

The picture shows a pair of devices, finished in the familiar red and black of MSI's gaming range. The unnamed mini-ITX motherboard, which appears to be an Intel LGA 1150 socket, includes five SATA ports, two DIMM slots and a single 16-lane PCI Express slot for an add-on graphics card. Additional features include a dual-antenna Wi-Fi board fitted to an on-board mini-PCIe adapter, what appears to be both optical and analogue audio outputs connected to an MSI Audio Boost system, and super ferrite choke (SFC) components next to the CPU socket.

The board is to be joined by a matching dual-slot, single-fan gaming graphics card designed to fit perfectly in compact mini-ITX cases. Featuring a single fan which vents air through the top and bottom of the card as well as pushing as much as possible out through the back of the case, the unnamed graphics card includes connectors for multi-GPU rigs - although, obviously, that's not going to be an option when paired with the single-slot motherboard. The card includes a single eight-pin PCIe power connector, suggesting a reasonably high-end GPU - likely, given the design of MSI's existing product ranges and the visible connections on the card, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760.

'We’re very close to expanding out [our] Gaming family with two new members, a mini-ITX Gaming motherboard and mini-ITX Gaming graphics card,' the company posted by way of explanation. Sadly, it has so far refused to be drawn on formal specifications, pricing or availability.

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Tyrmot 22nd November 2013, 11:54 Quote
This is a cool idea, I hope more manufacturers get on board with this. Miniaturising rigs has to be next way forward surely..?
GuilleAcoustic 22nd November 2013, 12:17 Quote
Glad to see more single 8pins PCIe power connectors instead of 2x 6pins. The cooler on that GPU look similar to the one used on Asus DirectCU mini (GTX670 / 760). Wouldn't be surprised if it was in fact the same :D. Only the fan blades profile seams different.
Jack_Pepsi 22nd November 2013, 12:36 Quote
To me this is excellent news.

Like Tyrmot said, I really hope this inspires and motivates other manufacturers to follow suit. I regret going mATX with my upgrade and with cases like the Bit-Fenix Phenom coming out, I really wish I had waited. Still, by the time I'm ready to upgrade again we'll have an array of decent mITX components... hopefully.
Bindibadgi 22nd November 2013, 15:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
The cooler on that GPU look similar to the one used on Asus DirectCU mini (GTX670 / 760). Wouldn't be surprised if it was in fact the same :D. Only the fan blades profile seams different.

I was gonna say, haven't I seen that design someone before? I suppose if you can't innovate, imitate.
GuilleAcoustic 22nd November 2013, 15:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I was gonna say, haven't I seen that design someone before? I suppose if you can't innovate, imitate.

I guess there's not so many possible solutions (except going watercooling). But Asus was first :D.
Jack_Pepsi 22nd November 2013, 16:42 Quote
GeorgeStorm 22nd November 2013, 16:43 Quote
That card does look quite a lot like the Asus card :P

Not that I mind, more companies looking to do that kind of thing sounds good to me.
Bindibadgi 23rd November 2013, 02:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
Turns out it's a GTX 760 that lil card.

https://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTX760DCMOC2GD5/

And so has ours been since July. ;)
Jack_Pepsi 23rd November 2013, 13:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
https://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTX760DCMOC2GD5/

And so has ours been since July. ;)

Oooh, ding dong.

faugusztin 23rd November 2013, 13:48 Quote
And the CPU socket again makes it unusable for any air cooler bigger than stock cooler, with the rare exceptions like HR-02 mounted wrong way, or small coolers like NH-U9B.

What is so hard to understand in the fact, that if your CPU socket is next to the PCI-E slot, you will block the PCI-E slot with big coolers in bigger ITX cases like Bitfenix cases, or if you want to use coolers like NH-L12. :( So it is still only ASUS or EVGA for me (at least i don't feel the need to upgrade from my Sandy/Ivy Bridge ITX systems so far).
CowBlazed 23rd November 2013, 23:16 Quote
Would hate needing to upgrade or replace the GPU at some point and having very little options.
Combatus 24th November 2013, 00:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
To me this is excellent news.
I regret going mATX with my upgrade and with cases like the Bit-Fenix Phenom coming out,

Phenom comes in micro-ATX too ;)
SchizoFrog 25th November 2013, 00:58 Quote
The thing I love about the Prodigy is the board position which isn't the same with the Prodigy M or the Phenom. To me they both look a mess inside with that orientation.
Evolutionsic 25th November 2013, 01:27 Quote
Yes but the question is!! will that board work or will it just light up and look fancy?

msi /faceplant
Xir 25th November 2013, 07:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I was gonna say, haven't I seen that design someone before? I suppose if you can't innovate, imitate.

You're right...

There wouldn't be a miniITX version of the Gryphon on the way, would there? :D

(Also, is Bit ever going to test a Gryphon?)
Jack_Pepsi 26th November 2013, 12:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
Phenom comes in micro-ATX too ;)

Yeah, I thought about replacing my Arc Mini with the Phenom but I really want to change my set up to mITX, just it's all frivolous spending I can't afford.
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