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5 Atom Mini-ITX Boards Reviewed
Posted on Sept 23, 2008 Go to:

MSI MS-9830 - Fanless, Industrial

MSI's MS-9830 hadn't been released at the time of writing - our board is a version 0A.

The MS-9830 is one of two forthcoming Atom boards from MSI and is arguably the most interesting of the pair, and of all the boards reviewed here. It is aimed more towards the industrial market and has several unique features that set it apart from the other boards.

The MS-9830 is driven by an Atom CPU at the same 1.6GHz as the other boards; takes SO-DIMM DDR2 memory up to 2GB; has both VGA and DVI-D; twin Gigabit LAN; 2 Serial ports and headers for 4 more (5 are powered 5V/12V); 4 USB 2.0 ports and a pin header for 2 more; 1x IDE and 2x SATA; a PCI and a Mini-PCIe connector; can run from both ATX and 12V DC power and is completely fanless.

The secret of the MS-9830s fanless design is it draws less power and so requires less cooling - it uses an Atom N270 CPU instead of the usual 230, and an Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset. We don't expect the MS-9830 to be quite in the same price range as the other boards here - but if you want quality, you'll have to pay for it.

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The MS-9832 (not pictured or reviewed here) looks like it will be much closer to the Gigabyte or Jetway boards in design and price range, but with twin Gigabit LAN and 4 SATA ports.

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MSI MS-9830 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Processor1.6GHz Atom N270
Chipset945GSE + ICH7M
Memory1 x DDR2 400/533 SODIMM slot (up to 2 GB)
GraphicsIntel GM950 Integrated Graphics
Audio5.1 Channel Audio
LAN2x Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet
Back Panel Connectors
2 Serial (1x RS232/RS-422/RS-485, 1x RS232 5V/12V)
4 USB 2.0
2 RJ45 LAN (10/100/1000)
3 3.5mm Audio
Onboard I/O Connectors
1 PCI Slot
1 Mini-PCIe Slot
1 IDE Connector (UDMA 33/66/100)
2 SATA Connectors
4 Serial Headers (RS232 5V/12V)
1 USB Pin Header for up to 2 additional USB 2.0 Ports
1 9-pin Audio Connector
1 Front Panel Connector
1 Fan Header
1 20-pin ATX Power Connector
Intel D945GCLF2 - Dual Core Atom -->

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