MSI MEGA 180 Mini-PC: Functionality Combined With Beauty


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ChipsetNvidia nForce2 + MCPT
CPUs supportedAMD Athlon XP
Memory supportedDual DDR400
IDE supportedATA 133
Slot1 AGP 8x1 PCI
Front panel interfaces1x S/PDIF digital sound input, optical1x mic in1x speaker out2x USB 2.0 ports1x FireWire (IEEE1394) 6-pin1x FireWire (IEEE1394) 4-pin
Back panel interfaces2x VGA ports2x PS/2 (mouse + keyboard)1x RJ45 - Ethernet 10/100 Mbits/s2x USB 2.01x parallel port1x video t (S-video)1x S/PDIF out, optical3x multichannel audio
Power250 Watts
AccessoriesIntegrated WiFi 802.11b (11 Mbits/s)Remote controlAM/FM antenna

The chipset used for this version is the best choice for AMD processors. With native dual display, it means you won't need the video card at first. But performance equivalent to a GeForce4 MX 440 will not be enough for hardcore gamers hankering for the latest 3D games. MSI will thus eventually need to add a next-generation video card.

MSI also offers the Mega 865, equipped, as its name implies, with the Intel i865 chipset, for those who want to go the Pentium 4 processor way.