msi-wind-nettop-120MSI has unveiled the Wind NetTop D130 computer, which is a low profile desktop PC using a low power Intel Atom 330 dual core CPU. That makes the D130 one of the first computers to use a dual core Atom processor. Unfortunately the chip is only available for desktops. There’s no dual core version of the Intel Atom processor for laptops or netbooks yet.

It’s worth keeping in mind that dual core chips tend to use more power, but don’t necessarily offer a huge performance boost over single core processors. But I would expect this computer to handle multi-tasking a bit better than its predecessor, and to perform particularly well with applications designed to take advantage of dual core

The MSI Wind D130 comes with 2G of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, a 4-in-1 card reader, 6 USB ports, a VGA output, 7.1 channel audio, and a DVD Super Multi Drive. 802.11b/g WiFi is also available as an option. The computer uses just around 35W of power, not counting the energy used by whatever monitor you plug in.

via TweakTown

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14 replies on “MSI launches nettop PC with dual core Atom CPU”

  1. This would certainly be more useful as a HTPC if it had a discrete video adapter and a HDMI port. As it is, it is IMHO one step above the Asus Eee Box B202. The main difference is the addition of a DVD drive.

    I’m waiting for the Asus Eee box B203/B204 (if memory serves me correctly) which has the discrete video adapter and HDMI.

  2. Is this system fanless? Because if it isn’t the fan’s noise would interfer with the audio and make the music and movies less enjoyable.

  3. Shame there wouldn’t appear to be anywhere to put a VFD/LCD status display. Otherwise this would indeed be quite promising as an HTPC type unit – and the dual core should be quite effective for farming out the media playback. Have got far too accustomed to having the status display on our HDD PVR.

      1. Interesting, but a bit excessive, and would prefer front panel space for card reader etc. Thinking more 2-line text display. Better chance of MythTV compatibility too!

        1. Yup, they have that model also –
          But you did post “VFD/LCD” and _not_ post “2 line text”

  4. Wow, all that needs is nVidia’s new ION platform with HDMI, and it will replace my current HTPC in an instant. I’d love to retire that venerable full-ATX Silverstone Lascala HTPC case I’ve been using for the past several years!

  5. Haven’t heard anything more about HP entering this bookshelf computer
    system market yet.

    But it is clear that Shuttle doesn’t have the market to themselves for
    much longer.

    “Bookshelf Computer (System)” – my own invention, you can have it Brad.

    It is an analogy – once Hi-Fi speakers where large floor items, and then
    there was the advent of the “Bookshelf Speakers” – – so it seems to fit.

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