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MSI Launches Wind NetTop D130

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MSI Launches Wind NetTop D130

We may only have rumours about an Apple made Atom-sporting mini-PC, but MSI is getting official with its latest. The Wind NetTop D130, as it is called, may not be a looker, though it apparently "exudes a full, simple Nordic style." But beneath its plain exterior things are a little more interesting.

Powering the D130 is a dual-core Intel Atom N330 CPU, running at 1.6GHz, with 2GB of RAM backing it up. Hard drive capacity is unmentioned, but given the trend with nettops of late, 120GB and/or 160GB options seem a safe bet. There should be no risk, at least, of the D130 performing less well than the disappointing MSI Titan.

Unsurprisingly high up the Wind NetTop D130's list of selling points is its low power draw of a mere 35W. MSI reckons that, by Taiwan's electricity costs at least, the system should pay for itself after around two years of use, if replacing a regular (300W to be precise) desktop PC.

Speaking of pricing, while not confirmed exactly, D130 will come in around the NT$8000 region (~£160), probably meaning £200-ish in real terms. Not bad for a dual-core Atom-sporting, DVD drive-packing 7.1-channel sound boasting PC.

Expect the D130 to appear at the usual retailing suspects in the coming weeks.

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Petrov

January 16, 2009, 11:02 pm

Do you know if this has HDMI-out? I wonder if it might be a cheaper alternative to the soon-to-be-released Asus B204 and B206 EEE Box (apparently due to retail for a tad over &#163300)...

sengstaken

January 17, 2009, 1:42 am

Is 300W the average power draw of a desktop or is it the peak? I understood power supply units were rated about 300W peak. Mind you, sounds like if you run Vista your CPU is going full pelt most of the time. Anyone know the power draw of a desktop system at idle???

smc8788

January 17, 2009, 7:19 pm

It depends entirely on the setup of your computer. An average desktop using a CPU with a low power draw, a single hard drive, no sound card and integrated graphics or a graphics card which doesn't require it's own power connectors will draw less than 300W. But today's top end system with high end CPUs which have been overclocked by a substantial amount, several hard drives, double, triple or even quadruple graphics card setups, all of which require their own power supplies, all manner of other PCI/PCI-E devices (Sound cards, NIC cards etc) not to mention several case fans/fan controllers/case lights/USB charging devices etc. can easily draw well over 1000W (1kw). However, you also have to take into account whether the wattage rating for the PSU is for peak output or continuous output (continuous output is better for same wattage rating), and the efficiency of the power supply (e.g. 400W output from a power supply would draw 500W from a wall socket if it is 80% efficient).

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