Putting the small in small form-factor.
We’ve looked at low power systems such as the VeryPC GreenPC before, but MSI’s newly announced Titan 700 reaches a whole new extreme. Designed to be as small as possible while still offering a decent level of performance, the Titan is the complete antithesis of its name, packing low-power components into a tiny chassis.
Via’s CN700 CPU and 8237R+ chipset make up the staple of the Titan 700’s internals. The C7 processor runs at 2.0GHz, but although the clock speed is similar the performance isn’t at all in line with Core 2 products – not that that’s necessarily a bad thing given the likely market for this system. Those components are supported by 1GB of DDR2 RAM and a 120GB, 2.5in hard drive.
Gigabit Ethernet, PS2 keyboard and mouse connectors and a quartet of USB ports (two front, two rear) make up the important connectors. These sit alongside a pair of serial ports and front and rear audio connectors. DVI, S-Video and VGA video outputs are also stuffed in which is fairly impressive given the size of the Titan 700. Oh and let’s not forget the DVD drive too…
Power is supplied by a 60W notebook-style power brick, helping keep the size of the system itself down. Specifically, the mini-ITX PC’s dimensions are 24cm x 18.5cm x 7cm (DxWxH) which equates to a volume of 3.1 litres, says MSI – for all the good knowing that will do you.
It’s worth noting that the MSI Titan 700 doesn’t come with any software installed, so a copy of Windows or Linux will need to be installed before it’s of any use. With a £234.99 MSRP, though, even buying Windows Vista or XP won’t push the whole package over £300 which can hardly be called bad value for money.
MSI press release