Think Titan but with a dual-core atom, rather than VIA C7.
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.