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MSI Wind PC Intel 945GC Barebone

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  • ICH7 Intel 945GC
  • 533MHz FSB
  • 1 x 200Pin

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Learn more about the MSI Wind PC

General

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Brand
MSI
Model
Wind PC
Color
Black

CPU Supported

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CPU Type
Intel 1.6GHz Atom 230 processor on board
FSB
533 MHz

Chipset

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North Bridge
Intel 945GC
South Bridge
ICH7

Memory Supported

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Memory slot
1 x 200Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR2 533/400
Max Memory Supported
2GB

Storage

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Serial ATA
2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

Graphics

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Onboard Video
Intel GMA 950

Audio

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Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC858
Channel
8-CH

Communications

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First LAN
Realtek 8111C(10/100/1000Mbps)
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Extension Bays

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3.5" Internal bays
1
5.25" External bays
1

Front Panel Ports

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Front USB
2
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Card Reader
1 x SD/MMC/MS/XD 4-in-1 Card Reader

Back Panel Ports

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VGA
1 x D-Sub
Rear USB
4
RJ45
1
Rear Audio Ports
6 jacks

Power Supply

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Power Supply
External 65W Power Adapter with Active PFC

Physical SPEC

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Dimensions
11.8" x 9.5" x 2.6"

Features

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Features
1 x Compact Flash (CF) Card Expansion Slot
Low power consumption, less than 40W at full-speed operation
Low acoustics/thermal, average 30dB
Space saving, less then 5 liters
Alternative of vertical stand or horizontal laying

Packaging

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Package Contents
Wind PC
User Manual
Driver Disk
Power Adapter
Power Cord
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: Non-refundable
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
MSI stonewalled rebate (attn: Newegg)

Pros: Exactly what I sought in small form factor box.
Worked out of the box. Initially ran a linux distro off the SD card but then installed an IDE (bought the Rosewill IDE<=>Sata2 adapter from Newegg). Nice piece.

If you don't have SATA drive you'll also need power Y-splits and do SATA power with a Molex connector.

Be careful in installing drives. There is a small 4 pin connector which has to be disconnected to get the drive cage out. It CAN be replugged into an immediately adjacent identical receptacle...and make the unit non-functional. Just watch the (dis-)assembly.

WAS concerned re: IO and linux...but the small Adesso mini-trackball keyboard was fine...all USB, of course.

Lovely compact little thing ...just right for a kitchen application

Cons: The rebate application was both difficult and rejected sort of 'off the bat'...
Very unresponsive rebate tracking system.

Sort of standard for the whole rebate scam so widely practiced.

Other Thoughts: Newegg should be more responsible. [Little like the Department of the Interior and BP...in the Gulf...isn't]

I'm just dumb - I keep getting sucked in.

The instructions are typical Chinese start-up. Very garbled,
sketchy but they'll improve as these things always do.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
Perfect Headless Server

Pros: This thing is perfect as a Linux headless server. I have Ubuntu server upgraded to 10.4 on this with two 2TB drives in software raid 1. I use this for samba, ssh, ampache music streaming, sftp and other things. It runs basically 24/7. The Ampache streaming over the net is flawless. I have listened to my music from many different states.

Cons: Doesn't cook eggs and bacon.

Other Thoughts: For a low power server, you really can't beat it. I think this could easily be a file server in a small biz environment, at least with a linux OS. My CPU load on this is almost nothing and I am backing up huge image files to it almost daily.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Multiple issues

Pros: Small form factor, low power consumption. But read my cons.

Cons: I was given 3 of these over the course of a month from Newegg. The first one had a dead VGA port. The second one had a broken RAM slot. And the third had another dead VGA port. I looked online to see if I was doing something wrong, but I definitely wasn't. Everyone else's seemed to work just fine.

Other Thoughts: While I was extremely mad with all the broken products, Newegg (in their defense) is not the manufacturer, and was helpful with it all. While their replacement policy was a pain (had to wait for the package to ship from NJ to CA, wait for it to be approved, and then wait for a shipment from the distribution center to my house again), it didn't cost me anything. They supplied all the shipping labels.

When the third came, I called and explained all that had happened, and the woman I got was very helpful. I got a full refund, plus a gift card. While I still kinda want the MSI Wind, I'm not eager to wait another week for a 4th broken product. I will buy something similar not made by MSI.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent

Pros: compact, not much clutter on desk use in spare bedroom for when company stays over. Come's with MB cpu installed just added some spare parts I had taken out of a defective laptop (Memory HD)and bought a $20 dvd drive from newegg

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: not the most powerful, but web browsing and email works fine

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent File Server

Pros: Excellent choice for NAS, primarily for back up. Have had it running for several months now (using FreeNAS on CF card) and 2 WD 1TB drives in non-RAID configuration. Size is perfect, quiet, just sits in the corner and works.

Cons: Like others say, getting the CF card in was a pain, but I shouldn't have to get to it often, so I'm ok with that.

Other Thoughts: It sees 3 drives I have in an external USB enclosure, although I haven't tried mounting them in FreeNAS yet. Overall, a good choice for me.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
great box

Pros: I have two of these and two more on the way. Have one running FreeNAS on a CF card with two 1TB drives in RAID. The second is running ClearOS for a web server. Both have 1GB RAM. They are both quite snappy for what I am using them for.

Cons: Getting to the CF card is awkward. I've cut slots in the sides for access without splitting the case.

Other Thoughts: Neat little units!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great for a NAS

Pros: Great little box for the price. I boot off a CF card and run Freenas on it. It uses little power as well. Certainly great for a single drive NASappliance.

Cons: have to take out the motherboard to put the CF card in.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Does everything asked of it

Pros: Using this as a barebones file/print server. Installed WHS on a 500GB WD green drive and BAM, haven't turned it off it since then. The current uptime = the servers lifetime (55 days). It is normally very quiet, except when doing anything CPU intensive (moving files), in which case the fan does become temporarily noticeable. I was worried about the power brick getting too warm with constant use, but it only gets lukewarm.

Cons: I can't think of a use for this besides a file server. The atom is notoriously weak (albeit power-sipping), and this is one of its limited uses.

I didn't expect to have to take the entire thing apart to install the HDD, but oh well, it wasn't difficult.

Other Thoughts: WHS is great.

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