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    News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Describes it as "the ideal small form factor multimedia, office and gaming solution".
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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Hopefully,this one will fare better than some of the other designs from a few years ago.

    The VRM section looks similar to the one in the ASRock A85X and A88X mini-ITX motherboards and that was meant to be quite a decent design from what I gather(a mate also has two of the A85X based ones and they have been great so far).

    Some others have commented MSI are putting more effort into their motherboards so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    It's funny how they can find the room for a DSUB (VGA) connector, but not for complete analog surround.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by azrael- View Post
    It's funny how they can find the room for a DSUB (VGA) connector, but not for complete analog surround.
    I suspect its a matter of priorities, the number of people looking to use these with either dsub only monitors or who want the better wifi capabilities probably far outweighs the number of people wanting to use analog 5.1 systems.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    This looks pretty good - only lacking another mini-PCIe for mini-PCIe SSDs.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    surely if it only has two DIMM slots it only supports 16GB or RAM?

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by herulach View Post
    I suspect its a matter of priorities, the number of people looking to use these with either dsub only monitors or who want the better wifi capabilities probably far outweighs the number of people wanting to use analog 5.1 systems.
    Yeah, I can't remember if my amp has any analogue inputs. 5.1 is expected to come over hdmi or if need be optical fibre.

    Don't get the requirement for wifi on these boards though.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesKent View Post
    surely if it only has two DIMM slots it only supports 16GB or RAM?
    technically you can get 16GB mem sticks (slower and mainly ecc though iirc)... so assuming the motherboard/chipset support the ram it would be able to take 32GB.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by azrael- View Post
    It's funny how they can find the room for a DSUB (VGA) connector, but not for complete analog surround.
    The number of people that used 5/7.1 from the motherboard is going to be minuscule to the number of people that will want to use D-sub.
    If it's for a HTPC, most people will feed it to an amp.
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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by herulach View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by azrael- View Post
    It's funny how they can find the room for a DSUB (VGA) connector, but not for complete analog surround.
    I suspect its a matter of priorities, the number of people looking to use these with either dsub only monitors or who want the better wifi capabilities probably far outweighs the number of people wanting to use analog 5.1 systems.
    USB video adaptors have always been crap whereas USB soundcards are just as good if not better (reduced EM noise) than built-in, so it's easier to overcome. Not many people have analogue 5.1, they'd probably output to an amp or system using TOSLink or over the HDMI.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Don't get the requirement for wifi on these boards though.
    How many people have ethernet sockets behind the TV? Sure WiFi can be added by USB but on the list of things most people would find useful it's pretty high up.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    With ASRock FM2A88X-ITX being completely sold out i hope this gets released soon

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Don't get the requirement for wifi on these boards though.
    With the world going wireless, why not take the chance to cash in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    How many people have ethernet sockets behind the TV? Sure WiFi can be added by USB but on the list of things most people would find useful it's pretty high up.
    Thinking about it, almost everyone I know has ethernet behind at least their main TV. Even my dad just upgraded from WiFi to HomeplugAV based ethernet, and is much happier for it. That wasn't really where I was coming from though. I have proper dedicated access points with 3 antenna mimo, but then so do all the neighbours and with a house with big thick walls I still get connection drops. So for me WiFi is a "good enough" connection for phones and tablets.

    Executive summary: WiFi is great for people who like the watch the word "Buffering"

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Four sata ports are not enough, needs six.
    Do away with the d-sub and PS/2 ports, they need to die.
    Supporting 32 GB memory on two slots is a waste of time. If you can find 16GB sticks they are way to expensive. It would not take to much engineering to squeeze four memory slots onto an ITX board.
    With no d-sub or PS/2 it would be possible to include more usb ports on the back panel.

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    Re: News - MSI debuts A88XI AC Mini-ITX Kaveri compatible motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Thinking about it, almost everyone I know has ethernet behind at least their main TV. Even my dad just upgraded from WiFi to HomeplugAV based ethernet, and is much happier for it. That wasn't really where I was coming from though. I have proper dedicated access points with 3 antenna mimo, but then so do all the neighbours and with a house with big thick walls I still get connection drops. So for me WiFi is a "good enough" connection for phones and tablets.

    Executive summary: WiFi is great for people who like the watch the word "Buffering"
    I don't know - our TV is only a meter from the router but we still use wifi out of convenience - our internet connection/modem stability is the main hindrance to smooth media play.

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