MSI has announced its first motherboard for AMD’s new low power processors.
Back in January, our sister site VR-Zone Chinese announced that AMD is set to start selling FS1b socket (rebranded to the AM1 socket) based APUs from March. These offerings will also use AMD’s Jaguar CPU core, which is the same as its full-fledged Kabini line. AMD is said to be offering four processors in this segment. The main idea with the AM1 socket-based offerings is that they utilise far less power to a full-fledged Kabini APU. In addition to low power, the processors will also be affordable, with prices starting at $38.
Ahead of the processor’s release in March, manufacturers are starting to roll out motherboards for the AM1 socket. MSI’s first offering in this segment is the mini-ITX form-factor AM1I. The board features DDR3 DIMM slots that can accommodate a total of 32 GB of memory with a maximum clock of 1600 MHz.
There is also a single mPCIe slot, a full-fledged PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot, two SATA 6 Gb/s ports, two USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet through a Realtek RTL8111Gcard and a 7.1-channel HD audio card (Realtek ALC887). The board comes with HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub connectivity, and can output 4Kresolutions.
MSI hasn’t announced the pricing of the AM1I yet, but the board is set to hit shelves at the same time as AMD’s new processors.