msi mini itx Mystery MSI mini ITX board revealed

Sometimes as a journalist you come across a picture or two of yet unannounced products and today we got our hands on something that’s on its way from MSI, but all the details we have are contained within the picture itself. The board is most likely from MSI’s industrial PC division judging by the unusual array of rear ports, but that’s as much as we can gander from the picture, but feel free to pitch in with your own speculations after the break.

Sometimes as a journalist you come across a picture or two of yet unannounced products and today we got our hands on something that’s on its way from MSI, but all the details we have are contained within the picture itself. The board is most likely from MSI’s industrial PC division judging by the unusual array of rear ports, but that’s as much as we can gander from the picture, but feel free to pitch in with your own speculations after the break.

So what’s clear is that this board has a pair of Ethernet ports, of which one is wired to an Intel Ethernet controller that can be clearly seen in the lower corner in the picture. We’d go as far as to say that these are Gigabit Ethernet ports or at least that the additional port is. The board also sports two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports (via a Renesas controller) and a single eSATA connector. Next to the eSATA connector is a pin-header labelled JVGA1 which suggests that this is for connecting a display.

msi mini itx Mystery MSI mini ITX board revealed

Looking a bit closer you can see two SO-DIMM slots above the unusually shaped CPU socket, five SATA ports, a PCI Express x1 slot and some three or four USB 2.0 pin headers and what appear to be two 4-pin fan headers and potentially a serial port header. Based on the Intel Ethernet controller we’d draw the conclusion that this is an Atom board intended for usage in either a NAS box or some kind of networking device, but we really couldn’t say for sure. It’s an interesting little board, especially for something like a home server, but it’s likely that it’ll be priced too high to have any real consumer appeal.