Since its debut in May 2013, AMD's Kabini APU has only been available soldered onto motherboards and inside of pre-built systems. Now, a socketed version of the low-power chip appears to be in the cards. While visiting MSI at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Scott came across a Mini-ITX board with a 721-pin socket primed for Kabini APUs.
This Socket M1 board will be compatible with both dual- and quad-core chips up to 25W. Some of those APUs may bear the Sempron name, while others will likely retain the E-series branding associated with mobile Kabini variants. On the mobile side, the only 25W Kabini chip we've seen is the A6-5200, which has quad Jaguar cores clocked at 2GHz plus integrated Radeon HD 8400 graphics clocked at 600MHz.
The MSI motherboard is coming in March, and it looks like a pretty spartan package. All the basics are covered, though. You get dual USB 3.0 ports, DVI and HDMI outputs, (presumably Gigabit) Ethernet, and full-sized memory and PCI Express slots. Storage options include two SATA ports and a Mini PCIe slot that's likely compatible with mSATA SSDs. Since there doesn't appear to be any Wi-Fi on board, that slot might be better occupied by a wireless card.
This board should be affordable, and it could be a nice foundation for a budget home-theater PC. I wonder if Kabini is fast enough to sit on the receiving end of Steam's upcoming in-home streaming feature.
|SilverStone Nitrogon NT08-115XP cooler fits in nearly any case||2|
|Samsung set to disable remaining Galaxy Note 7 handsets||32|
|Deals of the week: laptops and spinning storage||11|
|Qualcomm readies up 48-core Centriq 2400 ARM server chip||54|
|BitFenix Shogun chassis goes for internal and external coolness||3|
|AMD and Intel join forces for a bundle of hardware and games||59|
|Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 may go into full-screen mode||23|
|Gigabyte XK700 keyboard will challenge your limits||22|
|Microsoft and Intel set to bring AR to the people with Project Evo||10|