MSI announces three Mini-ITX Braswell motherboards

— 9:18 AM on April 8, 2015

The specs for Intel's Braswell CPUs first became public last week, and now products based on the chips are being announced. Today, MSI has introduced three new Mini-ITX motherboards with Braswell CPUs on board: the N3700I Eco, the N3150I Eco, and the N3050I Eco.

As the names suggest, these motherboards use three different Braswell parts: the N3700I gets the top-of-the-line Pentium N3700, a quad-core chip with 1.6GHz base and 2.4GHz Turbo clocks; the N3150I, a quad-core Celeron N3150, with a 1.6GHz base and a 2.08GHz Turbo; and the N3050I, a dual-core Celeron N3050, which has 1.6GHz base and 2.16GHz Turbo clocks.

Shared features include a pair of SO-DIMM RAM slots with support for up to 8GB of DDR3L-1600, two SATA 6Gb/s ports, a PCIe x1 slot, a gigabit Ethernet port, a serial port, and an HDMI 1.4b port. The product images also suggest a pair of USB 2.0 ports and two more USB 3.0 ports.

MSI says these boards can decode H.265 video in hardware, and with 4K support, it's no surprise the company is positioning these boards as quiet HTPCs. The serial port suggests industrial applications, as well. Pricing and availability info isn't yet available.

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