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[Computex 2024] MSI PRO Desktop: New Mini PC Lineup

[Computex 2024] MSI PRO Desktop: New Mini PC Lineup

by Low Boon ShenJune 7, 2024
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When it comes to commercial PCs, most people would think of a black-colored tower PC that sits in a corner that nobody would pay attention to; however, these machines, like the ones from MSI today, has since evolved into smaller and smaller PCs that can even fit within the palm of your hand. Here in MSI’s booth at TaiNEX 1, there’s nothing about tower commercial PCs – it’s all tiny machines that gets the work done.


[Computex 2024] MSI PRO Desktop: New Mini PC Lineup

First off, let’s talk about this tiny little PC called the Cubi NUC 13MQG/1MG. Its volume is no larger than your typical water bottle at just 0.8 liters, which is small enough to be mounted directly behind a monitor via VESA mounting. The differences between the 13MQG and 1MG is the processor that’s powering it: the former packs up to Intel Core i7-1365U with vPro Enterprise support; while the latter features the newer Core 7 150U (though it’s the same architecture as the Intel 13th Gen).

Both variants offer a pair of SO-DIMM DDR5 RAM slots, a pair of M.2 SSD slots, plus a 2.5″ drive bay for either a HDD or SATA SSD. Continuing the theme, there’s also a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports (one of which supports 100W USB-PD charging), and two 2.5GbE LAN with discrete TPM support. In terms of display outputs, this NUC supports up to four displays.

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One unique feature it has is the MSI Power Link, which uses HDMI CEC to allow users to power on the device by turning on supported MSI monitors that it is connected to. There are several features designed around sustainability, including Power Meter, PCR plastic construction, and FSC-certified packaging, which nets this NUC the Computex Best Choice 2024 award under the Sustainable Tech Special Award category.


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This slightly larger PRO DP21 14MQG packs quite a bit more power under the hood: in its 2.3L chassis you can find up to Intel Core i7-14700 with vPro Enterprise, with dual SO-DIMM slots, one M.2 slot, two 2.5″ drive bays, and an assortment of USB ports (we counted 8). No Thunderbolt here, but you can still output displays up to two monitors via the HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 outputs.

Since this chip can consume more power than the Core i7 found in the NUC, the DP21 comes with an intake on the top of the chassis to direct fresh air to accommodate the 65W processor sitting inside. Like the Cubi NUC, it’s got its share of sustainability-focused features to keep power usage low and minimizes the environmental impact.

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Elsewhere, MSI has also showcased the previously-released PRO DP10 13M, featuring Core i7-1360P, DDR4 SO-DIMM, quad display outputs, 2.5GbE LAN, Thunderbolt 4, all packed within its 1.1L chassis.

Pokdepinion: Office and commercial PCs has gone a long way into shrinking the footprint. 

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