MSI Details Mini ITX Gaming Motherboard and Graphics Card

Paul Lilly

Finding out what's in a picture

Just before the holiday weekend in November, MSI posted to its Facebook account a teaser shot showing off a pair of mini ITX gaming products. One was a graphics card and the other a motherboard, but beyond what you could make out in the picture, mum was the word from MSI at the time. Well, MSI is now ready to reveal the full monty. Those of you who guessed the graphics card was a mini ITX GeForce GTX 760 , you're awarded 760 geek cred points.

The miniature gaming card is 30 percent shorter than reference. MSI said the challenge it faced with such a short card was to provide "great and silent cooling." The company found its solution in its new RADAX fan, which is a hybrid radial/axial fan that's supposed to combine the best of both worlds while reducing temps by as much as 30 percent.

As for the Z87I motherboard, it features five SATA 6Gbps ports, a single eSATA 6Gbps port, DisplayPort, HDMI, DL-DVI-I, a single PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, half a dozen USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, 8-channel audio, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel WiDi, and Killer E2205 GbE LAN.

No word yet on when these parts will be available to purchase or for how much.

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