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MSI Metis 266 Slim PC System - MSI Metis 266 Slim PC System
Wed Mar 12, 2003 | 8:27P| PermaLink
MSI Metis 266 Slim PC System Review -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The MSI Metis 266 SlimPC AMD AthlonXP bare bones system. Sleek, black, and packed full of features like video, audio, and networking. It seems the Small Form Factor PC craze that started early last year by an obscure Taiwanese mainboard manufacturer looking to diversify is really taking off. With several smaller manufacturers already jumping on the SFF bandwagon, it was only a matter of time before the "big guns" introduced their own take on SFF type systems - coined the SlimPC, or 'book size' PC, this system from MSI is just one such example. MSI Computer have named this very sleek, very clean looking black & grey slim PC system the Metis 266. In fact, the front of the Metis 266 consists of just a blue LED backlit power button, tiny white LED activity LED, grey drive enclosure, and tiny flap concealing two USB ports. Based around MSI's very own Socket A Micro ATX MS-6390 (VIA KM266) motherboard, the system supports any 200/266 MHz FSB Athlon based processors. Other standard features included are 5.1 audio (AC'97 codec), USB 2.0 and on board 10/100 LAN. Even though the MS-6390 motherboard has an integrated ProSavage8 video chipset which is more than sufficient for daily office use, or internet we decided to forgo it altogether and instead try something a little different. Since the MSI MS-6390 mainboard supports a 4X AGP slot, we picked up a MSI 8890 GeForce4 MX440SE AGP-8X video card. Since this is a book sized PC most "standard sized" video cards will not fit inside the 9cm thick case. The reason we chose to test with the MS-8890, and the reason we were able to is because it is a half-height card. Where standard videocards measure on the order of 87mm tall (from the back of the card), a half-height card like the MS-8890 is just 51mm tall.

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