MSI did a great job with the with the 690G chipset and they are trying to hit the nail on the head again with the new MSI K9A2GM motherboard. With VGA and HDMI video outputs it will leave many wondering where the DVI header is because the board has space for one. Other than that the K9A2GM motherboard looks great.
The Microstar International MS-7411 motherboard was also spotted and is has a very interesting and unique design. Looking at the layout of the board it doesn’t seem too unique, but wait till you you at the I/O side of the board!
Obviously the I/O layout is far from standard and is geard for the HTPC market.
If that isn’t enough MSI has developed this seven channel pre-amplifer audio add-in card for those looking for better audio support.
MSI also has a 5x100W amplifier audio add-in card that they have developed. With that much amplifying power additional power is needed, so a 4-pin molex connector has been placed on the PCB.
Here is a closer look for those that are interested.
AMD also showed Legit Reviews a prototype HTPC with the MSI MS-7411 motherboard installed along with all the audio and video hardware that they could pack into this small case. With all of these connections it reminds me of the Aleinware High Definition Media Server that we just got and are currently reviewing. The MSI MS-7411 is an impressive media center board based off the AMD 780G chipset and will be used in an upcoming MSI Media Live unit that is said to be coming in early Q3 2008. MSI declined to comment in detail about the MS-7411 and the features it will have.