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MSI presents its mini-STX PC, the Cubi 2 Plus

By Ian Chee - on 25 Feb 2016, 12:05pm

MSI presents its mini-STX PC, the Cubi 2 Plus

If you’ve ever needed a system that’s smaller than a mini-ITX, and still retain CPU-upgrade privileges, then MSI has something that you can consider. It’s called the MSI Cubi 2 Plus, and it comes in a mini-STX form factor.

 

The MSI Cubi 2 Plus comes with three CPU configurations: Intel Core i3-6100T, Core i5-6500T, and Core i7-6700T. There are also two DDR4 2,133MHz RAM slots supporting up to a maximum of 32GB. For storage, you get an M.2 SATA SSD with up to 256GB of space, and a 2.5-inch slot that lets you add a hard drive or SSD of up to 1TB. You also get three USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 Type-C connector, and a card reader at the front.

At the back, you’ll find two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a LAN port, one HDMI and one DisplayPort output. In case you’re worried about the lack of wireless connectivity, don’t be, because beneath all this are 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options at your disposal.

There is also the MSI Cubi 2 Plus vPro. It is essentially the same as the regular model, but you get support for vPro, thanks to the motherboard having a Q170 chipset. You also get an extra USB 2.0 port, an extra HDMI output port and a serial port at the back, and up front, one of the USB 2.0 ports is switched out for a USB 3.0 port.

Note the difference with the USB Type-A port next to the Type-C...

... and all the extra ports on the bottom segment.

While there's no exact pricing tagged to them yet, MSI said that the Cubi 2 Plus will be globally available beginning March 2016.

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