MSI Reveals its First AMD AM1 Motherboard

MSI has announced a new Mini-ITX motherboard – the AM1I. This is the first motherboard from MSI based on the AM1 platform. It has support for AMD's socket AM1 Athlon and Sempron SoCs, which carry everything ranging from the CPU and GPU cores to the memory controller and chipset components. As such, the motherboard is really nothing more than an I/O interface for the CPU.

Aboard the motherboard you'll find a single PCI-Express x16 slot, two SATA3 ports, a single half-length Mini-PCIe port, along with slots for two DDR3 memory DIMMs.

Rear I/O connectivity is handled by a pair of legacy PS/2 ports, HDMI, DVI, VGA, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and stereo analog audio.

There was no official word on pricing, though we imagine that the MSI AM1I will be dirt-cheap, as the AM1 platform is targeted at sub-$400 computing.

Read more about the AMD AM1 platform here.

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  • InvalidError
    In theory, the motherboards should be ~$20 cheaper than those supporting APUs with separate chipset since the SiS implementation eliminates the separate ~$20 IO controller, the space it takes, some of its voltage regulators, the high-speed interface to the APU, etc.

    I was expecting the desktop SoC/SiS craze to start with Broadwell. Looks like it started a little early.
  • CaedenV
    The beginning of a very strange change in the desktop market.With the northbridge moving to the CPU I wonder if we will finally see a slowdown on socket changes. AMD has always been pretty good about having long lifespans on their sockets... but intel could do to add another year or two to each iteration.
  • jasonelmore
    Intel cpu's have had the northbridge on the CPU for years, hell some of intel's latest ULV chips even have the south bridge on die as well.