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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 11 September 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO Desktop System
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: MSI Wind Top
AE2010-02SUS Detailed Features
Testing and Results
PCMark Vantage Results
EVEREST CPU Benchmarks
Passmark PerformanceTest
CINEBENCH Test Results
Hands On User Experience
AE2010 Gaming Performance
Wind Top Final Thoughts
MSI AE2010 Conclusion

MSI AE2010 Conclusion

Benchmark Reviews begins each conclusion with a short summary for each area that we rate. The first is performance, which considers the effectiveness of the MSI Wind Top in operation against direct competitors. On a scale of 1 to 10, which is exactly how we grade each section, the MSI Wind Top All-In-One Desktop receives a solid 9.0 when compared against other products in its related category. Compact desktop computers have never had it so nice, and to be bundled with a AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e processor and ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU certainly creates some animosity among dual-purpose notebook and nettop computers. The AE2010 outperformed NVIDIA's ION platform, even when equipped with a dual core Intel Atom N330, and shamed GMA950 performance in the latest ASUS Eee PC.

MSI packaged the AE2010 in a nice full-color package similar to desktop monitors, but basic feature information and product specifications are absent. What the box lacks in allure the Wind Top makes up for in elegance. A clear plastic outer edge frames the piano-black bezel around the 20" touch screen LCD monitor. A textured simulated-leather trim piece casts some definition to the face of this AIO unit, and buttons are hidden away from sight and tucked in behind the edges.

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Like notebook computers, the MSI Wind Top has compact-computer construction to credit for its durability. Nearly every facet of design has the internal components keeping close attention to ergonomics, while optimizing the dense use of internal volume. It took some extra effort to expose the hardware, and in doing so the plastic covers and extra shielding were examined and commended for their reinforced design. The touch screen LCD panel is extremely tough, although not quite bullet-proof, and the outer shell is tough and long lasting. After some consideration, there aren't any true 'weak' points in the Wind Top's construction. If there were to be any suggestions, it would be in the choice of output video ports used.

In terms of functionality, the MSI AE2010 sets new expectations for personal computers. In the space of a flat panel LCD monitor, MSI has managed to squeeze in a 20-inch touch screen, webcam, IR remote receiver, stereo SRS speakers, DVD super multi-drive, six High-Speed USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, 320GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless N Wi-Fi adapter, D-Sub input and output, 4-in-1 multi-card reader, microphone and headphone jacks, the Radeon HD 3200 mobile GPU, and a dual core AMD Athlon X2 3250e processor. The limits of a diverse computer have just been blown away and redrawn.

Value, always the catch for any new consumer electronic item, is actually something I might consider the biggest strength behind the MSI Wind Top. As of early September 2009, the AE2010-02SUS was sold online for just over $600. The Nerds lists the AW2010 All-In-One desktop system for only $614, while PCRush sells for $612.

Anyone who has shopped the market for comparable features and functionality knows that you can't match the MSI Wind Top's list with its generous price. This article has spent many detailed pages exploring everything from touch screen and webcam to gaming frame rate and Wi-Fi N connectivity. While the MSI Wind Top shares the same desktop space as large full-size tower computers with discrete graphics, , mid-level games such as World of Warcraft, The Sims, Spore, and Empire: Total War are within reasonable reach but don't expect the Radeon HD 3200 GPU inside the AE2010 to play high-end games like Prototype or Cryostasis. Surprisingly, the AE2010 even worked for 3D-intensive CAD/CAM applications like AutoCAD 2009. For casual PC users who want to save space and still enjoy graphic design, web browsing, document creation, and email, the MSI Wind Top AE2010 All-In-One is the best thing I've recommending in a very long time.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The retail version of Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit O/S installs very quickly and only requires the Realtek RTL8192E 802.11n wireless network adapter driver to be installed afterward. The 32-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate installed extremely slow however, and was unsuccessful after three attempts.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ 20-Inch Touch-Screen LCD Panel
+ AMD Athlon X2 dual-core 3250e Processor
+ 4GB of DDR2 SoDIMM System Memory
+ ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU with 128MB DDR3 vRAM
+ Wireless-N and Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity
+ Free Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade
+ DVD Super-Multi Drive
+ 320GB SATA Hard Disk Drive
+ Includes Multimedia Keyboard and 800dpi Optical Mouse
+ Silent No/Low-Noise Operation
+ Outperforms Intel Atom N330 and NVIDIA ION
+ Outstanding Value and Price Point
+ Integrated Webcam and Microphone
+ Built-In Stereo SRS Speaker System
+ eSATA / USB 2.0 / Multi-Card Reader

Cons:

- Lacks DVI and HDMI Video Output
- Does Not Offer Internal Component Access
- 5400 RPM Hard Drive Slows Reaction Time

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.25
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 8.75

Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

Nomination: 2009 Editor's Choice Award.

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# sales manager-staplessean 2010-05-08 12:19
could I get a copy of this full article 'e-mailed to my ...e-mail ? I'm doing a presentation on the MSI WINDTOP.
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# RE: MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO Desktop SystemBobbie Kean 2010-06-18 13:46
I got one of these computers and I will never, ever buy another MSI product as long as I live. It has been at MSI for repairs more than I have had the computer to use.

The first thing to go was the power supply after less than 3 weeks use. I shipped it back and the power supply was replaced. When I received the computer back it was poorly packed and the top section that contains the web came was busted into little pieces. Another ship back to MSI. Then I had to fight with them for 2 weeks to get my power cord back.

It is in the box to go back to MSI right now as apparently and this is according their tech support, the motherboard has gone out. I have been waiting nearly two hours now for the RMA and shipping label to send it back to them. I am one step away from calling the credit card company and seeing if we can do something about it because of the problems that I have had with MSI and this computer.
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# wtfMista bowas 2010-10-13 06:01
yo so i bought thise computer a few weerks ago and set it up today and i downloaded a few things right and than itried downloadin world of warcraf tna apparently it doesnt have enuff space on the hard drive? so i delete everythin i have downloaded except for warcraft and yet it says i still need to delete stuff to make room for it like wtf is this # it says i have 68,3 gigs and 6.68 gis left and i look under control panel and under programs and it says theirs about 4gigs of programs their
so what the # is this #?
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# 250GB Already UsedBruceBruce 2010-10-13 06:19
The machine in this review comes with a 320GB SATA Hard Disk Drive installed. If you only have 68.3 gigs left, that means you loaded over 200 GB of material to the hard drive already...???

You must have a different system, if it only has a total of 68.3 GB of HDD space.

Yes, with only 6.68 GB of HDD space, it doesn't surprise me that WoW doesn't have enough space to install and run properly. You obviously need a bigger HDD.
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# UpgradeSimone 2010-11-21 23:48
Well i have this pc for almost a year now and im happy with it :)
I would just like to know if I can upgrade it.
Like a graphic gard and some extra memory in?
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# UPGRADE INFOHazardouzx 2011-01-22 11:58
yes you can upgrade but make sure you take it into someone who knows how to do it. The MSI company has great technologies there. But if something is wrong and you return it they will just keep the one you gave them and send out a used one. The MSI company dose not care on customers. They care bout making money. These types of computers are like what they use in doctor offices and stuff. there not meant for personal use.
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# RE: MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO Desktop SystemClayton Baugh 2011-12-15 13:19
I bought one of these in late september thinking it would be great for PC gaming

Now i realize i need to upgrade the GPU/CPU and maybe memory

IM thinking about getting this : ##newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161379

Would i be able to upgrade this computer with that product?

If not what could i upgrade it with that would allow me to play big games like Skyrim or COD or GTA IV that is cheap and worth buying
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# RE: RE: MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO Desktop SystemOlin Coles 2011-12-15 13:26
It's too bad you didn't read this review first, because graphics cannot be upgraded on the MSI Wind Top AE2010. Your best chance is to reduce graphics options to a level that will play without stutter.
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# technicianEd 2012-05-04 19:31
Hello guys,
would like to buy system board for this pc (video chip - screw..any idea where can get one..thanks
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