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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 03 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PC
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: MSI Wind Top
AE2220-25SUS Detailed Features
Testing and Results
PCMark Vantage Results
EVEREST CPU Benchmarks
Passmark PerformanceTest
CINEBENCH Test Results
Hands-On User Experience
AE2220 Gaming Performance
Wind Top Final Thoughts
MSI AE2220 Conclusion

Wind Top Final Thoughts

There's a lot of potential packed into the MSI Wind Top series that might not meet the eye. I'm currently using the AE2220 as my primary desktop workstation, using the stylus to drag and sort the hundreds of email I receive every day across the LCD touch screen before I get started in the morning. I've also found a few remarkable improvements to the 'Ink Input" Tablet PC functionality built into the writing pad of Windows 7, which allow me to handwrite my message and have Windows recognize it to text. This works incredibly well on a 21.5" 1920x1080 high-resolution touch screen.

I'm not sure if I like the idea of wall-mounting the Wind Top, primarily because it would require a swivel mount in order for me to access the rear ports, but if I change my mind MSI has included a VESA stand-off that replaces the support leg. At roughly 26 pounds a standard 24-46" monitor VESA stand or wall mount could be used with no problems, so that's a plus. Native digital-audio TosLink output enables the AE2220 to connect into a compatible audio/video receiver for 5.1 surround sound, while the HDMI port allows any source (such as PlayStation 3 or XBox 360) to connect into the Wind-Top.

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Compared against the cost of purchasing a comparable desktop computer system with BD drive and touch-screen LCD monitor, for $899 you're getting a lot more for your money out of the MSI AE2220. Purchasing a 21.5-inch LCD touch screen panel alone cost close to the price of an entire Wind Top system, never mind having money left over for the rest of the components. Calculate the cost of a 21.5" LCD monitor, Blu-ray Disc player/DVD-burner, 500GB hard drive, wireless multimedia keyboard and optical mouse, digital HDTV tuner, Wi-Fi-N adapter, HD webcam, AND Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, and at the value-packed MSI Wind Top transforms into more of a steal.

Gaming performance was actually very good with the Wind Top's GeForce 9300M (see the previous Gaming Performance section for more detail) . The AE2220 doesn't attempt to compete against game-focused desktop computers with high-power discrete graphics, especially at thsi price point. Demanding high-end games like Batman: Arkham Asylum or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 aren't a consideration on the Wind Top system, but mid-level video games such as World of Warcraft, The Sims, Spore, and Empire: Total War are within reasonable reach.

MSI utilized the powerful Intel T6600 CPU and sufficient GeForce 9300M GPU for the system components inside the Wind-Top AE2220, but there were some tough decisions to be made during the design phase of this all-in-one PC. On one hand, they could have re-used the AMD RS780G/SB710 mainboard from the Wind Top AE2010 and offered powerful graphics from ATI's Radeon HD 3200 GPU, but this decision would have required that they also use a less-powerful AMD processor with higher heat output and power consumption. Instead, MSI decided to leverage NVIDIA's ION mainboard and combine a very powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processor along side NVIDIA's GeForce 9300M GPU for suitable graphics. Until a mobile graphics solution presents itself as a desktop challenger, the Wind-Top AE2220 uses the best combination of hardware for real-world tasks.

For casual computer users, which is the vast majority of the modern Internet-connected world, life with a PC doesn't revolve around video games... at least not those requiring anymore graphics than what we have available here in the AE2220. I really liked the power of my desktop, but enjoyed the power savings my laptop offered for all-day computing. Energy Star 5.0 approval has given the MSI Wind Top AE2220-25SUS 1080p all-in-one PC the ability to merge the best of the two platforms into one compact unit. At idle, the MSI Wind Top AE2220-25SUS consumed only 46W of power. Driven to 100% load on both cores of the Intel T6600 CPU, the power consumption grew to 71W. When the NVIDIA GeForce 9300M was pushed to maximum load the total power draw was 61W. Under full usage, with CPU and GPU both operating at maximum load, the total power consumption was 83W.



 

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# VGA-in?Chris Smith 2010-03-14 11:29
I see that this machine has a VGA-in port. I currently work from two PCs with a KVM switch. How difficult would it be to use the VGA-in port to connect a second PC and switch back and forth?
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCOlin Coles 2010-03-14 11:34
Shouldn't be an issue... most notebooks require that you press a keyboard hotkey to switch output.
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# Switching inputChris Smith 2010-03-14 12:15
Yes, but how do you tell the MSI to use the VGA-in rather than it's native output?
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCOlin Coles 2010-03-14 12:23
MSI notebooks have the same Function+LCD/CRT hotkey. You press and hold the Function key, and then press the LCD/CRT key until you're on the right output.
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCsam 2010-03-18 10:20
Hi there!.
I read the article,but there was one thing i didn't quite get.
Im sorry if i have overlooked it :)

Question is,as it has HDMI in,say i want to connect my ps3 to it,where is the button to switch between the pc and connected device/s??.

I really want to buy one of these!!
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# RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCChris Smith 2010-03-18 10:26
That's essentially the same question I was trying to ask.

I found a manual online and it looks to me like you have to use OSD (on-screen display) setting to do this. So you'd be using the buttons on the side of the display
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# Use the M button...Olin Coles 2010-03-18 10:40
All of the buttons are located along the right side of the unit, similar to some monitors and HDTVs.

To switch between inputs, use the side buttons and press M for menu. Next press the > button twice, and choose your input (VGA in, PC, HDMI in).
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCDenise 2010-04-05 04:11
I bought the AE2220 2 months ago and so far it has locked up on me twice (can not access anything). I have taken to a local computer store and had tests ran on it but they tell me that it is a hardware issue. Now I am told through MSI that I have to pay to have it shipped to CA so it can get diagnosed. I have never had such an awful experience with a computer or customer service. Now I am facing several weeks of no computer due to this issue. I am just very dissapointed with the issue.
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# MSI Wind top Shuts offMichael 2010-04-13 13:23
Is anyone else having the same problem that all the sudden this computer looses power and shuts off? I have only had the computer for a couple weeks and it has done it to me many times. I bought the warranty from office depot and they just refered me to MSI support which by the way is horrible!!!! If anyone has any suggestion or help with this issue please pass it along!
THanks, Frusterated computer user
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# MrWilliam 2010-12-15 18:18
Same problem here. windtop AE2220 25sus. It's actually overheating on you. Boot into your bios and watch the temp skyrocket to 103 degrees Celsius until it shuts off. I paid $1100 for this pile of # a year ago and conveniently it's out of warranty!!! Go figure.
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# RE: MrOlin Coles 2010-12-15 18:32
I'm not sure if it will fix your problem, but you might consider updated to the latest available BIOS (2.60).

##msi.com/index.php?func=downloadfile&dno=11748&type=bios
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# MSI AE2200-14SUS All-in-One DesktopSonya 2010-04-15 05:02
I've had this machine since January and this morning it will not turn back on. Period, no matter what I do. I get a message that says, No PC found. Online help, and the help in the manual is useless, completely useless. I have to call this morning. This is the same machine that I could not get the sound to work when I first turned it on. Not happy with this machine at the moment.
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCalexoranjecafe 2010-07-10 17:16
l dont if anybody else have same problem but l cannot connect msi aio 2220 to my plasma tv.WITH hdmi or vga.l both tryed but doesnt work.FN+all F fonction and also display setting and even win+P.L TRY ALL OF IT.DOESNT WORK.IS ANYBODY CAN HELP ABOUT THIS.THANKS.
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# BIOS Settings...?BruceBruce 2010-07-10 17:24
Does it have to be enabled in BIOS. 2nd thought is, do you have another monitor etc. connected to the DVI port. Some boards don't allow dual digital connections.
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# RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCWilliam 2010-12-15 18:20
connect to projector, worked for me
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# MSI questionmichael 2010-07-30 10:45
If anyone has this type of MSI all in one computer that knows I can utilize this computer using wireless internet please let me know

Window Top AE2220 21.5" Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2Ghz 640GB all-one-computer [X688P]
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# RE: MSI questionWilliam 2010-12-15 18:23
yes you can. that's what i use on this AE220 25SUS
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# antenna connection to DTH cableKiran Kothari 2010-08-06 10:36
I am using DTH TV. How can I connect it to gold plated antenna connection. Will i be able to see TV programs by doing this on MSI AE2220 All-in-one PC?
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# RE: antenna connection to DTH cableKiran Kothari 2010-08-06 10:51
A gold-plated digital TV antenna receptacle is located beside the AC power adapter input, which accepts an external 120W power adapter.

What does the above statement mean? How can I see DTH TV on this all-in-one PC?

Please help.
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# RE: RE: antenna connection to DTH cableOlin Coles 2010-08-06 11:06
You attach one end of the included antenna cable to the gold receptable, and the other end to the short antenna. Then you use Windows Media Center to tune digital channels. Please refer to the user manual or Windows Media Center guide/help files.
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# ANTENNA TVGEORGIOS 2010-10-02 02:33
HOW CAN I SEE TV IN THIS COMPUTER
O TRY TO FIND THE RIGHT CABLE BUT I CANT FIND ANNUTHING
HELPPP
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# So PissedPaul 2010-11-08 21:21
So I have had this machine for two days and it has completely gone crazy, when i turn it on now it doesnt do anything, the lights come on and stay on like its in sleep mode, and then a few seconds later i get a message HDMI no signal, and then blank again. What can i do to fix this i just want to be able to take my data off before i take it back to the store. I tried to change the inpute but my keyboard isn't working and the on display button will not pull up the menues?
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# HDMI no signalMarek 2010-11-19 01:23
Hello,

I'm experiencing same issues like Paul wrote.
On the screen I see just message "HDMI no signal" then blank screen ...
And it happened just today.
I'm running AE2220 for about 7 months till now.
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# HDMI no signalMarek 2010-11-22 00:49
Hello,

I unplugged AE2220 from power outlet, wait for some ~20 seconds, plugged it back and it is running again ...
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# RE: HDMI no signalHarold 2011-01-20 17:15
Hey thanks! I should've known to try this basic troubleshooting step :)
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# RE: HDMI no signalMarek 2011-01-21 00:51
Hello Harold,
so did you encoutered same issues and solution was so simple as I used before ? If yes - then nice to hear ;-)
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# Instalar windows 7 EnterpriseValnir 2011-01-13 17:20
Estou com problemas em instalar o Windows 7 Enterprise no all in one PC MSI MS- 6657, alguem me ajuda?

O sistema operativo para interrompe a instalacao solicitando a indicacao de drivers
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCHakeem 2011-03-29 06:14
pls my msi AE1900 has not been able to connect to the internet with wireles.Anyone in the should plz help.
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# Pc no signalJoel 2011-07-06 05:54
hi, i have a problem on my msi ae2220. i install miscrosoft office and it requires to reboot after installing. My computer did not function after i reboot it and it says that "PC no signal". Is there any one here can help me figure out what is the problem of my unit. thank!
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# BallerTroy 2011-08-01 01:43
i bought a msi all in one pc today and got it home and plugged it in and now it is saying pc no signal instead of running the start up for first time boot
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCDavid T 2011-09-07 01:31
Any way to change the hard drive? Surely there must be a way...
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# RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCOlin Coles 2011-09-07 09:36
Yes, you simply remove the back-panel screws and support stand, then remove the back panel to expose the drive carriage. I recommend replacing with a SSD for best results. :)
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# RE: RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCDavid T 2011-09-07 18:50
Thanks so much! I was worried that it might be welded on, like some of the portable drives. Do I need an adapter or bracket for an SSD? That sounds like it would be faster and quieter. Thanks again.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCOlin Coles 2011-09-07 18:58
It uses a 3.5" drive, so any notebook-sized SATA drive will work. I use an SSD for the added speed and response time, but also because it helps to reduce heat output on this system.
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# RE: RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCJerryEl 2012-02-16 12:52
ON the MSI 6657 you don't have to remove the stand, just remove the screws, remove the front cover on the DVD player, and carefully pry the top off which is held on by clips along the top. Then you can replace the hard drive and/or replace/clean the CPU fan. Why they didn't put access panels for the fan and hard drive is beyond my comprehension. The Fan/Radiator assemblies are notorious for getting clogged with dust and lint and just trying to vacuum it all out through the vents is not very successful.
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCKyle Boudreau 2011-11-23 15:02
Was just wondering if i can swap graphics card in this machine ?? is there physically enough room
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# RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCOlin Coles 2011-11-23 15:09
You would not be able to, since this system uses and integrated unit that cannot be replaced.
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# Can't CONNET TO TVBetty 2011-12-02 07:55
Hi I have the AE2220 for about a year how do i connet it to my HDTV I try the HDMI the VGA they don't work i'm i doing something wrong please help.
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCJeeves 2011-12-06 23:52
Hi. I have the MSI Windtop AE2220 and would like to know if there is any way to reset the motherboard (removing and re-inserting the battery). My Realtek NIC was working but after a few weeks it disappeared from Device Manager. When trying to load drivers it says "REALTEK CONTROLLER NOT FOUND , IF DEEP SLEEP MODE ENABLED PLEASE PLUG CABLE. Tried all that was possible but nothing worked. Thanks
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# RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCOlin Coles 2011-12-07 08:19
If your NIC was indeed in a sleep mode, then turning the system off and restarting would fix it. The following network adapters are used with the AE2220:
Realtek RTL8168D/8111D PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E Network Adapter
Download drivers from: realtek.com.tw/downloads/
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# RE: RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCJeeves 2011-12-07 22:29
Thanks for the advice. I've tried that without success. Removed the power connector from the PC, and left it off overnight but the NIC was still missing. The wireless is perfect, it's the LAN NIC thats missing.
I've even went as far as to format and reload the WIN7 OS, flashed and upgraded the BIOS to the latest version without success. The only option that I did not try was to reset the motherboard which, according to Google, worked for a few who experienced this problem. That seems the only option left. Is this at all possible ? Thanks
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCOlin Coles 2011-12-07 22:40
The only other advise I can give you is to check that the network controller is enabled within the BIOS, and contact MSI tech support. Thankfully there are enough USB ports on this system to add a network adapter.
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCjosh 2012-01-05 03:36
hi frnd,

today i got permission for wind top do u have any ideas where can i get???

MSI windtop

advance thanks ...
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# RE: RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCjohn 2012-01-26 20:46
i think you can search the shopprice web link. this link have 150 shopes.you can compare price also
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# RE: MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PCRamesh 2012-07-21 00:00
I recently bought a used AE2220 (white color)and looking for the 1) Support Stand 2) Wireless Keyboard and Mouse.
Where do I get it in the UAE.

Thanks & regards,
Ramesh
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# reKlemen Mlakar 2013-03-18 08:25
If your NIC was indeed in a sleep mode, then turning the system off and restarting would fix it. The following network adapters are used with the AE2220:
Realtek RTL8168D/8111D PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E Network Adapter

Klemen Mlakar
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# DONT BUY MSIKissy 2013-11-10 13:28
MSI machines are pieces of crap -- they dont work -- will break down fast -- tech and customer support people are useless.. Ive experienced nothing but issues with mine and support was of no help, they want you to pay for shipping on a warranty for a machine that is basically worthless.. from day one Ive had on and off issues with my ae2220 and just a day after the warranty ended it died on me and wont boot -- go figure -- it over heats, the fan is not enough to keep it cool -- its just a crap PC
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