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MSI Cubi

MSI Cubi
alaScore 92

233 reviews

Mar, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 233 reviews of MSI Cubi. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and reliability. The size and price also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed comments about the usability.

price, size, reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the MSI Cubi is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for MSI Cubi


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of MSI Cubi from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the design and size.

size, design

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for MSI Cubi


alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of MSI Cubi from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on People are impressed by the usability. The price also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the size.

reliability, price, usability


88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2019

Expert review by : John Burek (

MSI Cubi Mini-PC Kit Review and Ratings


Delivering wide connectivity—plus support for dual drives and dual monitors—in a 4.5-inch-square box, the Cubi is a robust mini-PC that will please business implementers and the DIY-minded alike.

Impressively small for a mini-PC line that ranges from Celeron to Core i7 ; Supports two drives (mSATA and 2.5-inch) in a tiny chassis ; Four USB 3.0 ports ; VESA-mountable ; Includes Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo card

Slightly retro mSATA SSD support ; Drivers/manual on CD, not USB flash

The MSI Cubi is a well-conceived kit PC, with good documentation and a complete raft of accessories. Like with any bare-bones-PC purchase nowadays, though, you need to weigh your performance needs against the sum-total cost of the system, because a few...

Aug, 2015

Expert review by : Stuart Davidson (

MSI Cubi Review


For a while it seemed that all in one systems, machines which have the main PC components built into the back of the screen, would be the next big thing. That hasn't happened and instead the trend looks to be going more towards ultra compact systems,...

Starting with the build quality and design of the MSI Cubi we have no concerns. The system feels solid, is finished well and has a decent port layout. Access to the inside for upgrading components is very easy, just four screws, and we really like that...

May, 2015

Expert review by : Tom Morgan (

MSI Cubi review


Impressive performance from this compact and great-value micro barebones PC

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Leo Waldock (

MSI Cubi Review


MSI is offering its Cubi Mini PC in four different specifications with varying levels of CPU grunt, MSI is offering its Cubi Mini PC in four different specifications with varying levels of CPU grunt, depending on the price you pay. Cubi is a barebones...

Low price

Low price

The only snags with MSI Cubi are the low power processor and graphics, but of course these are the central features of this tiny PC and allow it to work so coolly and quietly. It’s a conundrum but Broadwell Core i3 is both the strength and weakness of...

May, 2015

All I know is that I loved every minute I spent with the Cubi, and for what it is, it’s definitely a contender for my most loved SFF creation of all t

Expert review by : Play3r (

MSI Cubi Mini PC Review


Looking for a system smaller than a 120mm case fan? You have came to the right place then; introducing the MSI Cubi

Pros: ; Great performance from Broad-well ; Variable models to suit a range of needs ; 4K support, and great connectivity – “usb ports galore” ; Super SFF mini PC

Cons: ; – It doesen’t come in pink! Jokes aside, my one dislike? Was that I couldn’t find more things I didn’t like about the Cubi.

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (

Great little box.


Used 2 x Crucial 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model CT102464BF160B Didn't have to update bios.

- Cost. $109 after a $20 MIR. - Performance. CPU Benchmark of 2023. - Size. Smaller than a NUC - Ease of use. Very easy to add ram and, in my case, a 2.5" SSD. The supplied sata cable works great and is simple to attach. - Quiet. There is a small fan...

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Apr, 2016

Consumer review (

Good barebones system, but the fan is loud and sounds like it won't last long


The sata connector is really awkward to connect, it is very close to the side of the case and you have to use quite a bit of force, but once it's on it's fine. No hdmi 2.0, but i knew this before buying. If the fan wasn't messed up i'd probably give...

Speedy little system. Good form factor. Probably one of the most powerful mini pcs you can buy.

My main gripe is that the fan is really loud, sounds like it might be dying. It doesn't sound smooth at all. I should have done an exchange before my 30 days were up.

Apr, 2016

Consumer review (

Great Form Factor


Great little PC with small form factor. Wish I could get the 16GB DDR3L to work but probably overkill anyway. Will stick with the single stick of 8GB. Still hope that MSI responds with a solution Update: I have updated to the latest BIOS and the 2...

Small Form Factor! This thing is small and compact. I added the SSD and it is still small. The i5 has plenty of punch to run a small server.

1. I couldn't to get both sticks of RAM to work for 16GB. Tried three different low voltage 1.35 volt DDR3L SODIMMs and only one stick will boot. This included G.Skill Ripjaws Series Laptop Memory F3-1600C9D-16GRSL 16GB (2 x 8G) DDR3 SO-DIMM 1.35v...

Apr, 2016

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Hardware issues galore


I have been setting up PCs since the min-90s. This one sadly proved to be the biggest waste of time, at least from what I can recall. When the original unit arrived I immediately added 8GB of RAM (2x4). After reading other reviews on how picky this PC...

- Price - Features

- Multiple HW failures across two separate units - Unit is very choosy about what RAM it will accept - Cover is difficult to get back on after making hardware changes

Mar, 2016

Consumer review (

Best Price in Town


MEMORY: Not "Picky" at all if you use the right stuff. I am using 1.35 volt RAM contrary to the 1.5 volt RAM incorrectly suggested above. I am using 4 GB Item #: N82E16820239699 and it works great. CABLE: The ssd cable attaches to the motherboard with...

I have had one of these for several months and just bought a second one here at Newegg because I could not find a better price anywhere. I have had numerous mini pc's and found this to be the best of the lot. First off, it has a fan and runs much...

Mar, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio system:Realtek ALC283
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y


Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes


Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis type:0.45L sized PC / 0.5L sized PC / 1.2L sized PC / Desktop / Mini PC / Small Desktop
Color of product:Black / White
Cooling type:Passive
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminum
Number of 2.5" bays:1
On/Off switch:Y / Yes
Placement supported:Horizontal/Vertical
Product color:Black / White
Product type:Mini PC / Mini PC barebone
VESA mounting:Y
VESA mounting interfaces:75 x 75
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:40 / 65
Power supply type:External AC adapter

Expansion Slots

PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 5500
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 5500 / HD Graphics 620
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:1
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16 / 32 / 64 / 8
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of execution units:12 / 16
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:100 / 300 / 320 / 350 / 400
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:600 / 640 / 700
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 11.2/12 / 12.0 / Y
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1616 / 0x5912 / 0x5916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 405 / Intel HD Graphics 5500 / Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics 400 / Intel® HD Graphics 405 / Intel® HD Graphics 5500 / Intel® HD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4


Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 2 / 32 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600 / 2133
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM
Number of Memory Slots:1 / 2
Supported memory clock speeds:1600 / 2133
Supported memory types:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM


Chipset:Intel SoC
Compatible processor series:Intel® Core™ i3
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
Number of processors supported:1
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1168 / BGA1170


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Copper ethernet cabling technology:10BASE-T,100BASE-T,1000BASE-T
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
LAN controller:Intel® I211
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40 / 10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40 / 10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other Features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-i / VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-i / VT-d,VT-x / VT-x,VT-d
Number of processors installed:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N
VESA mount included:Y


Audio system:Realtek ALC283
Chipset:Intel SoC
Compatible processor series:Celeron
Motherboard chipset:Intel H110 / Intel SoC
Optical Drive Type:N
Product type:Mini PC / PC
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 10,Windows 10 Home,Windows 10 Pro

Ports & interfaces

COM ports quantity:1
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DisplayPort version:1.2
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4 / 2.0
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:2
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:2
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:2
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power supply:40 / 65 / 90
Power supply type:External AC adapter


Built-in processor:Y / Yes
Bus type:DMI2 / DMI3 / Opi
Chipset:Intel SoC
Configurable TDP-down:10 / 7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:2400 / 600 / 800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32 / 64 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16 / 4
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1 / 34.2
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1333,1600,2133,2400 / 1600 / 1600,1866,2133
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2, 1x4, 2x2, 2x1, 4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 2x4, 4x1 / 2x4,4x1 / 4x1, 2x4 / 4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:3205U / 3805U / i3-5005U / i5-5200U / i7-5500U / N3050 / N3150 / N3160 / N3700
Processor boost frequency:1.6 / 2.08 / 2.16 / 2.24 / 2.4 / 2.48 / 2.56 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.10
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Braswell / Broadwell / Kaby Lake
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel / Intel Core i3-5xxx / Intel Core i3-7xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.40 / 2.50 / 3.4 / 3.9
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:3205U / 3215U / 3805U / i3-5005U / i3-7100 / i3-7100T / i3-7100U / i5-5200U / i5-7200U / i7-5500U / N3050 / N3150 / N3160 / N3700 / N3710
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor series:Intel Celeron N3000 series / Intel Celeron Processor 3000 series for Mobile / Intel Celeron Processor N3000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-5000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-7700 Desktop Series / Intel Pentium 3000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium N3000 series for Mobile / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA 1168 / BGA 1170 / BGA 1356 / BGA1168 / BGA1170 / BGA1356 / LGA 1151 (Socket H4)
Processor threads:2 / 4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4
Stepping:C0 / D1 / E0 / F0 / H0 / S0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 5
System bus rate:2.5 / 4 / 5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 35 / 51 / 6
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 90 / 92

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Secure Boot:Y
Intel Secure Boot Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:N / No
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:0.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:N / Y
Intel® Pro Wireless Display (Intel® Pro WiDi):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:N / Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x,VT-d
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:84695 / 84809 / 84810 / 84813 / 85212 / 85214 / 87257 / 87258 / 87261 / 91831 / 95442 / 95443 / 97455 / 97485
Processor code:SR210 / SR215 / SR23W / SR23Y / SR243 / SR27G / SR29E / SR29F / SR29H / SR2KP / SR2ZU / SR2ZW / SR35C / SR35P
Processor package size:25 / 25 x 27 / 37.5 x 37.5 / 40 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015A / PCG 2015C


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 10 / Windows 10 Enterprise / Windows 10 Home / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 with Bing
Optional operating system supplied:Windows 7 Professional


Card reader integrated:N / No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD / MMC, Memory Stick (MS), SD
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Number of storage drives supported:1 / 2
Optical Drive Type: No
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 32 / 64
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
Storage drive interface:M.2, PCI Express, Serial ATA III / mSATA
Storage drive sizes supported:2.5
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Supported storage drive types:HDD, SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 32 / 500 / 64

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.75 / 2.19 / 4.34 / 4.37 / 4.41 / 4.42 / 5.82
Height:1.28 / 1.38 / 1.75 / 1.86 / 2.45 / 2.74 / 4.41
Weight:10.4 / 13.8 / 16.4 / 16.9 / 17.1 / 2.67 / 2.8 / 20.3 / 21
Width:4.53 / 4.54 / 4.57 / 6.11 / 6.28