Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The MSI mPC 51PV performed just like a full-sized Asus motherboard, when outfitted with similar components. Throughout all of our tests, this MSI small form factor PC finished within a few percentage points of the M2N32-SLI and put up numbers in-line with expectations. The fact that the MSI mPC 51PV performed on-par with its "full-sized" competition shows that users don't have to sacrifice performance should they opt for a small form factor system.
We really like the MSI mPC 51PV. We understand that some of you reading this may be put off by this system's lack of overclocking tools and somewhat limited expansion options, but the mPC 51PV was designed with a specific audience in mind. It was designed for mainstream users looking for a highly integrated system, and we feel that these users will be more than pleased by the mPC 51PV. Hardcore power-users should obviously look elsewhere. But anyone in the market for an affordable small form factor system should give this machine serious consideration. It's loaded with features like an IGP, Firewire, HD Audio, Gigabit Ethernet, a 7-in-1 card reader, and an integrated WiFi NIC, it's rock solid stable, performs well, and it's incredibly easy to assemble. The MSI mPC 51PV is also competitively priced at about $240 according to our Pricegrabber search engine. Slap a CPU, RAM, hard drive and an optical drive into this system and you're done. Based on its complete feature-set, ease of assembly, performance and competitive price, we're giving the MSI mPC 51PV a solid 8.5 on the Heat Meter.