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CES 2023 | MSI Cubi N ADL: Palm-sized mini-PC showcased with Intel Alder Lake-N processors

The Cubi N ADL should be cheaper than the Cubi 5 12M. (Image source: MSI)
The Cubi N ADL should be cheaper than the Cubi 5 12M. (Image source: MSI)
MSI has revealed the Cubi N ADL, one of its latest compact and low-powered mini-PCs. Offered with Intel Alder Lake-N processors, the MSI Cubi N ADL measures just 124 x 124 x 53.7 mm but contains nearly a dozen ports and expandable storage, among other features.

MSI has unveiled the Cubi N ADL, a less powerful version of the Cubi 5 12M that the company also debuted during CES 2023. As its name suggests, the Cubi N ADL relies on Alder Lake-N processors that Intel introduced during this year's trade show. In short, Alder Lake-N serves as a Jasper Lake replacement for the Cubi N series that MSI last refreshed in early 2021.

Regardless, the Cubi N ADL will ship with the Intel Processor N100 and Intel Processor N200, the same processors with which the ASUS ExpertCenter PN42 will be available. For reference, Alder Lake-N processors feature E-cores, have 6 W TDPs and are based on 10 nm nodes. Intel refers to the latter as 'Intel 7'; previously, it called its second-generation 10 nm process '10 nm Enhanced SuperFin'. MSI will complement the Processor N100 and Processor N200 with 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM running in single-channel mode courtesy of one SODIMM slot, a limitation of the Alder Lake-N architecture.

Additionally, MSI has equipped the Cubi N ADL with 2.5-inch and M.2 slots for adding storage and three display outputs, including a USB Type-C port. The mini-PC is not short of other I/O either, despite its 124 x 124 x 53.7 mm footprint:

  • 1x 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo jack
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1x HDMI 2.0b
  • 2x RJ45
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (DisplayPort Alt Mode)

Moreover, MSI has confirmed that the Cubi N ADL will be configurable with Windows 11 Home or Windows 11 Pro, plus Intel Wireless AC 3168 or Intel Wireless AC 9462 chipsets. Unfortunately, the company has not revealed how much the 0.7-litre will cost, nor when it will be available. 

(Image source: MSI)
(Image source: MSI)

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Alex Alderson, 2023-01-10 (Update: 2023-01-10)