MSI: CR430 Laptop Offers More Bang for Your Buck (Take Our Word for It)

Paul Lilly

Ah, the bang for buck angle. It's one of the reasons AMD stays relevant even when it has a hard time catching up with Intel in performance, and it's the tried and true method for piecing together a system on a budget. It's also the angle MSI taking with its new CR430 multimedia laptop built around -- drum roll please -- AMD's E-450 accelerated processing unit (APU).

Is it any surprise AMD's E-series Fusion platform would be behind MSI's bang-for-buck claim? The E-450 APU consists of two Bobcat cores clocked at 1.65GHz and is assisted by AMD's Radeon HD 6320 discrete class graphics with DirectX 11 support. Other features this 14-inch laptop bring to the table include:

  • 1366x768 resolution
  • 320GB/500GB/640GB SATA HDD (5400RPM)
  • DVD burner
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Multi-card reader
  • 2 x USB 2.0; 1 x USB 3.0 (optional); HDMI; GbE LAN
  • SRS PC Sound
  • HD webcam
  • 6-cell battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

Now about that bang-for-buck claim. We're down with that, but, uh, hey MSI, don't you think it'd be helpful to announce an actual price to back that up? Just a suggestion...

Image Credit: MSI

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