The Radeon HD 6950 often gets overlooked, because it falls into an in-between netherworld of pricing. Typical cards cost anywhere from $240-$300, but most seem to hover around the $270 mark. This MSI overclocked card, built using the company's Twin Frozr III dual-fan cooler, sits at around $280. So high-end buyers overlook this price category and budget buyers feel like it's a little too much.
Through a series of BIOS updates, Gigabyte last month announced it added native support for PCI Express Gen. 3 technology on over 40 of its existing motherboards, and along with support for Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, it was a solid announcement for system builders looking to future proof. At least it should have been, only MSI is taking Gigabyte to task over its PCI-E Gen. 3 claims.
MSI today unveiled a pair of new G Series gaming laptops outfitted with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570M discrete graphics. Available in 15.6-inch (GT683DXR) and 17.3-inch (GT780DXR) form factors, MSI is pitching both at the "serious gamer seeking unmatched power with an unprecedented immersive experience." Let's see how MSI backs up that claim.
You wouldn’t rock a puffy jacket in the summer, would you? Of course not! You’d overheat. So why do you let a six inch layer of dust get your graphics card get all hot and bothered? Cleaning out the grime can cool your PC down, but digging out a can of compressed air and cracking open your PC can take some work. For those time-deprived folks who also want a sparkly-clean PC, MSI’s rolling out products with “Dust Removal Technology.”
MSI today announced its first motherboard based on AMD's A55 chipset for Llano. The A55M-P35 is a micro ATX motherboard with an FM1 socket, two DDR3-1600 DIMM slots, six SATA 6Gbps ports, a single PCI-Express x16 slot, GbE LAN, 7.1 channel audio, all solid capacitors, and a handful of overclocking friendly features.
Much has been made about Intel's Ultrabook concept, which is supposed to mesh tablet-like features with notebook performance in a highly portable form factor. The big hurdle is getting retail pricing below $1,000, and it's proving no easy task. In the meantime, system builders are bridging the gap with powerful notebooks that are highly portable, yet fall just a little shy of Ultrabook status. Such is the case with MSI's new X460 and X460DX laptops.
Few things are as awesome as a custom painted full tower chassis loaded to the hilt with so much high-end hardware that most chiropractors would recommend enlisting the help of a friend when lugging it around. On the flip side, that's going way overboard if you're looking to setup a NAS box or VPN for your small business, which are two areas MSI's new MS-9A85 industrial system was built to handle.
MSI continues to flesh out its gaming laptop line, the newest entry being the 15.6-inch GE620DX notebook with an Intel Core i7 2630QM processor clocked at 2GHz, GeForce GT 555M graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory, and up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. On the outside, MSI looks to impress with a brushed metal finish adorned by the "MSI" logo in luminescent white script.
With built-in 3D support and some serious muscle under the hood, MSI’s Wind Top AE2420 3D offers a tantalizing view of the future of this form factor. A 2.8GHz Core i7-860, 4GB of RAM, an ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5730 graphics part, Wi-Fi, and 1TB of SATA2 storage make this a solidly conceived all-in-one PC, even if it feels a wee bit unpolished.
Remember when thin and light laptops were underpowered machines incapable of all but the most basic of tasks? Neither do we, not since the deluge of ultraportables with Core i5/i7 guts and other modern amenities, like USB 3.0. Both of these technologies have been shoved into MSI's X460 and X460DX, the newest additions to the company's X-Slim Series of notebook computers.