One thing all-in-one PCs have over most desktops is that they simply look better. We've seen a lot of ugly tower systems, but relatively few AIOs that we'd qualify as eyesores. From what we can tell by viewing MSI's press photos, the company's new Wind Top AE2070 AIO doesn't buck the trend and is another classy edition to a growing number of AIO PCs. Touching it is optional.
AMD originally intended its Radeon HD 6750 and 6770 graphics cards for the OEM market, meaning they'd show up in pre-built systems from the likes of Dell, HP, and others. More recently, the chip maker confirmed these parts would also show up in the retail market, and it took all of 2 seconds for that to happen. MSI just announced three new videocards based on the HD 6700 architecture, including the R6770-MD1GD5, R6750-MD1GD5, and R6750-MD512D5.
One of the features MSI is touting for its new CX640MX is a "clutter-free design." Scratching your head? We were too, until we read the description. What MSI means by a clutter-free design is that all of the frequently used slots, like the USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, have been drilled into the left side of the laptop, leaving just the optical drive on the right side. The idea is to remove the clutter of cables from obstructing your use of an external mouse, but MSI seems to have forgotten that left-handed people use PCs, too.
All-in-One (AIO) PCs are typically more about convenience than raw computing power, but is it possible to have both? MSI is attempting to answer that question with its new Wind Top AE2410, an AIO system built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform with forward looking features like SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, one of which uses MSI's exclusive Super Charger technology to speed up USB charging time by 40 percent and can recharge devices even when the system is turned off.
Are you in the market for an entry-level notebook built around a second generation Intel Core i processor? If yes, you can now expand your search to include MSI's CX640 and CR640 mainstream notebooks. The two notebooks are now shipping to online retailers in North America, the company announced Monday. Specs after the jump.
MSI's recently unveiled X370 notebook is now available for order and, depending on which vendor you go through, will ship right away. The X370 is a budget-conscious ultraportable priced at $599 and built around AMD's dual-core E-350 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) platform. It's a sexy looking notebook, at least in the pictures we've seen, and at 3.1 pounds, you won't throw your back out lugging it around.
MSI on Wednesday introduced what it claims are a pair of "mean machines" in the FX420 and FX620DX, a pair of notebooks built around Intel's second generation Core CPUs. Both models also sport "high-end discrete graphics cards to meet the needs of extreme gamers." We'd label them as 'respectable,' with the FX420 featuring an AMD Radeon HD 6470 and the FX620DX outfitted with Nvidia's GeForce GT 540M, both with 1GB of GDDR3 memory.
AMD’s Bulldozer may not arrive until this summer if the rumors are true, but board makers such as MSI are already guaranteeing that some of its current AM3 boards will work perfectly fine with AM3+. With AMD long saying that Bulldozer would not work with AM3, how is this possible? To find out, I made a few calls to get the skinny on how MSI, Gigabyte and others are enabling support for the upcoming Bulldozer chip. (For an early look at an actual AM3+ board, peep this video that I shot guerilla-style at CES.)
We've long since retired Futuremark's dated 3DMark 05 and 06 benchmarks, but believe it or not, people are still using them to chase world records in the overclocking community. To wit, a Danish overclocker just set new records in both benchmarks using MSI's R6870 Hawk videocard based on AMD's Radeon HD 6870.
It may have taken a little while, but MSI on Wednesday announced that it's GT680R gaming notebook built around Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture is back in action, and this time without any janky SATA ports to worry about. It's the same 15.6-inch notebook as before with the same Intel Core i7 2630QM processor, however it's sporting a revised chipset that doesn't suffer from any known defects, and it also comes with an extended warranty.