MSI's latest Fermi-based graphics card is a tweaker's dream, assuming you sit around dreaming about cranking voltage knobs on your hardware. That's exactly what you can do with MSI's new N460GTX Hawk, supposedly the world's first videocard with a triple overvoltage function to support core voltage, memory voltage, and PLL voltage adjustments.
MSI says the N460GTX Hawk is also the only model on the market to have successfully achieved 1GHz on air, a feat made possible in part by the 7+1 PWM power design, V-Check Points (which allows users to measure voltage on the graphics card with a multimeter), active phase switching (APS), and the dual-fan Twin Frozr II heatsink.
With the core clockspeed cranked to 1GHz, Indonesian overclocker "Hazzan" posted a 3DMark Vantage score of 21,706 (18,725 GPU, 41,552 CPU), an impressive mark for an air cooled setup.
MSI on Monday unveiled the newest member to its Classic Series of laptops, the 14-inch FX400. Billed as the company's "latest masterpiece," MSI is talking up the FX400's special "totem seal coating" that promises to keep scratches and smudges from mucking up the FX400's "stylish and meticulous craftsmanship."
Beneath the shiny exterior sits an Intel Core i5 processor nestled into Intel's HM55 chipset, Nvidia GeForce GT 325M graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, two DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM slots, up to a 500GB SATA hard drive, DVD burner, 2-1-in memory card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, HDMI, and a 6-cell battery.
As is becoming standard on MSI notebooks, the FX400 also includes MSI's Turbo Drove Engine (TDE) technology, which throttles up the CPU and graphics with the touch of a button situated above the keyboard.
MSI's latest all-in-one PC -- the Wind Top AE2420 3D -- says it's all about the 3D, baby, and apparently this is a world's first. The AE2420 brings 24-inches of 3D imagery to a touchscreen LED panel with a 120Hz scanning frequency when paired with the bundled 3D shutter glasses that MSI claims is all that a bag of popcorn.
"The Wind Top AE2420 3D comes with MSI's exclusive 3D Infinity (Shutter Glasses) that solve the problem of blurred 3D images caused by visual angle deviation," MSI explains. "With a large 24" display, several people can view 3D images at the same time, making it even more suitable for use in family entertainment. MSI's 3D Station also integrates 2D to 3D transfer technology, addressing the current shortage of 3D movies. Even DVD rentals or home videos can be instantly transferred and viewed as 3D images."
Other hardware consists of an Intel Core i5 650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1TB hard drive, optional Blu-ray drive, 1.3MP webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, LAN, VGA and HDMI, 6-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, TV tuner card, and MCE remote control.
We're starting to see a resurgence in planned Windows 7-based tablets, with the latest entry belonging to MSI. After putting on display its WindPad 100 tablet at Computex, the company has gone and released a bunch of press images into the wild, indicating that it's moved past the prototype stage.
In addition to Windows 7, the WindPad 100 struts into the tablet scene with a 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB SSD. According to the press images, a dock will add two USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks, LAN, VGA, and an HDMI port.
Initially, MSI was talking up a $500 price point, but that was months ago and nothing has yet been made official.
MSI this week announced its most powerful all-in-one PC yet, the Wind Top AE2280. The company says it's the first desktop PC to integrate Hollywood-standard THX TruStudio Pro audio capabilities, which is piped through two integrated 5W Hi-Fi speakers.
"The Wind Top AE2280 brings the ultimate in Hollywood-caliber video and audio technology to the desktop," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales, MSI Computer. "It packages the perfect combination of processing power, stunning graphics, HD video, and powerful, crystal-clear audio in a sleek, modern and energy-efficient design. As both a multimedia and home entertainment system, the newest Wind Top sets a new standard for the level of power, functionality and ease-of-use available in All-in-One PCs."
The new AE2280 comes in configurations sporting an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, ATI Radeon HD series graphics cards, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 640GB of storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
MSI is one of a handful of companies riding the wave of affordable gaming notebooks, and the company's latest power packed laptop -- the GT660R -- has sailed into U.S. shores.
The 16-inch GT660R comes crammed with high end parts, including an Intel Core i7 740QM processor clocked at 1.73GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX285M graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB of storage (2x500GB HDDs), a Blu-ray reader that doubles as a DVD/CD burner, 720p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth LAN, 4-in-1 memory card reader, HDMI, eSATA/USB combo, two USB 2.0 ports, and even a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
For those who want a little more kick, the GT660R also comes equipped with MSI's TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine+) technology, which gooses the CPU, GPU, and memory with a single touch of the Turbo hotkey resting above the chiclet style keyboard.
You can find the GT660R selling for $1,700 on both Amazon and Newegg.
After a rough start to the summer, motherboard manufacturers are seeing sales pick up this this month and have turned optimistic about the third-quarter. Shipments are on pace to grow 20 percent on month in July, and if things continue this way, shipments will grow 15-20 percent sequentially for the quarter.
This is a far different picture than the gloom and doom scenario top-tier motherboard makers were painting just a short time ago. But as demand has started to pick up in Europe and China, so has their confidence that they'll be able to move more boards than previously thought.
So far this year, Asus has shipped roughly 10.3 million of its own-branded boards, followed by Gigabyte with 8.4 million units. ECS shipped the third most boards with 4.4 million units, followed by MSI and ASRock (a subsidiary of Asus) at 3.8 million and 3.9 million units, respectively.
MSI has begun shipping its revamped Wind12 U230, a shrunken down version of the original 12.1-inch model with the same model number. So how do you tell them apart? For starters, the new 11.6-inch Wind12 U230 is being described as a "light notebook," while the original version was dubbed a "netbook."
Don't try wrapping your head around that one, you'll just end up with a headache like we did. Much easier to fathom is the spec sheet, which includes an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 4-in-1 card reader, 1.3MP webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, a 6-cell battery, and other netbooky "light notebooky" specs.
"The Wind12 U230 Light is another extension of our very successful ultra slim U Series notebook line," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales and marketing for MSI North America. "It's a special combination of solid processing performance, HD display, and a full sized keyboard for the feel of a notebook, yet it's packaged in an ultra slim design with remarkable battery life and stylish good looks, which has proven to be very popular with consumers."
The redesigned U230 Light is available now for $400.
MSI had HTPC users in mind when it launched its R5670-PD512 videocard earlier today. Sporting a low profile design, the new card also comes equipped with dual fans for an added cooling punch.
According to MSI, the two-fan cooling solution provides 50 percent better airflow than a single fan, but that isn't all the R5670-PD512 has going for it. MSI is also touting the heatsink, which covers both the GPU and memory while still maintaining a low profile form factor.
MSI's variant sticks close to reference specs and comes clocked at 775MHz, while the 512MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 4040MHz on a 128-bit bus. Other features include "Military Class Concept" components, such as all solid capacitors and a solid state choke.
There's no turning back now, folks, 3D is coming to all facets of home entertainment, from TVs to handheld consoles, and next-gen notebooks as well. According to Internet rumblings, MSI will be one of the first to launch a 3D notebook, which is expected to ship in mid-September in Taiwan.
Notebook sources say the laptop is being developed in-house and will use Intel's integrated GPU for the display. The 3D effects will come by way of Dynamic Digital Depth's (DDD's) TriDef 3D software, which converts 2D images into 3D. And of course users will have to don a pair of polarizing glasses.
MSI joins a growing list of manufacturers who plan to bring 3D to the mobile PC market, a list which includes the likes of Acer, LG Electronics, Fujitsu, and Lenovo. Asus and Toshiba are also on board, though they're adopting Nvidia's shutter 3D glasses.