MSI has begun shipping two new gaming laptops in North America, the company announced Monday. The company’s latest gaming laptops, the GT780R and GX780, are both 17-inchers that feature SteelSeries keyboards specially designed for gamers. Details after the jump.
Being first isn't always something to brag about. First in line to drink the funny smelling punch at an ominous cult meeting comes to mind, and there's no prize (or second date) for yelling "First!" during a one-night stand. In MSI's case, it's totally acceptable to prance around with a press release announcing a first of its own: the first to ship a "supercharged gaming laptop" in North America utilizing Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip.
Don't you hate it when leaked pictures of future products pop up on the web, but they turn out all blurry like a kid with a $10 Kodak snapped the photos? Yeah, we do too, but luckily that isn't what we have here. Mysteriously manifesting out of the deepest corners of cyberspace are several closeups of MSI's upcoming Bulldozer board, the 990FX-GD6A.
There should be an actual rule, not just an unwritten one, that if a manufacturer pitches a new product as a bargain or, in this case, carrying a "friendly price," said company should, oh, maybe disclose that price? We're thinking out loud here, but that seems fair to us. In any event, MSI announced its new generation CR460 notebook, giving us the skinny on the display size, processor, storage, and everything in and around the laptop, that is except the price tag.
And off we go! Now that Intel has officially outed its Z68 Express chipset, the announcements from hardware vendors pitching new products are rolling in. One of those is from MSI who just unveiled a couple of Z68 motherboards (socket 1155), one of which features support for both CrossFireX and SLI.
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.