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.
MSI today announced its new generation GX680 notebook built around Intel's second generation Core i7 2630QM quad-core processor. It's the latest in MSI's growing line of gaming notebooks, because as MSI sees it, "clumsy desktop PCs are out and notebooks are in." Blasphemy if you ask us, though we do appreciate a well configured gaming notebook just as much as the next person. More specs after the jump.
It’s a little difficult to review MSI’s new Fusion-based E350IA-E45. Normally, our motherboard reviews consider the CPU as an adjunct to the board since consumers may populate the board with one of numerous CPUs.
That’s not so with the Mini-ITX MSI E350IA-E45 which, as its name implies, incorporates AMD’s brand new 1.6GHz E-350 with AMD’s Radeon HD 6310 graphics part soldered to the board, so you better be happy with the CPU you get.
Remember when you could buy a high-end AMD motherboard for around a C-note? You have to think all the way back to the Barton glory days, when the Asus A7N8X Deluxe and Abit NF7-S v2 dominated any talk of bang-for-buck ratios. But that was a long time ago, and if you want a top-of-the-line motherboard today, you're looking at spending north of $200, particularly if you're invested with Intel. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like mobo prices are coming down anytime soon, and in fact they may be on the rise.
Maybe someone told MSI to put its money where its mouth is at, because that's exactly what the hardware maker did. If you're at all familiar with MSI's graphics cards and motherboards, then you've undoubtedly seen MSI pimping supposed "Military Class" components, like highly-conductive polymerized capacitors (Hi-c CAP), Super Ferrite Choke (SFC), and other fancy terms. But is MSI blowing a bunch of hot air?
MSI added another all-in-one (AIO) PC to its Wind Top lineup today, the AE2050. Boasting a 20-inch high-definition 16:9 display (1600x900 resolution) with optional multi-touch panel, the AE2050 swings AMD's way with a dual-core E-350 processor (1.6GHz), AMD A50M chipset, and Radeon HD 6310 discrete graphics.