First announced at CeBIT earlier this year, MSI today officially launched its new Wind Top all-in-one AE2010 PC with a 20-inch, 1600 x 900 touchscreen display.
Similar in style to the company's previous AE1900, the new AE2010 beefs up the hardware with an AMD Athlon X2 dual-core 3250e processor, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 4GB of DDR2-533 memory, a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5400RPM, a tray-load DVD burner, 4-in-1 card reader, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 6 USB 2.0 ports, and an eSATA port.
According to MSI, noise never ramps up to more than 26 decibels thanks to an "ultra-silent, state-of-the-art cooling system." And on the energy front, MSI claims its all-in-one sips 75 percent less juice than traditional desktop PCs.
Look for the AE2010 to start selling next month starting at $650.
MSI's upcoming X-Slim X610 notebook has been leaked to the Web, and along with it, a few detailed specs courtesy of Russian site 3DNews.
According to the Russian review site, the X-Slim 610 ditches the Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor found in the X-Slim 600 and instead rolls with AMD's 1.6GHz Athlon MV-40 processor. Not only did performance take a hit as a result of the CPU swap, but the site says battery life was also sacrificed, noting less than two hours of runtime under a heavy load.
Otherwise, the X-610 Slim retains the same 15.6-inch display as MSI's previous version and includes ATI's Mobility Radeon 4330 graphics, a 250GB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM.
No word yet on price or availability, though we imagine it will sell for less than the X-600, which checks in at $800.
Late last month, several notable netbook manufactures -- including Asus and Acer -- scrapped plans to launch new netbook models in the second half of this year because of Intel delaying the launch of its Pine Trail-M platform. But according to the latest rumor making the rounds, MSI appears on track to release mobile Pine Trail-based netbooks in time for the holidays, news and rumor site DigiTimes reports.
By launching the new platform ahead of schedule, MSI will get a leg up on the competition and avoid having to compete on price, at least from the outset. Combined with the high anticipation for Windows 7, slated for release on October 22nd, MSI could find itself in a very favorable position this holiday shopping season.
Or maybe not. There remains some question as to how Intel's next-generation Atom processors, codenamed Pineview, will compare to existing parts. The new chips are expected to be mroe energy effecient, but they might not be much faster and they could end up costing more than the currently shipping Atom chips, mobile news site Liliputing says.
The four horsemen may be saddling up and Gozer the Gozerian might soon appear, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad news. With people digging in the couch crevices for dropped coins to build a new system, AMD’s back on the menu again. Don’t believe us?
We recently added up the cost differential of building a Core i7 machine versus a Phenom II rig and the AMD system saved us at least $200. Sure, the Core i7 will whup any Phenom II up and down the block, but $200 gets you a hell of a lot more videocard, hard drive, or power supply. If you’re thinking, “Why not Core 2?” our reasons are simple: legs. We don’t have faith Intel will push out faster and better Core 2 procs, but AMD will support AM2+ for at least 12 months through newer and faster AM3 CPUs.
MSI has unfurled a couple of AMD-based products. One of those two products is its 760GTM-P33 motherboard based on the AMD 760G chipset. The motherboard features an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3000 graphics core and supports DirectX 10 and Hybrid CrossFireX. To boot, MSI has packed the motherboard with some proprietary technologies: Active Phase Switching (APS) for managing power usage, Easy OC Switch technology for one-click overclocking and TPM for data encryption and storage. The other AMD-based product that MSI introduced is the R4890 Cyclone series graphics card – the fastest clocked HD 4890 hitherto, which was covered in a previous article.
MSI this week announced the R4890 Cyclone series graphics card. Like other HD 4890 videocards, the Cyclone comes equipped with 800 stream processors and 1GB of GDDR5 with a 256-bit memory bus, but what separates this card from the pack is its cooling solution.
According to MSI, the Cyclone is the only HD 4890 to sport a 10cm PWM fan. The cooling solution also packs four 8mm heatpipes, which the company says is 60 percent thicker than traditional heatpipes and offers up to 90 percent better cooling efficiency. The end result is a 1GHz core clockspeed, making the Cyclone the fastest clocked HD 4890 yet.
Taking the marketing blitz to another level, MSI boasts "Military Class Components." These include Hi-c capacitors made of Tantalum, an all-in-one solid chock, and all solid caps.
Power users routinely punch into the BIOS in order to fine tune their system, but it can be an intimidating place to go exploring if you've never before burrowed beneath the surface. And just like in real life, poking around in unknown places can be a dangerous affair if you don't know what you're doing or where you're going. On the other hand, once you understand the inner workings of your PC's control center, a whole world of overclocking and troubleshooting suddenly opens up. But what exactly is the BIOS?
Every modern motherboard comes with an embedded Flash EEPROM module, otherwise known as the BIOS chip. Short for Basic Input Out System, this is the first bit of code executed when you boot your PC. The BIOS stores all kinds of essential information about your system, such as your CPU's clockspeed, the size and type of RAM you're running, the boot order of your media, what onboard devices are present, and much, much more. An improperly configured BIOS can prevent Windows (or Linux) from loading, while a finely tuned BIOS has the potential to significantly improve performance over that of a similarly spec'd machine.
Whatever your goal is, this is your go-to guide for everything you've ever wanted to know about the BIOS. We cover every setting -- even the obscure ones -- so you'll never feel lost or out of your element, no matter what motherboard you're rocking under the hood.
Almost every top tier motherboard maker has been feeling the economic crunch, save for MSI, the only major mobo player to see its monthly revenues go up. Asus, ECS, and Gigabyte all slid in the opposite direction, with Asus hit the hardest after posting consolidated revenues of $428.55 million for May. That's a drop of 20 percent on month for the popular motherboard maker, and 22 percent down for the year.
ECS, meanwhile, posted consolidated revenues of $187 million for May, down 7.5 percent for the month and 17.54 percent on the year. Gigabyte's revenues checked in at just $88 million, a drop of 9.45 percent on the month and 7.64 percent for the year.
MSI, while up for the month, was down on the year, though just slightly at 0.54 percent.
Just recently MSI introduced two more additions to their army of laptops with the GT729 and EX723.
The GT729 has been aimed towards gamers, packing a Core 2 Duo processor, 3GB of RAM, a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850, WiFi, a 17-inch LCD, 2 megapixel webcam, optional Bluetooth, HDMI and VGA outputs, three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, audio in/out ports, an ExpressCard slot, up to 500GB of HDD space, a Blue-ray drive and your choice of a 6 or 9-cell battery.
The EX723 is working its way towards the multimedia types, packing nearly the same stats as the GT729 with a few exceptions, including the GPU, which will be a GeForce G110M. It’ll also have a storage cap of 320GB and a 1440x900 17-inch LCD.
It looks like MSI hasn’t had their fill of laptops doning “Turbo” buttons, because their new GX623 and GX633 both pack the crazy feature aimed at boosting performance conveniently.
Both the GX623 and GX633 feature a 15.4-inch display, but they’re fundamentally different just about everywhere else. The GX623 features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and ATI Radeon HD4670 graphics, while the GX633 packs an AMD X2 Turion Ultra processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 130M graphics. They both feature 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 2-megapixel webcam.