Last week at CES, MSI displayed their new batch of PC hardware for 2017. The new roster highlights include AMD Ryzen X370 motherboards and an external graphics dock.
With Kaby Lake’s launch, MSI had a full range of Z270 motherboards are also ready and on display. At the time of writing, MSI has an huge lineup of 30 boards scattered in 4 different segments.
MSI Z270 GAMING M7
The MSI Z270 M7 includes Boost Audio 4 Pro which MSI says will provide gamers a premium audio experience for a “competitive edge”. To fit the RGB theme of 2016, all heatsinks and covers are fitted with RGB Mystic Light which can be easily controlled [...]
For the most part, SSD introductions were few and far in-between at CES this year, but SSD maker Plextor made a splash in CES with several new product announcements.
Plextor M8Se PCIe SSD
The Plextor M8Se series of SSDs looks to bring the best cost to performance ratio to the high-end consumer market. Powered by Toshiba 15nm TLC along with the Marvell 88SS1093, the M8Se supports the PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface and the latest NVMe standard, allowing the top capacity Plextor M8Se model can reach up to 2.45GB/s in sequential reads and 1GB in sequential writes. 4K random performance is blazing fast too, rated at 210K IOPS [...]
At CES 2017, we got a chance to visit the Razer booth before all their stuff was stolen. Two products are under the spotlight at Razer’s CES booth included Project Ariana and Project Valerie. While both products are considered to be proof of concept, Razer did have the prototypes to show off.
At the very front of the booth is Razer’s biggest eye catcher: a gaming laptop featuring triple 4K displays dubbed project Valerie. This 12lb colossus is Razer’s solution of making a triple monitor setup as compact as possible. In the private press booth, Razer had a demo running Battlefield 1 at practically 12K.
As gaming has become significantly more popular over the past few years, several high end German audiomakers have taken notice including Beyerdynamic, a company which has long been heralded as one of the top companies in high end audio. For CES 2017, Beyerdynamic showed off their new 2nd Generation MMX300 and CUSTOM GAME gaming headsets.
The first of the two headsets unveiled at CES 2017 is the 2nd Generation Beyerdynamic MMX300. The updated headset features a full metal frame, 45mm drivers, condenser microphone, replaceable earpads, replaceable headband, and a replaceable cable with [...]
At CES 2017, we recently stopped by to speak to our friends at Mushkin to take a quick look at what they’re planning on doing for the upcoming year and so far, it’s looking to be an exciting one. Not only is the memory giant launching a few new storage solutions, it’s also heading into the peripherals market with a great looking keyboard.
Mushkin Helix PCIe SSD
First up is the Mushkin Helix PCIe SSD, which is Mushkin’s first M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Powered by the Silicon Motion SM2260 in combination with Micron 3D MLC NAND, the Helix has a sequential read speed of 2.5GB/s and a sequential write speed of 1.1GB/s. Random [...]
Some very unfortunate news came from Razer CEO, Min-Liang Tan, as he recently reported that two of Razer’s prototype devices had been stolen from the CES 2017 show floor. According to the post:
“I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today.
We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.
At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest.
We treat [...]
Connecting devices through wired Ethernet offers a little more security and is a whole lot more stable than Wi-Fi, but there are often not enough ports on the back of the router to supply a Ethernet connection to all the devices within a household. As such, a network switch is needed to provide additional ports for the additional devices.
As such, Netgear unveiled its Nighthawk S8000 (GS808E) switch at CES 2017, aiming to simplify setting up a LAN with the highest level of performance. Featuring a futuristic design similar to the Netgear Nighthawk routers and fabricated out of zinc alloy, the Netgear Nighthawk S8000 features eight Gigabit Ethernet ports on [...]
CES looks to be the launchpad for T-Mobile’s upcoming Un-carrier announcement (12, is it?) as T-Mobile recently released a cryptic teaser showing a bunch of people asking T-Mobile CEO John Legere, “What’s Next?”
Unfortunately, no additional details were revealed at this time. During the teaser video, John Legere states “Everybody’s been asking for this one. You’re gonna love what’s next.” The only other Un-carrier announcement T-Mobile has made at CES was Un-Carrier 4.0 where T-Mobile began offering to pay ETFs for customers who wanted to switch to T-Mobile, but were stuck on a contract with another [...]
As usual, MSI had quite a few announcements to make at CES this year. MSI is one of the top brands for PC gamers and today we will be covering the laptops, desktops and more.
Notebooks GS40 Phantom
First on the list is the GS40, MSI’s sleek lightweight 14″ gaming laptop. It is equipped with up to a Skylake Intel Core i7, Nvidia GTX 970M GPU, 16GB DDR4, M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, 14″ IPS display, and Thunderbolt. This laptop weighs in at only 3.75 pounds and is less than an inch thick. Those looking for a powerful gaming laptop while on the move will find it to be an excellent solution for their needs. It is available [...]
At CES 2015, Creative displayed tons of new products, but there was no doubt that the Sound Blaster X7 was the star of the show.
At about the size of a Bluetooth speaker, the Sound Blaster X7 is unlike anything Creative has ever produced. Inside its stylish black casing, the Sound Blaster X7 is not only a high-end external DAC, it’s also a serious amplifier capable of delivering up to 76w of power (or 100w with the optional 24V, 6A power adapter).
In order to achieve this, the Sound Blaster X7 features Creative’s proprietary SB-Axx1 multi-core DSP that we’ve seen in several generations of Sound Blaster [...]