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April 26, 2017

MSI Throws in Free Optane SSD with Select 200 Series Motherboards

MSI’s latest strategy to boost sales is to leverage Intel’s hot new Optane SSD. MSI’s Arsenal Gaming motherboards: Z270 Tomahawk Opt Boost, B250M Bazooka Ops Boost, and the recently released B250M Pro Opt Boost-will all come with a 16GB Intel Optane SSD. All three motherboards are members of MSI’s prestigious gaming series with features such as M.2 slot, military-grade components, and PCIe 3.1 Gen2 support.

The included Optane SSD is a $50 value. Due to its rather low capacity, it’s primarily intended for use as a caching drive. Only Intel’s Z200 series chipsets support this technology, and a BIOS update to [...]

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April 21, 2017

MSI Releases GTX 1080, GTX 1060 Gaming X Plus Graphics Cards

MSI recently announced a new lineup of souped-up NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 graphics cards under the Gaming X+ and Gaming+ moniker, adding to its ever-expanding catalog of custom gaming graphics cards.

Based on the MSI Gaming+ series design, the two new MSI GeForce graphics cards will feature NVIDIA’s newer, faster GRDDR5 and GDDR5X memory modules. In addition, they also come with fairly heavy factory overclocks for the GPU clock itself. The new MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ cards also feature custom PCBs backed by an aluminum backplate.

As expected, cooling will be handled by the updated MSI Twin Frozr VI Cooler. The iconic cooler is now [...]

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February 27, 2017

Testing the Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar Wi-Fi: Does 3×3 MIMO Make a Difference?

The Quest for Wi-Fi Perfection

The new Apple MacBook Pro (Touchbar, 2016) is quite the mixed bag. On one hand the thinner and lighter design, the beautiful Retina display, and the cool new TouchBar makes it one of the best MacBook Pros ever, but on the other hand, lackluster hardware, USB-C exclusivity, and the extremely high pricetag makes it a lot less appealing than its predecessor.

While internal components such as the CPU, graphics, battery size, etc. may be a bit uninspired, one component that Apple hasn’t skimped on for this generation is the internal Wi-Fi. Rather than stick with the usual 802.11AC with a 2×2 MIMO antenna setup typically seen on [...]

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January 14, 2017

CES 2017: MSI Shows Off New Z270 Motherboards, X370 Ryzen Motherboards, External Thunderbolt GPU Solution

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 via [...]

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June 16, 2016

MSI Unveils GTX 1080 Sea Hawk EK X Graphics Cards – Ready for Custom Water-Cooling Loops

MSI just unveiled the latest in their new lineup of GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards. The Sea Hawk EK EX, which as the name implies is produced in partnership with EKWB. It features a custom, full-cover EK water block and is geared towards DIY enthusiasts that wish to build their own custom water-cooling loops.

The design of the block consists of a full-cover, transparent plexiglass, with a nickel-plated block for cooling the actual components in the middle. It features a split, central inlet which MSI claims “delivers the best cooling performance, even with less powerful water pumps.” Around back is a premium matte black back plate, which features [...]

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June 10, 2016

MSI Unveils Full Lineup of GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Cards

With the launch of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 just hours away, MSI has unveiled their complete lineup of upcoming graphics cards based on the new GPU.  The new lineup is made up of four new cards in all, including the all-new MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X and the liquid-cooled MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X, the latter of which continues MSI’s partnership with Corsair.

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G

First off we have the GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G, which features MSI’s brand new Twin Frozr VI cooling solution featuring MSI’s TORX Fan 2.0 technology. The new technology claimed to generate 22% more air pressure for “better cooling performance [...]

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May 27, 2016

MSI Unveils Complete Lineup of GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Cards

Today, MSI unveiled their complete lineup of GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, which includes four new models in total, including their signature GAMING series, now with RGB lighting and the liquid-cooled Sea Hawk series for which they partnered with Corsair.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G

Starting with the MSI GAMING X 8G, we have a very familiar design, as visually it is nearly identical to the one found on the GeForce 900 series. However, under the hood it features MSI’s new TWIN FROZR VI with TORX Fan 2.0, generating 22% more air pressure for better cooling and reduced noise levels. These new fans are also equipped with Double Ball Bearings in order to ensure [...]

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March 22, 2016

MSI Vortex Gaming PC Now Shipping

MSI officially starts shipping its Vortex Gaming PCs decked out for VR gaming.

The MSI Vortex miniature PC features a design similar to a upward-facing jet engine. The cylindrical case draws air from the bottom and pushes it out the top. The components sit vertically inside the chassis and are distributed across three sections, saving space while packing tons of hardware. MSI touts that this design features superior upgradability and expandability.

Up to a pair of Nvidia GTX980s can be fitted into the case along with an Intel Core-i7 6700K CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM and SSDs in Super Raid 4 configuration (AKA having 2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0). Surprisingly, despite [...]

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February 8, 2016

Review: MSI GS40 6QE Phantom 14″ Gaming Laptop

MSI’s New 14″ Portable Gaming Powerhouse

With the introduction of more power efficient CPUs and GPUs along with the introduction of more flexible storage form factors such as M.2, the once massive gaming laptop is now significantly smaller. Over the past couple years, MSI has been among the pioneers of the new trend of ever shrinking gaming laptops, introducing an array of portable systems including the GS70, GS60, GS30 and now the GS40.

Today we’ll be reviewing MSI’s latest GS40 Phantom which is the 14″ variant of MSI’s GS series of gaming laptops. The GS series gaming laptops have always been portable gaming notebooks with high powered [...]

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January 10, 2016

CES 2016: MSI Shows Off Updated Notebook, Desktop, AIO Product Line

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 [...]

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