Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2011 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 990fx, MSI 990FXA-GD80, msi
The MSI 990FXA-GD80 is, as we have come to find out, mostly a rebadged 890FX chipset with Socket AM3+ to allow for Bulldozer support when they eventually hit the market. In and of its self, the term rebadged carries a fair amount of negative connotations; there is a plus side to this as well, as you can be guaranteed the technology behind it is mature and you shouldn't end up cutting yourself on the leading edge of technology. [H]ard|OCP found the exception that proved the rule in this board, as the BIOS seemed to give them no end of troubles. Read on to see exactly what hurdles they encountered and how they overcame them.
You can see Josh contrast the MSI 990FXA-GD80 with the Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX in his review as well.
"AMD’s new 990FX chipset supports the upcoming Q3 Bulldozer release and now have motherboard manufacturers clamoring to put out new product designed for the Zambezi desktop processors. MSI is no exception and as a result it is introducing its 990FXA-GD80. Sans Zambezi."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX @ OC3D
- ASUS Crosshair-V Formula 990FX Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula @ TweakTown
- Asus Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard Review @ eTeknix
- MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Fully-Fledged LGA1155 Platform: Intel Z68 Express Chipset @ X-bit Labs
- Intel Z68 Express Chipset @ iXBT Labs
- Gigabyte G1.Assassin Gaming @ Real World Labs
- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z68A-GD80 Intel Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 @ Legion Hardware
Podcast #157 - OCZ Agility 3 SSD, Lucid Virtu Universal, new ROG Motherboards and more from Computex 2011!
Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2011 - 05:55 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: ssd, ROG, podcast, ocz, msi, asus
PC Perspective Podcast #157- 6/02/2011
This week we talk about the OCZ Agility 3 SSD, Lucid Virtu Universal, new Asus ROG Motherboards and GTX580s, and more from Computex 2011!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano
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- 00:34 Introduction
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- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 01:20 OCZ Technology Agility 3 SandForce 240GB SATA 6G SSD Review
- 09:00 Lucid Virtu Universal Adds AMD and Virtual Vsync Support
- 17:55 Gigabyte Offers Z68 Motherboard With Bundled Intel 311 mSATA SSD
- 20:00 Asus Announces New MeeGo Netbook, Ultralight Laptop, and Padfone
- 21:15 ASUS Launches new line of ROG Motherboards for Core i7, Bulldozer
- 23:01 New GTX 580 Graphics Options Add to ASUS ROG Lineup
- 24:50 Corsair’s H80 and H100 Water Coolers Officially Announced
- 27:49 Intel Defines Ultrabook category and accelerates Atom development cycle
- 32:50 RevoDrive 3 and Hybrid Highlight OCZ Showcase at Computex
- 43:31 AMD Shows Off Trinity APU based on Bulldozer, APU for Tablets
- 45:10 WTF moment: ASUS Danshui Bay Motherboard Combines LGA1366 and Socket 2011
- 48:10 990FX discussion
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 55:45 Closing
AMD Unleashes the 990FX: Paving the way for Bulldozer
Word of the AMD 990FX chipset first came around the end of last year. Speculation was brisk as to what new features it would bring, and when exactly it would help to usher in the age of Bulldozer to the world. Most thought that it would be a shrink of the then current 890FX, and the new SB950 southbridge would have improvements to the SATA 6G controller, as well as a native USB 3.0 implementation. Today we finally get to see the reality of the situation. It is not groundbreaking, nor is it altogether exciting, but it is certainly interesting.
The 990FX and SB950 chips are identical to the previous 890FX and SB850. They are the same silicon. For those hoping for new technology will be disappointed. But all is not lost! AMD did increase the HyperTransport specification from 3.0 to 3.1, which allows the HT bus to run at 6.4 GTPS as compared to the older 5.2 GTPS. This is in place to allow the upcoming Bulldozer chips to run the northbridge portion of the chip up to 3.2 GHz, and to give the CPU more bandwidth between the different busses on the board (eg. SATA, USB 3.0, and PCI-E connections).
Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Shows and Expos | June 1, 2011 - 07:57 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: computex, msi, pcie, x79, 990fx, z68
MSI had quite a showing at this year's Computex starting with a host of new motherboards based on the Z68 chipset. The most interesting of which was the new Z68A-GD80 (G3) that in addition to including all the features of the Sandy Bridge processor, SLI, CrossFire, Lucid Virtu and things like OC Genie II and Military Class Components II, is the first motherboard we have seen that integrates support for the PCI Express 3.0 specification.
MSI was able to do this by simply adhering to the already existing PCIe 3.0 specifications and claims the performance doubles from 8 GB/s up to 16 GB/s (for a x16 connection). Even though there are no PCIe 3.0 accessories or graphics cards on the market today, MSI has seen performance improvements when testing PCI Express based solid state drives like the OCZ Revo. We are eager to get this board in the hands of our storage guru and see what advantages it offers users today.
Next up is the new MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard based on AMD's latest 990FX chipset. We actually have one of these in the office and should have a review up shortly. With support for today's Phenom processors and tomorrow's Bulldozer-core based designs, I think the 990FX chipset will find its way into a lot of users machines.
Even further out into the future, we saw a glimpse of an MSI engineering sample for the pending Socket 2011 processors from Intel, the MSI X79A-GD65. Supporting the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processor family and a new quad-channel memory controller, you can clearly see the 2011 socket is HUGE and requires the memory slots to be divided up on either side of it. A lot will change more than likely between now and this boards release but it is cool to see a preview of what is in store for us!
Finally, MSI did have another card in the Lightning series to show off, the N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition. This card has all the same engineering features of the previous Lightning models but adds in a couple of unique features called Smart Temp Sensor and Dust Removal.
The Smart Temp Sensor is actually a coating on the fan that changes from blue to white in appearance as the ambient temperature increases. If the inside of your chassis hits the 45C mark then the fans will be completely white and should give you an indication of system stability. My only concern is that even users with windows on their cases will have trouble seeing the fans on the graphics card cooler posted at a right angle.
The Dust Removal feature is more interesting in that it runs the fans on the Xtreme Edition in the reverse direction for the first 30 seconds of the power cycle and then return to the proper direction for cooling the heatsinks. The idea is that the 30 second reverse interval will help clear out dust from the heatsink and from the fan blades itself saving users in the long run.
Another interesting feature coming very soon to Android phone users is the ability to monitor and overclock your MSI graphics cards via an Afterburner app for your phone. This will be available this month or early in July for Android and *maybe* by the end of the year for iPhone.
Subject: Motherboards | May 31, 2011 - 11:49 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: msi, motherboard, bulldozer, amd, 990fx
Popular enthusiast motherboard maker MSI, today officially launched a new line of motherboards supporting AMD’s 9-Series chipsets. Specifically, the 990FXA-GD80 and the 990FXA-GD65 motherboards bring support for AMDs latest native eight-core AM3+ processors. The high-end motherboard, the 990FXA-GD80, comes equipped with MSI’s OC Genie II overclocking technology as well as “Military Class II components with MIL-STD-810G Certification.”
Further, the new 9-series lineup features support for both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX multi-GPU technology, USB 3.0, native SATA III 6Gb/s, and THX TruStudio PRO surround sound.
Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2011 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, GTX560M, GT683
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – May 31, 2011 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced the first North American shipment of the GT683R, its first gaming laptop featuring the recently-announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics processor. The GT683R is one of the first notebooks to ship in the U.S. with the new NVIDIA GPU. This gaming notebook combines superior graphics with processing power from the second generation Intel® Core™ i7 to create an incredible gaming and multimedia experience that will be the envy of any seasoned gamer.
“As the first GTX-class gaming GPU in the 500 Series, the GeForce GTX 560M delivers blistering frame rates and beautifully rendered scenes with Direct X 11 done right,” said David Ragones, director of product marketing at NVIDIA. “The MSI GT683R will be first out of the gate with this gaming workhorse.”
MSI has packed the GT683R with cutting edge performance features specifically for gaming, including:
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M: With 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory, this graphics processor provides real-world picture clarity for optimal game play. Debuting at Computex 2011, the GeForce GTX 560M features improved power efficiency with faster clock speeds, so gamers can enjoy vivid, detailed environments and realistic characters. Stock your arsenal with the best gaming tech, including Direct X 11 and NVIDIA® PhysX® technology delivering intense realism, outstanding performance, and faster frame rates on the most demanding games. And stay ahead of the competition with the latest NVIDIA® Verde™ Drivers providing performance optimizations for the life of your GPU, only from NVIDIA.com.
- New 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM Processor: Intel’s latest energy-efficient processor delivers smart, adaptive performance that adds speed when it’s most needed, thanks to Optimized Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. The processor also provides seamless video capabilities including applications for easy video editing and HD video playback that can be connected to a TV.
- MSI’s Exclusive Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) Technology: Easily overclock GPU with TDE, providing a boost in graphics performance to accelerate video decoding and add extra excitement to your gaming. · Cooler Boost Technology: When the game heats up, MSI’s Cooler Boost Technology cools the CPU and GPU with a single touch. The technology can manage the fan speed to find the right balance between boosting performance and improving comfort.
- Dual SATA HDD with RAID 0: Enjoy enhanced HDD speed and performance and increased HD storage space with a dual SATA HDD in RAID 0 configuration. · USB 3.0: The GT683R features two USB 3.0 ports, delivering speedy data transfers with rates up to 4.8GB per second, and 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. MSI’s own i-Charger technology provides three times the power to make charging CE devices faster than ever.
- Dynaudio Speakers with THX Surround Sound: In addition to sharp graphics and lightning quick performance, the GT683R creates an immersive gaming experience by including professional sound quality. MSI collaborated with Dynaudio to build the highest quality speakers plus a built-in subwoofer. THX TruStudio PRO delivers cinema-quality surround sound.
The new GT683R has an MSRP of $1,599.99 and is available at Amazon.com.
For detailed specification and purchasing options, please visit http://www.msimobile.com.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2011 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, GTX580, GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition, 3gb
The MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme is certainly well named. Doubling the GDDR5 to 3GB is only the first step, they've also added the Twin Frozr III to cool the card. For the serious overclockers there are three easy to access voltage measurement point and a BIOS toggle switch that will let you avoid a cold bug when cooling with LN2. Head to TechPowerUp to see how the card compares with others of its family as well as a glance at the overclocking ability
"MSI has upgraded their GTX 580 Lightning and calls it "Xtreme Edition" now. The biggest change is certainly the inclusion of 3 GB of GDDR5 memory. Other new features are a dust removal system and a fan that indicates overheating by color change."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- SI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition (XE) 3GB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Zotac GTX 580 Amp! Edition @ XSReviews
- Gainward GTX 560 Ti 2048MB @ Metku.net
- Gainward GeForce GTX 590 3GB Premium Edition Review @ Real World Labs
- ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP @ OCAU
- Inno3D iChill Freezer X Series GeForce GTX 560 Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Gigabyte GTX 580 Super Overclock Review @ Hardware Canucks
- A Historical Look At Intel Ironlake Graphics Performance @ Phoronix
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 22.7 @ TechARP
- Radeon Gardenshed DRM + Gallium3D Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- GPU Video Card Comparison Guide @MissingRemote
- ASUS Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU II 1GB @ Tweaktown
- MSI R6850 Cyclone IGDS Power Edition Review @ Neoseeker
- PowerColor HD 6670 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 Review with Passive / Silent Cooler @ HardwareHeaven
- PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ Review @ OCC
- HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Turbo X Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2011 - 05:20 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: sb950, msi, amd, am3+, 990fx
AMD’s 900 series chipsets are coming. Not exactly news here. What is news it that we will be seeing them very soon. Details are scarce, but from what all we can gather the 900 series will not be all that different from the 800 series. The SB950 looks to be a tweaked SB850, but with no real new features over the older part. The Northbridge portions should remain relatively unchanged, but again we could see a few tweaks and fixes applied throughout. So in other words, no PCI-E 3.0 here or a significant die shrink.
We have on hand a few “spy shots” for the upcoming MSI 990FXA-GD65. For those who pay attention, this sounds very familiar to the 890FXA-GD65. When we take a look at the snapshots, we will see that the resemblance is more than just the name.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 24, 2011 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, sapphire, powercolor, msi, his, free, dirt 3, amd
If you haven't heard of DiRT 3 by now, you've been missing one of the more technically innovative games developed recently. Racing fans will go overboard for the choice of cars, spanning 50 years of racing history, which you can compete with in races across all terrain types and the more artistic will like the freestyle gymkhana events.
The techies will be impressed by the depth of support for DX11 features and we're not just talking about tessellation added on as an afterthought. The game was designed from the ground up to take advantage of the best graphics cards and to move the way light and shadows interact beyond DX10 HDR and the features other new games have been using.
Whichever you are, picking up a new Radeon card from Sapphire, Powercolor, MSI, HIS or XFX nets you a free copy of the game! How can you go wrong with that?
Being a Gaming Evolved title, we worked with Codemasters very closely on this one - DiRT 3 makes advances in graphics technologies, taking full advantage of the DirectX™ 11 API, first supported by AMD Radeon graphics. Here’s a glimpse of what DiRT 3 is truly capable of doing – giving players the ultimate visual experience:
- Shader Model 5.0 Contact Hardening Shadows
- DirectCompute Accelerated High Definition Ambient Occlusion
- Optimized Hardware Tessellation
We believe DiRT 3 is such a great game, that we’ve been working with our AIB partners to make this game widely accessible to everyone who buys an AMD Radeon graphics card from our select AIBs, FOR FREE – please visit www.amd.com/dirt3 for more details.
MSI R6970 Lightning: High Speed, Low Drag
MSI has been on a tear as of late with their video card offerings. The Twin Frozr II and III series have all received positive reviews, people seem to be buying their products, and the company has taken some interesting turns in how they handle overall design and differentiation in a very crowded graphics marketplace. This did not happen overnight, and MSI has been a driving force in how the video card business has developed.
Perhaps a company’s reputation is best summed up by what the competition has to say about them. I remember well back in 1999 when Tyan was first considering going into the video card business. Apparently they were going to release a NVIDIA TnT-2 based card to the marketplace, and attempt to work their way upwards with more offerings. This particular project was nixed by management. A few years later Tyan attempted the graphics business again, but this time with some ATI Radeon 9000 series of cards. Their biggest seller was their 9200 cards, but they also offered their Tachyone 9700 Pro. In talking with Tyan about where they were, the marketing guy simply looked at me and said, “You know, if we had pursued graphics back in 1999 we might be in the same position that MSI is in now.”