Subject: Graphics Cards | June 4, 2016 - 01:53 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, msi, hydro gfx, GTX 1080, corsair
Last week, we wrote about the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK. This design took their AERO cooler and integrated a Corsair self-contained water cooler into it. In response, Corsair, not to be outdone by MSI's Corsair partnership, partnered with MSI to release their own graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 version of the Corsair Hydro GFX.
The MSI SEA HAWK
Basically, like we saw with their previous Hydro GFX card, Corsair and MSI are each selling basically the same graphics card, just with their own branding. It sounds like the two cards, MSI's SEA HAWK and Corsair's Hydro GFX, differ slightly in terms of LED lighting, but it might just be a mismatch between Tom's Hardware's Computex coverage and MSI's product page. Otherwise, I would guess that the choice between these SKUs comes down to the company that you trust most for support, which I believe both Corsair and MSI hold a good reputation for, and the current price at the specific retailer you choose. Maybe some slight variation in clock rate?
The Corsair Hydro GFX at Computex
(Image Credit: Tom's Hardware)
For the record, both cards use a single, eight-pin PCIe power connector, rather than an eight-pin and a six-pin as we've seen a few, high-end boards opt for.
No idea about pricing or availability. Corsair's page still refers to the GTX 980 Ti model.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2016 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gtx 1070, msi, GAMING X 8G, AERO 8G OC, AERO 8G, SEA HAWK X, founders edition
MSI's line up of GTX 1070s can be seen below, apart from the Founders Edition which you will already be familiar with.
The GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G comes with a nice overclock as well as a silent mode for when you do not need all the graphical horsepower this card offers.
There will be two versions of the AERO 8G, one with default clocks and an OC version with a 38MHz overclock to it's boost clock straight out of the box.
Last is the SEA HAWK X with a much more impressive overclock which you can see in the chart below. All models have three DisplayPorts 1.4 which is blessing for those with multiple monitors, in addition is an HDMI 2.0 port and DVI.
Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2016 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, computex 2016
MSI sent along a number of pictures of their upcoming motherboards and there are more than a few of them. All the pictures are quite large, make sure to click on the ones that interest you as you will be able to make out quite a bit of detail.
First is the B150M Mortar Arctic with clean traces, Steel Armor and Crossfire support.
Next up is the workstation class C236M with 10GbE ethernet and the Intel C236 chipset.
Next is another motherboard designed to pull its weight, the X99A Workstation has dual Gigabit LAN and support for 8 ECC DIMMs
We now return to the enthusiast class motherboards with the Z170 MPower Gaming Titanium with U.2, M.2 and USB 3.1 Type-C ports.
You can also chose an X99 flavoured MPower Gaming Titanium, sharing the same features as the Z170.
The X99A Gaming Pro Carbon sports a different colour scheme and includes the Mystic Light feature to let you program your own light show.
Moving away from Intel for a moment, check out the 970A Gaming Pro Carbon for AMD AM3+ processors.
Subject: Systems, Shows and Expos | June 1, 2016 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, gaming desktop, computex 2016, aegis x, aegis
MSI has released more information about their new non-backpack model systems, the Aegis Gaming Desktops. There will be two models, the basic with a B150 motherboard, a Silent Storm 2 air cooling system and support for Intel CPUs of up to 65W TDP. The Aegis X will sport a Z170 motherboard and Silent Storm 2 Pro watercooling, with support for up to 95W TDP processors such as the 6700K.
Both support M.2 SSDs along with 2.5/3.5" drives and sport a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, although only the Aegis X has the second generation port. The two systems support both wired, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the base model uses Intel and Realtek while the X uses a Killer product for both wired and wireless. With base prices of $400 and $500 respectively you get a decent deal for a motherboard, a 600W 80 PLUS Gold PSU and a decent looking case with some impressive features.
The Aegis X also comes with one touch overclocking, aka the Dragon OC button which boost speeds by 15%. MSI's Mystic Light LED system is on both systems, the second most popular thing at this year's Computex is the ability to offer 16 million different colours with different modes and patterns.
The Aegis X features the most popular feature at the conference, it is VR Ready. In this particular case, since both are bare bones products is that there is a front mounted HDMI and USB 3.1 support. This feature is handy for those of us with head mounted displays but it is quickly approaching the point where toasters and Josh's favourite wand will be advertised as VR Ready.
Click to read through the original PR.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 29, 2016 - 05:46 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: msi, GTX 1080, sea hawk, gaming x, armor, Aero, nvidia
Beyond the Founders Edition, MSI has prepared six SKUs of the GTX 1080. These consists of four variants, two of which have an overclocked counterpart to make up the remaining two products. The product stack seems quite interesting, with a steady progression of user needs, but we'll need to wait for price and availability to know for sure.
We'll start at the bottom with the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 AERO 8G and MSI GeForce GTX 1080 AERO 8G OC. These are your typical blower designs that pull air in from within the case, and exhausts it out the back after collecting a bunch of heat from the GPU. It will work, it should be one of the cheapest options for this card, and it will keep the GTX 1080's heat outside of the case. It has a little silver accent on it, too. The non-overclocked version is the standard 1607 MHz / 1733 MHz that NVIDIA advertises, and the OC SKU is a little higher: 1632 MHz / 1771 MHz.
Next up the product stack are the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G and MSI GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC versions. This uses MSI's aftermarket, two-fan cooler that should provide much lower temperatures than AERO, but they exhaust back into the case. Personally? I don't really care about that. The only other thing that heats up in my case, to any concerning level at least, is my CPU, and I recently switched that to a closed-loop water cooler anyway. MSI added an extra, six-pin power connector to these cards (totaling 8-pin + 6-pin + slot power = up-to 300W, versus 8-pin + slot power's 225W). The non-overclocked version is NVIDIA's base 1607 MHz / 1733 MHz, but OC brings that up to 1657 MHz / 1797 MHz.
Speaking of closed-loop water coolers... The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK takes the AERO design, which we mentioned earlier, and puts a Corsair self-contained water cooler inside it, too. Only one SKU of this is available, clocked at 1708 MHz base and 1847 MHz boost, but it should support overclocking fairly easily. That said, unlike other options that add a bonus six-pin connector, the SEA HAWK has just one, eight-pin connector. Good enough for the Founders Edition, but other SKUs (including three of the other cards in this post) suggest that there's a reason to up the power ceiling.
We now get to MSI's top, air-cooled SKU: the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G. This one has their new TWIN FROZR VI, which they claim spins quieter and has fans that drag more air to spin slower than previous models. It, as you would assume from reading about ARMOR 8G, has an extra, six-pin power connector to provide more overclocking headroom. It has three modes: Silent, which clocks the card to the standard 1607 MHz / 1733 MHz levels; Gaming, which significantly raises that to 1683 MHz / 1822 MHz; and OC, which bumps that slightly further to 1708 MHz / 1847 MHz.
Currently, no pricing and availability for any of these.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2016 - 05:53 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: X99P-SLI, toshiba, revodrive, review, RD400, podcast, pcper, ocz, msi, hardware, gigabyte, fdsoi, computex, amd, AM4, am3, am2, 303, 22nm
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Subject: General Tech, Motherboards, Systems, Shows and Expos | May 25, 2016 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, computex 2016, GS63 Stealth Pro
MSI offered a sneak peek at the lineup you can expect to see them showcase at Computex and the list is quite long, with some interesting new additions.
For laptops you can expect to see the new GS63 Stealth Pro, with a Core i7 6700HQ and GTX970M inside. The cooling system is also new, a five heatpipe system called the Cooler Boost Trinity with Whirlwind Blades pushing hot air out the exhaust ports. We should hear more about what this system actually is during the show.
The GT83 and GT73 Titan SLI laptops are built with VR in mind, as well as supporting output to multiple monitors and 4K resolutions; though perhaps not both at once. The GT83 contains desktop class GTX 980s while the GT73 uses the mobile versions, the GTX 980M or a single desktop GTX 980 if you prefer.
The GS73 focuses on a slimmed down design while still incorporating a GTX970M and the aforementioned Cooler Boost Trinity system. It will also sport a SteelSeries gaming keyboard, an ESS SABRE HiFi headset AMP and Nahimic 2.0 sound system.
Something far more unique is the 'Backpack PC', allowing you to strap a Core i7 and GTX 980 to your back so that you are not tied to a desk when using VR. With that amount of power you will still need mains power as the weight of the battery required to power that system for more than a few minutes would be prohibitive. On the other hand the cables from your VR headset and controllers would be connected to the backpack which would theoretically direct the cables out of your way.
The Aegis Gaming Desktop is a far more familiar desktop machine, though it too offers a nod towards VR usage by locating an HDMI connection at the front of the 19.6L case. It will also have a Dragon Button, reminiscent of the old Turbo button from the original 8086 processor, which will boost your 'speed and performance' by 15%. Likely this is an overclocking preset which one assumes can be enabled on the fly.
The Vortex G65 SLI desktop is a little less plain, a round case which is a mere 6.5L in volume but still contains two GTX 980s and an i7-6700K, with their proprietary Silent Storm Cooling system. MSI continues the pattern of building systems around VR compatibility with the Vortex.
Continuing on to their Cubi 2 Plus, a SFF system powered by a Skylake-S class processor a wee 5x5" mini-STX motherboard. The CPU is not BGA and so can be upgraded and there is enough space in the system for a 2.5" SSD upgrade, albeit just barely.
On to their motherboards, first up is the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON which offers a few new features to tempt users to upgrade. Not only does it have USB Type-C connectors but they are described as being located at the front, presumably on a header. It also sports Audio Boost 3, Turbo M.2 32 Gb/s, SEx ports and Dynamic Mystic Light, an LED systems with software that supports more than 16.8 million colors.
For those more concerned with overclocking than having an impressive light show, the X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM features Military Class 5 components and a specially designed thermal system to ensure a solid overclock. It also has support for U.2 32Gb/s drives.
The last of the trio of motherboards will be the Z170A MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM, similar to the X99A model apart from the socket. You will get all the features of the TITANIUM series for your LGA1151 processors.
Expect to see much more information about these products and others once Computex gets underway.
Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2016 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, origin, eurocom, gaming laptop, GTX 980M
You have likely run into the 17.3" MSI GT72S Dominator Pro Dragon Edition but have you seen either the Origin EON17-SLX or Eurocom SKY X9 gaming laptop. The Eurocom especially is rather impressive, a 4K panel powered by two GTX 980Ms in SLI, the other two have only a single GPU, though it is the desktop version of the GTX 980.
The least expensive of these laptops is $2899, the most expensive is $4837. Take a look at how these beasts perform over at Hardware Canucks.
"Gaming performance of high end gaming notebooks is quickly closing the gap with desktops. In this roundup we look at over $11,000 worth of desktop replacement options from MSI, Origin and Eurocom."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Nextbook Flexx 10 2 in 1 Review @ TechwareLabs
- Lenovo YOGA 900s First Look @ Tech ARP
- Jide Technology Remix Mini @ Kitguru
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge @ Tech ARP
- LG G5 @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2016 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, ds502, gaming headset, virtual 7.1, audio
MSI's DS502 seem great for the gamer on a budget who needs to play quietly but who would still like some style. At $64 they do have some compromises such as 40mm drivers and a self adjusting headband but they also have the features you want such as plush earcups and virtual 7.1 surround sound. Kitguru found them effective during gameplay and the mic, while not stellar was good enough for in game communications and did not need the input to be raised significantly to be audible. If you are in need of a simple headset with controls that give you enough options to game and want to leave the fancy stuff to the audiophiles drop by for a look at the review.
"Today we are taking a look at MSI’s brand new gaming headset, the DS502, boasting 7.1 surround sound, premium build and Hi-Fi level sound quality in a lightweight, ergonomically designed package. How does it hold up? "
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- HyperX's Cloud Revolver gaming headset @ The Tech Report
- HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset Review @ OCC
- Kennerton Audio Jimo In-ears @ techPowerUp
- LUXA2 Lavi S Over-Ear Wireless Headphone With External Speaker Review @ NikKTech
- SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset @ Modders-Inc
- Phiaton BT 110 Bluetooth Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2016 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, Z170A SLI PLUS, Intel Z170
The MSI Z170A SLI Plus is a full sized ATX board with a lot of space on it, providing not only nice clean looks but also space for air to flow around components. It is available for around $140, a decent price for the feature set it comes with. There are three x16 PCIe 3.0 slots, six SATA 6Gbps and an x4 M.2 slot which will accept U.2 with the proper adapter and a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port offering the full benefits of the new standard. The Tech Report loved the simple design of the board and were more than impressed with the manual overclocking potential; check out their full review here.
"MSI's Z170A SLI Plus is a mainstream board that gives builders everything they need and nothing they don't—at least on paper. We reviewed this board to see whether its real-world performance lives up to its promising spec sheet and relatively friendly price tag."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 @ TechARP
- MSI Z170A Tomahawk @ Kitguru
- ASRock Z170 Extreme4 @ TechARP
- Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 @ Kitguru
- GIGABYTE X99P-SLI LGA 2011v3 @ [H]ard|OCP