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.”
PC Perspective Podcast #155 - MSI GT680R Notebook, Corsair 650D chassis, VIA Nano Quad Core and more!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 19, 2011 - 03:24 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: pcper, podcast, msi, VIA, Nano, quad core, corsair, 650d, Intel
PC Perspective Podcast #155 - 5/19/2011
This week we talk about the MSI GT680R Notebook, Corsair 650D chassis, VIA Nano Quad Core and more!
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Hosts: Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano
This Podcast is brought to you by MSI
- 00:38 Introduction
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- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 02:14 MSI GT680R Notebook Review: Sandybridge for Gamers
- 05:13 Video Perspective: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Chassis Review
- 06:20 VIA Nano Quad Core Preview
- 16:45 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI
, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
- 17:15 Intel Investor Conference
- 33:30 No emails - sorry! busy driving race cars in Dubai
- Email us! email@example.com or 1-888-38-PCPER
- 33:45 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 42:40 Closing
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2011 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: HD6970, MSI lightning, factory overclocked, msi
MSI's new R6970 Lightning will set you back about $80 more than a stock card which gets you an 80MHz GPU overclock, though the GDDR5 remains at the stock speed of 5.5GHz effective. Don't turn your nose up right away, the clocks are similar but the PCB is completely redone and all components follow MSI's Military Class II specs which give you a vastly improved platform to crank up the voltage and frequency, helped by the custom cooling solution. [H]ard|OCP broke 1GHz on the GPU and an additional 280MHz effective on the RAM which noticeably improved their experience. This is definitely one worth checking out.
"MSI's Latest Lightning series, the R6970 Lightning is here, based on an AMD Radeon HD 6970 with 2GB of GDDR5. It is only moderately overclocked out of the box, but its hardware quality may just knock the ball out of the park. Come with us as we test it against the stock Radeon HD 6970 and the GeForce GTX 570."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Vapor-X HD 6870 1GB, Toxic HD 6870 1GB, HD 6850/6870 1GB @ iXBT Labs
- Unlocking The AMD Radeon HD 6950 to 6970 - BIOS Flash Guide @ Legit Reviews
- AMD Radeon HD 6790 Overclocking Guide
- MSI Radeon HD 6950 2GB Twin Frozr III PE OC'ed @ Tweaktown
- AMD Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card @ X-bit Labs
- AMD Radeon HD 6570 512 MB Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Catalyst 11.5 Windows 7 Driver Analysis @ Tweaktown
- Budget Graphics Card Comparison: 13 Sub-$150 Boards Tested @ TechSpot
- Lucid Virtu Graphics Virtualization @ Benchmark Reviews
- EK Water Blocks EK-FC580 GTX Nickel @ Hardwareoverclock
- GeForce GTX 580 SLI vs. GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990 @ X-bit Labs
- GeForce GT 440 512 MB GDDR5 vs. 1 GB DDR3 Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Revised GeForce GTX 590 Cards In June @ VR-Zone
- MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk Review @ OCC
- Zotac's GeForce GTX 580 AMP²! @ The Tech Report
Subject: Memory | May 13, 2011 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, MOA, overclocking, master overclocking event, kingston, ddr3, ddr3 2250, PC3 18000
PC Perspective was at MSI's Master Overclocking Event in Los Vegas during CES2011, but that was simply one stop along a long road for MSI and the overclockers. At one MSI MOA event, the Benelux qualifier, Madshrimps spoted an interesting set of DIMMs from Kingston, a triplet of 2250MHz 2GB sticks at 9-11-9-27. They quickly proved that anyone using an older Bloomfield CPU will never see the full speed of these DIMMs thought they will be able to tighten the timings nicely, you need a Gulftown before your CPUs uncore will be able to keep up with these DIMMs.
"At the latest MSI MOA Benelux qualifier we were allowed to play with MSI's Xpower board, some 980X ES CPUs and some pretty high specced Kingston rams. The 2250Mhz CL9 triple channel kit seemed very interesting for a spin in the Madshrimps Lab. Could these blue beauties come close to the almighty Corsair Hyper IC based GTX2s ? What's the use for such a high MHz kit for a daily user ? Is this kit Bloomfield friendly ? A lot of questions warped through my brain. Time to open the box and find some answers."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- G.Skill RipjawX F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Memory Kit @ Bjorn3D
- Crucial Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 8GB @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX Genesis PC3-12800 4GB @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 @ Techware Labs
- Finding the Best Memory for Sandy Bridge @ hardCOREware
- Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1600MHz (2 x 2GBs) Kit Review @ The SSD Review
- G.Skill Sniper Series PC3-12800 8GB @ Tweaktown
Introduction and Design
High-end gaming laptops represent the most powerful of a breed, and are built using all the creativity and ingenuity that laptop manufacturers have at their disposal. Somewhere along the path towards performance, practicality begins to fall to the wayside – but that’s okay, because it was never really the point.
The MSI GT680R is one of the goliaths of gaming laptops. Although there are larger gaming laptops than this 15.6” model, it remains a very big boy that’s not built with frequent or long-distance travel in mind. Of course, this substantial girth has made it possible for MSI to cram a slew of cutting-edge hardware inside.
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 12, 2011 - 05:00 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tablet, notebook, msi, computex
VR-Zone reports that MSI is gearing up for a large Computex showing, and will unveil 5 new mobile products to it's existing platforms.
Among the rumored launches are two tablets and three notebooks. On the tablet side of things, both a Tegra 2 and AMD Brazos powered tablet are in the works. The WindPad 100A will be powered by a Tegra 2 SoC and will run Android 2.3 in lieu of Honeycomb due to rumored hardware compatibilities. The AMD Brazos platform brings AMD's fusion processor and graphics to the mobile space. The WindPad 110W, the follow up to the Intel Atom powered 100W, will utilize the Brazos SoC running Windows 7.
As far as notebooks, the gaming lineup, C series, and X series will all see a refresh. The GT683 will be a 15" gaming notebook. The CX480 will update the C series with a rumored 14" form factor. Finally, MSI's thin and light notebook lineup will receive the X460.
VR-Zone further states that "MSI is also said to be losing interest in netbooks due to declining demand and is refocusing on its notebook products as the company is expecting a 10 to 15 percent growth in notebook shipments this year, not taking tablets into account."
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2011 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z68, ssd, srt, msi, Intel
The wait is finally over and we can talk about the high end Sandy Bridge chipset which goes by the moniker Z68. Finally you can use the GPU present in your Intel CPU and a discreet GPU at the same time and be able to overclock as well, which puts the H67 and P67 firmly back into the mid-range where they were intended to be. That is not the only thing that has had enthusiasts waiting, Intel's Smart Response Technology, aka SRT but mostly known as SSD caching which implements cached I/O in a new way. Check out [H]ard|OCP's full review to see what the impact of this technology has on your computing experience while you are waiting for the X79 to arrive.
"Cache I/O isn't a new advancement in storage technology but does play a large role in the future of storage on many Intel systems. Today we look at Intel's new Smart Response Technology and give our thoughts while keeping an eye on the future of consumer storage advances."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Z68 Express motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI @ The Tech Report
- Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology (SSD Caching) @ AnandTech
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Review: Our First Z68 Motherboard @ AnandTech
- The Intel Z68 Chipset and What It Means To You @ Hardware Secrets
- GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3: Z68 Chipset With Smart Response @ Bjorn3D
- Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard Feature Preview @ Ninjalane
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 @ Tweaktown
- Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology @ Legit Reviews
- Intel Z68 Chipset Launch Review Featuring Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro @ HardwareHeaven
- Intel Z68 Review - The Sandy Bridge Platform Expands @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z68A-GD80 Review @ OCC
- Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix
- ASUS P8Z68V PRO Intel Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Z68 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) Review @ Neoseeker
- Gigabyte G1.Assassin Socket 1366 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2011 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gtx560 ti, hawk, overclocked GPU, msi
NVIDIA's GTX 550 Ti did not do so well when Ryan reviewed it, as it simply wasn't fast enough to justify the price is being sold at. Now its bigger brother, the MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk has made an appearance on the [H]ard|OCP review bench. Sticking with their usual milieu with the Hawk series, the only original part on this MSI card is the Fermi silicon, the PCB, GDDR5 and cooler are all specifically designed and implemented for this series of card. Can the overclock match the HD6950 which costs only $20 more?
"Microstar's latest Hawk video card is here, packing a highly overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Can its enhanced PCB and cooler fend off the Radeon HD 6950's falling prices? Does it actually offer anything over a standard GeForce GTX 560 Ti? The end results are incredible and price drops have completely changed the landscape."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Zotac GeForce GTX 580 AMP, Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP, Zotac GeForce GTX 460 SE @ iXBT Labs
- ASUS GTX 570 vs HD 6970: Two DirectCU Cards Head-to-head @ InsideHW
- Hunter Squad: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Overclocked Roundup @ X-Bit Labs
- NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Radeon 6950 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 @ Phoronix
- Sapphire Radeon HD6670 Review @ OCC
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Review @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- PowerColor LCS HD6970 @ OC3D
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and Radeon HD 6570 Graphics Cards Review @ HardwareHeaven
- HIS IceQ X HD 6790 Turbo Review @ t-break
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- GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6990 @ Bjorn3D
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB DDR5 DX 11 Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 & 6870 IceQ X Turbo Crossfire @ TechSpot
- HD 6870 Roundup: Diamond, PowerColor, MSI, Sapphire & XFX @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: Mobile | April 19, 2011 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: optimus, msi, laptop, core i3
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – April 18, 2011 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced that it has begun shipping its mainstream CX640 and CR640 notebooks to online retailers in North America. These two 15.6” notebook units combine the Intel Core i3-2310M Processor with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M with Optimus technology (the silver CX640-071US, MSRP $679.99) or the Intel HD 3000 Graphics (the black CR640-035US, MSRP $629.99) to deliver the power and performance you need for school or for work.
To address the needs of mainstream notebook users, MSI offers 4GB system memory and 500GB hard drives in both models. Additionally, the elegantly designed PCs include a number of features, including:
- Worry free one-touch back-up and restore with MSI’s Time Stamp technology. With just a touch of the Time Stamp button, your concerns about crashes, viruses, and data loss will become a thing of the past
- Butterfingers rejoice! MSI designers integrated extra hard drive protection by changing the position of the C Series hard drive to the middle of the chassis and surrounding it in a unique housing that helps protect your data from the occasional drop or shock.
- In a hurry? The MSI CR640 and CX640 Fast Boot technology helps the unit power up approximately two times faster than standard notebooks.
- Speed up your file transfers with USB 3.0. The new C Series laptops comes equipped with two USB 3.0 ports that lets you transfer files up to ten times faster than USB 2.0
- Automatic backlight adjustment tailors screen brightness by considering the lighting in your current surroundings, which helps manage power consumption and battery life.
“We listen very carefully to our customers, and we know that anticipating and addressing their needs is critical to success in the PC industry,” noted Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US. “The CX640 and CR640 models deliver the standard elements people look for in a PC– performance, price, features and design – however we also go a step further. These units incorporate features that respond to people’s real-life concerns: data backup, hard drive protection, etc. And we believe consumers will respond to this consideration.”