MSI Reveals 15.6" and 17.3" F Series Notebooks

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Another month, another new MSI notebook. This time, the company is introducing a new F Series of laptops, including the FX620, FR620, FX720 and FR720. All of those employ Intel's 2nd-generation Core i5 CPU, and if it's horsepower and variation you're after, these have it. The 620 models have 15.6" displays, while the 720 models have 17.3" panels.

Those also have Turbo Battery+ (a power saving technology), Easy Face recognition software, THX audio, Cinema Pro image technology and decent graphics processing. The FX models are equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GT520M (1GB), complete with DirectX 11 support. The FR models rely on Intel's integrated HD 3000 solution, which should result in lower costs, greater battery life and less capabilities when it comes to gaming.

There's also an HDMI output, jet black covers, a chiclet keyboard and USB 3.0 ports. You'll also get Bluetooth, charging USB sockets, optional Blu-ray drives, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and a 2.5" HDD. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we suspect they'll be on sale in the coming weeks.

MSI F Series—In with the New Fast laptops with a touch of class

MSI is rolling out a new generation of F Series notebook computers. They include the FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 which employ the 2nd generation Intel® Corei5™ processor, the newest generation of high performance display technology, and powerful computing capabilities packed in a stylish exterior. You'll want to take these mean machines everywhere.

Taipei—MSI is introducing four new additions to its F laptop series, including the 15.6-inch FX620/FR620 and the 17.3-inch FX720/FR720. They feature the newest high performance 2nd generation Intel® Core i5™ CPU, Turbo Battery+ power-saving technology, Easy Face recognition software, i-Charge, S-Bar, high-end, cinema-grade THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound, and Cinema Pro image technology. What's more, MSI has done away with the impersonal, cookie-cutter sameness so common to high tech products and replaced it with its own raised totem seal coating and color film print to prevent scratching and wear. These chic NBs meet the highest standards both inside and out.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, notes that the new F Series NBs are much more powerful. All of them pack Intel's 2nd generation Core i5™ processor and the FX620 and FX720, in particular, come equipped with nVidia GeForce GT520M discrete graphics card with 1GB of display memory and support DirectX11 which greatly enhances picture resolution for richer multimedia and game applications. The FR620 and FR720 come with Intel's built-in HD 3000 graphics card. These powerful new cards provide improved display performance on par with that of discrete graphics cards.

 
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Latest Intel CPU kicks system performance up a notch
2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor: The FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 all feature the 2nd generation Intel® Core i5™ processor for better performance. Furthermore, the new generation Turbo Boost 2.0 vastly enhances performance in each core and Quick Sync Video throttles up efficiency when ripping, synchronizing, and editing multimedia files.

GPU Boost: The FX620 and FX720 come equipped with the DirectX 11-supporting, high performance nVidia GeForce GT520M discrete graphics card with 1GB of display memory. The automatic graphics switching in MSI's GPU Boost technology kicks them over to discrete graphics card mode to give you superior graphics processing capabilities. When performing general word processing tasks or browsing the Internet, it automatically cuts to the power-sipping integrated graphics chip mode, striking the ideal balance between performance and battery life.

Advanced display and multimedia performance: MSI's FR620 and FR720 are equipped with Intel's HD 3000 graphics chips, so you're ensured outstanding performance whether you're enjoying a Blu-ray DVD, editing multimedia files, or ripping and saving multimedia files. If you watch DVDs via a cable on a large-screen digital television, you'll be impressed by the amazing picture quality.

Cinema-quality sound
MSI Premium Sound: You might think that notebook computers can never offer a quality sound experience, but MSI's FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 will shatter that notion. As a result of its masterful craftsmanship and driven by uncompromising standards for sound quality, MSI has created MSI Premium Sound, allowing you to experience unprecedented sound fidelity.

THX smart wrap around sound: To bring Premium Sound into full play, MSI worked closely with internationally renowned sound designers at Creative to incorporate top-end, cinema-grade THX TruStudio Pro into the FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 to produce high-quality wrap around sound, so regardless of the music type or frequency band your laptop is cranking out, the sound will be crystal clear. While the speakers reproduce each note faithfully, the Smart Volume and Surround technologies allow you to create the perfect ambiance to go with it.

New generation Cinema Pro: The FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 laptops also come with powerful multimedia processing capabilities. With MSI's professional Cinema Pro technology, you can get exactly the graphics performance you want. Before slipping in a DVD, depress the Cinema Pro hot key to switch to video mode for higher resolution and richer colors for a viewing experience so enjoyable that you'll find it hard to tear yourself away.

Latest hardware for HD viewing: MSI's FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 boast cinema-class, 16:9 ratio LED displays ideal for film viewing. In addition to richer colors and distortion-free images, the F Series doesn't have those annoying black strips at the top and bottom of the screen when you view HD films. They also come equipped with an HD720p webcam to give you rich, smooth, clear pictures when conferencing with friends and family over the Internet. If you prefer watching HD films on something larger than a computer screen, the HDMI slot in F Series laptops lets you connect to LCD TVs of any size.

Touch of class
Perfect fusion of style and craftsmanship: The FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 are proof that MSI continues to insist on the best. The jet black covers are sheathed in non-peeling raised texture seal coating to prevent scratching and smudging. The centers of the covers are graced with MSI's glowing platinum logo and the wrist rest areas with a soft raised checkered coating that not only pampers the hands, but adds an extra touch of class.

Precision technology: Every detail of F Series laptops was meticulously crafted by MSI's team of designers. The power button is encircled by chrome which does a beautiful job of setting off the cold, luminescent blue lights above the keyboard. The unassuming platinum trim around the speakers and body as well as the unmatched Chiclet keyboard, raised multipoint touchpad, and the brush finish of the hotkey zone further underscore the taste and class of these elegant machines.

Latest USB3.0 ports: The new additions to MSI's F Series come with new USB3.0 ports which boast transfer speeds of 5Gbps—10 times faster than USB2.0, and 80% faster power transmission, providing vastly higher data transfer rates and charging speeds for external hard drives, flash drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

Latest power-saving technologies
Turbo Battery+: The FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 come with Turbo Battery+ technology that lets you control power to an array of hardware, including Bluetooth, wireless devices, and the webcam, with a single click of the mouse. Now, you can extend battery time by shutting off devices not in use.

Shortcuts shut off power to idle hardware: Located above the keyboards of the new F Series laptops are five shortcuts. With one click of the mouse, you can eject a DVD, turn off the screen, or turn on the S-Bar, Turbo Battery+, or Cinema Pro, so when you're away from your computer for a few minutes, you can instantly shut off the display, so as to not waste battery power.

i-Charger: MSI's new F Series NBs also come with MSI's i-Charger technology which pumps more power through the USB slots, so you can recharge devices up to three times faster. Now, while others sit around waiting for their mobile devices to recharge, you can be using yours.

ECO Engine power-saving technology: MSI's ECO Engine power-saving green technology lets you select from among five power management levels—Video Game, Film, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery, to automatically adjust display brightness, on/off switch, sleep mode, and processor performance settings, maximizing battery flexibility and use per charge.
*Actual battery time will vary with differences in computer use and settings.

Exclusive applications
Easy Face facial recognition software: MSI's FX620, FR620, FX720, and FR720 come preloaded with MSI's own facial recognition software which works in concert with the high definition webcam to protect your data biometrically. Easy Face remembers passwords for MSN accounts as well as login passwords for websites and systems and can integrate all passwords for your personal accounts under one lock and key—your unique facial features. It remembers your passwords, so you don't have to.

Easy Viewer photo manager: New generation F Series NBs feature MSI's Easy Viewer photo management software. Simply touching or sliding a finger on the screen enlarges, reduces, or rotates pictures. Sharing photos with friends and family was never easier or more enjoyable.

S-Bar toolbar: MSI's new F Series laptops not only offer the most powerful hardware available, both its hardware and software were designed with the user in mind. The S-Bar toolbar, located at the top of the screen, consists of shortcuts for major OS programs, for hardware, and for MSI's own applications. Use it to control all system functions, auxiliary programs, and applications as well as an array of programs, such as software to save power and boost performance as well as MSI's multimedia software, the webcam, the projector, the wireless, Bluetooth, volume control, screen brightness, and standby mode. Operating multimedia was never easier.
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CDeeter replied on Thu, Feb 3 2011 1:57 PM

I thought that that we would NOT be seeing any more Sandy Bridge products introduced until the chip set issue was fixed. What's the point in putting out product if it can't be sold?

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I hope it arrives at Singapore soon. holding out to get the FX620 rather than the FX603. As for the SB chipset issue, as far as I know it only pertains to Desktop motherboards of a certain model that has been recalled.

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and this is MSI's response to the SB issue:

http://www.msi.com/news-media/news/1178.html

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CDeeter replied on Fri, Feb 4 2011 12:00 PM

I read the MSI statement at the link you provided, and it sounds like they are recalling all of their products based on SB tech.

As far as I know there is only one SB chipset right now, desktop or otherwise, so it makes no sense to advertise products that won't be available for months, unless it's just to build up hype.

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mulderfox replied on Sun, Feb 6 2011 10:03 AM

As far as I know (and this is supported by response from MSI Thailand regarding SB notebooks coming to singapore this March) they are only pulling the desktop models and notebook model they mentioned.

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realneil replied on Sun, Feb 6 2011 10:56 AM

CDeeter:
As far as I know there is only one SB chipset right now,

 Overall, this is a problem that manifests itself over a period of time, and nobody is actually experiencing this problem yet. Intel should have it replaced before it happens, (at their cost) unless you opt out of replacing your board and instead "add a controller card" to fix the problem. At the most, people will suffer the inconvenience of having to swap their Mainboard for another one, or having it done for them. I wouldn't mind because that's what I enjoy doing anyway.

EDIT: I have to add that we shouldn't forget the astounding performance gains that Sandy Bridge brings to the table. These systems are smokin' fast and they overclock like crazy. I'm still going to get these chips and boards as soon as I can afford to do so, and if I have to do a trade-in, so what?

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This was taken from the Futuremark.com website.

The Source of Intel's Cougar Point SATA Bug"

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The problem in the chipset was traced back to a transistor in the 3Gbps PLL clocking tree. The aforementioned transistor has a very thin gate oxide, which allows you to turn it on with a very low voltage. Unfortunately in this case Intel biased the transistor with too high of a voltage, resulting in higher than expected leakage current. Depending on the physical characteristics of the transistor the leakage current here can increase over time which can ultimately result in this failure on the 3Gbps ports. The fact that the 3Gbps and 6Gbps circuits have their own independent clocking trees is what ensures that this problem is limited to only ports 2 - 5 off the controller.
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To make matters worse, the problem was inserted at the B-stepping of the 6-series chipsets. Earlier steppings (such as what we previewed last summer) didn’t have the problem. Unfortunately for Intel, only B-stepping chipsets shipped to customers. Since the fix involves cutting off voltage to a transistor it will be fixed with a new spin of metal and you’ll get a new associated stepping (presumably C-stepping?).

Not a full recall either...

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However Intel was very careful to point out that this is not a full blown recall. The why is simple.

If you have a desktop system with six SATA ports driven off of P67/H67 chipset, there’s a chance (at least 5%) that during normal use some of the 3Gbps ports will stop working over the course of 3 years. The longer you use the ports, the higher that percentage will be. If you fall into this category, chances are your motherboard manufacturer will set up some sort of an exchange where you get a fixed board. The motherboard manufacturer could simply desolder your 6-series chipset and replace it with a newer stepping if it wanted to be frugal.

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