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MSI has unveiled a new workstation computer called the Vortex W25 and it is aimed at professionals out there who need a compact workstation that still has enough performance for complex tasks. The W25 is the world’s first 2.5L desktop computer with an NVIDIA Quadro P5200 GPU. Along with that GPU is the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 "Coffee Lake" processors. The processor used in the machine is a 6-core unit that MSI says is 30% more powerful than the previous generation of CPUs used, combined with the 40% more powerful GPU the Vortex W25 is aimed directly at high-end 3D and... Read more...
Fans of gaming and computer hardware who didn’t get to go to PAX East this year take heart; we have booth video tours from the floor of the show that give you an excellent glimpse at what you missed. Our first video is the tour of the MSI booth at the show and all of the latest gaming notebooks the company offers are on full display. The full RGB keyboard backlighting is nice and some of the keyboards can be programmed to light specific keys for each game. Our second booth tour is of the Gigabyte booth, and the company has lots of its computer hardware on display. One of the coolest products... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining is a phenomenon that many gamers and even some cities are having issues with. Gamers aren't happy because the miners are buying up all the graphics cards out there and making them hard to find and driving prices up. Some cities aren't happy because the miners are slurping up vast amounts of electricity and raising the rates for everyone in the town, this is exactly what happened in a small New York town recently. That said, for those that are willing to make an effort, even if on part time basis, re-purposing your gaming system can be a worthwhile and profitable effort,... Read more...
Forget about planning just for Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month when Microsoft issues security updates to Windows users. As companies scramble to mitigate Meltdown and Spectre, you should be planning for Patch January, and maybe February as well. Case in point, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI have all now released firmware updates for a whole bunch of motherboard models. "ASUS is aware that the current Intel microcode version might be subject to recently identified security vulnerabilities. We are diligently working to update ASUS motherboards that support 6th, 7th or 8th Generation Intel... Read more...
More AMD RYZEN love is being announced at CES 2018, this time from prominent motherboard maker MSI. Small form factor (SFF) PCs can be fantastic build projects. They significantly decrease the footprint of your PC, often without compromising performance, whether it’s to accommodate confining dorm-living or a convenient portable build for LAN and eSports gaming. But first you need a strong but diminutive foundation. Enter the MSI Mini-ITX B350 PRO AC motherboard for RYZEN. The Mini-ITX B350 PRO AC is an AM4 socket motherboard for RYZEN processors and is packed with a surprising array of features... Read more...
A determined user has managed to get an Intel 8th Generation Core processor (Coffee Lake) running on a Z170 chipset motherboard, despite claims by Intel that such a feat is simply not possible. With a little BIOS wizardry, the user successfully booted into Windows with a Core i3-8350K processor nestled into an MSI Z170A XPower Titanium motherboard, and posted images of his feat on Baidu. The modded BIOS sidesteps a restriction that Intel has placed on its hardware partners preventing them from supporting Coffee Lake processors Z270 and Z170 motherboards. That has been a point of frustration for... Read more...
If you're looking for a gaming monitor that has good specs for not a lot of money, MSI has a new offering that hopes to tick off as many boxes as possible on your wish list. The company has launched the Optix MAG24C, which is a 24-inch gaming monitor with a frameless design. The Optix MAG24C has a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution display that aims to impress with a curved screen (1800R) and a 144Hz refresh rate. Response times are listed at 1ms (thanks to its VA panel), the brightness rating is 250 nits and it features a contrast ratio of 3,000:1. Other features include support for AMD FreeSync,... Read more...
Intel launched its 8th generation Core desktop processors based on Coffee Lake architecture last week, and the hardware community quickly embrace the new Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. We already seen what MSI has to offer on the motherboard front for these Coffee Lake processors, and now the enthusiast hardware company has announced its latest small form factor machine: the Vortex G25. The Vortex G25 is available in two configurations, with the entry-level system feature a Core i5-8400 processor (six cores, six threads) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 memory. The upgraded model comes... Read more...
Starting on Thursday, October 5, you will be able to purchase one of Intel's newfangled Coffee Lake CPUs. In the meantime, two things are happening—early benchmarks are leaking to the web showcasing the promise of 6-core/12-thread processing, and motherboard makers are launching new brand new printed circuit boards (PCBs) based on Intel's Z370 chipset for its 8th generation Core processor family. MSI is among them, with a flurry of new options aimed at gamers. MSI announced more than a dozen Z370 motherboards spread out across its Enthusiast Gaming, Performance Gaming, Arsenal Gaming, and Pro Series... Read more...
Today we are going to take a look at three popular Intel Z270-based motherboards targeted at power users and gamers, produced by enthusiast favorites Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI. The three boards we've rounded-up here cover a wide range of price points. The Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 and ASUS ROG STRIX Z270F Gaming boards represent more mainstream segments, while the MSI Z270 XPOWER Gaming Titanium targets the ultra high-end. Although AMD's powerful Threadripper processors and Intel's upcoming 18-Core Skylake-X behemoth have gotten the lion's share of attention lately, more mainstream processors... Read more...
We are still waiting for Intel to serve up its Coffee Lake processor lineup on the desktop. Barring a last minute change of plan, Coffee Lake CPUs will require a new motherboard even though they will use the same LGA 1151 socket that is compatible with Kaby Lake. Once such contender has emerged on the web—MSI's Z370 Godlike Gaming, a high-end motherboard based on Intel's forthcoming Z370 chipset.Based on previous leaks and rumors, we are expecting Coffee Lake and Z370 motherboards to arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. We also expect to see plenty of motherboard announcements leading... Read more...
  Has the hype surrounding Ryzen Threadripper gotten to you yet? Well, if you’ve been bitten by the bug, chances are that you early adopters will have the processors in-hand within the next two weeks or so. With this in mind, the folks over at MSI has posted a brief, but informative tutorial on YouTube that shows you how to install a Ryzen Threadripper into your brand new [hopefully MSI-branded] motherboard. First of all, we have to commend MSI on the positively “chill” music that they used for this video. I could totally listen to this all day while on hold on the phone, or in an elevator,... Read more...
If you are planning to build a system around a high-end desktop (HEDT) processor, then you probably have AMD's upcoming Threadripper launch on your radar. We will have to wait and see how things shake out, but on paper, Threadripper looks impressive—compared to Intel's HEDT lineup, Threadripper offers more cores and threads per dollar, along with more PCIe lanes for decked out configurations with multiple graphics cards and those fancy NVMe M.2 SSDs. Of course, performance will depend on the motherboard as well, and mobo makers are starting to reveal their Threadripper-compatible lineups.A spattering... Read more...
Preorders are currently underway for Intel’s new Core X-Series processors, which range from the quad-core, quad-thread Core i5-7640X ($242) to the 8-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE ($1,999). These new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors require a brand-new chipset, the X299, and motherboard manufacturers have responded by providing a number of new offerings hitting multiple price points. Luckily, we’ve got a quick roundup of new X299 motherboards from EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI to get you started on your search for the perfect companion for your new Core X processor. ASUS ASUS has a total of seven... Read more...
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