Items tagged with MSI

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...
Intel and AMD are getting ready to duke it out in the high-end desktop (HEDT) processor market with brand new CPUs and platforms. It remains to be seen which side will have the upper hand, but in terms of motherboard selection, that does not appear to be a problem. With regards to Intel and its X299 chipset for enthusiasts, MSI unveiled a handful of options at Computex. MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Two of those models have product pages already up on MSI's website. They include the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC and X299 SLI Plus. Starting with the former, the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is being billed... Read more...
MSI is one of the biggest players in the gaming laptop market with a wide range of models that cover the spectrum from thin and light notebooks that pack a punch, on up to desktop replacement systems with unbridled power inside. The company added to both market segments at Computex by announcing the new GT75VR, a monster laptop with three GPU options, and the GS63VR and GS73VR, a pair of slim gaming laptops with a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU inside.Starting with the meatier of the two, the GT75VR is a muscular laptop that can be outfitted with a single GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, two GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs in... Read more...
Custom variants of NVIDIA's mighty GeForce GTX 1080 Ti are finally available -- more so than the initial run of the stock clocked Founders Editions. As always, however, fortune favors the prudent buyer or simply those more recently flush with cash. In this custom 1080 Ti offering, MSI marries old form with new function. The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G has just emerged from our gauntlet of a dozen benches with style and grace, but we have to admit, she looks darn familiar. While other company's are gambling with fancy new fan configurations, RGB lighting and complicated cooling systems,... Read more...
Gaming notebooks are near and dear to our hearts, so our ears definitely perked up with the announcement of two new products coming out from MSI: the GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro Series. Both machines are powered by Intel’s latest seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and have plenty of features targeted at on-the-go gamers. The GP62X has a 15.6-inch 1080p display, while the GP72X has a 17.3-inch 1080p display. The larger display features a 5ms response time and a 120Hz refresh rate. Both notebooks feature a Kaby Lake Core i7 processor paired with a single 16GB stick of memory (systems are upgradeable... Read more...
If you were a big fan of MSI's original Trident 3 gaming PC, then you might want to take a look at what the PC enthusiast company is delivering this time around with its follow-up offering: the "Frosty" Limited Edition Trident 3 Arctic. MSI released its first Trident 3 gaming PC earlier this year, and for its efforts won an IF Design Award. It's not hard to see why: the PC is downright beautiful, and despite its smaller size, it offers plenty of airflow to make sure your expensive components don't overheat. The limited edition Trident 3 Arctic sports an upgrade to both the CPU and GPU. Under the... Read more...
This past weekend, the HotHardware team hit up PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts. We could not leave without checking out the MSI booth. We were fortunate enough to have Lenny Tang, associate marketing manager of MSI, give us a tour of the company’s latest Camo Squad limited edition gaming laptops, motherboards and graphics cards. MSI’s Camo Squad designed gaming products are being brought to market by the company in honor of the release of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. The design is unique to MSI and was created through “delicate craftsmanship”. Fans can pick up a GE62VR 7RF Camo Squad gaming... Read more...
The reviews are out confirming that Ryzen is the real deal, which means you can go forward with purchasing parts for your new build around AMD's latest silicon. If that's your plan, you'll need a new motherboard, as AMD introduced a new socket (AM4) for Ryzen. The market isn't yet overflowing with AM4 motherboard options, though if you're wanting to roll with MSI, it has a handful of options available at a variety of price points. Starting at the top is MSI's X370 XPower Gaming Titanium. This is a $300 motherboard based on AMD's top-end X370 chipset and includes just about everything but the kitchen... Read more...
To go along with Intel’s Kaby Lake refresh, MSI has revised its gaming desktops, making slight tweaks that will be appreciated by gamers. The changes affect the Aegis, Nightblade and Trident series, all of which are rocking GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics cards. Design-wise, the Aegis now includes a handy headset holder on the side along with a carbon fiber-esque pattern that is applied sparingly to the front of the chassis. MSI VR Link gives you quick access to a front-mounted HDMI port, which is a boon for those using HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headsets.  You’ll also find a handle on the... Read more...
Do you even VR, bro? That seems to be the question the computer industry at large is interested in asking, as there is a concerted effort to push VR gaming and experiences as the next big thing. It's coming from all directions, even system makers, hence the Trident from MSI. The Trident is a "complete and ready-to-go gaming system" that's being pitched as the world's smallest VR gaming desktop. Perhaps a year a go this thing would have been considered a Steam Machine, and before that it would be called an HTPC with gaming chops or simply a PC gaming console. That doesn't mean the VR moniker is... Read more...
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