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Earlier this year, we took a look at the MSI Prestige 14 EVO, a high-performance thin and light ultrabook, which was packing Intel’s latest Tiger Lake-based mobile processing platform at the time. In our deep-dive evaluation of the machine, we found it to offer strong CPU and integrated graphics performance, with speedy PCIe Gen 4 NVMe storage, and a host of handy features, all in a competitively priced, attractive package. When all was said and done, we gave the MSI Prestige 14 EVO a ‘Recommended’ award and thought users looking for a machine with a similar form factor would be well-served by the system. That’s not always a given, but considering the MSI Prestige 14 carries... Read more...
Companies that make cooling products for PCs have been stepping up to the plate with free mounting kit upgrades for Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs, which employ a new LGA 1700 socket design. MSI is the latest to join the fray, and in doing so, it may have tipped the release date for Alder Lake, which is something Intel has not announced yet. The only indication from Intel so far is that Alder Lake will arrive before the end of the year, with motherboards based on its accompanying Z690 chipset in tow. And since Alder Lake supports DDR5 RAM, we can expect DDR5 memory kits to broadly launch at or near the same time as well. Some kits have already been announced—for example, TeamGroup recently... Read more...
Hey, have you heard? Intel is releasing its first modern discrete graphics card next year! Of course you've heard, because Intel has not kept its high-level plans a secret, not by a long shot. Lower-level details have been a bit tougher to source, though Intel has shared some additional info in recent weeks, and of course the leaks and rumors scene is as active as ever. And as it pertains to the latter, it's said ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI are all prepping Alchemist cards. In case you have managed to dodge the flurry of information regarding Intel's discrete GPU plans, Alchemist will get the party started in the desktop graphics card arena. Intel is tapping TMSC's 6-nanometer node for its first... Read more...
Amazon is currently running a big sale on popular Razer laptops, and the discounts ring in at as little as $350 to over $800. Not surprisingly, the most significant discounts are reserved for high-end gaming models, which already feature sky-high MSRPs due to their powerful internals. Starting things off is the Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020 Model), which comes with an 8-core Intel Core i7-10875H processor, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q discrete GPU. The potent GPU fuels a 15.6-inch Full HD display with a blazing fast 300Hz refresh rate, which is a boon for FPS gamers (among other genres). A 512GB SSD is included in the mix, and you'll find a keyboard with per-key Razer... Read more...
More powerful, more capable and feature-rich -- the current crop of gaming laptops with the most recent CPU and GPU platforms can offer a major upgrade to the enthusiast laptop experience. That's especially true these days with discrete graphics cards being hard to come by and marked up by factors of two or three above their MSRP. Suddenly dropping $3,000+ on a whole-system upgrade via portable powerhouses like these starts to make more sense financially. New desktop builds are great (if you can find components and all), but then you also have to factor in a new display, keyboard, and just about everything else needed for gaming.  The GE76 Raider from MSI falls into the camp of desktop replacement... Read more...
Late last night, under the cover of darkness, AMD announced its latest flagship offering for 1080p gaming fanatics: the Radeon RX 6600 XT. Of course, the card wasn't a surprise to the enthusiast community, as it has been rumored for months. The Radeon RX 6600 XT is based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture and features 32 compute units, which is good for 2,048 stream processors. In addition, the GPU features a 2,359MHz Game clock, 32MB of onboard Infinity Cache, 8GB of GDDR6 on a 128-bit memory bus (256GB/sec of bandwidth), and a 160-watt TDP. During its announcement, AMD made it clear that it would not produce its own-branded Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics cards and would leave them to its board partners.... Read more...
MSI is going all-AMD with its new Alpha and Delta gaming laptops, leveraging Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards. NVIDIA has been the dominant player in the discrete laptop GPU sector, but AMD is ready to charge into battle with its Radeon RX 6000M family, and MSI is here to take full advantage. First up is the Delta 15, which MSI bills as one of the thinnest and lightest AMD-based gaming laptops on the market (19mm thick, 4.2 lbs). It's powered by AMD's Ryzen 5000H family of processors, topping out with the Ryzen 9 5900HX (8 cores, 16 threads, 4.6GHz max boost clock). More importantly, the processor is hooked up with AMD's RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6700M discrete mobile GPU. MSI Delta 15... Read more...
Microsoft may have needlessly stressed a lot of people out when it released its PC Health Check app, which was designed to help determine a system's compatibility for running Windows 11. Seemingly capable PCs could (and did) fail the test because of a Trusted Module Platform (TPM 2.0) requirement, even though in many cases, it just boils down to a simple BIOS setting. And to that end, several motherboard makers have responded to the situation by announcing which models support Windows 11. There are a lot that do (more on that in a moment). TPM is an added layer of security, and Microsoft has decided to require it for Windows 11. There are dedicated TPM chips you can install on some motherboards,... Read more...
In early May, MSI delivered its first Ethereum mining card from NVIDIA’s Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP HX) GPU family. The headless card was called the CMP 30HX Miner XS and is based on the GeForce GTX 1660 Super GPU. This time around, however, MSI is moving up the performance ladder in the CMP family with the launch of the CMP 50HX Miner. Whereas the CMP 30HX has an Ethereum hash rate of just 26 MH/sec, the CMP 50HX is more performant at 45 MH/sec. According to MSI, the CMP 50HX Miner features 3,584 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1,350MHz, a boost clock of 1,545MHz, and 10GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14 Gbps on a 320-bit bus. It’s reported that the CMP 50HX is based on the TU102... Read more...
The launch of NVIDIA's latest Ampere graphics cards is right around the corner (tomorrow to be exact), which means that more information is leaking out about both the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The only logical price point for the former is $599, while the latter is likely to come in at $999. However, we all know that those prices are downright "fictional" given the ongoing global chip shortage and the sky-high demand for enthusiast graphics cards at the moment. Such is the case with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which has shown up for sale at UK retailer LambdaTek. The retailer lists several Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards, including the following: Gigabyte GeForce... Read more...
Intel continues to flesh out its mobile processor line with new SKUs, like the recently introduced Tiger Lake-H family for high-powered laptops. It is also planning to launch refreshed Tiger Lake-U processors, otherwise known as Tiger Lake-R, with ultra-lower power specifications for thin and light laptops. Intel has yet to formally introduce those models, but a pair of MSI laptop listings highlight a couple of the upcoming SKUs. Officially, all we know about Tiger Lake-R is that it is coming, with processors slated to arrive sometime this year, and that the power target will be 15-28W. Beyond that, it is anyone's guess as to exactly when the new laptop processors will arrive, how many SKUs there... Read more...
It's no secret that NVIDIA is on the verge of releasing the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Despite the continued supply issues with both non-Ti versions of these cards, NVIDIA’s performance train must keep moving. However, it looks as though MSI jumped the gun a bit earlier today when it updated its website to include a product category for its upcoming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card family. When visiting MSI's website, you can navigate to Products --> Graphics Cards --> NVIDIA GPU to see a listing of all its available NVIDIA-based graphics cards. You can filter your search based on the GPU, and this is where MSI jumped the gun by including a filter for the GeForce... Read more...
Graphics cards based on NVIDIA's CMP HX GPUs are finally starting to trickle into the marketplace. So far, we've seen entries from ASUS and Gigabyte. Now, MSI is looking to get in on the action with its CMP 30HX Miner XS. Based on previous leaks, the CMP 30HX Miner XS features NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1660 Super GPU. The card looks like a dead ringer for MSI's GeForce GTX 1660 Super Ventus. The big difference is that the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Ventus has a single HDMI port and three DisplayPort connectors. Given that the CMP 30HX Miner XS doesn't need video outputs since it's dedicated to mining for Ethereum, the I/O plate only features exhaust vents for the coolers. The CMP 30HX Miner XS has 1408... Read more...
Intel today formally introduced its 11th Generation Tiger Lake-H Core processor lineup, and right on cue, its hardware partners have begun announcing new laptops based Intel's latest silicon. That includes MSI, which just unveiled over four dozen new models aimed at creators and gamers, all built around Tiger Lake-H and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series. MSI's Creator series is where "tech meets aesthetic," and to that end, it introduced a pair of stylish 16-inch Creator Z models, both with a 120Hz display and touch support. Pricing starts at $2,599 for a Core i7-11800H CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 32GB of RAM, and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage. And at the $2,999 price point, you get an upgrade to a Core... Read more...
In a deleted post on Reddit, a user shared a photo of multiple retail boxed MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards that a retailer in the UAE supposedly shared with them. NVIDIA has not yet announced the new SKU, but the leaks and rumors are piled up a mile high at this point, leaving little doubt that a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti launch is imminent. We still do not know with 100 percent certainty what the specifications will be and how pricing will shake out. Unofficially, the new SKU is expected to feature 10,240 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR6X memory tied to a fat 384-bit bus, the same bus width as found on the GeForce RTX 3090. It's also said the Ti variant of the 3080 will have a 1,396MHz base clock... Read more...
Let's face it, suggested retail pricing on graphics cards is largely academic, because any available inventory sells out in nanoseconds anyway. Scalpers then hawk them on eBay and Craigslist for jacked up prices. Be that as it may, every SKU still gets an MSRP, and that includes NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. We don't have any official word on what that will be, but some early retail listings make it clear the Ti variant is going to be expensive. Rumor has it the card will launch at $999, same as AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT. That at least seems plausible, considering NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 3090 carries a $1,499 MSRP. Here's how it would fit into the MSRP hierarchy, if that ends up... Read more...
The evidence is starting to mount that NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will soon be upon us. Earlier this month, we saw a shipment of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X OC cards, and last week, the card was listed for preorder at a Polish electronics retailer. Now, yet another MSI card is basking in the limelight. Witness the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X, which was spied in its retail box before launch. As with previous SUPRIM X releases, this will represent the flagship of MSI's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti family. SUPRIM X cards feature a TRI FROZR 2S thermal design with TORX Fan 4.0, precision machined heat pipes, a copper baseplate, dual BIOS, Mystic Light RGB controls, and enhanced boost speeds compared... Read more...
It is looking increasingly likely that the recent photo of a pallet of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X OC graphics cards being prepped for shipment from China to United States is real. And the US is not the only place the upcoming SKU is bound for—a Polish retailer has already put up a placeholder listing for the new card. Over at K-Com, the listing labels the card as "MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC 12G GDDR6X," which is pretty much the same as the labels that are visible in the aforementioned photo. There are no accompanying press renders or actual pictures of the card in the listing, and it does not mention a price or any other details. Here's a look... Click to Enlarge (Source:... Read more...
There is some new evidence to suggest NVIDIA is close to launching a new Ampere product, and specifically the oft-rumored GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, with more onboard memory than the non-Ti variant. It comes by way of leaked photos showing pallets of MSI-brand graphics cards being prepped for shipment, from China to the United States. This is the latest in a long line of leaks pointing to the impending launch of a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Another one of NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB) partners, Gigabyte, recently listed a dozen custom GeForce RTX 3080 Ti models with the Eurasian Economic Commission, including both factory overclocked and water cooled variants. And before that, the unannounced Ampere SKU had... Read more...
Intel hasn't even officially launched its 11th generation Tiger Lake-H family of mobile processors, but that isn't stopping retailers from getting the ball rolling early. According to recent leaks, the Tiger Lake-H family will consist of four SKUs, and three of them are represented in new MSI notebooks offered up for sale over at XoticPC. The retailer is currently listing the GE76 Raider, GS76 Stealth, and two variants of the GS66 Stealth gaming notebooks. The most potent of the bunch is the GE76 Raider (11UH-053) which comes with a 17.3-inch FHD display with a 300Hz refresh rate. The processor running the show is the flagship Core i9-11980K, which is reportedly an 8-core/16-thread CPU with a... Read more...
We loathe to be the bearer of bad news, but MSI has apparently decided it is going to jack up the prices of graphics cards amid tight supply. The silver lining, we suppose, is that actually finding a graphics card in stock is tougher than winning a fight with an armed grizzly bear, using just your bare hands. In other words, it is not easy by any stretch. Here's the thing—NVIDIA's latest generation GeForce RTX 30 series is always out of stock at most places, and if you do happen to find one available for sale, it's typically from a marketplace seller who wants way more than the card is actually worth. And unfortunately, the same is true of AMD's newly minted Radeon RX 6000 series. AMD and... Read more...
If you purchased an MSI Z490 motherboard with your new Comet Lake-S processor last year or are looking to save some bucks by forgoing a newer Z590 motherboard, we've got some good news for you. MSI announced this morning that all its Z490 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 with 11th generation Rocket Lake-S processors via a simple BIOS update. While some motherboard manufacturers are taking a selective approach regarding enabling PCIe 4.0 support, it's good to hear that MSI made the necessary hardware choices on the backend to make this possible. "To be PCIe 4.0 compatible, several components on the motherboards are necessary, including PCIe 4.0 ready clock generator, lane switch, redriver, PCIe... Read more...
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