Items tagged with MSI

With most of the fuss revolving around video cards such as Nvidia's 7900 series and ATI's X1900 series these days, it's easy to overlook entry-level offerings like the GeForce 7300. That is unless you don't have a ton of coin to throw down for a high end card. As great as it is using high resolutions with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering on a 20" LCD is, it's simply not an affordable option for most of us. Of course, you could always settle for on-board video and save some money, right?  Well, if you plan on playing any games or watching HD videos without dropping frames, probably not. So what do you do?  What can you do if you don't... Read more...
IT Review has somehow managed to get ahold of some pictures and information regarding MSI's upcoming motherboards based around AMD's new Socket AM2 platform. Here, we find some juicy information on flagship boards such as the MSI K9N SLI Platinum which is based off the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset. In addition, there is a low-profile passive heatsink for the chipset along with the usual assortment of bells and whistles. AMD fans can rejoice as we are obviously close to the arrival of the next wave of technology for the AMD platform. MSI, the leading mainboard manufacturer, is introducing cutting-edge... Read more...
In their latest review, Hardware Zone has pitted the MSI NX7600GT-T2D256E against ASUS's EN7600GT 256MB. While you're not going to see any kind of clear performance winner, you do get a chance to see what kind of bundle MSI provides, the card's overclocking potentional, and decide if it's worth the $179 price tag. "History seems to be repeating itself as the GeForce 7600 GT is poised to duplicate the successful GeForce 6600 GT. With the mid-range market settling down after the initial flurry of launches, this is the time to compare vendors and not GPUs. Here then is our take on the MSI NX7600GT-T2D256E."... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that both MSI and Gigabyte and dismissing rumors that the two motherboard vendors would be merging. Suprisingly, neither side denied having entertained the thought of merging in the past. Were the two Tier-I motherboard vendors to merge down the road, Tier-II vendors would certainly feel more pressure and possibly be driven out of the market. MSI chairman Joseph Hsu dismissed a media report circulating in China that cited a senior MSI executive, Henry Lu, as claiming the company had started contacting Gigabyte five years ago over a possible merger.... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech Report have just posted a review of MSI's latest socket 939 motherboard, the K8N Diamond Plus.  This board is based on NVIDIA's nForce 4 SLIX16 chipset, and sports some unique features like a third PCI Express slot for graphics and integrated Audigy audio.  If you're in the market for a high-end Athlon mobo, you'll want to check this one out. "SEEMINGLY CONTENT TO MAKE DO with the original nForce4 SLI, motherboard manufacturers have been slow to adopt NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI X16 chipset. For months, Asus' A8N32-SLI was the only Socket 939 motherboard capable of feeding 16 lanes of PCI Express to each of a pair... Read more...
Over the past few months, we've posted a multitude of graphics related articles here at HotHardware.com. Since September, we've covered no less than seven product launches from ATI, five from rival NVIDIA, and even S3 chimed in with one of their own. Some of these products were mid-range or entry-level offerings, but a couple of them redefined the high-end of each company's respective line-ups. A great side effect of every new product launch at the high-end, is that the previous flagship products tend to get much less expensive. Take the Radeon X1800 XT, for example. A few short months ago, the Radeon X1800 XT represented the pinnacle of ATI's desktop graphics technology. But today, proceeding... Read more...
Easily one of the most exciting topics in the last few months, Hardware Zone has managed to get their hands on (and benchmark) MSI's MXM-comprised Germinium Go SLI graphics card. Given the low power requirements, significantly lower heat output, and upgradeability of an MXM-based graphics card it is more than a bit exciting to see MSI taking this approach so seriously. Those doubting the viability of this card will be a bit surprised to see that MSI is serious enough to have already achieved all the proper certifications (ROHS, TUV, etc.) to bring the card to market. For those looking for something interesting to stir up their Tuesday morning, do yourself a favor and go check out MSI's ingenious... Read more...
Today Rob evaluates MSI's nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition based P4N Diamond motherboard.  We inspect its bundle, layout, BIOS, overclockability, and compare its performance to a handful of other boards powered by competing chipsets.   Check it out here!... Read more...
There is a current trend in PC hardware to have two of everything.  Whether it's two (or more) drives in a RAID configuration, dual-core CPUs, dual-channel memory, or adding an additional video card to increase frame rates; it's apparent that doubling-up is here to stay.  Up until recently, running two video cards simultaneously meant one thing: NVIDIA cards running on NVIDIA motherboards.  It was a logical step for the graphics leader to support only their own chipsets, as it brought more prestige to the platform.  More prestige, and of course, more profits through more sales of their own chipsets.  While ATi has only started to gain some ground in this area with full... Read more...
My right-hand man, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta (aka the Backbone of HH), checked in with me this AM with some super-stealth spy photos from the backrooms of the CES show in Vegas!  What we have for you here is one of the significantly more innovative products we've seen at the show this year, courtesy of MSI Computer. MSI Geminium - Upgradeable Graphics Card    What you're looking at is "technically" an upgradeable graphics card based on a pair of NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 MXM modules that typically are used in notebook discrete graphics solutions.  There are two MXM (Mobile PCI Express) modules populated in the sockets in a SLI configuration with 512MB of total... Read more...
Tech Report has the scoop on MSI's demo of two MXM modules mounted on a discrete graphics card PCB which is essentially a single-board SLI configuration. With SLI making its way to notebooks sometime in the near future, this "proof of concept" is a lot closer to reality than we are being led to believe. Regardless, seeing two low-power mobile GPU's in removable sockets certainly gets one wishing for upgradable cores for discrete desktop graphics cards.CES - MSI is showing off a unique take on SLI that combines two MXM mobile graphics modules on a single PCI Express x16 card. It's just a prototype, but depending on interest, it could eventually make its way to market.... Read more...
My good friend Jonathan Martini at nV News has just posted his thoughts on MSI's NX7800GT-VT2D256E graphics card. Based on the immensely popular GeForce 7800 GT, the MSI card adds a robust bundle and some impressive overclocking results. Overall, those in the market for a high-end graphics card would do themselves a favor by checking out MSI's latest and greatest.  The MSI NX7800GT-VT2D256E is a solid NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT-based graphics card. While it doesn't stray too far from the reference design, MSI has supplied a diverse software bundle, which includes the acclaimed Chronicles of Riddick game along with a decent setup of VIVO cables and multimedia center software. The graphics cards... Read more...
If you've ever wondered what goes in a motherboard manufacturing facility, Hardware Zone has a five page tour of their recent visit to MSI's facility in Kunshen, China. "Hardware Zone recently visited one of MSI's manufacturing facilities at Kunshan, China. The tour offered us a glimpse of what goes on behind MSI's factories, their focus for 2006 and a look at some of their new product offerings."... Read more...
MSI P4N Diamond @ Viperlair: "While the board did not sit on top of every benchmark, it has the potential to be one of the fastest gaming platforms for Intel. Benchmarks don't tell the whole story though, as the P4N Diamond proved to be a reliable board throughout testing and is stacked with enough features that it should be able to survive in most people's PC for a long while." Asus P5LD2-VM Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org: "The ASUS P5LD2-VM board is an interesting contrast. At a retail price of $109, this board is excellent for the consumer looking for a low-priced, high performance board. Feature-wise it's an ok board, with the noticeable absence of a RAID controller... Read more...
Well folks, tomorrow we will get to see what ATI's "20 years of innovation" has evolved into with the new Radeon X1000 series cards. Will it be able to keep up with Nvidia's 7800 series cards? Will it be faster? Will it be available at launch? Will you even be able to afford one? If you ask me, I'd say maybe, maybe, let's hope so, and I certainly can't! It's not long now, so stay tuned! Weldbond Feature @ ThinkComputers.org "I have used Weldbond on all my mods in one way or another, as an adhesive, as a coloring, as a special effect. I belong to many forums and when I mentioned that I used Weldbond in my worklogs, I was very surprised to see that 99% of people have never heard... Read more...
Well folks, it didn't take long for Call of Duty 2 to be benchmarked. AMDZone has thrown mid range to high end cards at the new demo, and found some interesting results... is 512MB now useful? Those of you who bought a 512MB X800XL and felt a little disappointed with the small(if any) performance gains over it's 256MB cousin might want to check out the link. Anyway, enjoy the news! MSI P4N Diamond Motherboard @ nV News "The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list of features; NVIDIA's feature-rich nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, two Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet controllers, onboard SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit audio, and a BIOS with many options including an exhaustive menu of overclocking options.... Read more...
RaidMax X1 ATX Gaming Case @ Bigbruin.com: "Raidmax continues to impress by offering unique, high quality items at a reasonable price. The Raidmax X1 case is no different... The X1 isn't as flashy as some of the recent "gaming" cases, but does retain enough of the "gaming" case feel with the front LCD, hidden drive bays, and a beautiful side panel." MSI NX7800GTX SLI @ Viperlair: "While we have a lot of praise to bestow upon the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E, there isn't much we can say that we haven't already done so for the 7800 GTX in general. It's fast, occupies one slot, and with it, you can really crank up the image quality settings without sacrificing performance.... Read more...
Football season is back! Tonight, the New England Patriots squared off against the Oakland Raiders in Foxboro stadium, kicking off the 2005 season. If you didn't get a chance to watch the game, you missed out. The first half was pretty close, with both teams getting to the end zone and making some excellent plays. But as in usual Patriots fashion, the second half belonged to the home team. The Raiders were plagued by penalties, and the Patriots took advantage of that. Combine that with some great defense, they were able suppress Oakland and claim the 30-20 victory. Now enough of that, time for the tech... HIS X800XL IceQ II TURBO: A more affordable, outstanding performance! HIS brings you the... Read more...
Hey everyone! Today's latest hardware headlines are ready, enjoy the news. Goodnight folks. Mushkin: Now is the Time for Change @ Bytesector "Mushkin has decided that change is good and that now is the time for change. There are always minor changes with each style of memory. Mushkin's choice to change all this is a wise one, but it has more purpose than just aesthetics. Their new heatspreaders offer 58% more surface area coverage over their old design. Let's see this bad boy and you can judge for yourself whether you want this in your system." Four CPU Coolers from Thermaltake Tested @ X-Bit labs Today we are going to witness a breath-taking race among four processor air coolers from... Read more...
Hey folks, we've got plenty of news this weekend! For all of you that loved, and still love, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System(talking about the SNES here), XYZ computing has put up an article praising the glory of this great machine. For those of you who missed out on those days, it breaks my heart... really, hours of my childhood devoted to that box. I've spent more time with Final Fantasy 3 than I have with Half-Life 2. Goodnight all! BenQ DW1620 DVDR @ MHW "The BenQ DW1620 arrived in a typical retail box with Styrofoam inserts. In addition to the drive were four mounting screws, two quick start guides, and software. The software contained was Sonic RecordNow, InterVideo, WinCinema,... Read more...
After recently reviewing the Leadtek WinFast TV USB II Deluxe and Diamond's Xtreme TV PVR 550 Power Pack, there are certain things we've come to expect in PC TV tuners. For one, easy driver and software installation is important. And the bundled software and its functionality is a primary concern as well.  After all, what good is a TV Tuner without quality software to run it? And of course, the device's image quality has to be good. On the surface, MSI's Theatre 550 Pro seems like an appealing product, but as we all know it's how a product performs in the real world that counts. ATI's Theater 550 Pro chip, which is at the heart of the MSI card, has been used to power a few different TV Tuners.... Read more...
Following up on yesterday's Nvidia optimization story, Nvidia has delivered a response. According to them, there's no shady business going on, and the whole thing can be attributed to a bug within the drivers. They say a new beta driver(78.03) has already been released to reviewers, and will be released on nZone once it receives feedback on the driver. Phew! All right folks, I don't know how much longer I'm going to have power for, this storm is about ready to snap some trees. Enjoy the news! Sapphire Radeon X850XT Platinum Edition AGP @ TweakTown "Today we're looking at Sapphire's X850XT PE, or Platinum Edition. Not only that, but we'll be testing it in the AGP format since many of our... Read more...
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