Items tagged with MSI

The MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 NVIDIA's Flagship GPU, MSI Style... By, Marco Chiappetta February 12, 2004 After facing some fierce competition from ATi's R3x0 GPUs and fielding a mountain of criticism regarding questionable driver "optimizations", NVIDIA has had to deal with quite a bit of adversity as of late.  They have also had to contend with the fact that multiple, long-time partners like Asus and Abit, for example, broke with tradition and released new video cards powered by rival GPUs.  However, one of their largest and most respected partners, Micro-Star International or MSI, is still on-board.  Tonight on HotHardware.Com, we're going to take a look at MSI's current... Read more...
  The MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR A New nForce2 with Something Extra By: Jeff Bouton July 23rd, 2003 It's funny how things can turn around in the computer industry. Take nVidia's original nForce chipset for example.  While the graphics division was riding high with the latest GeForce product line, the overall response to the fledgling chipset was lukewarm at best.  Adoption by manufacturers was sparse, many of which were understandably cautious of the newcomer.  Today, things have come full circle.  The introduction of the nForce2 chipset launched nVidia to the top of the AMD chipset heap, unseating VIA from the throne.  nVidia has been able to achieve dominance in a new... Read more...
3-Way i875P "Canterwood" Shoot-Out MSI, DFI & Chaintech Square Off... By, Marco Chiappetta June 18, 2003           Intel's i875P "Canterwood", as well as the i865 "Springdale" chipsets, have generated quite a buzz within the enthusiast community and for good reason!  It has been almost three years since the release of the i850 chipset, and only now is there a viable alternative for users seeking peak performance from their Pentium 4 systems.  Sure, there was the i850E and Intel's first dual-channel DDR266 chipset the E7205 "Granite Bay", but neither one of these chipsets were terribly exciting. ... Read more...
  The MSI GeForce FX5200 TDR128 A Budget Card with a Little Extra By: Jeff Bouton June 3rd, 2003 If there is one thing that is certain, it's that there is no other channel of the PC hardware industry more heated in competition and embroiled in controversy than the graphics sector.  This is a fierce market consumed with debates over whose video card is on top.  Those of us who follow the industry often find ourselves glued to our monitors with both great interest and excitement in the daily goings on.  While most PC Enthusiasts are interested in what the best video card available is, that doesn't mean that all of us have the money to buy such a card.  It is analogous to... Read more...
  The MSI CR52-A2 - 52X CD-RW Drive Breaking the speed barrier at 52X By Tom Laverriere March 14, 2003 The first CD-RW drive I ever bought was an 8X4X32X unit for around $200 beans and I thought it was amazing how fast that thing could burn CD's.  It took me only about 10 minutes to burn a full disc of songs.  I was loving life.  Back in the day (not so long ago actually), that was fast  It's amazing how far and how fast CD-RW drive technology has evolved.  First we saw a few 24X drives out there and then only a few months later we're looking at 40X and then 48X and now, we have broken the 52X barrier.  We're talking about CD-RW drives that can burn a disc as... Read more...
MSI's VT2D8X GeForce4 Ti4600 More Bandwidth, More Cooling, More Goodies! By - Jeff Bouton February 16, 2003 As we enter the latest phase in the nVidia vs. ATi battle, the focus again is on who's video card is going to be the all out fastest.  It's natural that we get caught up in the hype of who has the faster card, but the bottom line is you only need the fastest card, if gaming is your life and you have some money to burn.  What is unfortunate is that we tend to lose sight of the fact that both companies have existing products that are a better over all value.  What were yesterday's top contenders, are today's mid-range to value cards that can offer performance on the cheap. ... Read more...
The MSI GNB Max-FISR Motherboard Intel's Granite Bay With Dual Channel DDR and AGP8X By, Dave Altavilla December 8, 2002 It seems as though the entire PC world has been waiting for a Dual Channel DDR chipset to come to the Pentium 4.  Although RAMBUS and RDRAM technology certainly had its merits, as the highest available bandwidth memory architecture for Intel's flagship processor, the technology has been riddle with controversy over RAMBUS' monopolistic tactics.  In addition, with its higher price point of entry, the end user community has been very slow to adopt it.  On the other hand, even the low latency single channel i845PE DDR chipset from Intel, didn't quite have the horsepower... Read more...
  The MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR Motherboard Review VIA's KT400 Chipset Matched With MSI's Best By, Jeff Bouton October 27, 2002 Most of us remember the transition from VIA's KT266A to the KT333 chipset.  We had been patiently waiting for a worthy successor to the popular KT266A, anxious to see the next level in chipset performance.  In the end, what we ended up with were some nice feature enhancements, but some insignificant performance gains.  Upon closer inspection of the two chipsets, we soon found that overall they weren't all that different.  Aside from adding support for 333MHz DDR-RAM and USB 2.0, the two chipsets were essentially the same.  With a 25% increase in... Read more...
The MSI 648 Max Motherboard Review Great Performance at a Great Price... By, Robert Maloney October 23, 2002 Increased competition often leads to technological advancement at a faster rate than normal, because one company constantly tries to out-do another.  This result of this competition usually leads to the end-user being rewarded with new products, at progressively lower prices.  With Intel and VIA still duking it out over the VIA P4X series of chipset's legality, and Intel's slower adoption of new technology like DDR333 and ATA/133, SiS has taken this opportunity to release the feature rich 648 chipset.  Early word was that boards based on the SIS648 would give even RDRAM... Read more...
Abit's BD7II-RAID Vs. MSI's 845E Max2 BLR Two Fully Featured i845Es Do Battle... By, Marco Chiappetta August 6, 2002      With the release of their "new" Pentium 4s, Intel revised their mainstream i845 chipset to add official support for 533MHz front side bus frequencies.  This new revision of the i845, was dubbed the i845E, which is the chipset powering the two motherboards we'll be looking at today.  Abit's BD7II-RAID and MSI's 845E Max2 BLR are two full featured, Socket 478 mainboards, targeted squarely at the enthusiast looking for a quality product, that doesn't carry a premium price tag.  Both of these products have on-board RAID and Ethernet... Read more...
  The MSI 845G Max-L Motherboard Review Integrated Graphics and Bluetooth Technology By -Chris Angelini June 28th, 2002 The i845 chipset gained quick popularity due to its DDR memory support, providing an alternative to the once-expensive RDRAM standard.  In fact, many proponents of the chipset went so far as to call the i845 ?the next 440BX,? referring to the immensely popular Pentium III chipset that spanned more than 18 months in production.  Technology is evolving faster than ever before, though, so it was only a matter of time before Intel updated the core logic of the i845. In fact, several new iterations of the chipset have been unveiled, including the i845E, i845GL, and... Read more...
The MSI K7D Master Dual Socket A Motherboard Athlon Power X 2! By Marco Chiappetta May 21, 2002 There is no denying that AMD has done very well with their Athlon line of processors.  A few years ago, back in the K6 days, AMD CPUs were found only in low-end desktop systems.  The terms "high-performance" and "K6" were never used in the same sentence.  Things began to turn around a bit with the K6-2 though.  Performance was better than the K6, and new proprietary features were added like AMD's 3D Now!.  Then the K6-III hit the market, and while it wasn't a best seller, it's price / performance ratio was relatively good when compared to similarly clocked... Read more...
  The MSI KT3 Ultra ARU Motherboard Review KT333 Muscle and All the Trimmings! By, Jeff Bouton March 24, 2002 This evening we will be taking a look at the new KT3 Ultra ARU motherboard from MSI.  This is the first of what will surely become a long line of motherboards to incorporate the new VIA® KT333 chipset.  The new chipset offers a number of new features to help propel its performance beyond that of the popular KT266A.  In addition, the system comes with the VIA® VT8233A Southbridge chipset which brings a number of new standards to the table as well.  The main claim to fame of the new VIA® KT333 Chipset is the added support for PC2700 DDR RAM, allowing for 2.7GB of... Read more...
The MSI K7T266 Pro DDR Socket A Monster Misguided? or Misunderstood?... By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta June 14, 2001 With the influx of DDR memory into the market place, came a craving for a high performing chipset to exploit the increased bandwidth offered by this new memory type. AMD was first to introduce a DDR chipset for the Athlon.   However, the chipset wasn't widely available and was priced slightly higher than expected. ALi then jumped into the fray with their DDR enabled MaGiK1 chipset. The MaGiK1 was quickly adopted by some major motherboard OEMs and has met with some success. Many users however chose to wait for VIA's DDR offering, before spending their hard... Read more...
  Intel's i845 DDR Chipset Debuts MSI's 845 Ultra-ARU & DFI's NB70-SC DDR Solutions Based On Intel's New Value Platform By, Dave Altavilla December 17 2001 The market has been waiting for this one for a long time.  Intel has authorized OEMs to begin shipping Brookdale (i845) based solutions, now with DDR SDRAM support.  Finally, an Intel native alternative to RDRAM, for their flagship Pentium 4 Processor has arrived.  Current success in the OEM sector, for Intel's PC133 incarnation of this platform, has paved the way for a natural migration path.  With PC2100 DDR SDRAM on price parity with PC133 solutions, it is the proverbial "no brainer" for motherboard... Read more...
  P4 i845 SDRAM Motherboards from Asus and MSI The Asus P4B and MSI 845Pro2-R do battle By, Dave Altavilla September 24th, 2001   The Pentium 4 definitely has had it fair share of struggle and strife.  In part, one of the reasons why Intel took some "heat" about the P4, was their choice of system memory interface.  True, RAMBUS does provide serious bandwidth advantages over legacy PC133 subsystems but cost factors and business practices of Intel's memory partner, have proven to be a serious thorn in their side.  Not too long after the release of Pentium 4, arch rival AMD signed up in the DDR SDRAM camp and provided a lower cost alternative with bandwidth in... Read more...
 Micro-Star International's MS-6163 Pro   These days there are a new breed of motherboards being brought to market by a few key manufacturers that are designed with the hardcore "overclocker' in mind. Micro-Star International sent us their crowned jewel in this exciting new arena, the MS-6163 Rev. 2.0, otherwise know as the MS-6163 Pro. Here's what we thought. The Specs CPU: Support Intel(R) Pentium(R) II/III & CeleronTM processor up to 550MHz or faster. F.S.B. supports 66/75/78/81/83/90/95/100/105/110/112/115/117/120/122/124(31) 124(41)/126/133/135/138/140/142/144/150/155MHz 26 settings. Vcore adjustment: Up to 15% Vio adjustment: 3.3/3.4/3.5/3.6v Memory: 3 DIMM. Max. 768MB... Read more...
Micro Star International's  MS-6309 VIA Apollo Pro133A - Coppermine Ready Socket 370 Infused April 10, 2000 By Dave Altavilla   The past few months have been very interesting for the PC Motherboard market.  As we all know, Intel skipped a beat with respect to release of its own PC133 compatible chipset with the i820.  In the mean time, VIA has begun to show up in almost every Motherboard Manufacturer's offering, in many cases as a high end product solution.  The value space has always been a place where VIA plays well.  This time, they are filling the void at both ends of the spectrum with the Apollo Pro 133A.. MSI sent us their recently released VIA PC133 based... Read more...
MSI  850Pro MSI's P4 Board Driven By the i850 By Dave Altavilla 2/12/01   MSI -  Micro-Star International, has long been known for top quality motherboards designed with the Performance or Power User in mind.  In addition, they are typically one of the first few vendors out of the gate with a new technology or motherboard platform.  The third Pentium 4 or Socket 423 based motherboard to be tested here at HotHardware was sent to us from this veteran player in the field.    The MS850Pro is an i850 based motherboard from MSI that goes head to head with the likes of the Asus P4T and Gigabyte GA-8TX.  Let's see how this product from MSI stacks up versus... Read more...
  MSI's 694T Pro Motherboard Let's Shed Some Light on the Subject By, Jeff Bouton September 6th, 2001     When one thinks of quality motherboards, several manufacturers come to mind, one of which has to be MSI.  For over 15 years, MSI has been producing some of the finest computer products on the market and today we've reviewed yet another, the 694T Pro Motherboard.  This model being the first of their motherboards to sport the new VIA Apollo Pro133T Chipset, offering support for Intel's new "Tualatin" processor.       With the promising results we've been seeing with the last few "Tualatin" capable motherboards, I was eager to get the... Read more...
  A Tale of Two TNT2s The Gigabyte GA660 Turbo Vrs. The MSI 3DAGPhantom We brought in the wreckin' crew for this event. Like a Demolition Team with a bad attitude, we decided to mix up a couple of explosive substances and see what kind of reaction we would get. This is a "Bake Off" of sorts between a pair of TNT2 cards from Gigabyte and Micro-Star International. Both boards are from the standard TNT2 vintage as opposed to the Ultra variety. Both cards also are designed with an agressive approach to the standard NVidia Reference Design. You know both Gigabyte and MSI for their exceptional Motherboard products. We decided to get a little insight on their Graphics Accelerators. Let's... Read more...
MSI's GeForce 3 Powered Starforce 822 ViVo Not Just a GF3...It May Be "The" GeForce 3! By, Marco Chiappetta November 8, 2001 NVIDIA's new Titanium line of cards and ATi's new Radeons have been commanding most of the spotlight these days.  With the release of these "next generation" products, attention shifted focus, and prices on the preceding generation of products dropped considerably, placing some very powerful cards within reach of mainstream buyers. This is the case with the "vanilla" GeForce 3 powered, MSI Starforce 822 we'll be looking at today.  A few short weeks ago, if we said a full featured, very overclockable GeForce 3 with TV-Out, Video-In... Read more...
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