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Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 Reaches 6861.7 MHz on MSI Motherboard

The world's largest semiconductor manufacturer Intel officially announced the unlocked Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258
processor (nicknamed Pentium K by enthusiasts) at the Computex Taipei 2014 where it was finally made available to the eagerly waiting commercial market. The world-renowned motherboard manufacturer MSI also officially released a new version of BIOS simultaneously, allowing all MSI Z97/H97 motherboards to fully support this new CPU. However, only the Z97 products can overclock this CPU. In addition, MSI persists in searching for the limit and has already broken the world record for the Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 processor by reach 6861.7 MHz.

Moreover, MSI also made optimized BIOS adjustments for three motherboards that are widely popular among consumers, including Z97 GUARD-PRO, Z97-G43 and Z97 PC Mate. These motherboards are equipped with six-phase power control components, which are able to stably overclock the Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 processor. They can automatically overclock the CPU to 4.3GHz from its original 3.2GHz through MSI's exclusive technology OC Genie 4, increasing its performance by 34%, so even a beginner will be able to overclock a computer stably to high performance through a single action without any complicated skills and configurations.

MSI Launches the Nightblade Z97 Gaming Barebone

MSI, leading manufacturer of gaming hardware, completes its popular Nightblade mini-ITX Gaming barebone series with the MSI Nightblade Z97. As the name suggest, the Nightblade Z97 implements the latest MSI Z97I GAMING motherboard. This means that the Nightblade Z97 comes with Audio Boost 2, providing the latest technology in high-quality audio for gamers. Next to that, the front I/O panel of the MSI Nightblade Z97 has all plenty of options to connect a gaming headset, mouse and keyboard, while featuring MSI's easy overclocking button OC Genie as well.

Despite its mini-ITX form factor, the Nightblade Z97 delivers a powerful gaming performance and thanks to its compact size, brushed aluminum finish on the front and awesomely presented Dragon on the side of the case, gamers won't have to hide their PC beneath their desk anymore. A useful handle situated at the bottom-front of the Nightblade's mini-ITX case can be used to pick up and carry this lightweight gaming beast around from one gaming event to the next.

MSI Joins iBUYPOWER's Optiboost Program

MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the immediate availability of customizable gaming notebooks via iBUYPOWER's Optiboost program. Current customizable models include the GP60 and GP70 Leopard, GT70 Dominator and GT70 Dominator Pro, and the GE70 Apache Pro.

Designed to offer a new level of personalization, iBUYPOWER's Optiboost program allows users to configure their system by upgrading its processor, memory, video card, hard drives, optical drives and wireless adapters. It also allows users to personalize the gaming laptop with a selection of operating systems, software choices and peripherals.

MSI Officially Announces the 970 GAMING AM3+ Motherboard

MSI, world leading in motherboards, debuts its first AMD AM3+ socket based GAMING motherboard, the MSI 970 GAMING. Inherited with the outstanding DNA of MSI's award winning GAMING family, the new MSI AM3+ 970 GAMING motherboard features Killer LAN for the best online GAMING experience, Audio Boost 2 powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema2 for astonishing sound quality that gives you the upper hand on the battlefield, USB Audio Power and a whole new hardware and software design for enhanced gaming performance. Get ready for high end AMD GAMING with MSI.

Whether you are a casual or pro-gamer, network lag kills. MSI GAMING motherboards feature Killer high-performance networking and provide the highest level of control and networking speed for video streaming and gaming. A Smooth, stutter-free network is a must in today's world of on-line gaming, where a single packet of network data can make the difference between a win or a loss, Killer makes sure that it arrives.

MSI GeForce GT 730 Models Now Available

MSI, leader in graphics card technology, is pleased to announce the availability of the new MSI GeForce GT 730 models. With a wide range of models from the low profile N730K-1GD5/LP to the N730-4GD3 with 4 GB of VRAM, there are plenty of options for a first GPU upgrade. the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 GPU is supported by MSI Afterburner 3.0 for an additionally wealth of features, such as 64-bit application support, screen and video capturing.

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All MSI GeForce GT 730 Graphics cards are built using the ebst components, including an all solid capacitor design, this ensures a great lifetime of the card. Solid capacitors a very long life time of 10 years under full load, they have a very low resistance, lower operating temperature and are more efficient than older components.

Leaked BIOS Enables Pentium Anniversary Edition OC on Some MSI H97 Boards

A set of leaked BIOS'es surfaced on the web, which apparently enable overclocking of Intel's Pentium Anniversary Edition unlocked dual-core chips, on three of MSI's motherboards based on Intel's H97 Express chipset (which is not supposed to support CPU overclocking). Among these motherboards are the H97M-G43, H97 Guard-Pro, and H97 PC-Mate. All three boards are apparently able to overclock the 3.20 GHz chip all the way up to 4.50 GHz, with a simple crank of the BClk multiplier up to 45.0x. Such a BIOS making it to the web is interesting, because the company released statements in the past, opposing overclocking on H87 and B85 chipset-based motherboards, when the likes of ASRock, ASUS, and Gigabyte released beta BIOSes to support it, before Intel cracked down on them. Given that MSI uses common PCB designs across some 8-series and 9-series chipset motherboards (eg: MS-7850), it will be interesting to see how MSI plugs the leak. For the time being, we've hosted the BIOSes for you, to use at your own risk.

MSI Unveils the Adora20 3M Kabini-Powered All-in-One PC

MSI has recently announced a new Adora20 All-in-One desktop PC, a model that comes equipped with AMD's E2-3800 SoC featuring four Jaguar cores clocked at 1.3 GHz and Radeon HD 8280 integrated graphics. The Adora20 3M also has a 19.5-inch multi-touch screen with a 1600 x 900 resolution that is both flicker-free and backed by the Less Blue Light technology (reduces blue light intensity by up to 75%), support for up to 16 GB of DDR3L memory, one 2.5-inch drive slot, a DVD writer, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 audio via two 3 W speakers, a one megapixel webcam, a 3-in-1 card reader, an HDMI output, plus two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.

No word yet on pricing or a release date.

MSI Showcasing the Latest and Greatest Laptops at Computex

The annual COMPUTEX TAIPEI is where the world's tech companies come together to show off the latest innovations and technologies. MSI, world leader in gaming technology, rolls into COMPUTEX with a bunch of Laptop products, including the brand-new, widely-acclaimed, top-selling GAMING series that has received numerous awards and honors around the globe.

To design the most innovative MSI GAMING series Laptop, MSI has sponsored and collaborated with more than 10 professional gaming teams worldwide. Experts from different fields were called in to co-design and implement the best gaming features such as Super RAID 2 storage technology, Killer Game Networking, Cooler Boost 2 thermal technology, Matrix Display multi-monitor support, Steelseries gaming keyboards, Dynaudio high-performance speakers, Audio Boost 2 technology, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 audio solution, XSplit Gamecaster streaming app and more. Every MSI GAMING laptop is an accumulation of shared minds and finest experiences of gaming enthusiasts and eSports professionals.

MSI Shows off 970 Gaming Socket AM3+ Motherboard

MSI unveiled its first socket AM3+ motherboard bearing its coveted Gaming Series badge, the 970 Gaming. Based on AMD 970 chipset with SB950 southbridge, the board offers most modern gaming features for the AM3+ platform. It supports FX "Vishera" eight-core processors. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, and features a strong 8-phase CPU VRM that's cooled by a massive heatsink. The AM3+ socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR3-2400 MHz memory.

Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both are populated), and two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. There are four USB 3.0 ports on offer. Things get interesting with its Qualcomm Killer E2200 gaming-optimized wired NIC, the same one featured on its flagship Z97 Gaming 9 AC; and Audio Boost HD audio, which features a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, ground-layer isolation, a 600Ω headphones amp, electrolytic capacitors, and gold-plated jacks. MSI didn't disclose pricing.

MSI Goes Black and Green with its ECO Line of Motherboards

It what may look like MSI paying GIGABYTE back in its own coin (of copying color scheme and nomenclature), but is actually a completely different target market the company is going after; the new ECO line of motherboards by MSI offer essential feature-set to mainstream desktop builders, while cutting down greatly on redundant components, costly dyes, and over-the-top packaging materials. The boards also feature energy-efficient VRM designs, to cut power consumption down as much as the platform can allow. MSI unveiled three ECO products, the H81M ECO, the B85M ECO, and the H97M ECO.

MSI Also Shows off First Motherboard with 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Ports

In addition to the first motherboard with DDR4 memory support, MSI showed off the industry's first motherboard featuring 10 Gbps USB 3.1 ports. The unnamed socket LGA1150 motherboard is based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset, and uses a third-party ASMedia ASM1142 controller to drive two USB 3.1 ports. The controller is wired to the PCH over PCI-Express 2.0 x2. The rest of the board's feature-set appears consistent with the Z97 Gaming 7.

MSI Shows off its X99 Motherboard

MSI showed off its very first LGA2011-2 motherboard, based on Intel's X99 Express chipset, supporting Core i7 "Haswell-E" HEDT processors. The unnamed board is still in its early stages of development, none of its product styling (colors, heatsinks/lack-thereof) are final. The board features eight DDR4 DIMM slots, with which it should support up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. The CPU is powered by an 8-phase VRM. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16. Storage connectivity includes one each of SATA-Express, M.2, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Most of its connectors are not even placed, but one can expect multiple USB 3.0 ports, two gigabit Ethernet connections, Thunderbolt, etc.

Intel "Devil's Canyon" 9-series Chipset Exclusive?

Intel's next socket LGA1150 quad-core processors for overclockers, namely the Core i7-4790K and the Core i7-4690K, codenamed "Devil's Canyon," could be exclusive to motherboards based on the 9-series chipset. For overclockers, the choices would hence narrow down to motherboards based on the Z97 Express chipset. Marketing material distributed to retailers ahead of the processors' mid-June launch, mention "Devil's Canyon" to be supported by "new Intel 9 series chipset," while the same material detailing unlocked Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition mention it to be supported by "both Intel 8 and 9 series chipset."

Intel not mentioning that for "Devil's Canyon" is leading some to speculate that it won't be supported by motherboards running 8-series chipset, notably Z87 Express. For overclockers with expensive Z87 motherboards such as the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme, Gigabyte Z87X SOC, and MSI Z87 MPower MAX, this could spell trouble. Based on binned "Haswell Refresh" silicon, "Devil's Canyon" chips are special, in that they feature enhanced on-package electricals that can tolerate higher current; an enhanced thermal interface material between the die and the integrated heatspreader (IHS), enhanced LGA contact points, and increased voltage and thermal limits.

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MSI Gaming All-in-One PCs Launch in the US

MSI Computer Corp, a leading high-end manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils their full line-up of the world's first and most powerful gaming All-in-One computers, including the NVIDIA GTX 880M powered 27" AG270with speakers & amplifier empowered by Yamaha, and the ultra-slim 24" AG240 and 22" AG220.

"MSI's squadron of gaming AIOs takes gaming to the next level and outperforms any other unit on the market," says Andy Tung, CEO of MSI Pan America. "The state of the art components shreds gaming benchmarks, delivers an immersive gaming experience and is hands down the most superb combination of style and performance."

MSI Announces its GeForce GT 740 Series

MSI joined the GeForce GT 740 launch party with two cards, the N740-2GD5, which features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, and the N740-2GD3, which features 2 GB DDR3. Both cards are based on essentially the same board design, and offer NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1006 MHz core. The N740-2GD5 features reference GDDR5 memory clocks of 5.00 GHz, while the N740-2GD3 offers 1782 MHz (DDR). Based on the 28 nm GK107 silicon, the GeForce GT 740 offers 384 CUDA cores, 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide memory interface.

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Now Available

MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, is pleased to announce its unleashing of the Z97 GAMING 9 AC motherboard to the public. The Z97 GAMING 9 AC from MSI is a custom designed motherboard, decorated with luscious new heat-sinks and unique Dragon Armor that highlight an arsenal of new features found on the board. It's masterpiece being Xtreme Audio DAC, a premium dedicated onboard sound card with specially selected high quality audio components, set up and tuned by professionals delivering 120dB Signal-to-Noise-Ratio (SNR) 192kHz / 32-Bit of purest sound quality for studio-grade Hi-Fi solutions and gaming headgear. The MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC also comes with an Intel Wi-Fi AC module with Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel WiDi support.

Having superior sound quality while gaming is the decisive factor between a kilI or be killed. The MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC motherboard comes with a premium Hi-Fi sound card, delivering 192kHz / 32-Bit 120 dB SNR bit-perfect audio quality, onboard! Premium audio components like a C-Media HD Audio Processor, Wolfson WM8741 DAC and Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 amplifier are selected for the truly amazing sound quality. Enjoy pure sound quality and a breathtaking, never heard before, gaming sound experience that gives you the upper hand on your enemy.

MSI Introduces the GeForce GTX 780 GAMING 6G

MSI, world leader in graphics card technology Is pleased to announce the availability of the GTX 780 GAMING 6G. Featuring everything you'd expect from an MSI graphics card, but now with doubled-up memory for higher performance at 4K resolutions.

With the already spectacular performance of the GTX 780 and the introduction of new games and high resolution monitors comes the demand for more video memory. Combined with the award winning Twin Frozr IV Advanced thermal design, MSI exclusive Gaming App and the all new Afterburner 3.0 the GTX 780 GAMING 6G is an easy step-up into the world of 64-bit 4K resolution gaming, the way it's meant to be played.

G.Skill to Host OC World Cup Finals at Computex 2014

G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, is proud to announce the 6 finalists to compete in the G.SKILL OC World Cup 2014 & battle for the ultimate prize of $10,000 USD during Computex 2014. After a month-long of online qualifiers on HWBot, 6 of the top qualifiers including "der8auer" from Germany, "8 Pack" from UK, "ZeR0_Dan" & "Hero" from China, "Xtreme Addict" from Poland and "Splave" from USA will be attending G.SKILL OC World Cup live finals at G.SKILL booth I0218, Nangang Exhibition Center, Computex 2014, going head-to-head for a shot at the largest single cash prize in competitive overclocking history, $10,000 USD.

G.SKILL OC World Cup 2014 live qualifiers will be held from Tuesday, 3rd to Thursday, 5th June with 2 rounds per day, finals & award ceremony will be held on Friday 6th June. With the Championship title & $10,000 cash prize at stake, overclockers are expected push their hardware to the absolute limit using G.SKILL TridentX Memory, MSI GTX 750Ti Gaming VGA cards, Seasonic 1000W Platinum PSUs and 4th Gen Intel Core processor, More details on official event page.

MSI Announces Gaming Series W8 Gaming Mouse

It's not just motherboards, graphics cards, and notebooks that MSI is trying to sell under its Gaming Series brand, the company is also taking cracks at gaming peripherals from time to time. Its latest creation is the Gaming Series W8 gaming mouse. One of the few ambidextrous palm-grip mice in existence, the W8 has a very Sharkoon Drakonia-like appearance to it. The W8 offers eight programmable buttons with native macro storage on a 128 KB ROM. Under its hood is a 5,600 dpi sensor with on-the-fly adjustments. Other features include adjustable weight, and a software app to make macro settings. MSI didn't reveal pricing or availability.

MSI Introduces the AG270 All-in-One Gaming PC

Following the success of the MSI AG2712 Gaming All-in-One PC, world-renowned vendor of gaming products, MSI is introducing a new 27-inch, All-in-One Gaming PC; the MSI AG270 2PE / AG270 2PC. The MSI AG270 features the 4th Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 870/880M discrete graphics card, and up to 8GB GDDR5 of graphics memory for the best gaming experience. Besides that, MSI includes an anti-flicker, non-glare display to the AG270, topping it off with an all new audio speaker solution empowered by Yamaha.

Three Layers of Innovative Screen Protection for Gamer's Eyes
To provide gamers with an even better gaming environment, MSI introduces an anti-glare matte display on its All-in-One PC. No matter at LAN event venues or brightly-lit Internet cafes, the anti-glare protection guards the user's eyes against glare from the computer screen.

MSI Announces Z97 Gaming 9 AC Flagship LGA1150 Motherboard

MSI launched its Intel Z97 chipset-based Gaming series lineup with three ATX motherboards, the Z97 Gaming 3, the Z97 Gaming 5, and the Z97 Gaming 7. The company now made a high-end addition, with the Z97 Gaming 9 AC. Built in the standard ATX form-factor, the board is filled to the brim with features targeted more toward high-end gaming PC builds, than professional CPU/memory overclocking. It still offers a decent overclocking feature-set. To begin with, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS connectors, and uses a 16-phase VRM to condition power for the CPU, which is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x4/x4 when all three are populated, x8/x8/x0 when two are, and x16/x0/x0 when one is. 3-way SLI and CrossFire are supported.

An EMI shield covers the rear-panel I/O, while another shields the entire onboard audio circuitry, and the NICs. Audio is care of a 100+ dBA SNR DAC, which an external headphone amp circuit, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade capacitors, and EMI shielding. Wired connectivity is handled by Broadcom's newer Killer E2205 gigabit NIC. Wireless connectivity is handled by an Intel-made chipset that offers 802.11 ac WLAN, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Storage connectivity is devoid of SATA-Express, but features eight SATA 6 Gb/s, and an M.2 slot. Overclocking features include voltage measurement points, and POST LED display. Expect this one to go for over US $200.

MSI Launches 26 New Intel H97 and Z97 Motherboards

MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, is pleased to announce its new line of Intel Z97 and H97 based motherboards are now available. With a choice of no less than 26 new models including Mini-ITX, microATX and ATX models, MSI motherboards are the best choice of millions of gamers, overclockers, pc enthusiasts and businesses world-wide and this number grows every day. Signifying its capabilities and design the MSI Z97 XPOWER AC is the culmination of overclocking know-how and technology and the flagship of MSI's OC motherboards. This year the MSI Z97 XPOWER AC already broke the 7GHz mark and is awarded the COMPUTEX 2014 d&i award. MSI's Z97 GAMING lineup features completely new models with the breath-taking Z97 GAMING 9 AC at the gamers' choice, featuring the best on-board gaming audio ever with Xtreme Audio DAC and Audio Boost 2. Supporters of MSI's classic black and blue colors can look forward to new models like Z97S SLI PLUS that combines good looks with plenty of features at a competitive price point. People looking to upgrade now can rest assured that future 4th and 5th Intel socket 1150 based processors will be supported on MSI Z97 and H97 motherboards.

MSI Launches 16 New 9 Series Classic Motherboards

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its next generation of award-winning Classic motherboards. With 16 new models available in Mini-ITX, microATX and ATX size, the new MSI Z97 Classic motherboards present an arsenal of new features and improvements as well as technical ingenuity.

Offering reliable and fast Gigabit LAN from Intel and official Nvidia SLI support for enthusiasts looking to pair up multiple graphics cards. On-board M.2 and SATA Express provides the fastest storage performance through unprecedented transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s with flexible solutions for using preferred devices. Guard-Pro and Military Class 4 provide all the stability you need through carefully selected and thoroughly tested components and materials. MSI's new Z97 Classic motherboards for Intel 4th Generation core processors delivers an unprecedented choice of technical features no matter which model you choose.

MSI Ships GS70 Stealth Pro and GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Gaming Notebooks

MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the immediate availability of the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and the GS70 Stealth Pro gaming notebooks. Designed for the mobile gamer who demands a sexy and sleek design with performance capable of shredding any game settings, MSI's newest gaming notebooks feature NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics, 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Killer Gaming Networking and Super RAID Technology.

MSI's Super RAID technology provides superior data processing and accessing speed by supporting multiple SSDs and increasing data read/write speeds. MSI's GS70 Stealth Pro, equipped with the latest Super RAID 2 technology, combines the power of three mSATA SSDs, kicking up read speeds to over 1,500 MB/s or three times faster than high performance single SSD notebooks and more than 15 times faster than conventional laptops with standard SATA hard drives.

MSI Also Launches its Z97 Gaming Series Motherboards

In addition to its overclocker-centric OC Series of motherboards based on the Z97 Express chipset, MSI launched several motherboard models in the Gaming Series. It starts off with the Z97I Gaming for mini-ITX builds, Z97M Gaming for micro-ATX ones, the Z97 Gaming 3, Z97 Gaming 5, and Z97 Gaming 7, built in the standard ATX form-factor. Interestingly, these are not the only Gaming Series boards. There's also the Z97-G43 Gaming, Z97-G45 Gaming, and Z97-GD65 Gaming. A characteristic feature of these boards is a design focus on better audio and wired networking. On the audio front, most models feature AudioBoost audio with ground-layer isolation and headphones amp; while on the wired networking front, the higher-end models feature Broadcom Killer E2200 gaming-optimized NICs. On the ones that lack it, MSI dropped in at least an Intel-made NIC.
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