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MSI 990FXA-GD80 Socket AM3+ Motherboard Detailed

Earlier referred to as "Big Bang Conqueror", MSI's next top-end AMD platform motherboard has emerged under its final name, 990FXA-GD80. The socket AM3+ motherboard that supports AMD's upcoming FX series processors, is based on the AMD 990FX + SB950 chipset. The CPU is powered by a 10-phase VRM that makes use of tantalum-core capacitors, and SFC chokes (that don't whine), driver-MOSFETs (DrMOS). Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 2.0 x16, supporting NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX; two PCI-E x1, and a PCI.

Storage is mostly care of the southbridge, all its six SATA 6 Gb/s ports are assigned as internal ports; a third-party SATA 3 Gb/s controller handles rear-panel eSATA. There are two USB 3.0 controllers, driving two ports on the rear panel, and two via an angled internal header. Other connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio with THX TruStudio Pro support, gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire. A number of MSI-exclusives are bundled, including MSI-designed graphical UEFI setup program (click BIOS), and OC Genie II that is overclocking with side-wheels. Expect the MSI 990FXA-GD80 to be out in mid-June, at a US $175~$250 price range.

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MSI Announces its Z68 B3 Series Motherboards

Internationally renowned mainboard and graphic card manufacturer MSI has officially launched the latest Intel-Z68 platforms for power users with uncompromising demands for both materials and performance. All Inte-Z68 mainboards from MSI are equipped with MSI-exclusive features: OC Genie II technology and Military Class II materials. The OC Genie II delivers a much more powerful OC performance than its previous generation: In simply one second, users can boost up to 145% system performance for 3D games and even up to 457% hard drive performance.

The industry-leading Military Class II electronics components, which meets the United States Department of Defense purchasing requirements to significantly enhance mainboard durability and lifespan, ensure optimal system stability in system OC. Integrating both features, the MSI Z68 mainboards enhance both system performance and system stability to fulfill the uncompromising demands of power users. Furthermore, they redefine the industry standards for high performance and premium quality.

MSI Announces GX780 Gaming Notebook

Are you still messing around with one of those old-style keyboards? In the heat of battle, do you sometimes find that you left the game, because you accidently hit the Windows "Start" key and by the time you get back, your character is already dead? If so, MSI has heard your cry. It got together with leader in professional gaming equipment manufacturing SteelSeries to forge a keyboard for the serious gamer. Not only is the new keyboard much more durable, the Windows key has been moved to the right side of the keyboard where you're less likely to strike it when the adrenaline's pumping. The GX780 also comes with a 30-color LED backlit keyboard with five modes to throttle up your visual experience.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, notes that the GX780 not only sports Intel's second generation Core i7-2630QM quad core CPU and nVidia's DirectX 11-supporting GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card, it also has four DDR3 slots and accelerated dual hard disk architecture endowing it with impressive computing powers, making it equally suited for the digital content creator as it is for the serious gamer. The GX780 also comes with smart wrap around sound courtesy of Dynaudio and THX TruStudio Pro and a 17.3” full HD high resolution display to guarantee the ultimate multimedia experience.

MSI Introduces New Generation of Big Screen Laptops

Introducing MSI's ten new generation, big screen laptop computers. They include the 15.6-inch CX640 & CR640, GE620 & GR620, GT680 & GX680, and FX620DX & FR620 as well as the 17.3-inch FX720 & FR720. These high performance machines all pack Intel® second generation Core i processors and are ideal for work or school. They also feature incredibly crisp, clear wrap around sound courtesy of THX TruStudio Pro, SRS, and Dynaudio Sound. These laptops are the answer for those who work hard and play hard.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, notes that MSI is rolling out 10 new generation laptops, including the latest additions to the G gaming series, the powerful and sexy F Series, and the classic C multimedia series. They come with Intel's robust new second generation Core i processors and an internal display chip for superior resolution. Their incredible performance capabilities and mobility make them perfect work stations and, when you need a break, the expertly wrought wrap around sound offers outstanding multimedia entertainment.

MSI GX680 Gaming Laptop Unleash Superior Power and Mobility

Clumsy desktop PCs are out and notebooks are in. MSI has unveiled the new generation GX680 NB featuring Intel's second generation Core i7 quad core processor, the DirectX 11-supporting nVidia GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card, four DDR3 memory slots, and accelerated dual hard disk architecture, packing the punch of a desktop PC into a highly portable laptop.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, notes that the GX680 notebook computer boasts superior performance and the best wrap around sound available. MSI worked closely with Dynaudio to determine ideal speaker locations to obtain obstruction-free sound transmission. What's more, new generation GX680 features cinema-grade THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound, so regardless of the kind of music you play, it's faithfully reproduced.

Revolutionary Advances, Blazing Performance MSI's GE620 and GR620 Gaming Laptops

Continuing its tradition of holding G Series gaming laptops to the highest standards, MSI unveiled its new generation GE620 and GR620 NBs with Intel's second generation Core™i7 quad core processor and Intel's latest generation Turbo Boost 2.0 which significantly boosts performance in each core. The GE620 also packs the DirectX 11-supporting nVidia GeForce GT 540M discrete graphics card to enhance game resolution, so that you can see details of objects off in the distance, such as lines on building walls, increasing game realism.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, notes that the glowing white characters "MSI" in the center of the cover of these machines set off their brush metal finish, underscoring their stylish high tech looks and putting them in a class all their own. What's more, new generation GE620 and GR620 feature cinema-grade THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound, so regardless of the kind of music you play, they reproduce it faithfully.

Hear Every Detail: Logitech Unveils Theater-Quality Surround Sound Speakers

So you can hear every detail in your movies, games and music, today Logitech unveiled the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906. Delivering 500 watts (RMS) of power, the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are THX Certified, creating a theater-quality audio experience in your living room.

“We’re delighted to offer consumers a successor to the highly acclaimed Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System,” said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. “The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are the logical evolution of surround sound speakers, and we’re confident they will become an indispensable part of the living room.”

MSI Announces P67A-GD80 B3 Motherboard

World-renowned mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI has released the latest board to support Inte's Sandy Bridge processors and aimed towards enthusiasts: the P67A-GD80 (B3) mainboard. Utilizing MSI's various P67's exclusive specifications and technologies, such as the Military Class II Components standard which symbolizes high quality and stability, the comprehensive OC Genie II one-touch overclocking system, the uEFI-based ClickBIOS technology, and the SuperCharger function that provide mobile devices with the optimal charging. It also has a built in 12 phase DrMOS power supply and 3 sets of PCI-E x16 2.0 expansion slots, providing a more stable power supply for overclocking and for support up to a maximum of three-way multi-GPU computing.

MSI to Show 5 NB Series, 20-plus Models at CeBIT 2011

Employing rock-solid R&D capabilities, MSI rolled out a complete array of new notebook computers packing the new generation of CPU platforms introduced in 2011. It will be parading them March 1-5 at CeBIT, the international computer electronics exhibition in Hanover, Germany. MSI's wares will be displayed in Booth C38, Hall 17. Come to MSI's booth to see world gaming champions Fnatic.MSI as well as the MSI GT680—the world's fastest notebook computer. There'll be plenty of exciting things at the MSI booth to wow the crowds.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, noted that the 20+ additions to be shown will include the awesome G Series gaming laptops, the high performance F Series, the deluxe multimedia C Series, the gorgeously slender X Series, and the highly mobile U netbook series. These stylish machines all pack the newest generation of either Intel or AMD's CPUs and advanced visual-display units. Most models also come with MSI Premium Sound—the best wrap around sound out there. Like supercar-class Dynaudio, cinema-grade THX TruStudio Pro, and premium multimedia SRS PC Sound for the home, programs designed to satisfy the audio-visual entertainment needs of users from around the world, will be on display in Hanover.

MSI Announces Faster GT680 Gaming Notebook

Who says laptops can't perform as fast as high-end desktops? MSI's new generation GT680 gaming laptop not only packs Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 quad core processor and NVIDIA's high-end DirectX 11-ready GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics card, it also features four DDR3 memory slots, boosting memory capacity to 16GB, and accelerated dual SSD architecture, maximizing performance and putting it on par with the best desk tops out there.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that because MSI’s R&D team insists on the best, MSI is able to roll out the world's fastest notebook computer—the GT680, which smashed speed records in PCMark Vantage tests with 18,162 points. Not only did it obtain the highest score ever for any laptop platform, it performs on average three times faster than other high-end gaming laptops currently on the market.

MSI Introduces FX603 Classically Elegant Notebook

MSI once again brings together the perfect blend of beauty and performance, this time in its all-new 15.6” FX603 laptop. The MSI FX603 is sheathed in MSI's own anti-scratch, anti-smudge raised totem seal coating technology. The speakers boast a lustrous chrome trim setting off the chiclet keyboard, the raised multipoint touchpad, and the hotkey zone's brush metal finish.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern adds that beneath the hood, the aesthetically pleasing FX603 notebook computer packs power in the form of Intel's Core i5 CPU. When it's processing high load applications, MSI’s TDE Turbo Drive technology let's you instantaneously throttle up CPU performance. Worth mentioning is the fact that the FX603 comes with nVidia's new generation GeForce GT 425M discrete graphics card which supports DirectX 11 and when the machine is executing load-heavy graphics applications, MSI's exclusive GPU Boost technology causes the discrete graphics card mode to automatically kick in for powerful graphics processing.

MSI Introduces FR600 3D Cinema Entertainment Notebook

MSI just rolled out the FR600 3D multimedia notebook computer equipped with the latest 3D graphics technology and cinema-quality THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound. Put on a pair of 3D glasses and enjoy an all-new 3D multimedia experience with true-to-life graphics whether you’re playing videos games, watching films, or browsing through a photo album.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern points out that the 15.6” FR600 3D laptop boasts the latest raised totem seal coating technology to protect it against scratching and smudges. The inside cover comes with silver components that stand out in contrast with the jet black color theme. What’s more, under the hood, you’ll find Intel’s powerful Core i5 processor as well as MSI’s own TDE technology for the ultimate in 3D multimedia performance.

MSI Announces FX700/FR700 Multimedia Performance Notebooks

MSI's all-new 17.3-inch FX700 and FR700 notebook computers with soft contours and gentle lines stand out from the crowd. In addition to chrome trim around the speakers, these laptops come with chiclet keyboards that offer a unique feel, raised multipoint touchpad, and a hot key zone with a brush metal finish. The FX700 and FR700 are also sheathed in MSI’s own anti-scratch, anti-smudge raised totem seal coating technology, putting them in a class all their own.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern adds that the beneath their chic exteriors, the FX700 and FR700 pack muscle. Under the hood, they pack the powerful Intel Core i5 processor and MSI’s TDE turbo technology. The FX700 comes with a discrete graphics card and MSI GPU Boost technology to greatly enhance system and multimedia performance as well as THX’ high-end cinema-class wrap around sound. MSI worked closely with world-renowned sound system and recording equipment designer Dynaudio to incorporate high quality sound technology into laptops to design mobile computing platforms featuring stylish exteriors and exceptional multimedia performance.

Dell Redefines Home Entertainment with New Inspiron Family

Delivering on its promise to offer the best in next-generation entertainment, Dell has added to its award-winning Inspiron family a new Inspiron all-in-one desktop and a new Inspiron Zino HD offering the best home-theater capabilities in its class. At the center of the new lineup is the Inspiron One, with features that set it apart from other all-in-one PCs including: a full HD 23-inch LED-backlit LCD; an optional quad-core processor that zips through web surfing, movie watching, family photo album creation, video chats and more. It has a host of audio/visual inputs that instantly transform the PC into a TV, perfect for student dorm rooms and family settings. And it also offers a new Dell-designed intuitive user interface called Stage, which delivers one-touch access to favorite content, like music, photos and videos, and applications.

ASUS Launches Republic of Gamers G53 and G73 Notebooks Featuring the GeForce GTX 460M

New from ASUS Republic of Gamers, G53 and G73 gaming notebooks now ship with the just-released NVIDIA GTX 460M graphics engine, utilizing hardware optimized for DirectX 11, with full support for high definition 3D gaming. They also feature a gaming-dedicated design, with rear vented cooling and an ergonomic keyboard surface.

Based on the latest generation of graphics cards from NVIDIA, known to media and the public as Fermi, the NVIDIA GTX 460M offers extreme graphics performance tailored to portable PCs. It employs DirectX11 graphics with effects such as real time ray tracing and advanced tessellation. This offers the most sophisticated graphics engine from NVIDIA ever on a notebook PC.

Creative Labs Announces Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Series Gaming Headsets

Creative today announced a new line of gaming headsets that create a completely 360-degree, 3D audio experience, surpassing even 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound headsets. The new gaming headsets, called the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha and Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma, are the first Sound Blaster headsets to feature a unique 360-degree audio system, which is also fully customizable. Using THX TruStudio technology created by sound engineers at Creative Labs in conjunction with THX, the Tactic 3D headsets can create audio above, below and all around the wearer.

Wearers can completely customize their audio experience through the software included with the headsets. The headsets will also ship with pre-made audio profiles created by professional gamers such as Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel, as well as members from international professional gaming teams compLexity and Dignitas.

THX Certified Logitech Speaker System Z623 Ready to Rock the House

For big, bold sound from your music, movies and games, Logitech unveiled the THX Certified Logitech Speaker System Z623. With this 2.1 system, you'll hear and feel immersive audio from 200 Watts (RMS) of power whether you're connecting the speakers to a PC or a TV.

"Whether you're listening to rock music, watching a Steven Spielberg flick, or playing your favorite video game, the experience is always richer when you get engrossed in the audio," said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech's audio business unit. "That's why we built the Logitech Speaker System Z623 – so you can lose yourself in whatever you’re into. For DVD aficionados, music enthusiasts and hardcore gamers, the Z623 system delivers powerful audio for your room. And with THX certification, you know you’re getting the best."

MSI Announces the FX-610 AMD-Powered Performance Multimedia Notebook

MSI continues to outdo itself. It recently rolled out the all-new 15.6-inch F Series FX610 laptop computer, featuring AMD’s advanced Vision Ultimate platform with the latest Phenom II three-core processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 discrete graphics card (1GB DDR3 VRAM) for superior graphics. The cinema-class THX sound allows the FX610 to crank out clean, crisp sound to maximize your multimedia experience.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern points out that MSI couldn't be prouder of its FX610 laptop. It packs MSI's own GPU Boost and Cinema Pro multimedia technologies to manually switch graphics modes, optimize screen color and clarity, and instantly rev up graphics performance. The FX610's design is characterized by meticulous craftsmanship, including a distinctive raised totem seal coating which not only looks and feels great, it also protects against scratching, wear, and smudging to keep your laptop looking chic and new. We’re looking at the industry’s new standard.

ASRock Readies X58 Extreme6, Motherboard with Six SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 Ports

Innovative motherboard maker ASRock seems to be liking designing high-end motherboards - a lot. The latest model in the works is a socket LGA1366 motherboard based on the Intel X58+ICH10R chipset, called the ASRock X58 Extreme6. This motherboard provides no less than six SATA 6 Gb/s and six USB 3.0 ports, a large step beyond the chipset's original specifications. ASRock is achieving this using three NEC µPD720200 2-port USB 3.0 and three Marvell 88SE9123-NAA2 2-port SATA 6 Gb/s controllers, some of which are connected to the system over a PLX PEX8613 PCI-Express 2.0 switch chip. All six SATA 6 Gb/s ports are internal, and color-coded white, next to the six SATA 3 Gb/s ports from the southbridge, while four out of six USB 3.0 ports are on the rear-panel (color-coded blue), and two ports are via an internal header, that connects to USB 3.0 case front-panels or expansion brackets.

Apart from this 'unique' feature set, the ASRock X58 Extreme6 is fairly standard, with six-core processor support out of the box, an 8-phase VRM that powers the CPU, six DDR3 DIMM slots for triple-channel memory, expansion slots that include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 with 3-way SLI and CrossFire support, two each of PCI-E x1 and PCI, 8-channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF connectors, a gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, eSATA, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. Exclusive features include THX TruStudio Pro support, debug LEDs, OC DNA, ASRock Instant Boot, Instant Flash, and OC Tuner. One can expect the board to be out soon.


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MSI Unveils Stylishly Classy FX400 14-inch Multimedia Notebook

MSI recently unveiled the stylishly classy FX400, a 14-inch laptop that comes equipped with Intel’s top-of-the-line Core i5 processor, the nVIDIA GeForce GT 325M discrete graphics card (1GB display memory), TDE technology, and GPU Boost technology to automatically switch graphics card modes to optimize graphics and processing performance.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern elaborated, saying that the FX400, MSI’s latest masterpiece, is sheathed in its own raised totem seal coating to prevent against scratching and smudging and features MSI’s stylish and meticulous craftsmanship that put the FX400 in a class all its own. MSI worked in close cooperation with internationally renowned sound system designer THX to craft the theater-class surround sound, enhancing the FX400’s sound output capabilities, giving you sound quality that blasts away the competition.

Creative Announces Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 Software Suite

Creative Technology Ltd. today announced the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 software suite - a powerful audio platform equipped with cutting-edge audio technologies designed to enhance ordinary PC systems limited by only basic onboard audio. The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 software suite builds on the success of the original Sound Blaster X-Fi MB, bringing enhancement of onboard PC audio to even greater echelons. Through THX TruStudio Pro audio technology and the latest Creative EAX Advanced HD 5.0, users get to enjoy premium audio quality, effects and features on their PC systems.

Gamers can anticipate being blown away by the amazing realism from the unrivalled headphone surround and gaming sound enhancement technologies delivered by the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2. Creative EAX Advanced HD 5.0 features state-of-the-art multi-environment rendering and reverb modelling, delivering an ultra-realistic and incredibly immersive 3D gaming experience for powering the next generation of cutting-edge PC games. The additional audio cues provided by EAX can also give gamers a competitive advantage in early detection of enemies.

MSI Launches Wind Top AE2420 3D-ready All-in-One PC

MSI, a leading provider of technology solutions and innovations is now leading the industry in launching the world's first high-performance 3D All-in-One PC: Wind Top AE2420 3D. The dazzling new 3D All-in-One PC comes equipped with a Full HD 3D multi-touch display. The exclusive 3D All-in-One PC features the latest Core i-series CPU, ATI Mobility Radeon HD discrete graphics card and a 24" Full HD multi-touch display. The 120Hz high scanning frequency LED panel and exclusive 3D Shutter Glasses offer a cinema-quality 3D video experience in the home.

MSI's All-in-One PC product line is a global pacesetter and is the first to introduce the a 3D All-in-One PC with touch screen functionality, the Wind Top AE2420 3D. MSI's 3D Station technology integrates the most advanced 3D imaging technologies. Featuring MSI's exclusively developed 3D Station technology combined with a 120Hz high resolution panel that transmits high density, 3D digital content to Shutter Glasses. Through precise image processing technology, 3D visual effects then simulate how the human eye views actual images. The Wind Top AE2420 3D features a 120Hz high scanning frequency LED panel, twice the speed of average displays, to provide users with a comfortable viewing experience when looking at 3D images, rather than the uncomfortable sensation felt when watching on 60Hz 3D panels.

ASRock Intros Calpella-based Core 100HT/BD Entertainment PCs

ASRock introduced two of its latest entertainment nettops, the Core 100HT and Core 100HT/BD. Unlike older models from ASRock in this category which were based on the NVIDIA ION platform, these use the much faster Intel Calpella mobile platform, making these SFF PCs. Making use of Intel Core i3/i5 dual-core processors, the Core 100HT make use of the embedded Intel HD graphics, 4~8 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory, 2.5" HDD with SSD options, and optical drive options which include Blu-ray Combo for the Core 100HT-BD, and DVD-writer for Core 100HT. Connectivity features are also updated, with the inclusion of USB 3.0, 7.1 channel HD audio with THX TruStudio Pro, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, and gigabit Ethernet. The unit measures no more than 195 (W) x 70 (H) x 186 (L) mm. ASRock did not reveal pricing.

MSI Announces Wind Top AE2280 All-in-One PC

MSI, the global leading brand in All-in-One PC, today announced the release of its new high-end performance All-in-One PC model featuring the all-new Intel Core i5/i3 series processors: The Wind Top AE2280.The Wind Top AE2280 comes with a glossy 21.5" 16:9 cinematic widescreen display with Full HD 1080p high resolution and multi-touch capabilities. Featuring the all-new Intel Core i5/i3 series processors, enhanced performance and intelligent multifunction operation, it allows for even more efficient handling of daily work tasks. And with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD series discrete graphics card, you can enjoy a more detailed and smoother picture when watching movies or playing 3D/HD games. The Wind Top AE2280 is also the world's first to feature Hollywood-grade THX TruStudio Pro audio performance technology that revolutionizes computer audio and video quality. As both a performance and home theatre All-in-One PC, it comes equipped with an abundance of MSI's exclusive touch control technologies that mark a new era in the computer user experience.

MSI Announces Big Bang XPower Gaming Series Motherboard

The MSI Big Bang-XPower is making its much anticipated debut in April of this year. MSI, a leading mainboard and graphics card maker, with over 23 years of R&D and manufacturing experience, has made its name catering to performance-hungry gamers. The Big Bang-XPower is another exceptional mainboard from the Big Bang series with astonishing performance and reliability. MSI is confident that the Big Bang-XPower will again be selling like hotcakes to users worldwide.

MSI’s Big Bang-XPower mainboard is built with Military Class components that includes a Hi-c CAP (highly-conductive polymerized capacitor), Solid Cap (solid capacitor), and Icy Choke for longer lifespan, better thermal reliability, and stability. The Hi-c CAP has excellent physical properties of thermally stable, reliable, performs under stress, and lasts 8X longer than traditional solid capacitors. Icy Choke is a new generation ferrite choke that features low temperature and longer lifespan. Military Class Solid CAP lasts longer than traditional capacitors, up to 10 years of lifespan. All these Military Class components add up to a stable and long lasting mainboard that will keep running even under high stress conditions.
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