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A YouTuber claims that MSI tried to prevent a negative review by paying them off. If true, this compromises the integrity of a company that in general makes some pretty good hardware and (from our experience) doesn't resort to this kind of behavior. It's unknown at this point if these actions were sanctioned by the company or are the work of a rogue PR employee.

Well MSI is off my shopping list for a graphics card, and motherboard in the future.
 
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If true, MSI is a bunch of spineless A-holes. Almost makes me want to return my 1660s Gaming X card. Almost...
 
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MSi used to be right up there with chaintech, ecs, and pcchips. To me they are still junk, just lipstick on a pig. But I haven't used anything from them in years.. So I could be wrong. ASRock should be in that list too, but I am using one right now.. and its a bit of a beast :laugh:
 
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Not a good look, but then again, all the big companies have released an occasional shoddy product that slipped through QA, the issue is more their response, and again, I am sure that all companies have resorted to such underhand behaviour, whether we hear about it or not. For instance, on Monday the "Today's News" on Techpowerup featured a link to the following article that listed the Corsair A500 as the top pick for a cooler in 2020:


I don't see that as a poor reflection on Techpowerup, I assume that links to articles on other sites is largely an automated process, I only mention it because I find it hard to believe that Overclockers Club were not "persuaded" by Corsair to list that as their number one pick, because the decision is at odds with the opinion of most other tech sites, including this one.

Returning to the issue at hand, I hope this is an isolated occurrence and I am glad that MSI were called out, but I would not go so far as to boycott their entire product line: they produce too much that has been proven to be top quality and as I have tried to suggest, all the big companies engage in similar practices, to a greater or lesser extent.

I praise TechteamGB for the whistleblowing.
 
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There's got to be more to this story than meets the eye. MSI isn't perfect, but I'm not buying the "bribe" thing.


AMD can't and won't make anyone do that.

Here's the review in question;
I was just watching the video, the criticism seems valid, and not unreasonable too me at least.
 
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It is by far not the first time that MSI has done strange things like this. Anyone remember the scandals about a official Indian MSI spokesmans statements? This is the x-th time, MSI has done something like this. I don't buy anything from MSI anymore.
 
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It is by far not the first time that Nvidia has done strange things like this. Anyone remember the scandals about a official Indian MSI spokesmans statements? This is the x-th time, MSI has done something like this. I don't buy anything from MSI anymore.
yes they certainly did pose as amd calling people to take down their ryzen+radeon laptop reviews after the gaming experience was described as stuttering and full of driver related artifacts.
 
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yes they certainly did pose as amd calling people to take down their ryzen+radeon laptop reviews after the gaming experience was described as stuttering and full of driver related artifacts.
I'm not surprised, and it is very strange how the CEO of MSI has died, the newsline sounded as if he threw himself off a building, but who knows. It is a big scandal. MSI produces many good products, very strange they have to resort to things like this.
 
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I'm not surprised, and it is very strange how the CEO of MSI has died, the newsline sounded as if he threw himself off a building, but who knows. It is a big scandal. MSI produces many good products, very strange they have to resort to things like this.
seems like he later clarified that amd were on his side.his initial comment was ambiguous.sounded like msi had amd take care of it.
 
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seems like he later clarified that amd were on his side.his initial comment was ambiguous.sounded like msi had amd take care of it.
I can tell you one thing about AMD: they do not resort to things like this. AMD has to maintain a healthy profile in the market, they do not and can not resort to shady things like this. Much like Nvidia and Intel. The only thing they do, all 3, is post strange reviews or scores (sometimes, not always) when they announce their new products.
 
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I can tell you one thing about AMD: they do not resort to things like this. AMD has to maintain a healthy profile in the market, they do not and can not resort to shady things like this. Much like Nvidia and Intel. The only thing they do, all 3, is post strange reviews or scores (sometimes, not always) when they announce their new products.
frankly,I wouldn't vouch for what any of the big tech companies do behind the curtain.I don't think any of them put absolute honesty over profit.
 

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Never really been a fan of MSI products anyways so I guess I'm ok here :)
 
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One time, a 7800 GT I had broke down on me, just before the warranty was over. MSI then sent me a 7900 GT as replacement, but it was dirty and used. After that I didn't bother with the company anymore.
 

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Looking at the MSI Duke 2080ti in my PC, thinking, 'Don't listen to the bad men.

I think like all companies - good days, bad days. As for the review issue - I'd like to hear more, see if it wasn't a rogue PR guy trying to pull a fast one, or if it was condoned from the top.
 
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Looking at the MSI Duke 2080ti in my PC, thinking, 'Don't listen to the bad men.

I think like all companies - good days, bad days. As for the review issue - I'd like to hear more, see if it wasn't a rogue PR guy trying to pull a fast one, or if it was condoned from the top.
quality product is a quality product.
trash is trash.
PR practices are a separate thing.
 
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I think like all companies - good days, bad days. As for the review issue - I'd like to hear more, see if it wasn't a rogue PR guy trying to pull a fast one, or if it was condoned from the top.
Normally you are absolutely right, but MSI had now multiple scandals with "rogue PR guys" as you call them. Multiple times with MSI India, then the accident with the CEO, and now this.

Looking at the MSI Duke 2080ti in my PC, thinking, 'Don't listen to the bad men.
Like I said, they have a lot of good products, and still do shady things like this.
 
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Well at least some of their GPUs run quiet and their AMD motherboards are pretty good too.
 
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