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MSI Announces Brand New 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake Gaming Desktops with DDR5 Memory

Today, MSI announced the latest lineup of gaming desktops equipped with Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake processor. Based on a new hybrid architecture, the 12th generation Intel Core processor combines a mix of Performance cores (P-cores) and Efficiency cores (E-cores) to maximize performance, increases multi-thread performance by up to 55%, the gaming performance has more than 13% increase compared to the previous generation.

The full lineup of K Series gaming desktops adopted DDR5 memory with read speed up to 60% higher than the previous generation equipped with DDR4. Support for PCIe 5 which is primed to provide speedy and improved transmission. Additionally, MSI has also upgraded MSI Center and MSI App Player. The new MSI Center helps to control and customize your system. With innovation in MSI App Player, it is easier to play mobile games on the PC. The lineup also features 2.5G Ethernet LAN and Wi-Fi 6E to offer faster data transfer speeds. MSI launched 3 models of gamer-oriented desktops, including Aegis Series, Trident Series and Codex X5 series to cater towards all types of gamers.

MSI MEG Z690 GODLIKE Makes its First Official Appearance

Although we did mention the MSI MEG Z690 GODLIKE in our Z690 motherboard roundup piece, until now, we didn't really know what the board looked like, since MSI has been very shy when it comes to sharing details of the board. However, now the company has released a couple of pictures of the board, courtesy of the board winning a pair of CES 2022 Innovation Honoree awards.

We're still short on details of this monster board, as it'll measure 305x310 mm, which almost puts it in SSI EEB territory. The board has what can only be described as a full cover, since outside of the CPU socket and some of the components near it, you really can't see anything. On top of the memory modules, MSI has gone for a display of some kind that seems to display some system information, such as the CPU type and current clock speed. The location of the display doesn't seem to be ideal though, but it's said to measure in at 3.5-inches.

MSI's Business & Productivity Series DT, All-in-One PC, and Monitor are Ready to Be Your Strongest Foundation

MSI, a world leader in high performance and innovative computing solutions, announced the brand new Business & Productivity product lines which support the latest 12th generation Intel Core processors and the latest Summit & Modern series monitors. The new Business & Productivity product lines are developed for a safer and more ergonomic working environment and designed with eye care technology in mind to enhance users' efficiency and productivity.

The MSI Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs are the best products to style a desk at home, an office, or even a home office. They are both aesthetically pleasing and completely functional for learning, working, or cooking. The innovative Modern AM Series All-in-One PC is designed to stylishly increase visual comfort while performing computer tasks at home or in the office. Both models support the latest 12th generation Intel Core i processors and Windows 11 and come with MSI's Anti-Flicker technology, which eliminates flickering and effectively reduces eye fatigue caused by prolonged use time. The Less Blue Light Mode filters visual exposure of the blue light during daily use and brings you the most comfortable viewing experiences. The Modern AM242 & AM272 ensure you the best video conference quality with a built-in webcam and the exclusive MSI Sound Tune software which supports noise cancellation technology. Modern AM242 and AM272 Series are both designed with efficiency and productivity in mind.

MSI unveils 12th Gen Intel Core gaming desktop and definition the new standard of gaming monitor

For those who do not familiar with PC DIY users, MSI also offers pre-built systems. The only thing that customers should worry about is what games you should play and MSI will take over the rest parts. MSI desktop line-up fully implements the concept of G.A.M.E. unlimited into the products, including performance, aesthetics, connectivity, and experience. A prebuild PC user only just enjoys the plug-and-play experience, the rest of the software and hardware integrated MSI will help you to complete the processing, while you get the product.

The new MSI gaming desktops are equipped with Intel's latest 12th Gen Alder Lake processors. The advanced Intel 7 process technology with hybrid architecture combining P-Core (Performance) and E-Core (Efficiency) increases multi-thread performance by up to 47%. The gaming performance also has more than 13% increase compared to the previous generation. The full lineup of K Series gaming desktops adopted DDR5 memory with read speed up to 60% higher than the previous generation equipped with DDR4. This can provide players with faster data reading. In addition, the MSI 12th Gen gaming desktops are all equipped with Windows 11. The Direct Storage technology can help players quickly read the games while the Auto HDR function can even improve SDR game scenes to HDR quality. This time MSI launched the all new 12th Gen Series Intel unlocked processors models including MEG Aegis Ti5, MEG Trident X and MAG Codex X5. All of these models embody the G.A.M.E. Unlimited sprit to bring gamers to the new era of gaming.

Intel "Alder Lake-S" Comes in a 6+0 Core Die Variant

Intel's 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake-S" silicon apparently comes in two variants based on core count. The first one is a larger variant with 8 P cores and 8 E cores, while the second variant is a visibly smaller die with only 6 P cores, no E cores. This was revealed by an MSI Insider video presentation where pictures of LGA1700 packages with the two die types were shown off.

MSI also confirmed die-sizes and dimensions of the two. The larger C0 die measures 10.5 mm x 20.5 mm, working out to 215.25 mm² area. The smaller H0 die measures 10.5 mm x 15.5 mm, and a die area of 162.75 mm². The H0 silicon completely lacks "Gracemont" E-core clusters, and physically features six "Golden Cove" P cores. It's possible that given the 3 MB L3 slice size on the larger C0 silicon, the smaller H0 silicon physically features 18 MB of shared L3 cache.

MSI Brings Out Latest Z690 Motherboards

The latest 12th Gen Core processor is the first to incorporate Intel 7 process technology and Hybrid Architecture. To match the performance of the 12th Gen Core processors, all MSI Z690 Series motherboards are upgraded. The highlight of the new platform is the latest PCIe 5.0 and DDR5. All MSI Z690 motherboards support PCIe 5.0 solution which provides 128 GB/s of transfer bandwidth. MSI has Z690 DDR5 and DDR4 motherboards to meet different needs. Excitingly, MSI OC LAB tuning boosts the memory frequency performance by over 30% based on MSI's exclusive Memory Boost technology. With the optimized layout, MSI uses the SMT process for both PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 to maintain the stability of high-speed transfer.

The newest core processors need mighty power phases. The MSI Z690 Gaming Series motherboards have at least 16 DrMOS with Duet Rail Power System and dual 8-pin CPU connectors, which guarantee stable and strong current delivered to the core processor. Moreover, the MSI Z690 Series motherboards have Server Grade PCB with 2oz thickened copper, which allows for higher transfer speed. (*1) The upgraded power phases typically have higher temperatures. However, heat dissipation isn't an issue for us. Our Z690 motherboards feature an Extended Heatsink, 7 W/mK thermal pad, and M.2 Shield Frozr. The MEG and MPG Series motherboards, which are popular among gamers all over the world, have Heat-pipe Design and double-side M.2 thermal that can drive maximum performance.

Evolve Your Game With the EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z690 Carbon EK X D-RGB

EK, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, and MSI, a world-leading gaming brand, have partnered up once again to launch the next-gen MSI CARBON motherboard and EK-Quantum monoblock combo. The brand new EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X D-RGB is based on the latest Z690 chipset and supports Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs, this motherboard offers unparalleled cooling for the CPU, VRM section, and the first slot m.2 SSD thanks to the purpose-designed monoblock.

MSI's world-class engineering team and EK's industry-leading thermal engineers worked together to improve the previous-gen solution and bring even more benefits to the newest Intel Alder Lake platform. The MPG Z690 Carbon EK X allows maximum performance without the noisy environment, providing you with countless hours of uninterrupted gameplay while monitoring the flow in your loop via the integrated flow indicator. And to make sure your first assembly goes without a hitch, an EK-Leak Tester was included in the package.

Sharkoon Unveils SHARK Disc PWM & SHARK Blades PWM Fans

Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. With the SHARK Blades PWM and the SHARK Disc PWM, Sharkoon now presents its first PWM fans. Through the mainboard's control, and with a maximum speed of 1,400 revolutions per minute, these fans should enable an optimal cooling of the PC case. In addition to a wide range of illumination colors, the two fans have different designs: The SHARK Disc PWM is glass-transparent, allowing the illumination to shimmer through its borders. The SHARK Blades PWM, on the other hand, is kept in minimalist black and has fan blades with protruding lines for a dynamicdisplay when in operation. Thanks to the RGB LED effects, the fans should blend seamlessly into the PC case with all the other illuminated components.

Newegg Canada Jumps the Gun on Z690 Motherboard Sales

If you act quickly and live in Canada, you might be able to score an MSI Pro Z690-A DDR4 motherboard from Newegg Canada, as they currently have the board listed for sale. This gives us an official price for the MSI board, which also gives us a rough indication of what to expect in terms of a price bump over the Z590 boards.

Newegg Canada has the board listed for C$279.99 (US$227), which should be compared to the MSI Z590-A Pro, which is listed at C$234.99, or a price premium of C$45 or US$37. Considering that the boards are almost identical in terms of features as per our earlier look at the leaked image of the board, bar an extra M.2 slot and an additional PCIe x16 slot, it seems like we can expect a fairly steep price hike across the board (no pun intended) when it comes to Z690 motherboards, as these physical connectors are worth the additional hike in price.

Update: It would appear that Newegg has realised their mistake and the board is no longer listed for sale.

First MSI Intel Z690 Motherboards Leak

So far, all of the leaked Intel Z690 based motherboards have been void of anything from MSI, but now we get a look at some of their upcoming models courtesy of a couple of different leaks.This gives us a pretty good look at several different market segments from MSI, although none of its really high-end models have leaked yet.

MSI's product stack is a bit cryptic, as we have a pair of MEG boards, one MPG board, one MAG board and a more entry level Pro board. Starting from the bottom working our way up, the Pro Z690-A WiFi appears to be a slightly beefier version of its current Z590-A Pro, with DDR5 support, a pair of 8-pin 12 V EPS connectors, as well as a fourth M.2 slot for NVMe SSDs. We don't spot any real stand-out features on this board, but it looks fairly competent for the market segment.

Huge List of Close to 100 Upcoming Z690 Motherboards Leaks

If the amount of upcoming Z690 was anything to go by, one could presume that the motherboard makers are backing Intel's upcoming platform to the max, as a leaked list of what should be close to every Z690 that will hit the market, counts a total of 98 boards. The list covers ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, NZXT, Gigabyte and MSI, but not EVGA and some other smaller players.

ASUS is apparently planning no less than 30 different models/SKUs, since some are clearly DDR4/DDR5 SKUs of the same model or SKUs with or without Wi-Fi, but even so, that's a massive launch lineup. Gigabyte isn't far behind with 27, followed by MSI at 24 and ASRock at 14, if we didn't count wrong. There isn't much news in terms of details of each of the boards here though, but it's clear that the high-end SKUs are mostly DDR5, while the mid-range and standard models are mostly using DDR4. The only slight surprise here is that only ASRock has more DDR4 than DDR5 models, with ASUS having exactly half of each, but Gigabyte and MSI are going with a preference for DDR5. ASRock, ASUS and Gigabyte appear to have liquid cooled SKUs, but it's not clear if MSI will offer such a SKU of its Godlike board.

MSI Teases MEG Z690 ACE, a White-themed MPG Board, and Possible MAG Z690 Tomahawk

Ahead of the rumored late-October debut of Intel's 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" processors, motherboard makers started teasing their compatible Socket LGA 1700 products. Older reports suggest that in 2021, Intel will only release unlocked "K" and "KF" SKUs, and motherboard partners will only launch boards based on the top Intel Z690 chipset. The lineup is expected to be joined by more affordable non-K SKUs in Q1-2022, along with lower chipset models such as the B660 and H670.

The MEG Z690 ACE appears to introduce a new design scheme with die-cast metal mesh rear I/O shrouds, and a gold+black trim. The I/O shroud design is interesting as it lets the VRM heatsink underneath breathe better. The silver-white MPG motherboard is possibly the MPG Z690 Force. MSI is probably trying to get this to rival the ROG Strix-A SKU by ASUS. The third teaser, of a brushed gunmetal shroud, is likely the MAG Z690 Tomahawk. Like most other brands, MSI appears to have an extensive lineup of Socket LGA 1700 motherboards with DDR4 memory slots, although boards with DDR4 are restricted to the MAG and entry-level PRO series. The mid-tier MPG and enthusiast-segment MEG series boards only come with DDR5.

MSI Liquid Coolers Support Intel's LGA 1700 Socket

With Intel's next-gen CPUs are coming soon, MSI is proud to announce that all our liquid cooler lines fully support the new socket type. Anytime CPUs change, sockets change, so we wanted to make upgrading the CPU an easy task with our coolers. To usher in a new generation of CPUs, we've made sure that our liquid coolers either have the socket already included or users can easily obtain one.

All MSI liquid coolers will support Intel's upcoming LGA 1700 socket. For the MEG CORELIQUID S Series, MAG CORELIQUID C Series, and MAG CORELIQUID P Series the socket is already included. If you have the MPG CORELIQUID K Series and MAG CORELIQUID R Series, you can click on the link below to find out how to obtain an LGA 1700 bracket. Please note that a Version 2 of the MPG CORELIQUID K Series and MAG CORELIQUID R Series will be launching in October. The Version 2 models will have the LGA 1700 bracket already included in the box. The Version 2 models will be clearly labeled and differentiated on every retailer to avoid confusion. You DO NOT need to sign up for a free bracket if you buy a Version 2 model.

Alphacool Unveils Eisblock Aurora Acryl GPX for MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X and Eisblock ES Acetal GPX for NVIDIA Quadro RTX A6000 GPU

The Alphacool Eisblock Aurora acrylic GPX water cooler with backplate is now also available for MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X graphics cards.

More performance! Voltage converters and V-RAM is now cooled much better and more effectively with liquid cooling. This is due to the components being brought closer to the cooler through the use of thinner, yet more powerful Thermal pads. The reduction of the thickness of the nickel-plated copper block to 5.5mm and the constant optimisation of the water flow within the heat sink promise a significant increase in performance. In addition to performance, design also plays an important role. The addressable digital RGB LEDs are embedded directly in the cooling block and give the cooler its very own visual touch.

MSI Also Unveils PRO DP130 Desktop

MSI, a world leader in high-performance and innovative computing solutions, has announced the PRO DP130 11th Business & Productivity PC. Featuring a powerful processor, MSI external graphics card, exclusive software, and various IO ports, the PRO DP130 11th is designed with efficiency and productivity in mind.

The MSI PRO DP130 Series was inspired by natural bamboo's perseverance, transformation & refinement. A bamboo tree lies dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth. The little plant was growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential outward growth in the fifth year and beyond. It sustained its life by growing slowly at the start to develop a strong foundation, then it will grow a hundred feet tall. This is the MSI PRO DP130 Series.

MSI Unveils Radeon RX 6600 MECH 2X Graphics Card

As a leading brand in True Gaming hardware, MSI is proud to announce the MSI Radeon RX 6600 MECH 2X graphics card, designed to deliver incredible 1080p gaming experiences for a wide range of enthusiast gamers. The new graphics cards are built on the breakthrough AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, designed to deliver the optimal balance of performance and power efficiency. Offering 32 MB of high-performance AMD Infinity Cache, 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, AMD Smart Access Memory 1 and other advanced features, the new graphics cards are designed to bring next-generation desktop gaming experiences to the midrange market. They also support the AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution open-source spatial upscaling solution, which is designed to increase framerates while delivering high-resolution gaming experiences.

EK Launches Quantum Vector Active Backplate Waterblocks for MSI Trio and Suprim RTX 3090/3080 GPUs

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is introducing another long-awaited addition to the EK Quantum Line. The EK-Quantum Vector TRIO RTX 3080/3090 active backplate is made to complement the existing EK-Quantum Vector TRIO RTX 3080/3090 water blocks and actively cool the backside of MSI TRIO and SUPRIM GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs.

EK-Quantum Vector TRIO RTX 3080/3090 Active Backplate links the water block and active backplate with a new terminal, which replaces the stock terminal that comes with your water block. This way, the whole enclosure requires only one inlet and one outlet, removing unnecessary additional tubing and reducing clutter. It is the ultimate aesthetic and performance solution that finds your GPU sandwiched between two water blocks, allowing maximum cooling.

MSI Announces a Trio of Optix MPG Series Gaming Monitors

MSI, the world's leading manufacturer for true gaming hardware, is proudly expanding the hardware possibilities for all gamers. Today, we are honored to introduce 3 new Esports Series monitors: Optix MPG341QR, Optix MPG321UR-QD, and Optix MPG321QRF-QD. QD stands for our Quantum Dot and both QD monitors are equipped with Quantum dot technology for improved color performance in gaming.

All of these 3 models feature an IPS panel with a 32-inch screen or 34-inch screen, high resolution, high refresh rate, next-gen console compatibility, gaming intelligence, and many gamer-friendly features. Customers can choose the monitors based on their preferences. The Optix MPG341QR has a 34-inch IPS screen with UWQUHD (3440 x 1440) resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio which is a great option for widescreen gaming. This monitor has many MSI exclusive monitor features like Gaming Intelligence. Users are also allowed to choose PBP mode with 16:9 and 5:9 aspect ratio for PC gaming and gaming on smartphones.

MSI Releases Windows 11 Auto HDR Compatible Monitors List

Recently, Microsoft released the all-new Windows 11, which is available for Windows 10 users to upgrade. One of the biggest improvements of Windows 11 in gaming is the Auto HDR feature. The Auto HDR feature can intelligently take SDR-only games to HDR level for better color/brightness range. MSI announce all HDR supported monitor list and release a how to guide of What is Auto HDR and how to enable on Windows 11?

Windows 11 Auto HDR can automatically calculate the SDR content and tune it to near HDR content quality. However, there are few things you should know. Microsoft's new feature brings big benefits to gamers. It allows gamers to play games that didn't support HDR to be played at HDR quality. Before we start gaming with Auto HDR, there are few things we should beware of.

MSI Announces MEG CoreLiquid S-Series High-End AIO CPU Coolers

The MEG CORELIQUID S Series has infiltrated the MSI liquid cooler lineup to provide the ultimate in cooling that can't be heard. The sealed liquid cooling system efficiently transfers heat away from a processor to a radiator that comes in two size variants: 360 mm and 280 mm. Heat in the radiator is dissipated with the help of MSI's innovative MEG SILENT GALE Series silent gaming fans. See what you can't hear with the 2.4" IPS display that can be configured to monitor hardware information and impress onlookers.

Designed in partnership with Asetek, the global leader in liquid cooling solutions for gaming PCs and DIY enthusiasts, MSI achieves new heights with the MEG CORELIQUID S Series. This premium liquid cooler puts emphasis on silent and low-noise cooling performance while offering an enriched user experience. Asetek's 7th generation pump has both enhanced permeation resistance and increased durability. To allow for silent operation, the radiator fans and the water block fan all support Fan 0 RPM Mode. Users can adjust fan curves in the MSI Center software to have the fans cease all movement and provide absolute silence until 80 degrees Celsius on the processor.

Dutch and Portuguese Shops Leak AMD Radeon RX 6600 Pricing

Got €600 to spare? Great, as that means that you can afford an AMD Radeon 6600 graphics card when they launch sometime next month. Courtesy of both a Dutch and a Portuguese computer shop, we now have an idea of what the cards will cost ahead of the retail launch which is said to be on the 13th of October.

The Portuguese shop also kindly posted pictures of the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 6600, which comes as expected with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, which it lists for €589.90. The Dutch shop was less forthcoming with their MSI Radeon RX 6600 MECH 2X 8 GB, but to be honest, it might not matter what these cards look like at these kinds of price points. The MSI card is listed at €600,41, so make sure you bring some coins as well.

Report: Intel Alder Lake-S to Launch on November 4th

Videocardz today reported on one of the fundamental questions regarding Intel's upcoming Alder Lake: its release date. According to the publication, and citing industry sources, Intel is planning to launch Alder Lake-S come November 4th, 2021. The 12th Gen family of Intel core processors can not come soon enough for the blue giant, who sees itself embattled against the David-like rise of AMD via its Zen architecture. Especially if they do materialize with a 27% single-thread performance improvement over Zen 3.

The release date was first originally referenced by an MSI press release regarding the availability of an upgrade kit for its MAG Coreliquid K and MPG Coreliquid X - both AIO solutions will require new mounting mechanisms for Alder Lake's LGA 1700 socket, and their release is pegged to November 4th as well - this prompted the industry insider sources to confirm the release date. According to WCCFTech, the actual release timeline for the announcement and pre-orders is set for October 27th, whilst the actual product launch and review embargo lifts on November 4th, which is the market availability date.

MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD 4K 144Hz Monitor Launches in Japan

4K gaming monitors that are hitting 144 Hz or more seems to be a thing this year and not to miss out on its chance to get its share of the market, MSI has launched the Optix MPG321UR-QD in Japan, with the rest of the world likely to follow soon. The display was actually announced back in June, alongside a range of other new displays from MSI, but is only making it into retail by the end of this month.

MSI is using a quantum dot IPS panel with a resolution of 3840x2160 that offers a DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage of 97 percent. The 32-inch screen supports a refresh rate of 144 Hz, a response time of 1ms (MPRT) and is G-Sync compatible. It also sports a Display HDR 600 certification, which suggests that it has some kind of zoned backlighting. Inputs consist of two HDMI 2.1 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4a port and a USB-C port which has DP-alt mode support.

MSI Announces PRO AP241 All-in-One Desktop

MSI, a world leader in high performance and innovative computing solutions, have announced the PRO AP241 11M All-in-One PC. Featuring powerful processors and eye care technology with an IPS panel for a wide viewing angle and enhanced viewing experience, PRO AP241 is designed with efficiency and productivity in mind. While most All-in-One PCs in the market utilize mobile-grade processors, the PRO AP241 11M features the Desktop-grade H510 chipset with new 11th Gen Intel Rocket Lake CPUs for unparalleled performance. It is easier than ever to upgrade this All-in-One PC with relatively easier access to critical components like the CPU, RAM, SSD, and HDD. This increases product usefulness over time with potential upgrades and easier maintenance.

PRO AP241 11M can help improve work flow and efficiency. With an HDMI-out port, you are able to connect another monitor and easily navigate multiple windows or documents at the same time. Anti-flicker technology for the display helps to keep your eyes healthy and reduce fatigue throughout long work hours. Featuring up to Intel Core i7-11700 processor, PRO AP241 stays responsive with low load times when multi-tasking while remaining cool thanks to it's Server-grade cooling system to reduce CPU thermal throttling. Information security is always indispensable for businesses; the PRO AP241 supports FW TPM technology which can protect device data from attacks by malicious software and unauthorized access.

MSI Unveils Creator P50 Desktop and Summit MS321 Flagship Monitor

Without question, MSI is not only the market leader in the gaming hardware industry but also the pioneer in the Content Creation & Business market with a range of innovative technologies. As the world tends to be unpredictable, MSI keeps on developing products with stylish, stable, and have the best performance for all kinds of users. Today, MSI launched the brand new Content Creation Products: the Creator P50 with another new flagship monitor Summit MS321UP, both designed for creators, business professionals, and multi-taskers.

Creator P50 is sleek, slim, but packs a ton of power and is the dream desktop for creators, multi-taskers, and business professionals. MSI Creator P50 was inspired by the wireframe modeling and construction lines made by creators. The polygonal cutting pattern on this small 4.72 liters chassis not only symbolizes the unlimited imagination and extension of creativity, but also reflects a creator's growth, transformation, and refinement. It won't steal away the brilliance of the environment but blends in quietly with a low-key and elegant design. The P50 is a professional, clean, and stylish creativity center.
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