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A Lot Of Computex Related News From MSi

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 29, 2019 by itnerd

MSi has launched new motherboards and laptops for gamers and creators at Computex:

  • Best Choice Golden Awards winner, MSI GT76 Titan gaming laptop armed with an Intel Core i9 processor that can be overclocked to 5.0GHz on all eight cores and the top-tier NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics
  • The new X570 motherboards including the high-end gamer-centric MEG X570 GODLIKE for overclockers and hardcore gamers
  • the PRESTIGE X570 CREATION features the best motherboard for content creation under heavy loading and boasts a dual LAN with 10G Super LAN, and Wi-Fi 6 standard which is the newest generation of Wi-Fi connectivity

MSi also won four trophies at the Computex d&i Awards for the:

  • Trident X series desktop – the world’s smallest gaming desktop PC with the 9th gen Intel K series CPU and NVIDIA RTX 20 series graphics card
  • Gaming laptop GS75 – ultra-thin and powerful
  • Prestige PS341WU monitor – for creators looking for a great viewing experience
  • MS-9A79 Palm-Size Embedded Industrial Box PC for IIoT Solution.

Expect the new motherboards and laptops to be in stores soon. And congratulations to MSi on the wins at the Computex d&i Awards.

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MSI Announces Gaming Laptops With 9th Gen. Intel Core i9 Processors & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series Graphics

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 23, 2019 by itnerd

MSi has unveiled an industry-leading, fully upgraded selection of gaming products with the newest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors. Furthermore, the much anticipated NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series is also available, offering gamers a wide range of power and speed.

Equipped with the latest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™  i9 processors, the new models increase performance by 45%. The powerful 8-core processor is also significant for multitasking and intensive work like video editing or audio composition. The new line-up is also equipped with the up-to-date NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 series graphics, offering up to 50% performance boost. Now, gamers can fully enjoy smooth gameplay and amazing image quality.

The GT Titan, armed with the 9th Gen. Intel® Core™  i9 overclockable processor and powerful graphics, is built for hardcore gamers. The GT series uses the exclusive Cooler Boost Titan, dual fans and 11 pipes, which reduce operating temperature. With stunning 4K UHD display, the GT Titan delivers immersive, lifelike gaming scenarios.

The GS Stealth features NVIDIA graphics options ranging from the highest GeForce RTX™ 2080 with Max-Q all the way to the GTX 1650, which are perfect for gamers with varying needs. This next-generation CPU is also packed into a portable compact chassis and has a 240Hz display to maximize frame rates for flowing movement.

Tailored for enthusiasts, the GE series is known for its aesthetic design backed up with 17.3 and 15.6-inch 144 Hz displays, 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors and powerful NVIDIA graphics. In addition, the GE75 is the first MSi model with Wi-Fi 6 capability, giving gamers the advantage of the fastest wireless network speed available.

And if you’re looking for an accessible laptop with high-end gaming features, then the GP series won’t let you down with its new design, cosmological warship style and misty grey color scheme. Moreover, the GP75 Leopard sports a per-key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries.

The GL73 and GL63 make gaming more accessible with a wide range of performance from RTX series to GTX 16 series. The specs deliver more than enough to handle most AAA games. To fulfill the RGB fantasy, it’s now also available in per-key RGB keyboard options.

Awarded the IF Design 2019, the GF Thin is even more compact and lightweight than its predecessor. The GF series is made for gamers who prefer simple aesthetics with great performance.

More details on these laptops can be found here: https://ca.msi.com/Landing/the-game-just-got-real/nb

Review: MSI PS42 8M-096CA

Posted in Products with tags on December 24, 2018 by itnerd

MSI is rolling out a new pair of laptops that’s aimed at creators of content. Meaning photographers, designers, or 3D animators. The first one that I will look at is the MSI PS42.

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The first thing that I noted was this laptop was very, very light. It weighs 1.19kg which puts it in the range of the MacBook Air. However, based on these specs, it is way more powerful:

  • Intel Core i7 8550U processor that runs at 1.8 – 4.0GHz
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel UHD graphics
  • Thin bezel 14″ IPS-level panel
  • 512 GB SSD based Storage
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetoot 4.1

Those specs on paper crush the MacBook Air rather easily. To confirm what the results would be in the real world, I put that to the test. But before I get to that, let me point out some other things:

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On the left side of the PS42 there’s a HDMI port, a USB-C port and a headphone jack.

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On the right side are two USB-A ports, a USB-C port, a card reader slot as well as a security lock slot. In short, unlike the MacBook Air which makes you live the dongle life, you will not have to make any such compromises here as every port that you need is right there.

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The web camera which is 720p camera is at the bottom of the screen. I am not a fan of this position as it places your head at an unnatural position when you use it. You’ll also notice that the keyboard is backlit.

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There’s also a fingerprint sensor built into the trackpad and it works with Windows Hello authentication.

The PS42 feels very solid and it feels like a very quality piece of kit. The screen is bright and the fact that it close to bezel-less makes this a very easy screen to read. The keyboard  does not have a lot of travel. But touch typists shouldn’t have an issue typing once they get used to it. Battery life is outstanding. MSI quotes 11 hours. I got 9.75 hours surfing the web and playing YouTube videos which is more than respectable.

So, in terms of performance, I threw Zwift at it to see what it would do. Zwift is an online platform that allows cyclists to ride a variety of real and imagined courses assuming you have a stationary software controlled stationary trainer. In my case, this one. That doesn’t sound exciting. But Zwift really pushes a computer because it has to acquire data such has the riders heart rate via a Bluetooth enabled chest strap, their cadence (how fast they are pedaling) via a Bluetooth enabled sensor, and not only determine how fast you are going via the software controlled trainer, but also to the required math to replicate uphills and downhills in 1% gradient increments. All while trying to replicate roads of London, Innsbruck, or wherever else you happen to be riding. Not to mention the dozens or in some cases hundreds of people around you. In short, that’s not easy for any computer to do as there is a lot that is in play. Now even at the default settings, Zwift can humble a lot of computers. It taxes my 2015 MacBook Pro every time I run it. But the MSI PS42 had no issues with it at HD resolution while connected to my TV. And this was with the Intel UHD graphics chipset. You can add Nvidia graphics as an option to seriously amp things up. But based on this test, it’s got a ton of power as it is. A couple of things that I noted was that the laptop offered to optimize the sound for game play seeing as Zwift technically was a game. The other thing that I noted was that the aluminum chassis was slightly warm to the touch. If this was my MacBook Pro, it would be really warm if not hot.

This particular MSI PS42 goes $1488 CDN on Amaon.ca. At that price this is a package that makes the MacBook Air look rather pedestrian. Thus if you’re looking for a very lightweight laptop that is still packed with power, take a look at the MSI PS42 and forget the MacBook Air. You’ll be glad that you did.

First Look: MSI PS42 and P65 Creator Laptops

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 9, 2018 by itnerd

MSI is well known for their gaming laptops. But they’ve now taken a turn to cater to creative types including photographers, designers, or 3D animators. It makes sense for MSI to target this market as they were getting feedback that these types of people were buying their gaming laptops, but they couldn’t take them into professional environments because of their over the top looks.

I got to look at two of these laptops this week. The MSI PS42 and P65 Creator. Let’s start with the PS42:

 

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Key specs include:

  • Up to latest 8th Gen. Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics
  • Ultra-light 1.19kg, Ultra-slim 15.9mm
  • Thin bezel 14″ IPS-level panel
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Fingerprint sensor that is tied into Windows Hello
  • USB 3.1 Type A and C ports along with a HDMI port and an SD Card Reader
  • Aluminium chassis
  • SSD based Storage

I was impressed by the build quality and the feel of the PS42 when I held it. The keyboard had pretty good feedback and the screen was bright and clear. This is the perfect laptop for someone who needs something that’s light (a frequent traveller for example) but still wants power as the Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA will crush notebooks like the MacBook Air with ease. The pricing on the PS42 goes for $1,299-$1,599 CAD depending on configuration.

Next up is the P65 Creator:

 

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  • Up to latest 8th Gen. Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with Max-Q design / GTX 1050 Ti (Silver)
  • Ultra-light 1.8kg, Ultra-slim 17.9mm
  • 15.6”  close to 100% sRGB IPS-level thin bezel display
  •  8+ hours battery life
  • Fingerprint sensor that is tied into Windows Hello
  • HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • USB 3.1 Type A and C ports along with a SD Card Reader and an ethernet port
  • Aluminium chassis
  • SSD based Storage

This machine is a lightweight powerhouse. I really appreciated the fact it has a ton of ports on it including ethernet in such a slim package. You also get the option of having dual SSD’s in a RAID 0 configuration to really make this notebook fly. If that’s not enough, there’s a Limited Edition model that comes in a unique box with a sleeve and some other goodies. The P65 Creator goes for $2,399-$3,499 CAD depending on configuration.

Both notebooks are available now and I’ve requested a P65 Creator to review which will be posted in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: You can get these laptops from Amazon, Canada Computers, Staples, Memory Express, Visions, and Newegg.

Review: MSI GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro Gaming Laptop

Posted in Products with tags on September 1, 2017 by itnerd

Gaming laptops are all the rage. If you’re not familiar with them, here’s the lowdown. These are purpose built laptops that are designed to maximize the gaming experience in every way. They often sacrifice battery life and weight to do so, but those who buy these type of laptops don’t care about either of those.

Case in point is the MSI GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro which to properly show it to you, I took a video of it:

Here’s what I got when I opened the box and powered it up:

  • 64GB DDR4 RAM
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X graphics chipset
  • 17.3″ built-in 4K LCD with 3840 X 2160 resolution and 100% Adobe RGB (optional)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • A 1TB SSD drive and a 1TB 7200 RPM drive
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Killer Gigabit LAN and Killer 802.11ac WiFi
  • Exclusive ESS SABRE HiFi DAC for lossless, high-quality audio
  • Nahimic 2 Sound Technology delivering a 360⁰ immersive audio experience
  • Sound by Dynaudio system
  • Full sized keyboard with dynamic lighting
  • VR Capable
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Weighs 4.14 kg

Now let me get to the stuff that everyone cares about. How does this laptop perform? I was able to run Team Fortress 2 at 3840 X 2160 with everything maxed out with no issues. It was smooth and fluid with no lag. Quite frankly, it’s the fastest laptop I have used in years. Gamers who plunk down their cash for this MSI laptop will find little to complain. Here’s why this laptop is this fast:

  • For starters, the Intel Core i7-6820HK processor is a quad-cored CPU includes HyperThreading, and has a maximum Turbo speed of 3.6GHz. You can use some MSI supplied software to overclock that CPU if for whatever reason that isn’t fast enough for you.
  • The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 adds to this by being able to crank out an insane 120 frames per seconds in Team Fortress 2 at 3840 X 2160. You can use some MSI supplied software to overclock the Nvidia card if for whatever reason that isn’t fast enough for you.
  • Killer supplies the WiFi and Ethernet hardware which when paired with networking gear such as the Linksys WRT32X router guarantees low latency, low lag, high performance gaming.
  • The combination of a SSD and a 7200 hard drive in a RAID 0 storage configuration keeps things speedy. Everything from Windows 10 to games load quickly. The SSD sits on a PCI-E Gen 3.0 x4 bus utilizing NVMe technology.

On top of all the above, it has a keyboard that has LED lights you can customize the color and how the colors change.  The keyboard also feels great for touch typists like me. Connectivity options include five USB 3.0 slots, one HiFi audio headphone out/mic in combo one line-in/out combo, one HDMI 1.4 out, one mini-DP out, a single RJ45 port, one Thunderbolt 3.0 port, and an SD card reader. After I tweak the onboard 3W speakers using the Nahimic soundboard app, they were “acceptable” for movies, but probably wouldn’t be your first choice for longer gaming or music listening sessions due to their lacking bass response. The screen is one of the most bright and vivid screens that I’ve ever used and I can say it beats the Retina Display from Apple by a wide margin. The only area where this laptop falls down is in battery life where I was only able to get about 90 minutes to two hours depending on what I was doing. Gaming was towards the 90 minutes end of the spectrum. Browsing the web was closer to two hours. That may disappoint some, but chances are that the core audience of this laptop will not care.

And now for the price. Expect all this speed and power to cost you just under $5000 CDN. Not cheap by any standard. But let’s be clear. This laptop is for a gamer who wants the ultimate in performance to pwn the competition, and is perfectly fine with what it costs. People who are buying this to run Microsoft Office need not apply. I was impressed by it and I believe that any hardcore gamer who sees this laptop will be impressed too.