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It's MSI launch fever at Computex

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June 3, 2010

'Classy high tech accessories for the fashion-minded urbanite' is how the company describe...

'Classy high tech accessories for the fashion-minded urbanite' is how the company describes its F series notebooks

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Just before the doors opened to this year's Computex, MSI announced that it was going to show off over 30 notebooks spanning six series, as well as a few other bits and pieces. Gizmag had a good look round the company's booth in Taipei this week and snapped some of the wealth of tech on offer. Read on for a round-up of Micro-Star International's show announcements...

Based on the company's OC Genie 1 Second Automatic Overclocking Technology, a new "Super Unlock" technology has made its way onto new mainboards like the P55A series. Users just have to press the "OC Genie" button on a Core i7-875K or Core i5-655K MSI mainboard to maximize processor, memory and chipset performance "so that processors with a 3GHz default frequency can speed up to 4GHz."

With Super Unlock, users just have to press the 'OC Genie' button on a compatible MSI main...

In other mainboard news, MSI also debuted its Big Bang-XPower mainboard which is compatible with Intel's Core i7 processors and X58 Express Chipset. It features Quantum Wave Audio Card specially optimized for "pure and flawless" gaming sound effects, SuperPipe cooling enhancement, military grade components, OC Genie easy overclocking and USB 3 and SATA 6Gbps interfaces. The company's Big Bang-Fuzion series picked up the Best Choice of Computex Taipei 2010 Award in the IC & Components category.

Also on show at the company's booth, graphics cards such as the R5870 Lightning with the latest 40nm process Radeon HD 5870 GPU including 1GB GDDR5 high speed memory, specially selected military class components, a distinct cooling design and a voltage regulator function.

Invasion of the notebooks

MSI added some new additions to its G series gaming notebooks in the form of the GT660 and GT760 models. Gaming fans can look forward to touch of a finger TDE+ overclocking technology and quality speaker unit integration thanks to a collaboration with sound specialists Dynaudio. As well as sporting some funky LED edging, the new gaming notebooks also feature Core i7 processors, GeForce GTX 285M discrete graphics with 1 GB GDDR3 and up to 12GB DDR3 system memory.

"Classy high tech accessories for the fashion-minded urbanite" is how the company describes its F series notebooks and Computex sees five new models making their debut. All benefit from DDR3 memory and THX theater-grade surround sound performance, with the FX700 gaining Dynaudio's design enhancements too. The FX610 features AMD’s new lower power Danube Champlian platform and models having discreet graphics are the first in the world to be equipped with GPU Boost technology. All but one of the F series notebooks have a built-in HD720P webcam (the FX400 making do with a standard definition 1.3 megapixel webcam).

Not forgetting the classics, MSI has outed no less than seven C series minimalist elegance notebooks which incorporate the latest Intel Core processors and benefit from performance graphics. Some models feature EasyFace facial recognition software for extra security. There's a business class release too in the shape of the P600. This lightweight professional notebook features an LED backlit 15.6 inch HD display, super thin optical drive, Core i5 processor, fingerprint reader and facial recognition.

One of the X-Slim series notebooks on display, the 15.6 inch X620 with Radeon HD5430 GPU

The wind cries MSI

AMD's latest low power, high performance duo core Genevo CPU has been installed in the Wind U250 and the featherweight U160 sports a big on/off button to the side and benefits from a claimed 15 hours battery life. Five members of the award-winning widescreen X-Slim series are also on show, including the slim X420 14 inch notebook with Mobility Radeon HD 5430 discrete graphics card and 1GB GDDR3.

MSI hasn't forgotten an emerging tablet market and has set the blogosphere alight with two new 3G and WiFi enabled portable products. The 10 inch WindPad 100 multi-touch Windows 7 tablet is powered by a low power Intel processor and the ARM-powered WindPad 110 runs on Android.

The company's industrial signage wing took the opportunity to showcase its new products too, including the digital signage hardware total solution, the complete new TC-POS for retail sales and an upgraded version of WindBOX. And the FUNTORO Telematics wireless access solution won MSI another award in the vehicle electronics category.

The Sketch Book's keyboard can be swapped out for a graphics tablet

Gizmag also spotted MSI's 3D AE2420 all-in-one, Drakon gaming desktops, some spatial gesture interface kit, MSI's answer to Apple's Magic mouse (the i-Mouse) and the novel Sketch Book. The 12 inch Sketch Book features a detachable keyboard which can be swapped out with a graphics tablet. It is powered by an Intel Atom processor with onboard GMA 3150 GPU, when more details emerge we'll let you know.

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Paul Ridden While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.   All articles by Paul Ridden
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