Intel's next-generation core processors are just out of the oven, and you can already overclock the bejeezus out of 'em. The G Series notebooks from MSI? They let you overclock 10-15 per cent beyond what Sandy Bridge intended.
The 17.3-inch GT780 and 15.6-inch GT680 both pack the latest Core i7 quad core processors, along with MSI's Turbo Drive Engine, an overclocking technology that juices up your system with the touch of a button. Both feature Nvidia GeForce GTX 500 Series (or 400 Series) graphics cards, along with USB 3.0 standard, dual SSD storage, and up to 16GB RAM. Vrooooom.
Surely a challenger will emerge, probably even sometime this week, that can push Sandy Bridge to even more brazen speeds. But for now, the G Series seems like a pretty sick ride in a very fast machine.
The GT680's coming this month for the sounds-expensive-but-maybe-not-for-what-you-get sticker price of $US1500, with its big brother following before June this year.
MSI Surges into 2011 with Complete Lineup of Intel Sandy Bridge and Huron River Notebooks, All-in-One PCs and Components
Intel-powered devices deliver outstanding user experience – from superior computing functions to high quality graphics
LAS VEGAS (CES South Hall, Booth 30359) – Jan. 5, 2011 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today unveiled its new line-up of notebooks, all-in-one devices and components powered by Intel's next generation Sandy Bridge Platform.
MSI 2011 NOTEBOOKS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The G Series – World's Fastest Gaming Notebooks The MSI R&D team worked hand in hand with world-class gamers to develop the new G Series that truly exceeds gamers' needs. The new, powerful GT780, GT680, GE620 and GR620 notebooks will all come packed with the much anticipated second generation Intel® CoreTM i7 quad core processor, and USB 3.0 ports that enable lightening fast transfer speeds and connections with external hard drives or handheld electronics.
GT780 and GT680: The 17.3 inch GT780 and 15.6 inch GT680 feature advanced DirectX 11-ready nVidia GeForce GTX 500 Series and 400 Series graphics cards along with Dynaudio speakers, delivering both advanced graphics performance and true-to-life sound quality. MSI also incorporates its own Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) technology which instantly throttles up system speeds to deliver one of the fastest, most powerful gaming notebooks in the world. In addition to accelerated dual SSD storage, the GT680 also includes 4 SO-DIMM DDR3 memory slots to
boost system memory capacity to 16GB.
GR620 and GE620: The 15.6 inch GR620 and GE620 are designed for casual gamers who can now go into battle knowing that they are packing the most powerful hardware available, including nVidia GeForce GT Series discrete graphics cards.
The GT680 will ship in late January, with a base price of $US1,499.99; the GT780 is slated to ship in Q2 2011.
The F Series – The Fusion of Fashion and Performance
The all-new MSI F Series notebooks are the ultimate blend of chic design and powerful performance. Packed with Intel second generation Core processors and GMA3000 display chips, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, the F Series automatically adapts to the task at hand, increasing its performance and enhancing your multimedia experience. MSI will display several F Series models at CES 2011, including the 17.6 inch FX720 and FR720, and 15.6 inch FX620 andFR620 models featuring the latest Intel Core i7 processor. The smallest form factor of the F Series, the 14-inch FX420, is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor, designed to provide performance at a slightly lower price point.
To enable high performance graphics processing capabilities, the FX420, FX620, and FX720 units include discrete graphics modes, which support DirectX 11's high performance NVIDIA GeForce GT 500 Series discrete graphics card with 1GB DDR3 of display memory Additionally, MSI's GPU Boost technology provides automatic graphics switching, so when processing high load graphics applications, the GPU Boost technology switches to the discrete graphics card for powerful performance to maximize your multimedia entertainment experience.
The new F Series models are scheduled to launch in Q1 2011, priced from $US699.99.
MSI All-IN-ONE-UNITS: HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND UNPRECEDENTED CONVENIENCE
Adding to its popular line of all-in-one (AIO) PC units, MSI took the wraps off the Wind Top AE2210 and AE2410, which deliver a new level of home entertainment experience combined with unmatched convenience. The two new models feature MSI's Super Charger Technology, which allows users to charge devices through one of its two USB 3.0 ports even while the computer is turned off. The USB 3.0 ports also provide 40% faster recharging times compared to a normal USB, and ultra-fast data transfer speeds.
Both models feature a 16:9 theater-grade widescreen display and a 1080P Full HD high resolution panel. Built on Intel's newest high performance Sandy Bridge platform, online gamers won't need to
upgrade in order to receive the benefits of a discrete graphics card. Quick Sync Video technology allows for easier editing and enjoyment of videos, while Clear Video HD technology provides an all-new experience with a richer and more detailed picture, all without stretching your budget.
The new AIOs are slated to ship in Q1 2011, with the 21.5" AE2210 starting at $US799.99 and the 23.6" AE2410 starting at $US899.99