With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be an expanding niche, and for Intel’s Z97 platform we took three of the cheaper mini-ITX motherboards to see how they compare. The ASRock Z97E-ITX/AC, the MSI Z97I AC and the GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI are all between $130 and $140, all feature 802.11ac support but vary in other connectivity, ease of use and their packages. We compared all three.

MSI GPUs at CES 2014: Massive R9 290X Lightning and More

Along with notebooks and all-in-ones, MSI had quite a few large GPUs on display. The past month saw a massive shortage of AMD GPUs, thanks in no small part...

8 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

MSI All-In-Ones at CES 2014

Notebooks weren’t the only thing on display – along with a couple desktops sporting MSI GPUs, MSI also had a couple of all-in-one touchscreen PCs on display. One is...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

MSI: Updated Notebooks at CES 2014

MSI had all of their latest notebooks on display, along with some upcoming models that feature new designs and hardware. Most of the hardware and design elements remain the...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

iBuyPower Battalion M1771 (MSI GS70) Gaming Notebook Review

MSI is taking a page out of Razer's design playbook (in turn cribbing liberally from Apple's), but as it turns out, they may have beaten Razer at their own...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/30/2013

MSI Launch mini-ITX Gaming Platform: the Z87I Gaming AC and GTX 760 Gaming

Even though we already let in on a sneak preview during our Holiday Guides, today marks the official launch of MSI’s mini-ITX Gaming Platform. The platform has two...

38 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2013

Gaming Motherboards under $175: Holiday 2013

Glad tidings we bring, and this time it comes in the form of gaming oriented motherboards. As an ex-semi-serious gamer (local clan matches, LANs), the motherboard in my...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2013

MSI ‘Master Overclocking Arena’ 2013: The Final

These past few days MSI has held their annual competitive overclocking event, the ‘Master Overclocking Arena’, in Taipei. Following a preliminary overclocking competition online, with tickets evenly distributed...

3 by Ian Cutress on 10/21/2013

The GeForce GTX 770 Roundup: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI Compared

Today we’re taking a look at our first customized GTX 770 cards, coming from from EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI. All of these are semi-custom and fully custom cards pairing...

53 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2013

Gigabyte P34G First Impressions: A Thin and Light Gaming Notebook

Over the course of a year, we look at a lot of devices and hardware; while it may require a lot of effort to publish a full review on...

62 by Jarred Walton on 10/1/2013

MSI Unveils GP Series Notebooks: GP60 and GP70

Today MSI unveiled their latest notebook line of notebooks, the GP series designed for mobile productivity, entertainment, and gaming. For those not keeping track, that means MSI now has...

4 by Jarred Walton on 9/30/2013

MSI Z87I Review: Mini-ITX Haswell for $140

I am always excited when a mini-ITX motherboard bound for the mainstream market crosses my desk. In a small PCB, compared to full sized ATX, it can be...

47 by Ian Cutress on 8/27/2013

Choosing a Gaming Laptop, Back-to-School 2013 Edition

We regularly get asked for opinions on what product is “best” for a certain use case. Naturally, what makes a product perfect for one user may not matter much...

60 by Jarred Walton on 8/23/2013

MSI Z87 XPower Review: Our First Z87 with PLX8747

When it comes to motherboard extravagance, X58 heralded some mightily expensive boards, and a choice few from X79 and Z77 also raised this baton. So where does a...

35 by Ian Cutress on 8/12/2013

MSI GE40 Review: a Slim Gaming Notebook

With Intel’s Haswell launch officially behind us, we’re getting a steady stream of new notebooks and laptops that have been updated with the latest processors and GPUs. MSI sent...

92 by Jarred Walton on 7/16/2013

The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi

We’ve had quite a few major wireless networking standards over the years, and while some have certainly been better than others, I have remained a strong adherent of wired...

135 by Jarred Walton on 7/8/2013

AMD's A10-5750M Review, Part 2: The MSI GX60 Gaming Notebook

In the first part of our review of the AMD A10-5750M, we revealed the chip had a predisposition for better CPU performance. Does that carry over and help MSI's...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/29/2013

Intel Z87 Motherboard Review with Haswell: Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and ASUS

Talk about Haswell and Z87 has circulated the internet for many quarters – today we reap the benefits of the wait and get our chance to review both the...

56 by Ian Cutress on 6/27/2013

Performance Retrospective: AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M

We recently posted our first review of a notebook equipped with NVIDIA’s latest mobile tour de force, the GeForce GTX 780M. With a theoretical computational performance increase of 30%...

59 by Jarred Walton on 6/21/2013

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the...

115 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/18/2013

Haswell Z87 Motherboard Preview: 50+ Motherboards from ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI, ECS, Biostar and EVGA

With time quickly approaching the launch of Haswell, leaks on both motherboards and CPU performance are coming out of the woodworks. Similar to our advance Ivy Bridge coverage...

71 by Ian Cutress on 5/22/2013

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