When it comes to high-end gaming notebooks, there are only a few real competitors: Alienware, ASUS, Clevo (under various brand names), and MSI are the main options, with a few others like Razer and Gigabyte offering second tier performance (e.g. not the 880M or 980M, but instead dropping one step to the 870M and 970M). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M officially launched in the first half of October, and while we’ve provided a performance preview with the MSI GT72 as well as a detailed look at BatteryBoost, it’s now time to bring it all together with a full review. There’s little doubt that the GTX 980M is currently the fastest mobile GPU, but how does the MSI GT72 handle other tasks, and is this...

Computex 2014: MSI’s New ECO Motherboard Range

As part of their display at Computex, MSI was showing a new element to their range based on low power systems. The ECO range, in a white and...

15 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2014

Computex 2014: X99 and USB 3.1 at MSI

Back in 2011, that year’s Computex offered the opportunity to play ‘spot the X79’ motherboard, and there ended up being a significant number of models on display before launch...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2014

MSI Z97 MPower Max AC Review: Overclocking for $260

At $260, today’s review of the MSI Z97 MPower Max AC is the odd one out of our initial Z97 reviews. The previous two reviews both use SATA Express...

19 by Ian Cutress on 5/20/2014

Z97 Motherboards Listed: Now in USA, Taiwan, and EU

Despite being nowhere near the official release date, it would seem that retailers have jumped the gun. We reported earlier that a retailer in China has started to...

29 by Ian Cutress on 5/2/2014

MSI Z97 Gaming Motherboards Up For Pre Order in China

After our brief motherboard roundup, it was brought to our attention that some of the next generation of Intel motherboards are now up for pre-order in China. From tmall.com...

5 by Ian Cutress on 4/28/2014

Upcoming Intel Based Motherboards from GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI and ASRock

Intel has recently been awash with news about upcoming processors. In March, Intel released information on an upcoming unlocked Haswell Pentium processor, an upcoming Haswell-K processor with overclocking enhancements...

58 by Ian Cutress on 4/28/2014

MSI GT70 Review: GTX 880M Edition

MSI has had the same core designs for several of their high-end laptops for at least a couple years now; specifically we’re talking about the GT60 and GT70 series...

61 by Jarred Walton on 4/16/2014

MSI A88XM-E35 Motherboard Review: Micro-A88X for $68

While the desktop PC industry has been reported as shrinking these last few quarters, the dichotomy rests in a drive towards the smaller form factors while the large under-the-desk...

26 by Ian Cutress on 4/3/2014

MSI Extends its Gaming Motherboards to B85I and B85M

Word from MSI suggests that sales of their Gaming motherboard range are better than projected and there is an enthusiasm for the brand across PC building forums. We...

6 by Ian Cutress on 4/2/2014

CeBIT 2014: MSI Shows New Intel Motherboards, R9 270X Gaming ITX

While we do not have anyone on the floor of CeBIT this year, manufacturers are showcasing several new products worth mentioning between now and Computex in June. MSI...

6 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2014

MSI Launches the Nightblade Gaming Barebones, a mini-ITX with OC

Traditional PC component manufacturers are moving into other areas of interest. For MSI that means devices such as tablets and notebooks, as well as moving forward with their traditional...

30 by Ian Cutress on 3/6/2014

MSI Launches New Keyboard Tools for Upcoming Gaming Laptops

The march on gaming laptops from MSI has been relentless these past couple of years. At most PC component events I attend, there is usually one ultra-powerful model...

6 by Ian Cutress on 3/6/2014

MSI Launches the A88XI AC, a mini-ITX FM2+ 802.11ac Motherboard

Everyone likes the small and the powerful. If I could get the power of a GTX Titan or R9 290X in a smartphone, we should all want one...

10 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Review: Building Up

Breaking into the X79 game at this late stage is a rough business. The major action was at the Sandy Bridge-E launch, and the Ivy Bridge-E release was...

37 by Ian Cutress on 2/14/2014

MSI Motherboards at CES 2014: Kaveri and Socketed Kabini

Wrapping up our visit with MSI, we’ve already seen many of their already-launched motherboards (e.g. series 8 chipsets), but MSI did have some upcoming Kaveri motherboards on display with...

1 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

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...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/30/2013

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