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MSI GT628 Gaming Notebook Sports NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M GPU
MSI Computer, a manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, has released its GT628 gaming notebook, which incorporates the high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M graphics card with 1GB of DDR3 graphics memory.

MSI GT628The NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M GPU amplifies game play performance by as much as 50 percent over the previous generation of GPUs. NVIDIA PhysX technology provides real-world gaming effects like natural water and lifelike explosions. NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology displays the latest in high-def videos and Blu-ray movies with the sharp images and vibrant colors in full 1080p.

“GeForce GTS 160M delivers 50 percent more performance than its predecessor, and still has the best performance-per-watt ratio off any GeForce GPU we offer,” says Matt Wuebbling product manager for notebook GPUs at NVIDIA. “By delivering more GeForce per square-inch, we manage to make game-caliber performance and a superior multimedia experience affordable.”

MSI infuses the GT628 with the latest Intel Centrino 2 processor technology, a 15.4-inch WSXGA (1680×1050-resolution) LCD, and MSI’s Turbo Drive Engine — capable of overclocking the notebook’s processor by as much as 15 percent when in AC mode.  When on the go, users can conserve the GT628’s battery by taking advantage of the MSI’s Eco Engine technology and using NVIDIA’s HybridPower technology, which allows gamers switch to a lower power integrated GPU.

The GT628 will begin shipping in the U.S. in mid-April. Visit www.msimobile.com for more information.

MSI Introduces DDR2+DDR3 Combo Motherboard.

MSI has created two new and unique motherboards: the 790GX-8D and the P45-8D for those of us that can’t quite make the transition from DDR2 to DDR3 memory. What’s so different about these boards? Support for both DDR2 and DDR3, on the same board.

MSI 790GX-8D

MSI debuted two motherboards at CeBIT: its AM3 board 790GX-8D featuring the 790GX chipset, and its socket 775 board P45-8D using Intel’s P45 +ICH10/ICH10R chipset. What makes these two boards so extremely special? Their huge memory capacity and the types of memory that can be used. Both of these boards offer four DDR2 slots and four DDR3 memory slots. Nicknamed as the “Memory Lover,” both utilize MSI’s power saving technology APS as well as its “DrMOS” high quality voltage converters.

Out of the two, the 790GX-8D is more flexible as it is compatible with AMD’s AM3 processors with DDR2-1066 or DDR3-1333 RAM (using bypass) while also capable of supporting the AM2+ CPU with DDR2 RAM. Until the release of these two boards you had to choose between DDR2 or DDR3.

Some extra features of the 790GX-8D allows overclockers to increase frequencies at any time using an onboard control dial. Users can also erase the CMOS RAM with the touch of a Reset button.  They also have the ability to switch into power saving mode by pressing the “Green Power” button.

Additionally, the board offers two PCIe x16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots, and a standard PCI slot. Users can easily throw in a CrossFireX configuration, and it’s possible to also set up a Hybrid CrossFireX configuration using the on-board graphics chipset.

P45-8D

As for the P45-8D, this motherboard is currently on the market, and supports Intel’s 45nm and 65nm Core 2 (Extreme) processors. The board offers a 6+2 SATA/Raid for storage. Although the board features eight memory slots, the maximum amount of memory is only 16 GB. The board has 1 PCIe x16 slot, one PCIe Gen2 (1×16) slot, one PCIe x1 slot, and three stansard PCI slots. Unfortunately, the P45-8D doesn’t support multi-video card configurations nor does it offer the power saving Green Power Genie as featured on the 790GX-8D.

Although the P45-8D does offer loads of memory, it seems less appealing than MSI’s AM3 “Memory Lover” offering. Consumers can pick up the Intel-based board online, retailing between $170 – $350.

For more information visit www.msi.com.tw

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