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After posting a teaser video last week, MSI has followed up by announcing their latest ultra-high-end Lightning-branded graphics card: the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. The triple-slot-width, triple-fan, and triple-8-pin power connector card comes equipped with all the latest in thermal solutions, overclocking design, and shiny colors. Yes, for those hoping that ‘Lightning’ correlates with ‘lighting,’ the LIGHTNING Z comes LED-strewn and slickly-hewn with Mystic Light RGB control, backplate, and alternate colored shroud highlights. A key feature of the LIGHTNING Z is a BIOS switch that toggles “LN2 Mode,” which lifts power/current and thermal limits. The allure here is that for extreme overclockers used to hard volt-modding (with pencil or otherwise) can simply flick the switch when necessary. At the same time, MSI...

Consumer 10GBase-T Options: Motherboards with 10G Built-In

Any of our long time readers will know that I can have a soft spot for high-speed networking. Throughout the years I’ve been plagued with bad WiFi, irregular house...

60 by Ian Cutress on 7/20/2016

HP and MSI Demonstrate Backpack PCs for VR Gaming

Virtual reality gaming promises to drive demand for higher-performance graphics cards as well as richer game content. But even before the first AAA VR games make their debut, computer...

22 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2016

MSI Announces New Krait and C232 WS Motherboards for Xeon E3 v5 CPUs

In the past week MSI has introduced two new motherboards that are compatible with Intel’s latest Xeon E3 v5 processors and based on the Intel C232 chipset - the...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/6/2016

MSI Cubi 2 Plus vPro Skylake mini-STX PC Review

The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact form factor - UCFF...

24 by Ganesh T S on 4/27/2016

The MSI Z170A SLI PLUS Review: Redefining the Base Line at $130

MSI’s motherboard range seems to expand every generation. Alongside the channel range, there’s the MSI Gaming, micro-ATX gaming, OC Certified, Krait, ECO, SLI PLUS, PC Mate and some I...

62 by Ian Cutress on 4/13/2016

MSI Releases Vortex: A Mac Pro-Like SLI PC for Gamers and VR, from $2199

We originally laid eyes on the final design back at CES, but now MSI has begun to sell its Vortex gaming desktops in the US. The 6.5-liter systems resembles...

31 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2016

MSI Introduces two new GTX 950 2GB GPUs with 75W TDP: the OCV2 and OCV3

A standard GTX 950 reference design comes in at a 90W TDP, which means it requires a 6-pin PCIe power connector as the standard PCIe slot is typically rated...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/16/2016

MSI Rolls-Out CUBI 2 Plus SFF PCs Featuring Intel’s Mini-STX Platform

MSI this week introduced its all-new CUBI 2 Plus and CUBI 2 Plus vPro miniature personal computers based on Intel’s mini-STX motherboard form-factor. The new PCs are slightly larger...

10 by Anton Shilov on 2/25/2016

CES 2016: MSI Gaming Notebooks and Mobile Workstations

MSI has branched out into primarily gaming focused systems, but they also use the same gaming chassis as workstation devices too. This year at CES, MSI also launched a...

10 by Brett Howse on 1/15/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s Vortex Gaming PC on Display and It Looks Almost Like a Mac Pro

One of the most interesting PC designs to come out in recent years was that of the Mac Pro. Sure, it looked like a cylinder into which one might...

27 by Ian Cutress on 1/14/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s 27-inch 4K Gaming AIO with Full Sized Discrete GPU, the 27XT 6QE

Back at Computex in 2015 we saw and reported on MSI’s first design ideas surrounding an all-in-one computer (where the PC is essentially in the frame of the monitor...

13 by Ian Cutress on 1/14/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s Golden Idea for Motherboards

The problem with a gold motherboard color is that it often looks too much like copper, and several companies have tried it in recent years (ASUS on Z77, ECS&rsquo...

28 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2016

Going for Gaming: An Interview with MSI VPs Charles Chiang and Ted Hung on Gaming and Strategy

MSI’s march on the gaming market has been well documented with plenty of pushes into notebooks, motherboards, graphics and an attempt to move the barrier forward with both brand...

17 by Ian Cutress on 12/18/2015

The MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Review: The Step Up to Skylake

June, July and August in 2015 have all been a roller coaster of desktop and processor news. Intel officially launched the Broadwell processors at Computex, with NVIDIA also entering...

56 by Ian Cutress on 9/21/2015

Corsair Partners with MSI, Enters High-End Video Card Market With The Hydro GFX

Closed loop liquid cooled (CLLC) video cards have become an increasingly important part of the video card industry over the past couple of years. Though liquid cooling isn’t by...

32 by Ryan Smith on 9/16/2015

Intel Skylake Z170 Motherboards: A Quick Look at 55+ New Products

Along with the launch of the two Skylake-K processors today, we also have a raft of new motherboards to go with them. The Skylake processors use the LGA 1151...

85 by Ian Cutress on 8/5/2015

The MSI Z97A Gaming 6 Motherboard Review

Choosing a motherboard is not as easy as it sounds. Most people rely on price, brand experience, perhaps specific features and online reviews to help decide what fits best...

14 by Ian Cutress on 7/24/2015

The MSI HQ Tour: Design 101

This year marked my fifth year at Computex, starting from 2011. Out of the trade shows I attend each year, it ranks as number one for a variety of...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/7/2015

The MSI Gaming Booth Tour with dGPUs in AIOs and Notebooks plus Motherboards

It has been held as fact that for the past couple of years, gaming is helping to prop up a slowly decreasing desktop PC market. While many casual PC...

48 by Ian Cutress on 6/29/2015

The MSI GT80 Titan Review: The Broadwell Gaming Laptop Your Desktop Envies

I was lucky enough to be on-hand when MSI launched the GT80 Titan at CES. It was a big event for them, and all of the MSI people were...

103 by Brett Howse on 6/26/2015

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