Computex 2010 CoverageClayMeow - July 5, 2010
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Micro-Star International, better known as MSi, is one of Taiwan's biggest motherboard and graphics card manufacturers. My tour of MSi's booth started with the N480GTX HydroGen, a custom liquid cooled NVIDIA GTX 480 in an ultra-slim 1-slot design. Aside from 1.5GB GDDR5, two DVI-I ports and a Mini-HDMI port, MSi had no further details on the card, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't come pre-overclocked.
Continuing with NVIDIA-based cards, next up were two Twin Frozr II cards, the N480GTX Twin Frozr II and N470GTX Twin Frozr II. In addition, MSi was showing off a special N465GTX Twin Frozr II Golden Edition, which features a full copper Twin Frozr II thermal design. All three contain what MSi refers to as Military Class Components, which feature SSC (Solid State Chokes), Hi-C CAPs, and All Solid CAPs, providing higher stability and longer lifespan.
Moving over to the ATi side of things, MSi was showing off the R5870 Lightning and R5770 Hawk. Both feature the Twin Frozr II and Military Class Components. The R5870 boasts a whopping 15 Phase PWM design, while the R5770 has a still-impressive 7+1 Phase PWM design.
Moving on to the motherboards, MSi's setup was rather interesting - it was not organized by CPU (Intel vs. AMD), but rather performance. When it comes to "Xtreme Performance for Power Users", MSi was showing off the X58A-GD65, which features USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 7.1 channel HD Audio, and Military Class Components. When it comes to "Value Seekers for Enthusiast Computing", MSi was showing off the 890FXA-GD70, which uses the AMD 890FX and SB850 chipsets, providing USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 7.1 channel HD Audio, and of course, Military Class Components. Lastly, when it comes to the "Premium Choice for Mainstream Users", MSi was showing off the P55A-GD65, which still happens to feature USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 7.1 channel HD Audio, and Military Class Components.
Next up were two Fuzion boards, the 870A Fuzion and the P55A Fuzion. What's cool about Fuzion boards is that they allow for cross-vendor, multi-GPU solutions using Hydra technology. N-Mode is using all NVIDIA cards, A-Mode is using all ATi cards, and X-Mode is using a mix. To show off this technology, MSi had a demo system running with one of its Fuzion boards using GeForce 9800GT and Radeon HD 5770, illustrating that the technology allows users to buy a new graphics card without having to ditch their old card.
MSi was also showing off two boards from its Big Bang series, the Big Bang-XPower and Big Bang-Fuzion. The XPower uses Intel's X58 Express chipset, while the Fuzion uses Intel's P55 Express chipset. Both feature a 7.1 channel Quantum Wave Audio Card, but only the XPower has USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support.
Lastly, as many motherboard manufacturers are doing at Computex this year, MSi unveiled its prototype Intel 6 Series motherboard, featuring USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 7.1 channel Quantum Wave Audio, and Military Class Components. Now all that's left is for Intel to release the chipset and its Sandy Bridge processors.