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MSI has revealed the pictures of their next generation XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC motherboards which will feature built-in water cooling solutions. The pictures teased by MSI on their Facebook page showcase a new and improved design scheme for the flagship 9-Series chipset based XPOWER and MPOWER motherboards which will be aimed directly towards overclocking enthusiasts while the gaming lineup will be focused towards gamers.MSI XPOWER AC

MSI’s Next Generation XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC Motherboards Pictured

Now, we have talked a lot regarding the MSI 9-Series motherboard lineups over the past few weeks since they have been releasing teasers on their Facebook page and even displayed some prototypes of their Next Gen chipset motherboards during CeBIT 2014. Well those were just prototypes and we couldn’t really make up as to exactly what features do these new boards support. From the few teaser images, we did make up that the new boards will come with interesting design and new features V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Military Class IV components, Delid Die Guard (XPOWER AC), M.2 interface, Audio Boost 2 and last but not least, new design schemes.

So let’s get on with the OC 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes a total of 6 motherboards listed below:

  • MSI XPOWER AC
  • MSI MPOWER MAX AC
  • MSI MPOWER

Update - MSI has contacted us that the bug has been fixed through a new BIOS that was rolled out at the start of this month. The issue was related to AMD drivers and MSI’s double PWM fan control system on the TriFrozr graphics cooler. For those running MSI’s Radeon R9 290X Lightning, you can download the following BIOS file and update your cards using the LiveBIOS utility to ensure optimal performance.

http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R9_290X_LIGHTNING.html#/?div=Utility&os=Win8.1

[Report] At Hawaii’s launch there were multiple jokes about it running too hot. Well, if you are an MSI R9 290X Lightning owner then the joke might become a harsh reality for you. It turns out that a bug that ails only the 290X Lightning’s stops both side fans from working, causing severe heating issues. We were first notified of this critical malfunction by reader Greg Mann and a simple forum search revealed that the problem was rampant in practically every MSI Lightning (R9 290X) out there. At the time of writing, AMD has been notified of the problem.

Lightning R9 290X Catalyst 14.3 Fan Bug Overheating

Catalyst 14.3 Beta Drivers causes critical fan malfunction in MSI Lightning R9 290X

Catalyst 14.3 Driver Issue causes Side Fans of the MSI R9 290X Lightning to Stop Working

Thankfully however, from what we can see in the forum responses at least, all owners noticed the problem quickly enough and stopped any GPU intensive activity while downgrading to a safe Catalyst version. It is worth noting here that the Catalyst 14.3 is a BETA driver and AMD has warned about bugs like this on practically every documentation available.  However from a cursory glance this issue has been prevalent in even 14.2 BETA drivers. Here is the hierarchy of the problem:

  • Catalyst 14.3: Causes critical malfunction of side fans not functioning and middle fan locked at 30%. Manual override using MSI Afterburner or Catalyst Control Not possible. The result is almost certain damage to the GPU if it is put under continuous, heavy load.
  • Catalyst 14.2: Causes the auto feature to malfunction, resulting in the side fans not spinning up and increasing RPM when GPU is put under load. The result is inadequate cooling and overheating. Manual override is possible.
  • Catalyst 13.12: Everything works fine.
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Today, we have a interesting leak regarding MSI’s upcoming gaming 9-Series motherboard lineup which is expected to launch next month. As you all may have noticed from our reports, Intel will launch their next-gen 9-Series chip-set on 11th May which will include the latest Haswell Refresh processors and the new 9-Series boards which will debut on the same date.MSI-Zxx-Gaming-9-AC-Motherboard 9-Series

MSI 9-Series Motherboard Gaming Lineup Leaked – Includes 6 Board

Now, we have talked a lot regarding the MSI 9-Series motherboard lineups over the past few weeks since they have been releasing teasers on their Facebook page and even displayed some prototypes of their Next Gen chipset motherboards during CeBIT 2014. Well those were just prototypes and we couldn’t really make up as to exactly what features do these new boards support. From the few teaser images, we did make up that the new boards will come with interesting design and new features V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Military Class IV components, Delid Die Guard (XPOWER AC), M.2 interface, Audio Boost 2 and last but not least, new design schemes. Well, today we have the entire 9-Series motherboard lineup for you to feast your eyes upon which are detailed below. Do note that these 9-Series chipset based boards listed below are the Gaming tier boards from MSI and we are yet to see their overclocking (MPOWER/XPOWER) and legacy lineup which will be unveiled a few days prior to launch.

So let’s get on with the Gaming 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes a total of 6 motherboards listed below:

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MSI has teased their upcoming flagship Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard on their Facebook page detailing several of its impressive features. The Z97 chipset motherboards are expected to hit the market around 10th May as hinted in several leaks earlier and will debut along with the Haswell Refresh processors replacing the current CPU lineup.MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Delid Die Guard

MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Flagship Motherboard To Support Delid Haswell Processors

When Intel launched their 8-Series platform, we saw an abundance of OC and Gaming motherboard from several manufacturer’s. Boasting unique and impressive design, features and specifications, the Z87 chipset based boards were an overclockers and gamers dream. The Haswell processors on the other hand brought several design and process enhancements plus featuring support for new and improved overclocking features but heat issues kept a lot of users from fully utilizing the OC potential of these chips. Only users who had either beastly water/air cooled PCs were able to churn some impressive OC numbers out of their chips while the rest of the audience was happy running it either on stock or around a easy 4 – 4.5 GHz clock speed.

During that time and Ivy Bridge before it that also had heating issues, several enthusiasts had started to use Delid processors which was the process to remove the heat-spreader off of the CPU so that the cooler base could make a direct contact with the core die to enable greater cooling to be directed towards the CPU. This eliminated the heating issues caused by the use of a low-quality TIM between the heatspreader of the Haswell and Ivy Bridge CPUs although a little blame has also had to be put on the FVIR design on these chips. But nevertheless, the high-end enthusiast market had find a way to tackle the issue. Some retailers even started selling pre-delid processors which showcased their demand by the enthusiast community.

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Just a few weeks back, we brought you the news that a few motherboard manufacturer’s have showed off their upcoming Z97 motherboards. The motherboards displayed by the vendors were only prototype and didn’t show any specific features of the next generation design but companies have started to tease these features over the recent days which look impressive.Gigabyte Z97 GA-Z97X-UD5H

Motherboard Vendors Tease Upcoming Z97 Motherboards

Intel’s 9-Series chipset details were leaked a few days back showing that there would be two SKUs, the Z97 and the H97 chipset. As expected, there’s little difference in the feature set of the 9-Series chipset when compared with 8-Series. Both feature support for Haswell and Haswell Refresh processors on the LGA1150 socket. There’s only a few changes such as support for PCIe M.2 interface, extra USB / SATA ports and a few changes here and there. While Intel’s Haswell and Haswell Refresh series are supported by both chipsets, its only the 9-Series that will support Intel’s next generation Devil’s Canyon and Broadwell processors. Devil’s Canyon which is the code-name used for Intel’s K-Series Haswell Refresh processors are targeted towards compatibility with just 9-Series while the 14nm Broadwell K-Series which feature the impressive Iris Pro graphics chip will also be supported by the same chipset series. So if you are aiming for overclocking Intel’s next generation bad boys, then a 9- Series Z97 motherboard is a must to get your hands on.

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MSI just announced upgrades to its GS70 Stealth gaming laptop. The upgraded version now contains the Nvidia GeForce 870M, which is an upgrade from the previous GeForce GTX 765M. The GS70 Stealth claims to be the world’s thinnest 17 inch portable gaming machine.

Eric Kuo, VP Global Sales and Marketing MSI points out a myriad of innovative features in the GS70 Stealth.

MSI_GS70_Stealth_02The GS70 Stealth comes equipped with the 4th Gen. Inter Core i7-4700HQ. The processor packs a base frequency of 2.4 GHz with turbo boost speeds going up to 3.4 GHz. In the graphics department it now features the  GTX 870M with 3 GB DDR5 VRAM. The  GTX 870M is 35% faster than the GTX 770M on the 3D Mark 11 performance benchmark.

Other features on the GS70 Stealth include the Super Raid 2, the SteelSeries engine, SteelSeries gaming keyboard and the Matrix display. The Super Raid 2 contains 3 Solid state drives and gives writing speeds up to 1500 Mb/s. According to MSI it is 3 times faster than other laptops employing single SSDs and 15 times faster than conventional drives.

The SteelSeries engine allows full customization of keys and other specific commands of an individual gamer. It allows users to create individual styles using personal key use and functions, plus integration of peripheral devices. The SteelSeries keyboard is a specially designed keyboard for MSI. The keyboard comes with five different backlight scenarios and seven different types of light changes.

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NVIDIA is preparing to launch their next series of mobility chips codenamed the GeForce GTX 800M at CeBIT 2014. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M Mobility chips will feature four new chips which include the GTX 880M, 870M, 860M and the 850M which will power the high-performance notebooks in 2014.GeForce GTX 800M GTX 880M GTX 870M GTX 860M GTX 850M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M Mobility Chips Launching At CeBIT14

Over the last few months, we have seen several leaks regarding the GeForce GTX 880M, GeForce GTX 870M and the most interesting GeForce GTX 860M GPUs. Apparently, the GeForce GTX 800M mobility lineup features both NVIDIA Kepler and Maxwell architecture based parts. From what we have seen, the GeForce GTX 880M and the GeForce GTX 870M are Kepler rebrands of the GeForce GTX 780M and GTX 770M chips while the GeForce GTX 860M and GTX 850M will feature the first generation Maxwell core architecture which made a debut last month with the GeForce GTX 750 series graphics cards.

Our buddies over at Videocardz managed to get hand of some exclusive slides which detail the performance and power efficiency of these new chips. From the specifications, we can see that the GeForce GTX 880M would be the flagship chip of the mobility lineup but it’s just a rebrand of the GTX 780M with some improved clock speeds. 

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Intel is just a month away from launching their latest Haswell Refresh platform which would be compatible with the next generation 9-Series chipset compatible H97 and Z97 Motherboards. Recently, HardwareLuxx managed to get a first look at MSI’s upcoming Z97 motherboards prototypes which were displayed at an NDA briefing by the hardware manufacturer.MSI Z97 Motherboards

Image is courtesy of VR-Zone!

MSI Shows Off Next Generation Z97 Motherboards Prototypes

The Z97 motherboards showcased by MSI are bare prototypes and lack the heatsinks which will be featured on the final retail models. The two boards we are looking at include the Z97 Gaming 7 and Z97 Gaming 3 so its not hard to assume that these will be part of MSI’s next generation Z97 Gaming motherboard lineup. MSI will also offer Z97 motherboards under their XPower and Legacy brand but we don’t have any information on those at the current moment.

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MSI’s upcoming Radeon R9 290X Lightning graphics card has been previewed by the guys over at Overclock3D. The Radeon R9 290X Lightning would be the latest entry into MSI’s Lightning family featuring the Hawaii GPU coupled with the company’s flagship TriFrozr graphics card cooler and Military Class IV components.MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning 4 GB GDDR5

MSI’s Flagship Radeon R9 290X Lightning Previewed

The MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning features the AMD Hawaii XT GPU sporting 2816 Stream processors, 176 TMUs, 64 Render back-ends and 4 GB GDDR5 memory operating along a 512-bit bus interface. The core and memory frequencies would certainly be overclocked out of factory considering the brute assembly featured on this model so we can expect core clock above the 1000 MHz reference clock.

The Radeon R9 290X Lightning is going to feature the most power-ful PCB ever produced for the Hawaii GPU with a 12+3+2 phase power design that would be powered through an 6-Pin and dual 8-Pin connectors. So that’s alot of power being fed to the core and components which means LN2 overclockers have something of a treat headed to them. The Radeon R9 290X Lightning is also the only graphics card of its kind to push the Hawaii GPU core past its limit due to the beefy power design. There are certain cards which feature a non-reference PCB but nothing at the moment would come close to Lightning in terms of power and design.

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Update - Only 12 samples of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning were manufactured by MSI and the card will never go retail. More pictures of this beautiful graphics card have been posted by BenchBros (Facebook), a few of which you can see at the end of this article.

MSI is preparing to launch their latest flagship GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning graphics card which brings Tri-Frozr cooling to NVIDIA’s flagship GK110 core. The MSI Lightning Tri-Frozr has recently been adopted by the GeForce GTX 780 and Radeon R9 290X graphics cards.MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning_1

MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning Tri-Frozr Strikes Thunder

Comptoir-Hardware had received a sample of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning, unfortunately the pictures were removed from the source. Videocardz managed to gather information from the source before the link went down unveiling the performance benchmarks and pictures.

The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning TI features the GK110-425-B1 GPU which comes with 2880 Cuda cores, 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The card is clocked at factory overclocked specs of 993 MHz stock and 1058 MHz boost while the memory comes at a clock speed of 1750 MHz which trump the GeForce GTX 780 Lightning in terms of clock frequencies. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning comes with the standard 3 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 384-bit interface.

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In addition to the Radeon R9 290X Lightning, MSI has also showed off their latest A88X chipset based boards which were spotted by PCPerspective. The motherboards include the first A88X chipset based gaming board called the A88XM Gaming and the A88XI ITX motherboard featuring support for next generation Kaveri APU.MSI A88XM Gaming Motherboard A88X Chipset

Images are courtesy of PCPerspective!

MSI A88X Chipset Based A88XM Gaming and A88XI ITX Spotted

The MSI A88XM Gaming features the FM2+ socket and A88X chipset which will support Kaveri, Richland and Trinity generation of accelerated processing units. The motherboard sticks with the Dragoon style design with black and red color scheme which looks attractive. The motherboard comes with an extremely high quality PCB design which incorporates the Military Class IV components such as High C-Cap, Dark Cap and Super Ferrite Chokes to enable the most stable working and gaming experience.

The board is powered by a 24-Pin ATX connector while the socket is supplied power through the 8-Pin connector slot. The power area and VRMs are cooled with two heatsinks interconnected with heatpipe to direct heat off the board. A third heatsink is placed on the A88X chipset which features an embedded Dragoon logo. There are four DDR3 memory slots on the board capable of supporting upto 32 GB memory with frequency of upto 2400 MHz (OC) while expansion slots include two PCI-E 3.0 x16 and two PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots.

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MSI has showcased their latest Radeon R9 290X Lightning at the CES 2014 booth which features the flagship Tri-Frozr cooling and custom PCB design for unprecedented cooling and overclocking performance for PC enthusiasts and overclockers.MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning

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MSI Showcases Radeon R9 290X Lightning At CES 2014

The MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning features the AMD Hawaii XT GPU sporting 2816 Stream processors, 176 TMUs, 64 Render back-ends and a 4 GB GDDR5 memory operating along a 512-bit bus interface. The core and memory frequencies were not mentioned but we are certain that the card would be clocked beyond the 1000 MHz mark for the core.

From previous leaked PCB shots, we know that the Radeon R9 290X Lightning is going to feature the most power-ful PCB ever produced for the Hawaii GPU with a 12+3+2 phase power design that would be powered through an 6-Pin and dual 8-Pin connectors. So that’s alot of power being fed to the core and components which means LN2 overclockers have something of a treat headed to them.

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MSI has their hands full as they get ready for CES 2014 preparing several new products for their Gaming lineup. In addition to the non-reference Radeon R9 290 series boards, AMD is also preparing the Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX and Radeon R9 280X Gaming with 6 GB VRAM.

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MSI Preparing Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX and Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6 GB

Since it launch, MSI has been expanding its Gaming lineup with several new products such as the recent Z87I Gaming M-ITX motherboard and GTX 760 Gaming ITX graphics card. MSI is going to make two new additions to this lineup with a new ITX form factor product and a higher memory buffer graphics card for those who prefer to play on ultra-high resolutions.

MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX

The MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX is the first ITX form factor graphics card based on an AMD GPU since the last one we saw from MSI and ASUS featured the GK104 Kepler core (GTX 760). The Radeon R9 270X doesn’t sacrifice any bit of performance due to its form factor and comes with MSI’s Radax cooling design which has been detailed below.

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MSI recently teased their upcoming Radeon R9 290X Gaming edition graphic card which has now been pictured in its full glory by GDM.OR.JP. The MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming edition known as the Twin Frozr 4S OC graphics card would feature their high-performance Twin Frozr 4S cooling solution combined with a non-reference PCB layout.MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC

MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC Gaming Edition Graphic Card Spotted

MSI’s Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC falls in their Gaming lineup which was recently introduced and is aimed primarily towards gamers and enthusiasts. We don’t have any specific details on the clock speeds but its easy to say that the card would feature some sort of factory overclocks apart from its regular specifications which include 2816 Stream processors, 64 ROPs, 4 GB GDDR5 memory and a 512-Bit Bus. Power would be fed through an 8+6 Pin connector configuration and the card would be able to support upto 4-Way Multi-GPU functionality. Display outputs will include the regular Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a display port.

As for the PCB, we are looking at a non-reference design featuring MSI’s top of the line Military Class IV features and components so overclocking won’t be a hassle on this red machine. For cooling, MSI tops up the PCB with a Twin Frozr 4S cooler that’s larger than the current Twin Frozr 4 cooler featuring a support bracket, backplate and two 100mm fans with propeller blade design pushing air towards a large aluminum fin array block.

The gaming world has been caught into the race to the 4K standard and now MSI has taken the first step to a Mobile 4k Standard; introducing the world’s first 3K gaming laptop.The best part is: MSI realizes that the 3k Resolution would be heaven-sent for professionals on the go and has thus also given the option for a Quadro Variant.

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MSI GT60 20D-261US 3K Ultra HD Gaming Laptop and Optional Workstation Variant.

The MSI GT60 20D-261US (wow that’s a mouthful) is an absolute beast in terms of mobile gaming power. It will feature the GTX 780M and the Intel i7-4700MQ Processor, coupled with 16 GB of 1600Mhz DDR3L Ram. The exact resolution is 2880×1620 and the screen size 15.6 inch, though we have no information of the color gamut of the screen.However keep one thing in mind, such a high gaming resolution and only one Gtx 780m would mean you would have to compromise on the 60fps standard in some games (Crysis 3 at 3k with one 780m? Dream On). In our opinion 1080p/1440p/60fps is just fine for a 15.1 Laptop screen. Now onto the optional workstation variant.



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