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MSI Impresses with Strong Notebook Lineup at COMPUTEX 2013

MSI Impresses with Strong Notebook Lineup at COMPUTEX 2013

Earlier today at COMPUTEX 2013, we were given the opportunity to learn more about MSI's latest products for 2013. Among these products are a plethora of notebooks that are targeted for gamers. Collectively marketed under the 'Dragoon' banner, these notebooks are equipped with the latest components and features such as Intel's new 4th Generation Core processors, AMD's new A8 and A10 APUs, as well as the new Super RAID 2. We take a look at some of the notebooks and their featured technology in this article.

Super RAID 2

Super RAID 2 is essentially the use of three SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration. In this configuration, read speeds of up to 1,500MB/s can be achieved, delivering exceptionally fast loading times. You'll definitely be the first player to enter a game in DOTA 2 with this feature.

NOS

Appropriately named after nitrous oxide, the NOS feature is unique offering in MSI notebooks. What it does is automatically overclock both the CPU and GPU to provide an extra boost in performance for a limited time. The NOS feature is activated when the notebook's A/C adapter is plugged in, and when the charge in the battery is above 30%. If the battery's charge goes under 30% or if the A/C adapter is unplugged, NOS will deactivate. Note that you won't get that psychedelic lighting effects you saw in the Fast and the Furious series when they activated the NOS in their cars.

Cooler Boost 2

This feature adds a heatpipe between the CPU and GPU to effectively dissipate more heat. With this additional heatpipe installed, cooling performance is said to be up to 15% better when compared to previous generation notebooks.

Killer Doubleshot

By implementing the technology used in the Killer Ethernet networking system into a Wi-Fi adapter, lag is decreased in both wired and wireless connections. 

Meet the Notebooks

Having explained the new features available on a number of new notebooks from MSI this year, we now present you with some of the more interesting notebooks that we saw earlier today:

MSI Mousebook

The MSI Mousebook is a prototype notebook that has a removable touchpad. When removed, the touchpad will act as a wireless mouse. A perfect solution for traveling executives who don't mind a gaping hole in the middle of their notebook's palmrest area.

MSI GT 70

A refreshed version of MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the new GT 70 sports all of the features discussed above. It definitely outshines the extra-terrestrial competition in terms of performance and features, but its build quality still puts a small cloud of doubt on one's mind.

Quick Specs:

  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 17.3-inch Full HD display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
  • Super RAID 2
  • Killer Doubleshot

MSI GS 60

Taking a leaf out of a certain blade, the MSI GS is another prototype notebook that features an LCD touch panel that allows you to access quick commands in select games.

MSI S20

Though better defined as a hybrid, it still has the functionality of a notebook, so we included it in this article. This device has an 11.6-inch, 10-point touch screen that slides into a tablet or notebook at will. 

Quick Specs:

  • 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • 11.6-inch Full HD, IPS display
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 128GB/64GB SSD

MSI GE 40 'Dragon Eyes'

With a good mixture of portability and performance, the SE 40 is probably the best gaming notebook to aim for. It has a 14-inch 1600x900 display, and is powered by a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. Definitely something you'd want to carry around and showoff at your nearest Old Town Kopitiam.

Quick Specs:

  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Super RAID
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M

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