MSI releases a new gaming laptop that turns a price-performance brand into a brand that offers something different to gamers.
MSI has surprised us with a gaming laptop that looks very different from what we’re used to. Their latest gaming laptops have gone from affordable prices, to amazing specs and high prices, which has hurt their reputation with their user base a bit; this model, however, makes up for its price with a much smaller size and a specs that we haven’t seen before in laptops of this brand. The MSI GS70 is undoubtedly an uncommon gaming laptop without an equal in Europe, clearly designed to compete against the 17-inch Razer Blade Pro.
The new MSI GS70 is very beautifully-looking, surprisingly thin for a gaming laptop, and also features the latest hardware, something I’d like to especially point out. That’s why I’ll start by telling you what the hardware of this model with the latest components is capable of.
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The Mini-ITX mother boards represent the next step for small-sized high-end computers. Thanks to models like these, you can now enjoy powerful machines in a reduced space.
Recently, we’ve been able to test one of the most powerful and latest mother boards. The model we’ll analyze today can be considered one of them, except, perhaps for their limited number of components you can install. This is a very small high-end mother board that will let us take advantage of the latest components while using minimal space.
This small (100x100mm) motherboard features the Z87, the latest and most powerful chipset from the company, which supports 4th generation Intel Haswell Core from the K series to enjoy the best performance but with a small computer.
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The new generation of barebones from Shuttle is compatible with 4th generation Intel Core processors with Intel’s high-performance H87 chipset.
A very interesting feature about the XPC from Shuttle is that they take compact solutions to the next level, getting rid of the limitations of small computers and making solutions easier. With a Shuttle XPC you can simply add a processor, memory and a storage device and you’ll have a smaller, quieter high-end PC. Also, the XPC offer something the Mini-ITX systems don’t: a proprietary motherboard that greatly increases performance.
Its specs make this the second best Intel chipset for this generation. The H87 does everything the Z87 does except for the over clocking customizations, because over clocking isn’t really what this model is about. This model is designed to have a powerful PC without much hassle, totally functional and with the latest technologies.
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Two GTX 780 GPUs that leave the reference model way behind to offer proprietary designs with better frequencies, improved cooling systems and more effective noise reduction.
Nvidia has done a great job with their reference models, but there is always room for improvement and the two models we’ll review today will demonstrate just that. These two graphics cards are a dream come true for those who want the absolute best; to improve the performance to the maximum level, they have high-end noise and temperature control systems. These models are the dream of every gamer, and today we will not only review them, but also pit them against each other and compare them.
ASUS Geforce GTX 780 DirectCU OC.
The design of this GPU is simply amazing. It’s quite bigger than the average graphics card, and the cooling system uses big nickel-plated copper heat pipes that transport the heat from the components through a massive aluminum-made radiation system.
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The new Haswell processors from Intel are already available in stores now, so it’s a good moment to pit them against each other and see what the best option for you is.
The Z87 is Intel’s flagship chipset, and therefore one of the most complete in the market. We’ve picked the best mother boards on the market, from the biggest retailers in the country. In this comparison, we will pit some mother boards against each other, all of them with prices near the 300 Euros.
Asrock Z87 Extreme9/AC.
Asrock’s products tend to be simple, to-the-point and effective, and this mother board is no exception. Thanks to its high-quality integration, nice over clocking possibilities and interesting prices, this is one solid board. However, it is important to note that this is one of the most advanced mother boards on the market, so don’t expect it to be cheap.
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Games are one the most resource-demanding software, so it’s vital to learn how to maximize the performance of your computer with several optimization tools.
Nowadays, and ever since computers were made available to the general public, the PC has always been a very important platform for gaming. Hundreds of computer games exist, most of them for Windows, and just like the hardware they are in a constant state of improvement and innovation, which often means PC games have better graphics and superior visuals than its console counterparts. This constant evolution means PC games demand more powerful hardware every year and feature increasingly detailed graphics, more filters and better textures. Naturally, with each of these improvements, upgrading your graphics card over time becomes a necessity.
Luckily, not everything is about hardware, there are many ways to improve our computer’s performance without upgrading or replacing hardware, like freeing hard disk space, redirecting every resource to the game at hand, keeping the graphics drivers up to date and optimizing the operative system in general to play games.
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The company has shown us at firsthand the new gaming tablets Razer Edge and the new portable Razer Blade.
Razer, one of the main sponsors of the Dreamhack Valencia 2013, has shown us two of their most interesting devices, we are talking about the gaming tablet Razer Edge and laptop Blade, both devices have features that make them something beyond common and very exclusive.
We started with the Razer Edge, a tablet made by and for players, with a hardware more appropriate of a laptop than a tablet, we are talking about an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB and DDR3 memory for the standard version and a Core i7 with 8 GB and DDR3 for the Edge Pro. Both share the integrated graphics Intel HD 4000 with a Nvidia GeForce GT 640M with 2 GB of shared memory. The screen is 10.1 inches with IPS panel and 1366 x 768 pixel resolution in both models.
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A new generation of gaming and multimedia computers has arrived with the release of the new 4th generation Intel Core platform, and also the release of the new graphical chips from Nvidia. Today, we will review all of them in this article.
Ultra books’ increase in popularity makes our attention to be centered on these new low-end models. However, not everyone is looking for this kind of computer; there will always be a consumer looking for a better performance, options for upgrading, storage, etc. The Acer Aspire V3-722 is a good example of these computers designed for those who want the best possible performance for them. It also is the best gaming laptop under $1000.
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At first sight, it may appear the guys at Razer have made a black Macbook Pro Retina. Design and comparisons aside, the 2013 edition of the Razer Blade is much more than that. This 14-inch laptop combines the weight and size of a small, affordable laptop, with the power required for mid/high-end games.
Sacrificing performance – especially graphical- over size is one of the most common issues among laptops. And while it’s true that the latest generation of graphics cards featured with the new Intel Haswell processors have greatly improved in this regard, there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
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MacBook Air is Not “the best laptop for everyone” – but the best and best selling single model in the $1099-1850 price range – that’s entry level to fully optioned out. I infer “best selling model” from a) Apple’s small number of SKU’s and length of time between models and b) from the fact that Apple has 90% market share in the $1000 and up price category.
Battery life is a bigger deal to me than “retina resolution” – I’m perfectly happy with the 1600×1200 monitor on my desktop and can deal with 1440×900 (though I think that that or even1080p might have been achievable with say, 10.5 hours of battery life and I would have gone all “yaay.”)
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