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Z77 MPOWER is the world's first OC Certified mainboard. With the Z77 MPOWER, MSI is changing the game for everyone looking to get the best performance out of their CPU without worrying about long-term stability. Thanks to the OC Essentials, Military Class III components and Twin Frozr IV based thermal design the MSI Z77 MPOWER can withstand extreme loads in long duration overclocking tests. All in all, the MSI Z77 MPOWER promises to be the best choice for gamers and overclockers alike.More info
Equipped with AMD's 28 nm Radeon HD 7970 GPU, the MSI R7970 Lightning features an all-new Unlocked Digital Power Architecture that incorporates an Unlocked BIOS, Digital PWM Controller, and Enhanced Power Design to boost overclocking potential to new heights and make overclocking easier than ever.More info
MSI introduces the flagship design concept of Lightning series into R7870 Hawk which is equipped with AMD Radeon HD 7870 GPU and 2GB GDDR5 memory. MSI R7870 Hawk adopts Unlocked Digital Power that incorporates an Unlocked BIOS, Digital PWM Controller, and Enhanced Power Design to boost overclocking potential and make overclocking easier than ever.More info
Expanded graphics card support, enhanced on-board features that include Thunderbolt on some models, and more-robust voltage control are all good reasons to consider paying a little extra for a higher-end motherboard. Today we examine five top choices.
Two enormous voltage regulator heat sinks, three graphics card slots, and an I/O panel full of connectors are perfect examples of how MSI sees its Z77A-G45 taking back the value crown from a certain similarly-priced competitor. Aesthetics aside, we'll put those big sinks to use in our heat and overclocking analysis.
The board that most review sites used for their Z77 Express previews, MSI's Z77A-GD65 sports a number of similar design attributes as its competition. MSI has its own hybrid digital voltage regulator however, which could give the board a small boost in overclocking stability.
A year after its debut on Apple platforms, Thunderbolt is finally available for PCs. Both fast and scalable, the technology's 10 Gb/s connectivity and potential for external graphics promises to inspire innovation. But is it ready for prime time?
MSI's family of Lightning-branded graphics cards is notorious for going over-the-top, and its R7970 is no exception. Measuring 11.75” x 5.5” x 1.5”, this is the second-longest card in our comparison. It's the heaviest, for sure, at 2 lb 7 oz. And at $549.99 on Newegg, it's also the most expensive. What sort of hardware does this board deliver in exchange for its higher price tag?
We always hear that today's hardware offers more value for your dollar than anything seen previously. It's a claim so overused as to be a complete cliché. But it's true. Technology keeps getting faster, but prices remain relative what the market will bear for every tier of performance. With that in mind, how do you choose the right product in a sea of offerings that are faster, yes, but also so...
Although the game had significant performance issues when it was released, Bulletstorm now benefits from the latest graphics drivers and a patch from its developers. Now is the perfect time to see what kind of hardware this game requires for smooth play.
AMD's 1 GB Radeon HD 6950s are certainly cheaper than their 2 GB predecessors. But are they really a better value? In theory, the Cayman GPU runs out of steam before 2 GB is needed. So, we're comparing five custom 1 GB cards to the 2 GB part to find out.