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MSI have announced their first SSDs, and they’re incredibly fast

You probably know MSI from their graphics cards, motherboards, gaming laptops or even their extensive line-up of mice, keyboards and headsets, but now the component maker has announced they're going to start making SSDs as well. Unveiled last night during their CES press conference, MSI have already got two NVMe drives lined up for launch later this year, and both of them will support the…

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Asus and MSI announce Z590 motherboards for Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs

Asus and MSI have lifted the lid on their upcoming line-up of Z590 motherboards for Intel's soon-to-be-released 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs. Launching on January 27th, these new motherboards will be primed and ready for Rocket Lake, and Asus have confirmed their boards will be backwards compatible with Intel's existing 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs as well..

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Feature: Nvidia's BFGPU is a big friggin' waste of time and money

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 review

Billed as the "big ferocious graphics card" (or BFGPU) of Nvidia's new RTX 30 line-up, the RTX 3090 is effectively their new Titan card in all but name. With a huge 24GB of GDDR6X memory and a massive 10496 CUDA cores, its specs look positively beastly compared to the RTX 3080, but in practice it's anything but. While Nvidia have happily talked up how the…

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Feature: A beast of an RTX 3080 card

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio review

The RTX 3080 continues to be sold out almost everywhere, but when it does finally come back in stock, is it worth spending that little bit extra on one of the more expensive versions of Nvidia's new flagship GPU? I've been testing the enormous MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio to find out.

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Asus, Acer, MSI and Alienware all have 360Hz gaming monitors on the way

Late last month, Asus announced that their first 360Hz gaming monitor, the ROG Swift PG259QN, was coming this September for £629 / $699, and now it's going to be joined by a load more from Acer, Alienware and MSI. All of them are going to be full-fat G-Sync monitors, and they're all going to employ next-gen IPS dual-driver panels from AU Optronics to help deliver…

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Get up to £117 of free Steam credit with MSI’s new CPU and motherboard combo deal

MSI have had some great free Steam credit offers going on with some of their AMD graphics cards over the last few months (and is still ongoing for UK buyers in the market for an RX 5600 XT, I might add), but now they've unveiled another free Steam credit giveaway, this time if you buy one of their MSI motherboards, cases or liquid coolers together…

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This 144Hz, 1440p MSI gaming monitor is just £299

A few months ago, Katharine reviewed the rather excellent (and catchily-named) MSI Optix MAG272CQR gaming monitor. While it's not the best 1440p panel we’ve looked at (that honour goes to the AOC Agon AG273QX), Katharine gave it a pretty firm thumbs up thanks to its super accurate screen and high 165Hz refresh rate. At £399, it isn't bad value, but if you’d rather save £100…

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Get a £15 Steam voucher when you buy an AMD RX 5500 XT from MSI

AMD's Radeon RX 5500 XT is one of the best graphics cards for 1080p gaming right now, but if you buy one from MSI right now, then you get another tasty treat alongside it: a £15 Steam voucher to be precise, and that's on top of the two free games that come with the card as part of AMD's current Raise the Game bundle. Don't…

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Feature: Just don't be fooled by its 'HDR Ready' sticker

MSI Optix MAG272CQR review: another fantastic 165Hz, 1440p gaming monitor

After a string of slightly disappointing 1440p gaming monitors last year, the last couple of screens that have crossed my desk have really knocked it out of the park. AOC's Agon AG273QX currently stands at the top of the pile with its superb picture quality and hassle-free FreeSync 2 HDR support (wot AMD are now calling FreeSync Premium Pro, in case you've forgotten), and now…

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I’m worried that MSI’s new HMI gaming monitor is going to kill me in my sleep

There have been plenty of new monitor announcements over the course of this week's CES tech jamboree, but none have been more terrifying than MSI's Optix MEG381CQR. This curved 38in ultrawide display is one of several new gaming screens coming from MSI this year, but it will be the first to incorporate Human Machine Interface elements, or HMI for short. It's not entirely clear what…

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Feature: A great foundation for new AMD PCs

MSI X570 Gaming Edge review: Great performance without breaking the bank

If you're thinking about buying one of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs, such as the excellent Ryzen 7 3700X, then you may want to think about pairing it with one of their new X570 motherboards. AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs still work with older AM4 motherboards, of course, including those with X470 or B450 chipsets, but they may need a BIOS update before you can start using…

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MSI publish then pull list of apparently G-Sync Compatible monitors

Last night, MSI published a news post on their website detailing which of their gaming monitors had been "effectively" deemed G-Sync Compatible monitors after running some of their own internal tests on them. This morning, that post has mysteriously vanished, suggesting something might be amiss with either the wording of the post or the list of monitors themselves. I've reached out to MSI for clarification…

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Feature: RTX 2080-level power in a 15.6in laptop

CES 2019: MSI’s ultra thin GS65 Stealth laptop gets an RTX refresh

MSI's RTX 2080-powered GS75 Stealth laptop may have been their big announcement for this year's CES, but personally I was much more taken with the next model down, the newly RTX-refreshed GS65 Stealth. Also packed with an RTX 2080 in its energy-efficient and laptop-friendly Max-Q design, MSI's calling this 15.6in laptop the most powerful ultra slim device of its respective size category, and it's a…

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Feature: A stealthy gaming laptop indeed... until you open the lid, that is

CES 2019: MSI’s GS75 Stealth is a super slim 17in laptop with an RTX 2080 crammed inside

Nvidia's RTX 2060 may have dominated most of the graphics card headlines at this year's CES, but down on the show floor you simply can't move for RTX gaming laptops. Chief among them is MSI's new GS75 Stealth, which has been shoved in my face at no fewer than three separate appointments I've been to in the last two days. This is mostly because it's…

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Feature: But a not so tiny(ish) price

MSI Trident X 9th review: A tiny(ish) RTX 2080 PC

Despite being part of the same series as MSI's console-like Trident 3 8th PC, the Trident X is a much more substantial kind of gaming desktop. It's much larger for starters, although its 396x383x130mm dimensions still place at the smaller end of the desktop PC scale, and its fixed base means it has to stand vertically instead of having the option to lie it on…

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Feature: An offer you can't refuse - this time for our US readers

Build a Black Friday PC: The best 1080p gaming PC for under $590

Black Friday is a brilliant time for upgrading your PC on the cheap, but arguably it's an even better time for first-time PC builders looking to assemble all the necessary parts for the lowest price possible. Now I've already cribbed together a PC for UK builders that can play Plunkbat and Battlefield V on max settings at 1080p for under £600, but for US builders…

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Feature: Clash of the 4K titans

RTX 2080 Ti benchmark showdown: Nvidia vs MSI vs Zotac

Despite costing an arm, a leg plus a couple of kidneys, Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has quickly established itself as the best graphics card on the planet. If you've ever wanted to play games in 4K at the highest settings without the faff of gaffer-taping two GPUs together via SLI bridges and whatnot, the RTX 2080 Ti is by far and away the best…

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Feature: An invigorating first step towards a mechanical keyboard?

MSI Vigor GK40 review: Membranical meets RGB

Let's face it, we all fear change and spending lots of money, which is probably why many of us still play games on cheap, squidgy membrane keyboards instead of sharp, expensive clicky-clacky mechanical ones. There's nothing wrong with membrane keyboards, of course, but they're not always best-suited to faster-paced games that require nice, quick and responsive finger-tapping.As a result, a good way of dipping your…

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Feature: Getting a grip

MSI Clutch GM60 review: A flexible gaming mouse that ultimately falls a bit flat

As £70 / $69 gaming mice go, the MSI Clutch GM60 is arguably one of the most adaptable mice I've seen in a while. It's ambidextrous for starters, making it a good pick for right and left-handed PC peeps alike, but you also get not one, but two pairs of magnetic side covers, an extra USB cable (one braided, one rubber) and an additional top…

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