Slim and Windy - MSI @ Computex 2009 (Updated with Videos!)


MSI's Motherboards

MSI's Motherboards

As expected, MSI continues to expand its DrMOS technology to all its motherboards. Additionally, auto-overclocking is also a concern, with MSI including quite a few of its newer technologies on the latest boards, like OC Dial and Max FSB.

Lynnfield is the next big mainstream processor from Intel but it's not expected until later this year. Of course, that's not stopping practically all the motherboards from showcasing the processor along with their own compatible P55 chipset

While we have all seen the Eclipse, the Plus version is MSI's latest high-end X58 representative. It brings MSI's newest OC technologies, like OC Dial and Max FSB to the series.

The more 'mainstream' of the two P55 motherboards displayed by MSI, the P55-GD65 comes with OC Genie for one-touch overclocking. Whether that works all the time will depend on the configuration. From our experience with such tools, it's a hit or miss.

The more extreme P55-GD80 from MSI has an extra graphics slot for 3-way CrossFire/SLI, along with more SATA ports.

Again, this is not exactly the newest product that MSI has at its booth, but the mATX X58M is one of the first X58 boards to bring the entry price for Core i7 lower, to around US$170.

Of course not forgetting the AMD side of it, MSI has done a great job with its 790GX and 790FX boards so we have high hopes for its 785G -E65, which is a slight upgrade of the 780G chipset but it's mostly the same. It's coming soon however, so do look out for it if that class of chipset is what you're hunting.