The Z77 Chipset has now been on the market for almost a year since its first debut. During its launch we saw several products from various manufactures that jumped into the pond to bring their latest and greatest at the time. Now that we have seen this platform and chipset mature a bit, many manufacturers have hit the drawing board and are trying to revamp new revisions to this already well bloomed platform. With that being said, today we are going to look at a new motherboard from MSI. On the test bench today we have the MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard for the Intel 1155 socket platform. We have seen the well matured version of the MSI Z77-GD65 perform above the average standard and actually received our Editors Choice award during its initial release. The new MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition has spruced up its aesthetic appeal but that's not all. MSI has given this board a new set of software and hardware to meet the demands of today's gamers. Let's put it to the test and see if it lives up to its predecessor.
With a custom cooler and strong overclock, can the MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr OC shove aside the Radeon 7790 and capture the minds and hearts of budget-conscious gamers? It looks very promising on paper, so let's get it on the bench and find out.
Today's review here is a look at the non-reference MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition, a model that sports a custom cooler and a factory overclock for only $10 more than the reference design. We expect some good things from this card and Nvidia has been extremely successful with the Kepler products, so will this card measure up? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for more.
In the past few years, we have seen the motherboard competition heat up. Asus, Gigabyte and ASRock are the leaders in marketshare but we have seen others step up their game lately, especially in their Z77 products. Names like MSI, Biostar and EliteGroup are also highly recognized names in the industry. Recently we have heard rumors that Asus may purchase ASRock, thus improving their marketshare through acquisition. Of course, the other industry leaders aren't going to just let Asus take all the pie. Today we get to take a look at the MSI Z77 MPower, and determine just how much more competitive they have become to reduce the potential dominance of an Asus-ASRock team-up. Last June, we reviewed MSI's Z77-GD65 and Z77-GD55. Both motherboards shined in performance, overclocking and value, showing they can hang with the big boys. Both motherboards overclocked as well as, if not better, than any of the higher-end boards. If you think MSI is going to stay quiet about the potential industry shake up, think twice. With MSI's progression, we can easily see them filling the number 3 spot provided the aqusition goes through. If if doesn't, MSI is still on the rise giving the other big boys a run for their money.
Today is GeForce GTX 660 launch day, and we're looking at the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr, a mid-range gaming workhorse that sports the sleek cooler of the same name. We've seen this cooler on other cards models by MSI, and we came away suitably impressed at the low temperatures and noise levels. Can MSI continue the winning ways with the GTX 660 Twin Frozr? Can it beat the mid-range Radeon cards? Is it worth the money? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for the full review.
We've got the MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition on the bench today, a sexy powerhouse of a card that sports the latest Twin Frozr IV cooler, increased Base Clock speeds, improved power design, and a factory overclock that's just a tease for the voltage-tweaking overclocking possibilities. MSI impressed us with the GTX 670 Power Edition, and considering the 660 Ti sports nearly identical architecture, we're expecting very big results today with this new card. Can this MSI card put up big numbers on the bench? Click through to find out.