We'd heard MSI was seriously considering a pair of Sandy Bridge all-in-one PCs, but when it comes to laptops the company's definitely going whole-hog -- it just announced no fewer than sixteen new laptops with those fancy new Intel second-generation Core processors. The chunky G-series will sport those new quad-core Core i7 chips, with the 17.3-inch GT780 and 15.6-inch GT680 delivering Dynaudio speakers, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 500 and 400-series graphics and dual SSDs, while the GR620 and GE620 are left to fend with lower specs of some sort. The F-series retains the Core i7 chips, but swaps in switchable NVIDIA GT 500-series graphics, excepting the 14-inch FX420 which makes do with Core i5 and loses the dedicated number pad. Finally, the C-series will shoot for eight hours of battery life. MSI's not dropping terribly detailed specs at this point (though you'll find a few in the gallery below) but if you're aiming high, you won't have long to wait for a rig -- that GT680's hitting later this month for $1,500, and the top-tier GT780 in Q2 of this year. PR after the break.
Update: Guess what we saw when the press conference ended, and we stood up to leave? Those Sandy Bridge all-in-one PCs. Find pictures (and specs!) in gallery number three.
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MSI's Sandy Bridge notebook lineup at CES 2011
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MSI's Sandy Bridge laptop lineup - press shots
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MSI AE2410 and AE2210 all-in-one PCs, eyes-on
Surges into 2011 with Complete Lineup of Intel Sandy Bridge and Huron River Notebooks, All-in-One PCs and Components
Intel-powered devices deliver outstanding user experience – from superior computing functions to high quality graphics
LAS VEGAS (CES South Hall, Booth 30359) – Jan. 5, 2011 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today unveiled its new line-up of notebooks, all-in-one devices and components powered by Intel's next generation Sandy Bridge Platform.
MSI 2011 NOTEBOOKS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The G Series – World's Fastest Gaming Notebooks
The MSI R&D team worked hand in hand with world-class gamers to develop the new G Series that truly exceeds gamers' needs. The new, powerful GT780, GT680, GE620 and GR620 notebooks will all come packed with the much anticipated second generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad core processor, and USB 3.0 ports that enable lightening fast transfer speeds and connections with external hard drives or handheld electronics.
GT780 and GT680: The 17.3 inch GT780 and 15.6 inch GT680 feature advanced DirectX 11-ready nVidia GeForce GTX 500 Series and 400 Series graphics cards along with Dynaudio speakers, delivering both advanced graphics performance and true-to-life sound quality. MSI also incorporates its own Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) technology which instantly throttles up system speeds to deliver one of the fastest, most powerful gaming notebooks in the world. In addition to accelerated dual SSD storage, the GT680 also includes 4 SO-DIMM DDR3 memory slots to boost system memory capacity to 16GB.
GR620 and GE620: The 15.6 inch GR620 and GE620 are designed for casual gamers who can now go into battle knowing that they are packing the most powerful hardware available, including nVidia GeForce GT Series discrete graphics cards.
The GT680 will ship in late January, with a base price of $1,499.99; the GT780 is slated to ship in Q2 2011.
The F Series – The Fusion of Fashion and Performance
The all-new MSI F Series notebooks are the ultimate blend of chic design and powerful performance. Packed with Intel second generation Core processors and GMA3000 display chips, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, the F Series automatically adapts to the task at hand, increasing its performance and enhancing your multimedia experience. MSI will display several F Series models at CES 2011, including the 17.6 inch FX720 and FR720, and 15.6 inch FX620 and FR620 models featuring the latest Intel Core i7 processor . The smallest form factor of the F Series, the 14-inch FX420, is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor, designed to provide performance at a slightly lower price point.
To enable high performance graphics processing capabilities, the FX420, FX620, and FX720 units
include discrete graphics modes, which support DirectX 11's high performance NVIDIA GeForce GT
500 Series discrete graphics card with 1GB DDR3 of display memory Additionally, MSI's GPU Boost technology provides automatic graphics switching, so when processing high load graphics applications, the GPU Boost technology switches to the discrete graphics card for powerful performance to maximize your multimedia entertainment experience.
The new F Series models are scheduled to launch in Q1 2011, priced from $699.99.
MSI All-IN-ONE-UNITS: HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND UNPRECEDENTED CONVENIENCE
Adding to its popular line of all-in-one (AIO) PC units, MSI took the wraps off the Wind Top AE2210 and AE2410, which deliver a new level of home entertainment experience combined with unmatched convenience. The two new models feature MSI's Super Charger Technology, which allows users to charge devices through one of its two USB 3.0 ports even while the computer is turned off.
The USB 3.0 ports also provide 40% faster recharging times compared to a normal USB, and ultra-fast data transfer speeds.
Both models feature a 16:9 theater-grade widescreen display and a 1080P Full HD high resolution panel. Built on Intel's newest high performance Sandy Bridge platform, online gamers won't need to upgrade in order to receive the benefits of a discrete graphics card. Quick Sync Video technology allows for easier editing and enjoyment of videos, while Clear Video HD technology provides an all-new experience with a richer and more detailed picture, all without stretching your budget. The new AIOs are slated to ship in Q1 2011, with the 21.5" AE2210 starting at $799.99 and the 23.6" AE2410 starting at $899.99
MSI COMPONENTS: HIGH QUALITY, HIGH PERFORMANCE
The latest additions to MSI's components range include Intel next generation Sandy Bridge P67 and H67 motherboards series featuring Military Class II components and the OC Genie II overclocking wizard, which are implemented in both series for the first time. The Intel P67/H67 mainboard series from MSI is a complete single solution for high quality, high stability and high performance.
Additionally, a number of MSI-exclusive features have been equipped on the Intel P67/H67 mainboard series. These include:
Instant OC real-time OC function in Control Center II
Graphical Unified EFI BIOS Interface
Multiple BIOS recovery design
Super Charger for quick charge of iPad, iPhone and other smart phones
THX TruStudio PRO surround sound technology
USB3.0 and native SATA 6Gb/s technologies to significantly enhance data transfer speeds
For its VGA range, MSI unveiled the next-generation thermal design using the exclusive "Propeller Blade" technology: Twin Frozr III and Cyclone II. When compared with conventional designs, the propeller design can boost airflow by 20%, making both graphic cards a prime choice for integrating performance and temperature control.
Furthermore, MSI's N460GTX Hawk triple overvoltage graphics card won this year's 2011 International CES Innovations Award, which illustrates MSI's continuing emphasis on R&D and innovation in 2011.
For more information on MSI please visit www.msi.com.