MSI Introduces AIO Gaming Desktops with GTX 980M and 970M

MSI have launched their latest two All-In-One desktop systems aimed at gamers, the AG270 2QE and the AG270 2QC. These are the first AIO systems to feature the newest Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M and 970M discrete graphics cards, but that’s just one of the many features added to improve the gaming experience.

The only difference between the two new models is the graphics card that is either the GTX 970M with 6GB VRAM or the GTX980M with 8GB VRAM depending on the model and both these graphics cards should run your latest games without any trouble.

The AG270 All-in-One has a 27-inch LED screen that runs at a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It features Multi-touch with 10 points and has Anti-Flicker, Anti-Glare and Less Blue Light technologies to reduce the eyestrain when having those marathon gaming sessions. There is also a 2 megapixel HD webcam built-in for the streaming or video-chat sessions.

MSI has teamed up with Yamaha for the sound and they are using 5W + 5W speakers and an amplifier within the AG270. Each speaker features a built-in full-range monomer, and an independent subwoofer monomer to form a 2-way speaker system.

Both models are powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4860HQ quad-core processor with a base speed of 2.4GHz and a Turbo mode up to 3.6GHz. The Intel HM87 Chipset is in control and the system supports up to 16GB DDR3 SO-DIMM over two slots.

When we get to the storage, the whole thing gets very interesting. Both models have the MSI Super Raid 2 that supports three mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 for read speeds up to 1500 MB/s. Of course, there’s also a 3.5-inch 7200RPM SATA Harddisk available. For the external storage requirements, it has a tray-in DVD Super Multi & Blu-Ray writer and a 3-in-1 card reader.

In order to provide all the connectivity a gamer could want, MSI have added the Killer LAN E2205 Gigabit Ethernet controller with its well-known QoS system designed for streams and gaming. The wireless part is covered by an Intel Dual-band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac and Bluetooth module.

There are plenty of connection options on this all-in-one wonder with four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. One of the USB 3 ports supports super-charging. It has one HDMI-in and one HDMI-out as well as a D-Sub VGA out. Internally it has two Mini PCI-E expansion slots where one is covered by the Wi-Fi module and the other one can be filled with an optional TV Tuner card, or anything else you’d like that exists in that expansion form-factor.

Nvidia’s new graphics cards barely use any power, so a 230W AC adapter is enough to power this entire machine. It measures 672.23 x 66 x 482.96 mm and it weighs 16.15kg. No word on pricing or availability yet.

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Lenovo updates ThinkCentre Series with M83 Mini Tower and SFF

Lenovo has updated the ThinkCentre series with the new M83 desktop PC that will be available as either a mini-tower or a small-form-factor unit (SSF). The ThinkCentre products are designed for business users who require increased processing power while maintaining a space-saving design.

With a product aimed at the business users like the ThinkCentre M83 is, it comes with a long list of useful security features. It has Lenovo’s Smart USB Protection that allows administrators to control access to all USB ports. This can prevent data theft and unnecessary risk of infections with malware and viruses. It also has the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that encrypts data and key information like passwords and digital certificates. Physical security includes a Cable lock, a Padlock Loop, a Chassis Intrusion Switch and Absolute Computrace Support.

The M83 isn’t shy about its hardware and has either a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4770 or Core i5-4430 / 4570 / 4670 processors and supports up to 32GB DDR3-1600 memory over 4 DIMM slots. It can either use the Intel iGPU for the graphics or have the Radeon HD8470 / HD 8570, Nvidia GeForce GT620 / GT630 or Nvidia Quadro 410 discrete graphics cards. The chipset used is the Intel Q85.

There’s also plenty of options to choose from when it comes to storage. The M83 has the options of 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDDs from 250 GB to 2TB and 2.5-inch 5400 RPM HDDs from 320GB to 1TB size. You can also get the M83 with 2.5-inch SSHDs in either 500GB or 1TB size and pure SSDs from 128GB to 180GB size. As optical drive, you have the choice of DVD-ROM or DVD-Recorder.

There is plenty of connection options on both models with two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks on the front. The rear has four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as well as options for two PS/2 connectors for mouse and keyboard. It has 1 serial port default while a second can be added and the same goes for the parallel port. It also has an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector, audio jacks and supports up to three independent displays with the D-Sub VGA and two DisplayPort connections.

There’s also a choice of options on the wireless capabilities with 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth combo, 802.11 ac WiFi as well as 802.11 b/g/n WiFi with and without Bluetooth. For maximum enterprise compatibility there is a wide variety of operating systems to choose from and you can have it come with Windows 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate, as well as Windows 8 Basic and Pro.

Lenovo also applied their Intelligent Cooling Engine 3.0 to the new M83 systems that will allow you to prioritising between either sound level or cooling effect. It further has the option to send out a warning before any actual overheating issues start. It has excellent energy ratings and you can get these systems with Platinum rated power supplies that have a rating of over 92% efficiency.

The mini tower measures 415 x 175 x 442 mm and weighs 11.2kg while the SFF model only measures 338 x 102 x 375 mm and weighs 7.8 kg. The ThinkCentre M83 will be available in October, starting at approximately $599

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Intel May Feature SATA Express Interface In Their Intel 9-Series Chipset


In just 2 months from now, Intel would be launching their 4th Generation Core series ‘Haswell’ processor family followed by 8-Series ‘Lynx Point’ motherboard chips.

The 8 Series Lynx Point Chipset will be providing SATA III bandwidth on all 6 SATA ports. If looking at things with Intel’s current generation of motherboard chipsets, the 7th series chips can only support a combination of 2x SATA III ports.

But according to the roadmap VR-Zone Chinese edition provide, it seems that Intel is preparing 2 new chipset in the 9th Series lineup most likely to be introduced with ‘Broadwell’: Z97 to target enthusiasts and H97 made primarily for mainstream end-users.

The 9 Series maybe the first class of motherboard to feature SATA Express. There’s no clear information yet, but it seems that SATA Express is currently being drafted by the SATA I-O and classified under ‘SATA Rev 3.2’. SATA Express is a SATA link layer over the chipset’s PCIe channels, but it does maintain backward compatibility with existing and older SATA standards, but with reduced performance speed in comparison with this standard.

If this is true and if Intel does implement this on the 9 Series motherboards, SATA Express could provide 1000 MB/s of bandwidth throughput per direction for hard drives.

Via: Techpowerup!