New products - First looks, May 2012 (Part 3) - MSI Z77-GD55 Motherboard, Motorola Atrix 2, NVIDIA GTX 680

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MSI Z77-GD55 Motherboard - Preemptive strike

Intel's next generation processor, the "Ivy Bridge", has yet to hit the market, and yet component makers are already fast catching up by launching an army of Z77 based components. MSI is no different, starting off early with the MSI Z77-GD55 motherboard. The Z77-GD55 brings back all the things we all love about MSI motherboards: Military Class III components, PCIe 3.0, it's all here. Other features such as OC Genie and the ClickBIOS UEFI also return as welcome features to the MSI Z77-GD55.

Description: Description: MSI Z77-GD55 Motherboard

MSI Z77-GD55 Motherboard

Price: TBA


Motorola Atrix 2 - The Atrix returns with some fashion

When the first Motorola Atrix came out some years ago, it opened up a whole host of ideas as to what users can do with their smartphones, giving them the freedom of choice between either hooking it up to a bigger display (thus turning it into a computer), or to bring it along for a walk as a portable entertainment device. Motorola has improved on the Atrix by making a few changes that would make the device a lot more appealing to consumers. These include the inclusion of a new dual-core A9 Cortex processor. Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 8GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card. Similar to the old Atrix, the WebTop dock enables users to hook up the Atrix 2 to a 1080p display, allowing users to treat the smartphone as a computer with a keyboard and mouse.


Description: Description: Motorola Atrix 2

Motorola Atrix 2

Price: TBA


NVIDIA GTX 680 - Kepler the crippler has arrived

Much noise has been made about NVIDIA's Kepler-based GTX 680, but based on the initial reviews that have been making its rounds on the Internet, NVIDIA's latest graphical beast appears to have blown everything the other camp has out of the proverbial water.

Introducing new tech such as GPU Boost and Adaptive V-Sync, the new GTX 680 is capable of automatically overclocking itself based on the temperature of the card and how much workload it's currently processing. This actually leads to better scalability and lower power consumption compared to the other powerhouse GPUs that are out there in the market. Undoubtedly, component makers such as ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE have all come forth to bring their own flavour of Kepler, so be sure to look out for our reviews in the coming issues!

Description: Description: NVIDIA GTX 680


Price: TBA


MSI Lightning R7970 - Unlocking hidden potential

MSI's Lightning series of GPUs have always been top-of-the-line products, and this has continued with the Lightning R7970. Powered by AMD's 28nm HD 7970, the card features an all-new Unlocked Digital Power Architecture that incorporates an unlocked BIOS, Digital PWM Controller and Enhanced Power Design to boost graphics potential and make overclocking easier. It also implements the innovative GPU Reactor, a power supply module which increases power current by 88%, and the next generation Twin Frozr IV cooling technology that features two 10cm PWM fans with Propeller Blade Technology. MSI has also developed the 3x3 OC Kits that enable users to quickly fine-tune and track the performance of the R7970 with the Afterburner OC software.

Description: Description: MSI Lightning R7970

MSI Lightning R7970

Price: TBA


Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Mid Tower Case - Designed by builders, for builders

PC building enthusiasts should be familiar with Corsair, a brand that specialises in making computer cases and components. The company has just released its latest mid-tower casing, the Obsidian 550D. Featuring two 120mm intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan, it is more than enough to deliver the airflow required for a high-performance system. It also has extra touches such as magnetically mounted dust filters and s side-panel removal button. With eight expansion slots for graphics cards, six tool-free 3.5-inch hard drive bays and integrated 2.5 inch SSD support, the top drive cage can also be removed to accommodate 425mm graphics cards. The Obsidian 550D is made from stamped steel and brush aluminium, which provides both durability and style.

Description: Description: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Mid Tower Case

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Mid Tower Case

Price: $ 185


Epson GPS Running Monitor - Keeping pace

The Epson arm of Seiko Epson Corporation is known for their lineup of printers more than anything else, so colour us surprised when we found this gem of a device in the Epson GPS Running Monitor. It's touted as the world's lightest GPS-enabled running monitor, featuring a svelte design and long-lasting batteries. Despite its compact size, the monitor has a remarkably accurate built-in GPS module. Strapped to a wrist, it will provide runners with accurate performance data on the fly, including distance, pace, and speed, on any course whatsoever. The running monitor can operate for up to 12 hours on a full charge with GPS tracking on - more than enough time for long-distance events. And unlike other GPS monitors, the Epson GPS Running Monitor is water resistant up to 50 metres, which means that users can use it even while swimming.

Description: Description: Epson GPS Running Monitor

Epson GPS Running Monitor

Price: N/A


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