MSI like the other hardware companies didn’t have a whole lot of new hardware to show. The main tech focus was support of USB 3.1 featured on an X99A Gaming 9 board, as well as a USB type C connector (the small reversible one) on a Z97 board.
So yeah, faster USB, wooh. In all fairness, it’s impressive that it’s faster than Sata drive would be on it’s own. I mean it’s just USB so it’s hard to be that excited. I also think that the Type C connector is just a bit small and fragile:
And it’s green because nvidia. These are a bit underwhelming. I would have rather have seen a limited edition lightning to celebrate something that epic. But given that we’d rip off the colored cooler and put a waterblock on anyway just means its pretty meh.
There were more GPUs of course but nothing exciting:
We’d already seen these in the CyberPowerPC suite with their lightly reskinned and reconfigured versions. Above is a monster laptop with mechanical keyboard, replacable/upgradable mobile GPUs and some gold colored metal wasd keys that could be swapped out for some bling.
The screen is enormous at 18.4″ but is only 1080p. We feel that MSI really went for a build that could completely replace a desktop. The problem is that it’s no longer particularly mobile given that its huge and 10+lbs. Of course it’s not very mobile so you wonder if you’d be better off using a small and cheaper LAN rig with a better screen and more future proofing. I mean it’s cool, but I can’t see who would ever actually buy one.
We also had a USB3.1 demo on a laptop too:
Note the RGB steelseries keyboard:
We saw the same 4K laptop we saw at CyberPower, and we saw another new one with design details on the cover inspired by muscle car hoods:
The GTX965M was also new for CES and has about 2/3 the number of cores as a 980m, and also a slightly lower clock. Still it’s a decent option for light gaming.
MSI like Alienware though decided to give the option for some serious GPU power by using a standalone box that can be docked too:
Essentially there is a PCI slot running along the back there. Inside the box is a discrete GPU, a power supply and a fan:
We love these units and think they make a ton of sense. You can get a light weight ultrabook with a decent CPU and enough battery life to last at campus, then go back to your dormroom where you plug in and start using your real keyboard/mouse/monitor. For people who are torn between a desktop gaming pc or a heavy gaming laptop, or trying to afford both, this is the real way to get the best of both worlds. Plus you can easily upgrade that GPU over time too extending the useful life of your investment.
There were also some all in one desktop units, similar to last year but now with 4K:
They were slimmer too:
Then an ugly mouse to go with it:
Now to end, here’s a gallery of the rest of the suite: