MSI has shown today its new CX70 and CR70 multimedia laptops powered by Intel’s new generation Ivy Bridge processors, on its official website.
The new Ivy Bridge CPU has Turbo Boost 2.0 technology and the expected HD Graphics. Only the CX70 will sport a discrete graphics card, while the CR70 buyer will have to make do with Intel’s HD Graphics.
MSI says that these models are for people "looking for the biggest bang for your buck in terms of multimedia performance and style."
MSI’s notebooks have always been known for having lots of features for a good price, or just the best price on the market, with or without considerable features.
When it comes to the design, they’ve always had a Spartan look, completely blending with any ordinary laptops out there and lacking any kind of design or style effort.
The CX70 and CR70 notebooks are no different. They sport no special design, no special materials, finish or texture. Just the plain black or grey look most laptops have.
The 17” screen is animated by a discrete graphics card from Nvidia. It’s powered by the GeForce GT640M GPU, and comes with 2G DDR memory. MSI says it scores 7261 points in the 3D Mark Vantage test.
To try and balance between the excellent performance of the discrete graphics card and a decent battery life, MSI touts its MSI GPU Boost technology. This may sound like some automatic overclocking of the graphics part of the laptop, but it’s just the technology that will switch between the processor’s iGPU and the discrete graphics card as the 3D load varies.
On the connectivity side, the new notebooks from MSI come with two USB 3.0 ports and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, able to transfer data at up to 24 Mb/s.
It also has an HDMI port and an D-SUB standard VGA connector along with a card reader.
Pricing has not yet been announced.