MSI had a booth at Quakecon 2009 and was showing off both laptops and desktop components during the entire show.
MSI had their unreleased P55-GD80 motherboard on display, which was a little unexpected as it uses the Intel P55 Express chipset.
This board is scheduled to be released next month when Intel releases their Core i5 series of Lynnfield processors.
The MSI P55-GD80 motherboard had one unique feature that stuck out like a sore thumb to us, and that was they fact that it used a touch panel looking system for the power button, reset button, and Green Power technology button. Just above that there is the clear CMOS button and the OC Genie button that can be used to overclock the system. The LED display to the right of the OC Genie button is used for figuring out what you are doing, and the board even has +/- buttons on it to raise or lower system settings. Motherboards keep getting insane features on them, so we can only dream about what will be on them this time next year.
Those that like mobile gaming would be interested in the MSI GT725 gaming notebook that is pictured above. The MSI GT725-074US notebook PC features an enormous 17-inch LCD monitor for your viewing pleasure, providing the ultimate in realism whether you are playing games or watching a DVD. It’s also equipped with the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphic card (built-in 512 MB VRAM), exclusive MSI vivid image enhancement technology, and the latest Intel Centrino 2 processor. MSI’s exclusive Turbo Drive Engine Technology allows you to overclock the GT725 (while in AC power mode) with just a touch of the turbo button located above the keyboard. It’s powered by a 9-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 1.5 hours (depending on usage).
At the Intel booth they are showing three of their four upcoming P55 Express chipset based motherboards here at the show. On display are the DP55KG, DP55WG and DP55SB motherboards. These boards are scheduled to be launched next month according to sources at the show, so enjoy this little sneak peak at what Intel is cooking up for this brand new platform. Intel also had several LGA 1366 motherboards on display, but those models have been out since 2008.