Do not be alarmed. You’ve seen this notebook before, and quite recently as well. This is the v7 edition of the P57X, an updated model of the previous P57x v6 from GIGABYTE, and it brings with it a few changes which are worth covering.
AMD’s Financial Analyst Day 2017 conference took place this week, and it was a little difficult not to feel some euphoria from the video previews and the demos and the music selection, because while it was somewhat cringey and cheesy in parts, the overall feel is a bit like that of past engagements from AMD/ATi, which was a different company altogether that was a lot more upbeat and energetic. AMD can dress it up formally all it wants, but they trotted out nerds to talk about nerdy stuff, and the somewhat blunt honesty that came out of it was both funny and rather on-the-nose. Let’s take a look at what they have planned for consumers in the near future.
With the MSI Interceptor DS4200 gaming keyboard, I found myself spending a lot of time staring at the packaging, flipping it over from end to end, taking in the marketing blurbs before opening it up. I already knew I was going to like the look of this thing, and was bitterly disappointed to discover that the inside of the box is so dull compared to the outside. Darn it man, why did MSI not include a battery pack to keep the keyboard backlighting running when opening the box?
I couldn’t wait to plug it in and replicate the sexy image from the packaging! “Ah, there it is,” I uttered once I’d connected it to my PC and the lighting kicked in, nervously scanning the room to see if anyone had noticed my odd behaviour.
Let’s jump into the nitty gritty to see if the DS4200’s sexiness is all-encompassing, shall we?
Think back to your first mobile phone and your experiences with it, and I’ll bet most of your stories will have a similar theme to mine. Phones were far chunkier then, Snake was the game of choice, and sticky tape held many a battery in place due to multiple… accidents. Back then, I didn’t have to worry about my bulky old phone taking a few hits, because it was a life-proof device – and that’s exactly the feeling Hisense evoked in me during my review of the C30 Rock smartphone.
Welcome, NAGlings, to this month’s System Builder’s Guide. We’re five months into 2017 and things have changed quite a bit since my last SBG in January 2017. AMD’s Ryzen platform is in full swing, Intel is encouraging overclockers to not tweak anything at all, and DDR4 prices are shooting up even as production increases and more people are buying RAM. There are even small changes in the flash memory market that are impacting SSD prices today, so things are getting a little tricky if you’re trying to find a right time to buy new hardware. The next two months present a window of opportunity because most companies are preparing their earnings calls, or presenting new stuff at Computex, and no-one really wants to rock the boat with pricing for now. The next quiet period is September to October, so plan accordingly if you don’t have a budget set aside right now.
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