We all have come across ‘MSI’ sometime in our computer buying lives and the brand is well known for pushing the boundaries in technology and innovation. Last year we saw them bring out powerful laptops that featured the next generation in graphics cards and this year is no different. The latest offering from MSI is called the ‘Vortex G65 6QF’. It stands upright resembling the size of a small office waste basket but inside it is crammed with computing power that will have any PC enthusiast drooling. MSI have spared no expense, powering this unit is an i7-6700K processor, dual GeForce GTX 980’s, 32 Gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte of storage space. We took it out for a test drive recently to see what it can do. It ran GTA 5 on max settings at a resolution of 1920×1080 and Battlefield 4 with the same specifications.
On drawing packages like Solidworks and Inventor, it was particularly nimble. It really is a bit of a mental machine so we went in search of why they made it exactly and found that MSI is focusing on the future of Virtual Reality. This PC was specifically made with VR in mind, as it’s small enough to sit on a table, similar to a console, and will run top headsets like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. The price you ask? This one will come in at just under R90,000 whereas we found a more powerful PC for under R50,000 (www.evetech.co.za). The verdict is that if you have the cash to drop on this PC and take the plunge into VR now, then this is for you. However we would wait for this technology to filter down into the greater pool of MSI notebooks and to be honest you can find the same computing power for less.