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Asustek and MSI launch new motherboard and notebook
Press release, October 2; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Friday 2 October 2009]

Asustek Computer has unveiled the first motherboard under its new TUF series (The Ultimate Force), the Sabertooth 55i. The series is developed to meet the heavy computing demands of power users.

The Sabertooth 55i is built upon Intel's P55 chipset and is equipped with the new CeraM!X heatsink.

The heatsink features a ceramics-based composition-commonly used in the aerospace industry for heat insulation which dissipates heat rapidly, while its rough surface functions as an expanded area for heat to induct into the surrounding air, the company highlighted.

The motherboard also includes a fan frame that is compatible with most standard 40mm or 50mm computer fans and is positioned directly below the memory slots in order to provide additional cooling.

The motherboard's capacitors and VRM MOSFETs have also already been certified for military-level purposes through stringent testing, the company claimed.

Meanwhile, Micro-Star International (MSI) has launched a 15.4-inch Intel Calpella-based notebook, the GT640, featuring Intel's Core i7 processor, Windows 7, and Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M discrete graphics card.

The GT640 comes with MSI's exclusive ECO Engine, a power-saving solution that can be accessed via a shortcut button on the control panel. With the push of a button users can activate the ECO engine and customize the notebook's power settings to suit specific uses, MSI detailed.

MSI GT640 notebook specifications

Item

Detail

Operation system

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium

CPU support

Intel Core i7 processor

Chipset

Intel PM55

Display

15.4-inch TFT-LCD display

VGA

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M with 1GB DDR3 memory

Memory

Two SO-DIMM slots supporting DDR3 1066/1333MHz memory up to 4GB

Storage

250GB, 320GB or 500GB SATA HDD

Super-Multi DVD burner or Blu-ray drive

Dimension (L×W×H, mm) and weight (kg)

360 × 260 × 33-36 and weight 2.7 (W/ battery)

Sources: Company, compiled by Digitimes, September 2009

Asustek TUF Sabertooth 55i motherboard

Asustek TUF Sabertooth 55i motherboard
Photo: Company

MSI GT640 notebook

MSI GT640 notebook
Photo: Company

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