It might seem like it is a tad too early to be talking about CES but for MSI, it is never too early. This week, MSI received a bunch of CES Innovation awards at a smaller invite-only event that takes place ahead of the main Consumer Electronics Show in January. For 2020, MSI already has a lot to be proud of, with ten awards already in place for peripherals, laptops, desktops, monitors, GPU design and more.
The CES Innovation Awards are handed out by the Consumer Technology Association during an early, non-public event in New York a month or two ahead of CES. MSI came away with plenty of praise this year, making us all the more eager to visit them at the main show next year to take a look for ourselves.
Below you will find a breakdown of each product and the award it received this week.
Computer Hardware & Components CES Innovation Awards:
MSI GT76 Titan Gaming Laptop
The MSI GT76 Titan Gaming Laptop packs in an Intel Core i9 processor overclocked to 5GHz in addition to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. That’s a lot of powerful hardware to pack into a portable system, even if it is a hefty desktop replacement machine. When you throw the 5GHz overclock in alongside an impressive 11 heat pipe and quad fan cooling system, it is difficult to argue against this system receiving a CES Innovation award for hardware and components.
MSI Prestige P100 Desktop
The MSI Prestige P100 desktop PC was announced a short while ago, aiming to back in as much performance as possible for creation professionals while maintaining a small physical footprint. The P100 contains a thermal module that separates cooling channels for different components. Specifically, your CPU, GPU and PSU get independent airflows, so cooling can be concentrated on specific hardware. Aside from looking pretty, the Prestige P100 also packs plenty of high-end hardware, including a Core i9 CPU, 64GB of DDR4 RAM and an RTX 2080Ti GPU to offer maximum performance for animators, editors, developers, artists etc.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080Ti Lightning 10th Anniversary Edition
The MSI Lightning series of graphics cards has always been impressive. For CES 2020, MSI is bringing the RTX 2080Ti Lightning 10th Anniversary Edition, which has won one of the CES Innovation Awards. The new 10th Anniversary Edition uses the tried and true TRI-FROZR cooling design with three TORX 3.0 fans with double ball bearings for quiet operation, high cooling performance and plenty of temperature headroom for over clocking. The latest Lightning card also has RGB lighting behind the main side fans and includes an OLED display positioned to be perfectly visible once the GPU is mounted in your case.
Computer Hardware & Components, Gaming Awards:
MSI MEG AEGIS TI5 Gaming Desktop
Kicking off MSI’s list of honourees in this category is the MEG AEGIS desktop system. The PC packs an Intel Core i9 processor and RTX 2080Ti graphics but the component choices are the least interesting part here. With this PC, MSI opted to mount the whole system on top of a dial with a built-in OLED display. The display shows different performance profiles, so users can quickly adjust their overclocks on the fly for optimal gaming performance.
Computer Peripherals & Accessories, Smart Home Awards:
MSI Optix MEG381CQR Ultrawide Gaming Monitor
MSI has seen fantastic growth in the gaming monitor market over the last couple of years, with solid, well spec’d offerings to suit most categories that might be on your wish list. The MEG381CQR is the company’s latest ultrawide display, which is another double honouree at the CES Innovation Awards for 2020. Surprisingly, the award wasn’t given for the model name, but rather the streamlined OSD controls, which uses a dial similar to the one implemented on the desktop PC listed above. This monitor also houses a front-facing HMI OLED display to view settings. With both of these features combined, this monitor should deliver a significantly improved control method for setting up the display, making picture adjustments, activating different image profiles, changing the refresh rate etc. We’ll be looking forward to seeing it ourselves at CES in January.
MSI MAG161 Portable Gaming Monitor
Portable gaming monitors have been a growing market in 2019. MSI is already on the front lines and pushing them forward. The Optix MAG161 portable gaming monitor connects to your PC or laptop via USB-C or HDMI. Once it is all plugged in, you are greeted with an ultra slim, 17-inch, 240Hz IPS display. Of course, the big stand out feature here is the portability, as the monitor is slim and light enough to slide into a bag alongside your laptop, giving you an ‘away from home’ option without compromising on high-end gaming features.
Digital Imaging & Photography Awards:
MSI Prestige 15 Laptop
MSI has been consistently pursuing the ‘Creator’ market for a while now, with Prestige laptops, monitors, desktops and more. This week, the Prestige 15 Laptop was placed in the spotlight, winning an award for digital imaging/photography. The judges have decided that MSI’s Prestige 15 is one of the best laptops for photo editors, thanks to a combination of design, features and internal hardware choices. The Prestige 15 is a minimalist, silver laptop, utilising Intel 10th Gen processors and Nvidia GTX 16-series graphics to boost Photoshop performance by up to 40%.
MSI Creator 17 Laptop
The final MSI product to receive a CES 2020 Innovation Award is none other than the Creator 17 laptop. This one specifically targets creative professionals in need extra hardware grunt for multitasking between different creative applications. To achieve this, the Creator 17 uses Nvidia RTX Pro-grade graphics and an Intel 10th Gen processor. This laptop is part of the Nvidia RTX Studio program, so it comes pre-configured with pro-series drivers to ensure optimal performance in important work applications, rather than prioritising game optimisations.
That’s all folks!
That wraps up MSI’s CES 2020 preview. There are ten devices already receiving awards across multiple categories. We’ll be able to dive into the finer details a bit more in January, as each product listed here will be at the show, hopefully alongside a few surprise announcements.
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KitGuru Says: CES is still around two months away but MSI already seems to be off to a great start during awards season. We’ll be looking forward to taking a look at this stuff ourselves during our annual CES visit.