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What is MSI Gaming? – Is it Good?

In Guides, Hardware Guides, Hardware Reviews, Reviewsby Austin4 Comments

What is MSI gaming? Or what is an MSI? I asked the very same question years and years ago when I was taking apart one of my computers.

The funny part is, I used to have no clue what MSI meant. I didn’t know what “MSI” stood for and I remember the very first day of discovering MSI that I thought it was what you called every single GPU (graphics processing unit).

So if somebody had a GPU by AMD, I thought it was called an MSI. Pretty ridiculous that I used to think that, but kind of funny to look back at that.

Anyways, I’m going to be discussing what MSI is, give you some background on who they are, tell you what their prime focus is in today’s world, and even inform you about some amazing things they have done.

In addition, I’ll be discussing the good and bad personal experiences I’ve had with MSI gaming.

While they excel at many things, there are some other things I think they need to work on.

MSI at one point wasn’t even really involved in gaming, but things are a lot different now!

First, Let’s Address the MSI!

my-msi-laptopSo MSI stands for Micro-Star International and they are mostly known as a gaming brand.

They are a Taiwanese technology company that develops computer hardware and other forms of technology (like smart cleaning robots and Wi-Fi cameras).

In addition to developing individual hardware components, such as motherboards and graphics cards, they’ve also developed laptops, desktops, all-in-one PC’s, peripherals, et cetera.

The company was established in August 1986 by the founders: Hsu Xiang, Huang Jinqing, Lin Wentong, Yu Xian’neng, and Lu Quilong.

The funny part is that all the founders used to work for Sony before they created their own company.

They weren’t as focused and specialized in gaming when they first started out, but they would focus more on creating computer hardware such as motherboards and add-on cards.

2008 was the year when MSI really started to put their focus and effort into creating technologies for PC gaming.

This was when they really started to develop gaming ready laptops, desktops, hardware, peripherals, et cetera.

They eventually became one of the world’s top brands in gaming technology and popular among the eSports community. In fact, they do sponsorship’s all the time and have many partners in eSports.

They claim that their MSI gaming shield icon, which is featured on most of their gaming products, is a symbol of strength.

The red on icon represents passion and enthusiasm, the black represents the innovation for creating new technology, and the silver represents persistent profit.

(The image above with the shield on it is a picture of my first laptop from MSI called the GL62 6QF).

msi gpu

The Good

My experiences with using products from this company are mixed with good and bad things. But first I’ll let you know all about the good.

Firstly, when it comes to cooling laptops and graphics cards, it’s really good! They have really great cooling systems.

They can sometimes be a bit noisy, but it gets the job done!

The performance from their hardware when running games is great as well and one of the biggest things they are great at is the innovation of experimenting and creating new pieces of technology.

Also, I really like the way their laptops and equipment look. They have some sick looking desktops too that look amazing.

Annnnnnd… What do we have here?

Let’s talk more about noise. Something prevalent I’ve found in MSI graphics cards is the coil whine.

Coil whine is basically a really annoying high-pitched sound a graphics card makes when electricity passes through the circuit.

The graphics card can be completely operational, but it still produces that annoying noise!

When I used an MSI laptop they use software called Nahemic for the audio and at first I was having issues with my sound. The audio kept crackling and popping with this odd static in the background too.

msi photosBut, I was eventually able to fix this problem by updating the sound drivers.

I’ve also had issues with the hinges on my MSI laptop because the plastic in between the middle of one of the right hinges is slightly pried open and looks as if it’s going to eventually come off.

The design of the laptop may be beautiful, but it easily gets ruined because the outer shell is made of a material that seems to attract any finger prints whenever you touch it.

The finger prints can be a little tricky to wipe off and just a single session of using this laptop can put a lot of finger marks on it.

Whenever my computer goes to sleep too and I go to resume it, the screen glitches out turning completely white with fuzzy marks on it.

For it to go away I have to wait a couple minutes. I’ve tried reinstalling Windows to see if that would fix anything, but it appears to be a problem with the way this laptop was designed ever since it arrived from the store.

I’ve even done some additional research related to this and other MSI laptop owners have complained about the same issue. Another thing that could be better is their online support.

Their online support feels disorganized, messy, and it isn’t very premium quality might I say. The quality of their parts and customer services are definitely two spots that could be better.

I hate to talk about the negative parts of my experiences, but I have to be honest.

Eye-tracking Laptops!?

Like I said before, the innovation in this company is definitely something they are great at. They always seem to be coming up with new ideas and better forms of technology.

For example, after they were established in 1986 they introduced the world to their first overclockable 286 motherboard.

As of now, that might not sound very crazy, but back then it was a big leap in technology, but wait there’s even better news.

In 2015, they partnered up with a Swedish company that specializes in eye tracking technology known as Tobii and they developed gaming laptops that were capable of tracking your eyes while you play games on them.

The eye trackers take the form of a black bar with three red lights right below the screen and they consist of many sensors and micro-projectors.

The positions and movements of your eyes that are focused on the screen are then used to move the in-game camera views around for whatever game you may be playing. Now that is awesome!

The eye is capable of processing visuals at an incredible rate and this kind of technology can give gamers advantages, especially when aiming in first-person shooter games.

In 2016, MSI also teamed up with HTC to create gaming systems capable of running the HTC Vive to give gamers powerful enough computer systems that are capable of running virtual reality without any performance issues.

What Does the Future Hold?

MSI has had its ups such as being the biggest gaming laptop supplier across the globe in 2016 and their downs too.

They may have had some issues with quality and customer service at times, but they are very innovative.

I really hope they take any issues they have into consideration to become an even better company, especially in the gaming field.

I personally believe they are one of the top gaming companies when it comes to their popularity, innovation, performance, and cooling, but when it comes to other things (like some hardware quality issues and customer service), I see the other top companies outperforming them in those specific areas.

I personally think that there are better options to choose from when it comes to product quality.

But who knows what will happen in the future. Perhaps MSI will make some improvements in their weaknesses and or design even more amazing tech to change the ever growing world of gaming.

Also this is just based on my experience with some of their products and you’re experience could be completely different than mine.

I’ve heard people who really like MSI and that’ve had better experiences than me.

Maybe I’m missing out on their other products and they could be a lot better than the ones I’ve already tried.

I really love the tech they are working on, but wish they would focus more on the quality of some of their products (such as their laptops).

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the future has in stock for us fellow gamers. My personal rating that I’d have to give for MSI gaming is 3 out of 5 Genius Stars.

bright 3 star

Well I think that’s everything ya’ll! Time to wrap everything up! This post was by NO means an attack on MSI, but just my personal experience with their products.

Like always, I encourage you to let me know what you think by leaving a comment relevant to this post.

Your questions, thoughts, and opinions, are all appreciated! And whatever your comment may be, I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!

Well, that’s it annnnd happy gaming!

Austin

Comments

  1. My son is a big video game user. I never knew they had laptops just for gaming. It sounds like MSI has its act together overall and provides great gaming platforms for people to use. 

    Do they make games and software too, or do they mostly just focus on hardware for gaming?

    Also, are they popular here in the USA, or mostly just overseas?

    Where would you buy a MSI laptop?

    Great write up. Thanks for sharing. 

    1. Author

      Hey Charles, yes they have laptops for gaming so that you can take your gaming nearly anywhere. 

      MSI mostly focuses on hardware for gaming, but sometimes they create software to go with the hardware to help it like the MSI dragon gaming software. 

      They are pretty popular in the USA and overseas. If you plan on looking at graphics cards for gaming, MSI is common in that sort of thing too. Their graphics cards are pretty good and I’ve used one before.

      Their laptops have amazing cooling and perform well too. I can’t even imagine how good their newest laptops are.

      MSI laptops are available on Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, msi.com, and many other places. Glad you liked the post and thanks for reading it! 🙂

  2. Personally, I’ve never had the pleasure of using an MSI laptop or any of their products, but I do have a buddy of mine that had one, and he was having similar hardware issue that you had experienced. It worked really well when he first bought it, and it served his gaming needs perfectly, but it didn’t last a year before it started falling apart. He switched to a different brand after that because it was cheaper than the repairs the MSI laptop would’ve needed.

    When I was building my own PC from the ground up, I considered their brand of graphics cards, but GeForce had a much better rate of reliability based on numerous customer reviews, so that’s what I decided to go with. 

    However, I am glad to hear that they are still a company that embraces the advancement of technology. Just because they may not have hardware that’ll hold up in the long run, doesn’t mean they can’t still be influential in their research with other companies to develop groundbreaking technology.  I’m really looking forward to their future innovations!

  3. Author

    Hey Justin, thank you for reading my post. Sorry for your friends experience, and hope all continues to go well. Yeah you can’t really go wrong from a graphics card straight from Nvidia, great cards.

    Like every company, MSI has it’s pros and cons. Their cooling and performance is great, but there are a couple of other things that could be better.

    I definitely love their innovation though and can’t wait to see what else they come up with.

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