MSI to launch Fusion-powered CR430 notebook

The 14-inch notebook to come with optional USB 3.0 port, but official launch date remains unknown
Allen Ngo,

The Taiwan-based computer manufacturer is about to add a new member to its notebook lineup, this time with an AMD Fusion Core.

According to TweakTown, the MSI CR430 will equip a Zacate 1.65GHz dual-core E-450 processor with an integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU. For comparison, the E-350 APU includes the slightly slower Radeon HD 6310 graphics. Otherwise, the 14-inch MSI notebook should be coming standard with a 320GB HDD, DVD drive, gigabit LAN, 720p webcam, HDMI and VGA. A USB 3.0 port may be an option as well. The amount of included RAM was not indicated, but we imagine that at least 2GB would be available.

On the hardware side, the notebook will be featuring surround sound with nickel-plated touchpad keys. The USB ports should be pumping out more power than usual for charging and powering devices thanks to its i-Charger technology.

Overall, the CR430 is expected to weigh around 2.2kg (4.85 pounds) with its 6-cell 4400mAh battery and be 28mm (1.1 inches) thick. The notebook is definitely a nice change after all the behemoth gaming notebooks MSI has released this year and could be a good alternative to its other Fusion-powered notebook. Unfortunately, official price and release dates are still a mystery, but it shouldn’t be too long before the official launch.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-15 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.