MSI’s new wave of gaming laptops pack the power of NVIDIA RTX 30 series graphics

With CES 2021 in full swing right now, MSI has revealed a host of new laptops across its gaming portfolio in the GE, GS, GP and GF series as well as the productivity-centric creator series. The latest offerings by MSI include the GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat, the updated GE 76 and GE 66 Raider, the thin and light GS66 Stealth, the MSI GP66 and GP76 Leopard, the ultra-thin Stealth 15M, the GF75 and GF65 Thin series, and the Creator 15 targeted at creative professionals. MSI has equipped its new offerings with Intel’s 10th as well as the latest 11th Gen H-series processors, while graphics are handled by the freshly announced NVIDIA RTX 30 series laptop GPUs.

MSI GE Raider Series

Under the Raider lineup, MSI has launched three new gaming machines – the special edition MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat, and the updated GE 76 and GE 66 Raider laptops. The MSI GE66 Raider packs a 14-inch FHD display with up to 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. It draws power from the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10870H processor, paired with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD. Graphics are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or 3080 GPU with 8GB and 16GB of graphics memory respectively.

GE76 Raider

The MSI GE76 Raider bumps the display size to 17.3-inch and can be equipped with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10870H processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics with 16 gigs of GDDR6 VRAM. The special edition MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat adds a slick paintjob with cool patterns on the machine. The new GE Raider series laptops start at $1,499 and are now up for pre-orders from Newegg, BestBuy and B&H among others.

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MSI GS66 Stealth

GS66 Stealth

The MSI GS66 Stealth is armed with a 15.6-inch FHD display (300Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time) and draws power from the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10870H CPU ticking alongside 16 gigs of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD. Games will be driven by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080 graphics depending on the SKU you choose. MSI says its latest offering employs the ‘Cooler Boost Trinity+ system with the world’s thinnest 0.1mm sharp-edged blades’ as well. This one starts at $1,799 and can be pre-ordered now the retailer mentioned above.

MSI GP66 and GP76 Leopard

Targeted at demanding workloads for engineers and professionals, the MSI GP66 Leopard can be configured with up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics and Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7 processor running alongside a maximum 32 gigs of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD. You get a 15.6 FHD display on this machine with a lower 240Hz refresh rate and 3.5ms response time. On the GP76, you’ll find a larger 17.3-inch panel with a 300Hz refresh rate. The GP66 Leopard starts at $1,799, while the GP76 Leopard will set buyers back by $2,299.

MSI Stealth 15M

Stealth 15M

This one is claimed to be the thinnest gaming laptop in the world. It features a 15.6-inch 144Hz display and comes equipped with the new 11th Gen Intel Core i7 11375H Tiger Lake processor that was announced at CES 2021 itself. In fact, it is touted to be the first laptop in the world to employ Intel’s latest H-series processor and weighs only 3.75lbs. Inside, you’ll find the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU alongside 16 gigs of RAM and up to 1TB NVMe SSD. This machine packs a 144Hz display and starts at $1,399.

MSI GF65 and GF75 Thin

GF75 Thin

The MSI GF65 Thin packs a 15.6 FHD 144Hz display, while the GF76 bumps up the screen diagonal to 17.3-inch keeping the resolution and refresh rate intact. You can equip these machines with up to a 10th Intel Core i7 10750H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. MSI’s GF65 Thin gaming laptop starts at $999, while the GF75 Thin costs $1,299 for the base model.

MSI Creator 15

The productivity-centric MSI Creator 15 rocks a 15.6-inch 4K panel that offers 100% Adobe color gamut coverage. It comes equipped with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10750H processor, 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD and up to RTX 3070 graphics. This device will burn a $1,899 size hole in your pocket for the base variant.

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Gaming laptops are also on sale, and there are several options to choose from

We will now focus on several gaming laptops that are currently on sale. We will start from the most expensive option and work our way down to the more affordable laptops. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 leads our list with a 17.3-inch FHD display with a 300Hz refresh rate. Inside, we find an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 to boost your gaming experience. It is currently available for $2,200 after a $300 discount.

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 Gaming Laptop
      Great design, tons of power, and it will keep up with serious gamers.

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 Gaming Laptop

    Next up, we have the ASUS ROG Strix G17. This gaming laptop is getting an $81 discount, which leaves it at $1,619. You get a 17.3-inch IPS Type FHD display with 144Hz refresh rates, an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage space, and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics card. However, you can also get another version of this laptop for less if you get the one with the regular NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. It is currently selling for $1,600 with $100 savings.

      ASUS ROG Strix G17
        It features ROG's Intelligent Cooling thermal system with Thermal Grizzly Liquid Metal Thermal Compound to keep your laptop cool.

      Moving on to the next option, we find the MSI GS64 Stealth-483 that comes with a 15.6-inch display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage space, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. This laptop usually sells for $2,000, but you can grab yours for $1,600 after a $400 discount. You can get this laptop with more storage and a more powerful graphics card, but that also means the price will go up.

        MSI GS65 Stealth-483
          Great design, even better performance.

        We now shift our attention to the OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop that comes with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics card, an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, and 512GB storage space for $1,585 with $114.99 savings. If it were my money, I’d probably go for this laptop, as it offers more bang for the buck. And before I forget, I must also mention that it features a 15.6-inch Full HD display with 300Hz refresh rates.

          OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop
            It may not be the prettiest gaming laptop, but it brings tons of power under the hood.

          Finally, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop is getting a $300 discount. This means you get an Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, 16GB RAM, and 512GG SSD for $1,400. All of this with a 13.3-inch 1080p display with 60Hz refresh rates.

            Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop
              Don't let its size fool you, it may be one of the smallest gaming laptops, but it packs a punch.

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            MSI forays into the business laptop segment with the new Summit series

            MSI has had a pretty busy week. Aside from launching graphics cards with NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs, the company also unveiled new laptops in the Prestige and Modern series powered by Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors. More notably though, this week also marked the company’s debut in the business laptop segment with the MSI Summit series. As is the unwritten rule of the segment, the Summit series laptops flaunt a sleek build and pack in a ton of firepower in a compact form factor that also offers military standard durability. 

            MSI Summit E15

            The company has launched a total of four business laptops – the Summit E15, E14, B15 and B14. There’s also a 360-degree convertible model called the Summit E13 Flip. The Summit E series is the more high-end duo that offers 4K panels and comes equipped with NVIDIA’s discrete graphics cards, while the Summit B line-up tones the specs down to integrated Intel Xe graphics and FHD panels to reduce the price. MSI is touting 10+ hours of battery life for its new laptops and has also equipped them with IR sensors as well as a fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello login. 

            MSI Summit B15

            Talking about the internal hardware, the Summit E15 and E14 pack 15.6-inch and 14-inch IPS screens respectively that comes in two options – a 4K display and an FHD touchscreen display. Both the laptops are powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, but the summit E14 pairs it with up to 64GB of RAM, while the E14 only goes up to 32 gigs. Graphics are handled by an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1650Ti Max-Q GPU. You get two Thunderbolt 4 ports that support charging as well as file transfer, a pair of USB 3.2 Type-A ports, a USB 2.0 Type-A port, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5 headphone/mic combo jack.

            MSI Summit E13 Flip

            Coming to the Summit B14 and B15 pair, you only get a 14-inch and 15.6-inch FHD IPS panel with slim bezels. These two use the same 11th gen Intel processor as the Summit E series machines, but go with an Intel Xe graphic instead of a discrete NVIDIA GPU. The 15-inch model can be equipped with up to 64GB of RAM, while the smaller sibling only goes up to 32GB of RAM. MSI has not revealed the pricing of its business laptops yet, but they will go on sale in October from online and retail outlets.

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            MSI says it has the first HTC Vive-ready notebooks

            The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M is not the GTX 970. If you’re thinking of buying a high-power laptop to connect your HTC Vive to, you should make sure that you have at least a proper GTX 970.HTC has its own recommendations to make — it says that HP, Alienware and MSI have all made “Vive Optimized PCs”. MSI is going so far to say that it has the first VR-ready notebooks as certified by both HTC and Intel. ...

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