MSI this week announced a brand new line of laptops in their Gaming series of notebooks featuring Intel’s eighth-gen Core series of processors built on the latest 14nm process. Intel’s new lineup includes up to six cores and twelve threads of processing power, one of the highest core counts seen in a gaming notebook. MSI’s lineup looks equally capable, from the dominating GT83 Titan all the way to the slim GS65 Stealth Thin.
GS65 Stealth Thin
First up is the Stealth Thin, the most attractive slab of metal and plastic that MSI has designed to date. I hide none of my bias towards notebooks in a smaller form factor, and gaming notebooks in this kind of chassis are my kind of thing. It manages to be so flat and slim because the air intakes are on the sides of the notebook and not the bottom, which means using it on a desk without a stand doesn’t affect its performance. The keyboard is still made by Steelseries and features per-key RGB backlighting.
The GS65 Stealth is available with a 144Hz IPS display (surprisingly without G-Sync support), up to an Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or GTX 1070 8GB with Max-Q design, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, and it’s one of the few laptops I can count on one hand that only have support for SSDs in an M.2 form factor – and there are two slots for that. Port-wise there’s three USB 3.1 Type-A ports (a relief, really, on a device this thin), one Thunderbolt 3.0 Type-C port, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport 1.2a, and separate microphone and headphone jacks. To top it all off, there’s an 82Wh battery in there, much larger than the average battery size in notebooks available today. MSI claims that battery life stretches past eight hours for regular use.
MSI also additionally announced that all previous notebooks in the Stealth Pro line would also be getting an upgrade to Intel’s six-core processors later this year.
GE Raider RGB Edition
MSI’s long-running GE Raider series also gains some new tricks in the form of RGB. In the new GE63 and GE73 Raider RGB editions, the lid of the Raider RGB now has RGB accents controlled by MSI’s Gaming software. MSI didn’t think that was enough RGB, though, and also added customisable lighting into the USB ports as well. Now you can see your failure all the more clearly when trying to insert your flash drive in the port the wrong way twice.
The GE Raider RGB Edition family is available with up to a six-core Intel Core i7 processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or GTX 1070 8GB graphics card, your choice of a 4K 60Hz IPS display or a 1080p 120Hz IPS display with G-Sync, an absurd amount of SSD and hard drive storage, and up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 RAM. There’s a USB 3.1 Type-C port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport 1.2a, Gigabit LAN, and separate headphone and microphone jacks.
If the Stealth Thin is all about class and minimalism, the GT75 Titan is the polar opposite. At over 4.5kg, it’s one of the heaviest gaming notebooks in the world, and it uses that massive bulk to offer enough cooling potential to rival desktop PCs. The GT75 Titan features a fully backlit RGB keyboard by Steelseries with mechanical switches that Steelseries calls “Rapid”, built for the smaller profiles demanded from notebooks.
The GT75 Titan comes with almost every combination of high-end hardware imaginable, including two GeForce GTX 1070 8GB cards in SLI and an Intel Core i9 mobile processor with overclocking. There’s support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, three M.2 NVMe-capable slots for SSDs, one 2.5-inch drive bay for hard drives, 10Gb Ethernet via a Killer NIC, and a slew of connectivity. Like the GE Raider series, you have a choice between a 4K 60Hz IPS display, or a 120Hz IPS display with G-Sync capability.
In addition to the new GT75 Titan family, MSI is also updating the GT83 Titan, the GT63 Titan, and their entire existing GP, GL, and GV series of gaming notebooks to support Intel’s new processors. I expect that some of these options will be available next month when my Laptop Buyer’s Guides hits the front page, but for now expect very limited stock availability while MSI’s rollout begins.