As with a number of other laptop manufacturers, MSI took to the stage at CES 2021 today to announce a new batch of gaming laptops for next year. Like many other laptops we heard about yesterday, a number of these new laptops use mobile versions of NVIDIA’s new RTX 30 GPUs. Some of MSI’s flagship gaming laptops are updating for 2021, so let’s dig in and see what’s new.
GE Raider series
MSI appears to be positioning the GE Raider series – specifically the 17.3-inch GE76 and 15.6-inch GE66 Raider – as its flagship gaming laptop line for 2021. Both laptops will have multiple configuration options that include RTX GPUs (up to RTX 3080) and processors. Core i7 is the 10th generation mainframe, so these will be some powerful laptops. Expect FHD monitors no matter which configuration you choose, but refresh rates that start at a baseline of 144Hz and go up to 300Hz.
With configurations that include either 16GB or 32GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD, these laptops seem to be pretty impressive, but of course, they also have hefty price tags to match those specifications. The Raider Series pricing starts at $ 1,499, but the price rises quickly to $ 2000 + Real, with the high-end GE76 configuration at a whopping $ 2,899.
MSI describes the GS66 Stealth as a laptop computer for professionals who need a powerful machine for working and gaming during their off hours. The GS66 Stealth comes in a number of configurations that, just like the Raider series laptops, include 10th-generation Core i7 CPUs and 30-series RTX GPUs, from the RTX 3060 through to the RTX 3080. Once again, the FHD display features The 15.6-inch laptop has a high refresh rate – 240Hz on the “low” models (if you can call it that) and 300Hz on the more powerful models.
Again, though, pricing can be difficult for a lot of people. GS66 Stealth starts at $ 1,799 and goes up to $ 2,999. A full $ 3,000 is a large amount of money to spend on any laptop, but given the GPU shortfall that desktop PC players currently face, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this model at least from a few sales from those who desperately need a high Computer games are over.
GP66 and GP76 Leopard
Like the GS66 Stealth, the GP66 and GP76 Leopard have a more symmetrical design for those who may also want to use their gaming laptop in a professional environment. MSI says these laptops are aimed at gamers and engineers alike, citing the Leopard’s array of I / O ports as a differentiator. When it comes to hardware, we see more of the same – RTX 3070 or 3080 GPU depending on your configuration, paired with 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, and 1TB of NVMe storage. SSD (despite the baseline GP66 Leopard only comes with a 512GB SSD).
Price starts again in the middle of the $ 1,000 – $ 1,799 baseline GP66 range, to be exact – before climbing into the mid-$ 2,000 range, so these are very expensive laptops no matter what configuration you choose.
Surreptitiously 15 m
If you prefer portability in a gaming laptop, the Stealth 15M might be the best choice among the MSI laptops announced today. While all of the other laptops we’ve seen today have used 10th-gen Core i7 processors, the Stealth 15M actually uses eleventh-generation Core i7s regardless of your configuration. The trade-off that we have to make for a slim gaming laptop comes in the form of graphics power – while other laptops support up to the RTX 3070 and even the 3080 in some cases, the Stealth 15M is limited to the 3060 Max-Q.
Not that the 3060 Max-Q will be a bad laptop GPU – on the contrary, it will likely be a nice piece of hardware. Fortunately, this drop to the 3060 Max-Q also made the Stealth 15M’s pricing a bit more palatable, with laptops in this line starting at $ 1,399 and a maximum of $ 1,699.
The GF75 and GF65 series are thin
In keeping with the thin notebook theme, MSI also introduced the thin GF75 and GF65 series today. Here we see MSI pulling back a bit from the mainstream – like the Stealth M15, we’re tied to the RTX 3060 Max-Q here, just missing out on the 11th generation Core i7s for the 10th generation. In fact, there is one GF65 model that comes with the Core i5, which was already a rare sight among MSI’s CES 2021 announcements. This model has 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, although The more powerful models come with 16GB of RAM and more storage space.
The price, unsurprisingly, also fell. This base GF65 model will set you back only $ 999, which is a straightforward refreshing sight among these $ 2000 laptops. At the high end, expect the more powerful GF75 Thin to reach $ 1,499.
Finally, we come to Creator 15, which can best be described as a versatile laptop. We’re still getting the RTX 3070 or 3060 Max-Q and 10th-gen Core i7 in these laptops, but the high refresh rate for the Full HD displays that we’ve seen on many gaming laptops has superseded in favor of a 15.6-inch 4K UHD screen. Covering 100% Adobe RGB. The lack of a high refresh rate display might be sad news for gamers, but with the RTX 3070/3060 in the center of this laptop, you might still be able to play some tough PC games on it, even if you basically bought it for work.
Of course, the 4K displays and 30-series GPUs aren’t cheap, and while we’ve made a slight switch to the world of three-digit pricing, we’d expect the Creator 15 to start at $ 1,899 with the 3070 version at $ 2,099.
Most of these new laptops are pre-order today from Newge. While they all have different release dates, many of them launch at the end of January or at different points throughout the month of February. The one exception to this is the Stealth 15M, which won’t be around until March 8th.