New Portable 17-inch Gaming Laptop Launched With Quad-Core Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB Graphics
PC market player MSI has announced a new gaming laptop they say is the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop. The new model represents a recent movement in the laptop market to create powerful portable gaming laptops. The movement has been made possible through Innovations in the various areas that benefit power efficiency of systems as well as the raw processing performance. The main innovations include improved cooling systems that keep slimmer systems cooler under load and new more efficient CPU’s from Intel and AMD as well as more capable mobile GPU’s from AMD and Nvidia.
The new portable gaming laptop from MSI is a counter to the Razer Blade Pro laptop which was introduced as the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop a few months ago. MSI calls their new machine the MSI GS70, and the laptop features a Full HD 17.3-inch anti-reflective display. In a direct size comparison the MSI GS70 is only a tad bit thinner and lighter than the 17.3-inch Razer Blade Pro; the MSI model is 5.73 pounds and 0.86-inches thick while the Razer is 6.58 pounds and 0.88-inches thick.
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In size the MSI model takes the crown from the Razer model, but in other areas the two trade blows when they don’t have the same feature.
Processing for both the MSI GS70 and Razer Blade Pro is handled by the new Haswell 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ quad-core processor (6M Cache, 3.4 GHz Turbo Boost). Graphics are handled by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video card with Nvidia Optimus hybrid graphics switching technology for both of these portable gaming laptops. The same networking solutions for wireless communications are also found in these two systems, both use the gaming minded Killer™ N1202 2×2 wireless chip which includes Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 support –However only for the MSI GS70 you also get gaming wired networking hardware with the Killer™ E2200 chip.
The first hardware difference between the two models is in the system memory department, the MSI comes with 16GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM (2x 8GB) while the Razer has 8GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM (2x 4GB). The differences between the two continue on in the system storage options, MSI offers up to three storage drives with RAID while with the Razer you can only have a single storage drive. The storage options for the MSI model include a Super RAID setup that includes two 128GB SSD’s in RAID 0 with a 1TB HDD there for mass storage needs and then there is the option for a 128GB SSD main system drive with a 750GB HDD for mass storage. Razer’s Blade Pro while more expensive than even the top-end Super RAID equipped MSI GS70 only offers single SSD storage with 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity options.
Those were the big features now if we were to move into smaller things like the available I/O ports and the type of webcam you’ll see these two are about the same when it comes to the little things. Both systems don’t have optical drives due to both manufacturers wanting to have thin designs. However both do have HD webcams, multiple USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports (4 for the MSI & 3 for the Razer), HDMI 1.4a ports that can output up to 4K resolution video, 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, stereo speakers (but the MSI also has a subwoofer), and back-lit keyboards that have anti-ghosting technology. One little thing the MSI has that the Razer doesn’t is a SD/SDXC/SDHC memory card slot, that could be useful if you want your laptop to easily double as a photo editing machine when you’re not gaming.
As you can tell these two laptops are neck-and-neck in a war of features, but it’s true that the more expensive Razer does have something desirable that the MSI just doesn’t have. That desirable feature is the Switchblade user interface. With the Switchblade UI Razer Blade Pro owners get to have custom macro keys for games or PC programs right next to their full-size keyboard. The Switchblade UI (See image above) makes use of a 4.05-inch multi-touch LCD with an 800 x 480 resolution and a total of 10 “Dynamic Adaptive Tactile Keys” which have their own little LCD’s that can display an assortment of images that are tied to functions within games and PC programs like Adobe Photoshop.
The MSI GS70 is available now in two main configurations with Aluminum Grey as the only system color available. The cheapest being model MSI GS70 2OD-001US which is priced at $1,799.99 MSRP and has the 128GB SSD + 750GB HDD storage setup. The Super RAID equipped flagship model is the MSI GS70 2OD-002US and that one is $1,999.99 MSRP and includes two 128GB SSD’s in RAID 0 plus a 1TB HDD. For comparisons sake the Razer Blade Pro which is also available for order now starts at $2,199.99 with the specifications mentioned for it above.
If you want to buy the new MSI GS70 online you don’t have to pay the MSRP there are vendors willing to sell the base model for as much as $100 less. NewEgg is selling the base MSI GS70 2OD-001US on eBay for $1,699 + $14.99 shipping to most US addresses. On their own website NewEgg is offering a very special deal on the top-of-the-line MSI GS70 the GS70 2OD-002US, that includes a free 23-inch LG IPS LCD monitor ($219.99 value) free with the purchase of the GS70 2OD-002US at $1,899.99 + $14.99 shipping to most US addresses.
Check out the full specifications and more details on the new MSI GS70 models here on MSI.com.