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MSI announces ultra-thin GS70 gaming laptop

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August 5, 2013

The MSI GS70 gaming laptop is staking a claim at the top end of the laptop market

The MSI GS70 gaming laptop is staking a claim at the top end of the laptop market

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When it comes to gaming laptops, the era of two-inch-thick, weighty monstrosities is truly over. Systems such as Razer's Blade and Blade Pro have carved out a decidedly more pleasing form-factor for the category, and with the GS70, MSI is ready to stake its claim at the top of the market. The new system is particularly thin for its category and packs some high-end hardware within its svelte body.

The GS70 is aimed firmly at the top end of the market. It starts at US$1799.99, comes in at 0.85-inches (2.15 cm) thick and weighs 5.73 lb (2.6 kg). Running Windows 8, the system boasts some impressive internals including an Intel Haswell Core i7-4700HQ processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2 GB GPU and 16 GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM.

The system is just 0.85 inches thick

The GS70's 17.3-inch anti-reflective display comes in at a full 1920 x 1080 resolution and it's possible to output to three displays at up to 4K resolution through the built-in HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. In terms of connectivity, there are four USB 3.0 ports, three audio jacks and a 720p webcam. There are also Killer E2200 Game Networking and Killer N1202 2x2(a/b/g/n) cards on board.

The system's SteelSeries keyboard features anti-ghosting technology and color backlighting and the laptop is fitted with a six-cell 120w battery, though there's no word on how long it will run on a single charge.

MSI GS70 front view

The GS70 also employs a dual fan thermal solution to keep the machine cool. The system pulls heat from the top of the laptop, dissipating it at a 45-degree upward angle, a technique that MSI claims will guarantee a cool gaming experience.

There are two versions of the GS70 available, coming in at $1799.99 and $1999.99. The lower cost system features a 128 GB SSD hard drive and 750 GB HDD, while its more expensive cousin comes with a 128 GB SSD RAID and 1TB HDD configuration.

In terms of competition, the GS70 looks fairly well placed. It matches the Blade Pro's specs while offering more RAM, and while it might lack its rival's LCD trackpad feature, its prices do start $500 lower than Razer's machine.

Source: MSI

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2 Comments

IPS Screen? Colour Gamut?

John Driggers
5th August, 2013 @ 11:13 pm PDT

The Mac Book Pro with its nvidia 650 and 2m thick design suffered from thermal overload after 20 min of playing any intensive 3d game. They may have fixed this with the new one.

For the GS70, dual fan or no, at 2cm there are only 2 ways to go to keep the heat at bay apart from more direct in and out cooling. Larger biscuit fan, or smaller and louder. If the first, then excellent.

I do prefer the ASUS solution that draws air from the front. Seems logical to also cool all the other components in the process like HDD, RAM and mobo chipset.

Instead this solution focuses its effort on cooling the usual suspects.

A good 256gb SSD would have been better then a 128 RAID.

Nairda
5th August, 2013 @ 11:38 pm PDT
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