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MSI launches their new GT, GS and GE Series of Pascal notebooks

By John Law - on 16 Aug 2016, 8:05pm

MSI launches their new GT, GS and GE Series of Pascal notebooks

From L-R: Henry Chung, NB Sale and Marketing Director, Notebook Department, MSI Pacific Int'l Holding Co Ltd (second from left), and John Gilooly, Technical Marketing Manager, NVIDIA second from right).

A little more than six hours ago, NVIDIA officially announced the existence of their new Pascal notebooks to the world. Two hours after the announcement, one of their AiB partners, MSI, celebrated their 30th anniversary in the business and also launched their brand new GT and GS series Pascal notebooks here in Malaysia.

As mentioned in our general coverage of NVIDIA’s Pascal notebooks last week, each of the notebooks that were on display today bear either a desktop grade GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070, or GTX 1080, and specific models will be able to take advantage of the new 120Hz refresh rate on their display. Additionally, all MSI GT, GS and GE series notebooks are also VR Ready, meaning that these notebooks can be utilized to run either the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

GT Series

The GT83VR Titan SLI sits as the king of the hill in MSI's new Pascal notebook range, thanks to its dual GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs.

At the top of the GT Series sits the GT83VR Titan SLI. As its name suggests, this behemoth of a notebook has been refreshed with two GeForce GTX 1080 in SLI mode. To aid it along, the machine is also fitted with an Intel Core i7-6820HK, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and 512GB super-fast NVMe storage in a RAID 4 configuration with a 1TB HDD storage. It will also be fitted with an 18.4-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display.

Of course, all this power comes at a hefty price tag of RM20,999, but considering that you’re getting two GTX 1080 GPUs in a single mobile platform, it’s a pretty justifiable price.

The GT73VR Titan comes in two configurations: one with a 4K display, and the other with a Full HD IPS display.

The second GT Series notebook laid out at the launch today was the GT73VR Titan. This particular notebook is actually available in two variants: the first one comes with a 17.3-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), a GTX 1080,and 32GB of DDR4 RAM, while the other with a 17.3-inch Full HD 120Hz display, a GTX 1070, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM instead.

CPU-wise, the GT73VR Titan with the 4K display is fitted with the same overclockable CPU as the GT83VR Titan SLI, while the the GT73VR Titan with the Full HD display will only be sold with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU.

The retail price of the two GT73VR Titans will be set at RM16,499 for the model with the 4K display, and RM11,999 for the model with the Full HD display.

GS Series

The GS73VR.

The MSI GS Series is regarded by fans as the company’s take on a gaming notebook that packs a whole lot of power inside a thin form factor. As per today’s event, MSI announced that they would be launching three new models: the GS73VR, GS63VR, and the GS43VR.

The GS73VR is, in a way, the top of the line in this series, as it is the only model in the list that utilizes a 17.3-inch 4K IPS display, while the GS63VR is equipped with a 16.5-inch Full HD IPS display, and the GS43VR is fitted with a 14-inch Full HD IPS display.

The GS63VR was, and is still the apple of our eye, thanks to its graphical prowess.

Believe it or not, this small GS43VR notebook is capable of running VR games.

Surprisingly, all three models are fitted with just a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, which we believe is actually plenty for these notebooks. The GTX 1060 itself is more than capable of running games at their maximum graphics settings at a display resolution of 1,440p (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), and during our brief time with the GS63VR in Bangkok, we were getting a very steady stream of high framerates on its Full HD display.

The retail pricing for the three GS Series notebooks are set at RM9,999 for the GS73VR, RM8,999 for the GS63VR, and RM7,999 for the GS43VR.

GE Series

Both the GE72VR and GE62VR (below) are fitted with a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

MSI’s GE Series notebooks are clearly divided into two current models: the GE72VR and the GE62VR.

The GE72VR bears a 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display and a 256GB SSD, while the GE62VR is fitted with a smaller but equally as crisp 16.5-inch Full HD IPS display and a smaller 128GB SSD (both models come with a 1TB HDD). Much like the GS Series, both these gaming notebooks are fitted with a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. Beyond that, both models are fitted with the same Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, and 8GB of DDR4 RAM.

The GE72VR and GE62VR will retail at RM7,199 and RM6,899 respectively.

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