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It's looking to rival the Razer Blade Pro

MSI has introduced a new thinner and lighter gaming laptop that was made to rival the Razer Blade Pro. 

MSI has unveiled the new GS70, which is a light and portable gaming laptop entry following MSI's GE40. It sports a large, 17.3-inch screen with 1920x1080 resolution and just a 5.7 pound chassis. 

Its specs under the hood include a Haswell-based Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics, 16GB DDR3L, HDMI 1.4, four USB 3.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam, Killer E2200 game networking, Killer N1202 2x2(a/b/g/n) and a Click Pad. 

The GS70 comes in two versions: one with a Super RAID 128GB mSATA SSD + 1TB HDD and another with 128GB mSATA SSD + 750GB HDD. 
"The GS70 has the capability to crush the most demanding games and the featherlike portability for on-the-go multi-tasking or gaming," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US. "We understand the needs of our audience and are committed to delivering solutions that exceed even the highest expectations."

MSI's latest gaming laptop is going head-to-head with the Razer Blade Pro, offering double the RAM and a lighter chassis than the competition. 

For the 128GB SSD + 750GB HDD model, the starting price is $1,799.99. The 128GB mSATA SSD + 1TB HDD runs $1,999.99.

Source: MSI



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Overpriced?
By bug77 on 8/6/2013 9:59:50 AM , Rating: 2
$2k only gets you a 128GB SSD? That's "a little" low. The video card isn't top of the line and you get two seriously overpriced network cards, whether you want them or (most likely) not.




RE: Overpriced?
By retrospooty on 8/6/2013 11:35:14 AM , Rating: 2
Its pretty damn good for a gaming laptop if you ask me. For $1799 you get a 128GB SSD and a 750GB HDD. This is perfect. You have speed and storage.


RE: Overpriced?
By bug77 on 8/6/2013 11:42:38 AM , Rating: 2
Except that you don't get to install many games on that SSD. You can get by, if you manage it carefully, but for $2k I expect everything and the kitchen sink.


RE: Overpriced?
By retrospooty on 8/6/2013 11:51:20 AM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't buy it either, any gaming laptop is a niche that wouldn't fit me... But there arent alot better deals out there for $1799 for a gaming laptop with these specs.


RE: Overpriced?
By boeush on 8/6/2013 8:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I'd prefer for the same price a 256 GB SSD and no HDD, over this gimped SSD + HDD combo.


RE: Overpriced?
By FITCamaro on 8/6/2013 12:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
For thin you pay more. And you get the 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive.


RE: Overpriced?
By polishvendetta on 8/6/2013 1:12:32 PM , Rating: 3
Depends on what youre looking for. You cant find a laptop less then an inch thick with these specs.

You can find plenty with better specs that are up to 3" thick and weigh 10 lbs


RE: Overpriced?
By Da W on 8/6/2013 4:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
What? It's ont an android Tablet ans its ont free? Who would bé buts To but that? #sarcasm


RE: Overpriced?
By flyingpants1 on 8/6/2013 11:01:37 PM , Rating: 3
-Read the article again
-See that the article explicitly mentions this laptop competes with the Razer Blade Pro
-How much does the Razer Blade Pro cost with equivalent specs?
-It's $2300 with half the RAM
-The MSI laptop is $500 cheaper
-Oh
-Don't post ignorant comments about gaming laptops being overpriced


RE: Overpriced?
By HostileEffect on 8/7/2013 3:30:44 AM , Rating: 2
Just a few weeks ago my room mates spent $600 (normal cheap laptop) and $1400 on a Macbook. The only difference is the Mac has a slightly faster CPU, which is useless, because both have the same weak Intel HD graphics chip.

My MSI GT660 was $1400 about 2.5 years ago and still out performs both computers, but that isn't saying much given what kind of computers they are. I won't buy anything less than Sager or MSI. I also still have some old MSI FX cards from around ten years ago, quality goes a long way.


RE: Overpriced?
By Frallan on 8/7/2013 3:32:28 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed - in a gaming lappy the spinning media isn't needed and the SDD should be 500GB.


$200 diff...
By DuckieHo on 8/6/2013 10:03:26 AM , Rating: 2
The difference between those two models is just 250GB of HDD space? Really?

The Killer WiFi NIC has been demonstrated to provide better performance than most other NICs.




RE: $200 diff...
By kmmatney on 8/6/2013 3:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even know why they bother offering the more expensive option if the difference is only 250GB of HD space. The price for the 750GB model isn't too bad for the amount of RAM you get, and how this it is.

For comparison, about 1 year ago I paid $1140 for my Dell Special Edition 17R, with Core i7 (IVB), 6GB RAM, 1TB HD + 32GB SSD cache, Geforce 650M (dedicated 2GB RAM), and lighted keyboard. It is larger, heavier and the mouse pad sucks (better with latest drivers) and the video card isn't as fast, but I think the price of the Dell makes it a much better deal.


RE: $200 diff...
By DanNeely on 8/6/2013 3:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
If you find MSIs page for this laptop the $2k one lists 2x 128GB SSD in RAID0 in addition to the bigger HDD. That upgrade makes the price jump more palatable; but they're still doing the RAID0 thing which is mostly useless in reality (RAID controller bottleneck) and doubles the risk of dataloss but which the OEMs think is wanted by the semi-clueless middle (people between "why would I want ant spray in my computer?" and "that's just stupid") of their customer base.

http://usgaming.msi.com/Products/Notebook/GS70/


RE: $200 diff...
By bug77 on 8/6/2013 6:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, maybe RAID is useless and doubles the risk of data loss, but at least you can't use TRIM anymore. A steal, really, for only a couple grand ;)


RE: $200 diff...
By Frallan on 8/7/2013 3:41:08 AM , Rating: 2
SSD in RAID??

Why?

A decent SSD will deliver the I/O capacity needed even if it isn't RAID:ed. According to Anand benches even the old CrucialM4 256 GB has a sustained sequential read (Desktop Iometer - 128KB) of 372,1 MB/s. There is no advantage in RAID:ing that for loading maps and levels since you hardly notice the waiting as it is and you will be the first to load almost always anyway.


a miss
By Nortel on 8/6/13, Rating: -1
RE: a miss
By quiksilvr on 8/6/2013 9:57:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm so sick of this argument that just because something isn't super pixlier it isn't "good". Remember when people argued that 1080p is only useful for screens 40"+ in size and anything below that is overkill?

1920x1080 is the perfect resolution for laptops at 17". Any higher and you are essentially burning battery life for bragging rights even though side by side there is really not much of a difference.

So long as it has good color gamut, contrast ratio, bright and not super glossy, it is a good screen.


RE: a miss
By ftpc on 8/6/2013 10:41:27 AM , Rating: 2
My 5 year old 17" laptop had a 1600x1200 panel. I had to give up some resolution that I really could have used for my newer machine. With the proliferation of HD TV's computer monitors have been forced to lower resolutions to match. 1080 is not better, it's just cheaper. Now if I want 1600x1200 I guess I can plug in my color faded 17" Sony CRT from 1997. Which by the way is capable of much higher resolution than its pixel density. I've been around long enough to know that I have been working at higher resolutions in screen sizes smaller the 40" for a long time and that I have been pigeon holed into using 1080 because that's what is offered.


RE: a miss
By FITCamaro on 8/6/2013 12:27:07 PM , Rating: 2
I had a 1600x1200 gaming notebook in college on a 15.6" screen and had to run things larger because otherwise they were too hard to see.


RE: a miss
By boeush on 8/6/2013 8:46:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'd expect to use such a laptop not just for gaming, but also for internet browsing and productivity applications (e.g. document editing.) For the latter scenarios, vertical resolution is much more valuable than horizontal resolution, and the difference between 1080 vs 1200 vertical pixels is not insignificant and definitely very useful -- particularly in a 17" form-factor.

So yeah, I'm personally very sick and tired of these myopic arguments people like you keep making, that only consider the media consumption side of things while completely ignoring any productivity/professional dual-usage scenarios that a $2,000 piece of hardware would strongly suggest.


RE: a miss
By Frallan on 8/7/2013 3:44:00 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed - I want a 1920*1200 as well.

TBH I dont understand why the market has gone all 1080 on us. I use my computer for gaming anf work and as you say the added vertical real estate is valuable.


RE: a miss
By bug77 on 8/7/2013 4:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
TBH I dont understand why the market has gone all 1080 on us.


Because it's cheaper to produce. I loathe 16:9, too, 16:10 is way better (and usually $200 more expensive around here).


RE: a miss
By inperfectdarkness on 8/7/2013 4:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
Please DIAF.

Anyone who buys 17" laptops are probably spending 99% of the time plugged in. Just because it's a "laptop" doesn't mean that its primary usage will be on battery power. Idiots like you who insinuate that such is the case--are clearly individuals who never travel very much.

I've been desktop-free for 7 years. Yes, there have to be some concessions in doing so (i.e. if you want bleeding-edge performance) but lugging a desktop gaming rig around with me is just not practical or feasible. My 15.6" gets lugged around and plugged in when I get where I'm going; and it stays plugged in until I'm traveling again.

Almost every display/device under 12" or over 24" has > 1080p resolutions available. Laptops have been a no-mans land for years now...and videophiles like me are pissed. I most certainly can tell the difference on a 15" screen; don't lecture me on how blind your eyes are on a 17".

If MSI offered these stats at $2,000 in a 15.6"--it still wouldn't be enough to entice me to buy one. I'm waiting for the GT60 3k. It's been WAY, WAY, WAY too long in the making.


RE: a miss
By bug77 on 8/6/2013 10:01:53 AM , Rating: 3
I'm sure you're drooling all over the retina displays, which are merely 1400x900 upscaled.


RE: a miss
By Nortel on 8/6/2013 10:44:57 AM , Rating: 1
A blatant lie. You can scale to 1024 x 640, 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 but you can also run native 2880 x 1800 on rMBP.


RE: a miss
By retrospooty on 8/6/2013 11:33:27 AM , Rating: 3
You are misinterpreting "scaling" and "resolution".


RE: a miss
By bug77 on 8/6/2013 11:46:23 AM , Rating: 3
He doesn't care. He "knows".


RE: a miss
By retrospooty on 8/6/2013 11:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
ROFL


RE: a miss
By retrospooty on 8/6/2013 1:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
I saw this and it reminded me of Nortel... It about sums up his tech knowledge. http://i.imgur.com/pfa2sV1.png


RE: a miss
By bug77 on 8/6/2013 11:45:28 AM , Rating: 2
2880x1800 is the only resolution that's better than MSI's and that's the only one you have to hack, because it wasn't available by default last I checked. As for gaming at 2880x1800, good luck with that, because a GTX Titan can't do it.


RE: a miss
By Nortel on 8/6/13, Rating: 0
RE: a miss
By themaster08 on 8/6/2013 2:55:10 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Not everyone wants resolution for gaming...

Title reads: MSI Unveils 17" GS70 Gaming Laptop

Why even bother commenting on the resolution in the first place then? This machine is tailored for gaming.


RE: a miss
By retrospooty on 8/6/2013 4:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
"Why even bother commenting on the resolution in the first place then? "

He just has a need to crap on any product that isn't Apple and wants to say Apple is better. He doesn't even know why, nor does he understand the tech involved or the target market. The MBP is certainly a nice laptop, but similarly equipped its over $500 hundred more than this and still doesnt offer the large storage options.


RE: a miss
By flyingpants1 on 8/6/2013 10:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
You don't understand, it's iScaling (tm).


RE: a miss
By retrospooty on 8/6/2013 11:31:35 AM , Rating: 1
As usual, Nortel posts and it's idiotic. For $1799 you get a 128GB SSD AND a 750GB HDD. It also has a GeForce GTX 765M, 16GB Ram, Core i7 CPU and four USB 3.0 ports. It's not exactly a mod range end system.


RE: a miss
By polishvendetta on 8/6/2013 1:16:01 PM , Rating: 1
also, drive 2 other displays, 2.1 Creative sound, and is less then an inch thick.


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