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MSI outs the industry's first 3K resolution notebooks

MSI has announced two new high-resolution display notebooks, including the industry's first gaming notebook supporting 3K resolution. Both notebooks have a 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 2880x1620.
The GT60 20D-261US is the gaming version of the notebook, while the GT60 20KWS-278US is the workstation version. Both machines have the same features with the only difference being the OS and graphics used. The gaming version of the notebook runs Windows 8 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M. The workstation version runs Windows 7 and uses an NVIDIA Quadro K3100M GPU.

Both versions of the notebook have a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage. Both have an Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 16GB of RAM and integrated Blu-ray burners. The notebooks also have Killer E2200 networking and Killer N1202 Wi-Fi. The battery for the machines is a 9-cell unit and MSI integrates a 720p webcam on the front. Both machines. The notebooks also have SteelSeries backlit keyboards for working and gaming in the dark.

The dimensions of the notebooks are the same at 14.97" x 10.24" x 1.77" and both weigh 7.7 pounds.
One big difference between the two notebooks is price. The gaming version sells for $2,199.99, while the workstation version sells for $2,799.99.

Source: MSI Mobile

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RE: why?
By The Von Matrices on 12/5/2013 8:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
Do you have a 15.6" laptop? It's basically the borderline for as to what compromises "portable."

I've seen only a handful of people actually take 17" laptops out of their houses. >17" laptops have their place, but the mass market is not using them for gaming. The three people I know with 17" laptops use them in their house only to watch DVDs and browse the internet; they never leave the house with their 17" laptops.

A >17" laptop for gaming is not much more portable than a SFF desktop system, and the latter is a much more powerful, easy to use, and less expensive choice if you want that large of a screen.

On another note, the problem with this laptop's screen is not badly scaled UI elements or power consumption, it's that it's not a good choice for gaming. Mobile GPUs are at least two generations behind in performance compared to desktop GPUs, so driving a 3MP display at a reasonable frame rate is basically impossible with a mobile GPU at the moment.

RE: why?
By ritualm on 12/5/2013 9:19:58 PM , Rating: 2
Mobile GPUs are at least two generations behind in performance compared to desktop GPUs, so driving a 3MP display at a reasonable frame rate is basically impossible with a mobile GPU at the moment.

That's not 3 megapixels; 2880x1620 is closer to 4.67 megapixels (4,665,600).

While what you said is true by and large, it is also directly dependent on the game itself and the quality settings used. Anti-aliasing is an unnecessary performance expense at that resolution. Low-complexity games can run full size at over 30 fps, while turn-based strategy and other older-generation games can usually get by at 15 and still be very playable.

RE: why?
By troysavary on 12/12/2013 1:56:41 AM , Rating: 2
A small form factor case, separate keyboard, and separate monitor are just as portable as a 17 in laptop? Seriously? Can you easily throw those into a backpack? Will they stay powered up and be ready to go as soon as you sit down at your new location? Sure, battery life is low on a gaming laptop, and you'll most likely plug it in once you get there, but short battery life leads to better portability than no batter life.

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