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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 ritualm on 12/5/2013 9:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
A bigger screen will help you there a lot more than higher pixel density.

I don't think so.

As it stands to me right now, 1080p on any display larger than 13" is worthless. It's like the proliferation of craptastic 1366x768 displays over the past half decade: it's cheap to make, so OEMs can keep manufacturing costs low - and that's really the only advantage about it.

You're happy with your cheap 24" 1080p displays and 15" 1080p laptops. The problem with that reasoning is, you are not me. 1080p is great for consuming content, not creating content. Laptops and desktop monitors are not the same as TVs, yet they're stuck at 1080p for years - just because those 1080p screens are cheap. The most disgusting part is that workstation notebooks also went from 1200v to 1080p, losing 120 pixels of vertical screen real estate in the process - because 1080p is cheaper.

Even if Dell prices their latest 24" UltraSharp UHD over the $1399 list price, I have no problems shelling out that amount of money for several of them.

RE: why?
By purerice on 12/6/2013 1:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
I will agree with you on the unfortunate switch from 1200 to 1080. I used to play with a pair of 20” 1600x1200 CRTs at work. That was in the 90s. 2560x1600 briefly appeared before going down to 1440p. Does it really require 15 years to jump up in resolution more than 20%?

As for 3k on a 15" laptop I kindly disagree. First, the GPU alone is 100W+ TDP. So really you have to use it in desktop mode most of the time.
I have spent over $2000 on a laptop that got less than 2 hours battery life at full throttle. A friend with the same budget put together a rig for $800, got an $800 laptop, and saved several hundred dollars. At home/work he had a more powerful machine and on the road he had a longer lasting machine. Lesson learned.

RE: why?
By ritualm on 12/6/2013 5:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
As for 3k on a 15" laptop I kindly disagree.

Only because the MSI GT60 is widely known for being a high-temperature oven for computer chips. All of that potential gaming performance hamstrung by an underspec'ed cooling system. It keeps getting throttled, even on desktop mode, because the laptop is generating more heat than the cooling system's designed to handle. Razer learned its lesson after the first Blade; MSI still didn't get it.

Most gaming laptops last only 2-3 hours firing on all cylinders. That's fine, because most phones don't last over 6 hours gaming, without a very large battery (which also directly increases size and weight). It's also a considerable improvement from several years ago, where 2-3 hours was battery life while idle and less than 30 minutes full throttle.
I have spent over $2000 on a laptop that got less than 2 hours battery life at full throttle. A friend with the same budget put together a rig for $800, got an $800 laptop, and saved several hundred dollars.

I take it you have buyer's remorse over buying that $2k laptop. Look at this the other way, however: your friend cannot use his $800 desktop and all the usual fixings on the road or plane without something/someone complaining of too much power draw, and he can't game on his $800 laptop because it's too underpowered. All of these in order to save $400-500.

I have spent double your amount on last year's rMBP - and it's every penny well spent.

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