CES 2019: MSI's Gaming Laptop Lineup With NVIDIA RTX Graphicsby Gavin Bonshor on January 15, 2019 12:00 PM EST
MSI is one of the latest manufacturers to launch a new range of gaming laptops with two new gaming models with upgraded graphics. Hitting the market is the slimline but powerful MSI GS75 Stealth, and the MSI GE75 Raider which is one of the first 17" notebooks to harness the power of an RTX 2080.
MSI GS75 Stealth
The newly revamped version of the MSI GS75 Stealth comes installed a new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card and an Intel 8th generation Core i7 processor. Not only that but the aluminium frame houses an impressive 17.3" 1080p 144 Hz IPS screen suitable for gamers, an RGB keyboard that is customizable with the SteelSeries Engine software and a glass touchpad.
Under the hood, the MSI GS75 Stealth also has room for up to three M.2 drives with two of them having SATA and NVMe PCIe 3.0 support, while the third just supports SATA drives. On the networking front, MSI uses Killer NIC and an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter which also includes Bluetooth 5 connectivity.
One of the standout features of the GS75 Stealth is in its size; it packs a powerful component selection into an ultra-thin 18.95 mm thick frame and weights 2.25 kg with the battery installed. Not exactly light, but more svelte than most other gaming-focused notebooks on the market with similar specifications. According to the newly updated GS75 Stealth product page, a model with an RTX 2070 and the new RTX 2060 are also available; this is likely to be dependant on region.
MSI GE75 Raider
Slightly heavier and just under half a kilogram heavier is the new MSI GE75 Raider. The GE75 Raider is another of MSI's notebook range overhaul to be paired up with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card. In fact, MSI is stating that this is the first 17" laptop to use the new Ray Tracing enabled RTX 2080 model. On top of that, the GE75 Raider features a SteelSeries per-key RGB customizable keyboard, speakers powered by Dynaudio and incorporate a unique '3D Dragon Spine' design with a red anodized finish.
There's no information about availability or pricing on the MSI GE75 Raider currently, but we expect MSI to start revealing more soon.