MSI rolls out new gaming laptops with 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs

MSI Notebook GE73 Raider RGB

With Intel’s 8th generation “Coffee Lake” CPUs come MSI‘s new and updated gaming laptops, targeting both the David and the Goliath sides of the weight-size coin. Making up the new models are the GS65 Stealth Thin with its high screen-to-body ratio and slim chassis, the GE73 Raider RGB models for their statement-making bling, and the GT75 Titan for sporting an unlocked i9 hexa-core processor.

GS65 Stealth Thin

With a name like “Stealth Thin” the first question on everyone’s minds is, naturally, dimensions. MSI states that the 1.8kg laptop measures 357.7 × 247.7 × 17.7mm, easily courting the attention of the commuting and traveling gamer. If the size won’t attract attention, then maybe the golden accent and trim will. Crack it open, however, and you’ll notice that the 1080p 144Hz 7ms IPS display is framed by bezels only 4.9mm thin, resulting in a 82 percent screen-to- body ratio. And for those who frequently use their webcams, they’ll be glad to know that MSI has managed to keep theirs along the top bezel as usual, instead of repositioning it at the bottom for an incredibly awkward angle.

The GS65 Stealth Thin comes in 8RF (GTX 1070) and 8RE (GTX 1060) variants, though both are powered by an 8th-gen Core i7 processor. They’re combined with MSI’s spread of technical offerings, from the Cooler Boost Trinity cooling design to Nahimic 3 audio and True Color 2 display tech. It also has a new per-key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries, with an updated Dragon Center 2.0 tying the whole system together. The 82Whr battery is said to keep it all running for eight hours or more.

GS65 Stealth Thin
CPU Intel 8th Gen. Processor + HM370
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Max-Q)/1060
Display FHD 144Hz/7ms IPS-level Thin Bezel (72% NTSC)
Memory DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM x2 (Max 32GB)
Storage

1st Slot: PCIe Gen3 x 4 SSD & SATA SSD (combo)

2nd Slot: PCIe Gen3 x 4 SSD

Audio 2W x2 Dynaudio (Hi-Res Audio, Nahimic 3)
Communication

Killer E2500/Killer1550+BT5 (GTX 1070)

Killer E2500/Intel 9560+BT5 (GTX 1060)

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3 x USB 3.1 Type-A

1 x Thunderbolt (Type-C USB 3.1)

1 x HDMI 2.0

1 x mDP 1.2

1 x Mic-in, Headphone-out

Power 82Whr Battery / 180W Slim Type Adapter
Dimension/Weight 357.7 x 247.7 x 17.7mm / 1.8Kg

Stealth Pro series upgrades
The GS65 Stealth Thin doesn’t turn the older Stealth Pro models obsolete; MSI has updated the entire range with the newest processors, improving performance by almost 20%. Other changes include 102 keys of per-key RGB lighting, smaller fan blades, Dynaudio Certified speakers, upgraded Killer 1550 and Bluetooth v5, and Dragon Center 2.0.

GE Raider RGB

With lit-up keyboards and USB ports, MSI are already well acquainted with the LED game. The new GE Raider RGB models take illumination further by incorporating “Mystic Light” strips on the lid, featuring 24 separate RGB zones and the oft-quoted “more than 16.8 million colors.” It you weren’t grabbing passer-by attention before then you definitely would now.

Aesthetics aside, the 15.6-inch GE63 and 17.3-inch GE73 pack all the hardware you’d expect from MSI’s Raider line. Both can be equipped with Coffee Lake Core i7s, a GeForce GTX 1070, and use 1080p 120Hz 3ms wide-view displays. They also come with MSI innovations such as the integrated giant speakers and the Cooler Boost 5 dual thermal system.

GE63 Raider RGB GE73 Raider RGB
Processor Up to 8th Gen. Intel Core i7 Processor
Chipset HM370
Panel 15.6” FHD (1920×1080), 120Hz, 3ms, Wide-View 17.3” FHD (1920×1080), 120Hz, 3ms, Wide-View
GPU

GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5

GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5

Memory DDR4-2400, 2 x SO-DIMM up to 32GB
Storage

1st M.2 slot: NVMe PCIe Gen3 / SATA3 M.2 SSD (combo)

2nd M.2 slot: NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 SSD

1 x 2.5” HDD SATA Gen3

Communication Intel 9560 (802.11 ac 2×2 /BT 5.0)
I/O

1 x USB Type-C USB 3.1

3 x USB Type-A USB 3.1

1 x HDMI (4K@60Hz) + 1 x Mini-DisplayPort

1 x RJ45 (Killer LAN)

1 x SD (XC/HC)

1 x Mic-in + 1x Headphone-out (HiFi / SPDIF)

Adapter 230W/180W (for GTX 1070/1060)
Dimensions 383x260x29.5 mm 419.2×287.1×30.15 mm
Weight 2.49Kg 2.80Kg

GT75 Titan

Wrapping up the pack is the appropriately-named GT75 Titan, a 17.3-inch machine that MSI touts as the world’s first gaming laptop to use Core i9 processors. With six cores and 12 processing threads, the fully unlocked i9 pushes laptop performance to new heights for gamers and content creators alike, reaching up to 4.8GHz thanks to Intel’s new Thermal Velocity Boost. Paired with MSI’s Cooler Boost Titan, which employs two of their Whirlwind Fans for improved airflow, the new configuration sees performance improvements up to 70 percent.

GT75 Titan
Processor Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Display 17.3” FHD (1920×1080), 120Hz, 3ms, Wide-View
Keyboard Rapid Mechanical RGB Keyboard by SteelSeries
Storage

2 x M.2 SSD Combo (NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 / SATA)

1 x M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4)

1 x 2.5” HDD

*supports Super RAID 4

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1 x ThunderBolt 3

5 x Type-A USB 3.1

1 x HDMI

1 x mDP

Network Killer DoubleShot Pro with 10Gbps Killer Ethernet and Killer Wireless-AC 1550

GT83 Titan upgrades
Similarly, MSI’s flagship desktop replacement is seeing a performance bump from the new 8th generation processors too, increasing as much as 40 percent.

Singapore Pre-Orders

Two models, the GE73 Raider 8RF RGB and GT75 Titan 8RG, are both available for pre-order at Challenger, Gamepro, and Harvey Norman from 6 April onward. Here are their respective technical sheets, bonus goodies, and prices.

Model GT75 Titan 8RG GE73 Raider 8RF RGB
LCD 17.3″ FHD (1920×1080)
120Hz wideview
94%NTSC color
Anti-Glare 3ms
17.3″ FHD (1920×1080)
120Hz wideview
94%NTSC color
Anti-Glare 3ms
VGA,V-RAM / Chipset GeForce GTX 1080
8GB GDDR5X
GeForce GTX 1070
8GB GDDR5
CPU Coffeelake i9-8950HK
CM246
Coffeelake i7-8750H
HM370
KB Backlight Rapid Mechanical Per-key RGB KB Per key RGB SteelSeries KB
Memory DDR IV 16GB×2 (2666MHz) DDR IV 16GB×1
HDD Super Raid 4-512GB (256GB×2) NVMe SSD +1TB (SATA) 7200rpm 256GB NVMe SSD +1TB (SATA) 7200rpm
ODD x x
WLAN Killer Wireless-AC 1550 (2×2 a/c) + BT5 Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (2×2 a/c) + BT5
OS Windows 10 Home Ultra without ODD Windows 10 Home Ultra without ODD
Battery 8 cell /5225mAH 6 cell /4730mAH
Mouse MSI Gaming Mouse M92 x
Bag GT Battlepack 2016 Hecate Gaming Backpack II
RMA 2 Year Warranty Term for Gaming 2 Year Warranty Term for Gaming
SRP w/GST
SGD
SGD 6,599 SGD 3,399

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