The advent of VR gaming has pushed most manufacturers to bring their A game, and MSI is no different. At CES the gaming behemoth announced one of the largest lineups of “VR” ready gaming laptops armed with the latest hardware from Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (and 1050Ti) GPUs and Intel Kabylake CPUs, including the GT83VR.
MSI is refreshing a wide range of models beyond the top-end GT83VR, which is also receiving new Cherry MX switches and a full RGB keyboard, including the GT73VR, GT72VR, GT62VR, GS73VR, GS63VR, GS43VR, GE72VR, GE62VR, GPS62VR, GP72VR, GP62MVR, GP72/GP62, and the GL72/GL62.
Don’t let the sea of nondescript names fool you, as anyone who has used an MSI gaming laptop will tell you, there are quite a few gems buried in that list. From providing lightning fast connectivity with Killer Doubleshot Pro, to versatile display options with Matrix Display, MSI has always prided itself offering a complete feature rich experience. Everything from the ground up is designed with a gaming experience in mind, and MSI is extending its already mile-long list of features with a few new audio software tools.
In addition to the spec changes the GT83VR, GT73VR, GS73VR, GS63VR and GS43VR will feature ESS Sabre HiFi digital-to-analog converters for enhanced audio. NBR got a chance to try out this feature and honestly we weren’t blown away. The change in audio quality seemed nominal, it made the mids and highs slightly clearer, but it certainly wasn’t a game changer.
Still, any feature that helps to improve the experience (even if only by a small margin) is nothing to scoff at. MSI also announced a few of the laptops will also ship with Nahimic VR with 7.1 sound (built off of Nahimic 2 audio), which is designed to provide immersive 3D soundscapes for VR experiences.
Of course, though the real kicker is the massive performance boost that consumers can expect across the board. MSI is setting the bar high (especially for its cheaper variants) as the entire lineup listed above will now offer Intel’s Kaby Lake HQ-series processors. While NBR hasn’t had a chance to run any of these devices through the paces yet, MSI is boasting up to a 25 percent performance boost (overclocked). Looking at a number of benchmark scores the faster processors also seem to boast VR performance considerably.
Graphical performance will also see a huge jump with the addition of Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 and 1050 TI GPUS. This, in particular, will be a significant boost to graphical performance for MSI’s mid-range laptops, as the company is claiming roughly a 15 percent better performance with the GTX 1050Ti.