MSI GS70 Promises ‘World’s Thinnest’ 17-inch Gaming Laptop

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MSI is officially announcing their new GS70 gaming laptop later today, making the bold claim that it’s the world’s thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop. Of course, if you only include gaming laptops, they’re likely correct – most gaming notebooks are big and bulky, since the average notebook gamer prefers power to portability.

MSI GS70

If you could get both in one package, however, who wouldn’t take it? That’s the angle MSI is targeting with the GS70, which includes an Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU (4th gen, or Haswell) running at 2.4GHz, with a Turbo Boost clock of 3.4GHz. There’s also an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, capable of putting out a 4K video signal – if you’re lucky enough to have one of those dream displays.

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The built-in display features an anti-reflective coating and 1920×1080 resolution. 

At launch, MSI is only offering two builds of the GS70, with the only differences between them a second SSD and accompanying price increase. Both models offer a backlit SteelSeries keyboard, with multiple backlight colors and anti-ghosting tech. For the audiophiles, MSI is promising a powerful headset amplifier, as well as a built-in 2.1 speaker system.

GS70 20D-002US GS70 20D-002US
Processor Intel Core i7-4700HQ (2.4 / 3.4 GHz)
Chipset Intel HM87
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2GB GDDR5)
Display 17.3-inch, 1920×1080
OS Windows 8
Storage 128GB mSATA SSD
750GB HDD @ 7200RPM
RAID 0 2x 128GB mSATA SSD
1TB HDD @ 7200RPM
Memory 16GB DDR3L @ 1600MHz
Networking Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless networking Killer N1202 2×2 802.11a/b/g/n
Audio out 3.5mm headset amplifier, mic-in, S/PDIF out
Video out 1x, HDMI 1.4, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Inputs 4x USB 3.0, SDXC card reader
Webcam 720p
Battery 6-cell
Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.47 x 11.29 x 0.85in (418 x 287 x 21.6mm)
Weight (incl. battery) 5.73lbs (2.6kg)
MSRP (US) $1799.99 $1999.99

The difference between the two models is only $200, but for that price, you get double the solid-state storage, as well as a hard drive with 33% more storage space.

MSI GS70

MSI was careful to point out that all the video ports on the GS70 can be used simultaneously, letting you hook the notebook up to, and drive, three external displays at once.

Both models of the MSI GS70 will be available soon; until then, be sure to check out all of the press images in our image gallery.

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