MSI is well known among PC gamers for both high-end desktop components and high-performance gaming laptops. The company captivated gamers in 2013 with the release of the MSI GS70: the world’s thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop. MSI plans to keep up that momentum in the new year with updates to its entire line of gaming notebooks.
For starters, the super-thin GS70 will get an update in the first half of 2014 and will be renamed the MSI GS Stealth. The new GS Stealth will offer MSI’s Super RAID 2 technology with three mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 for extremely fast boot, game startup, and level loads. The Stealth will also feature an all-new multi-color programmable, anti-ghosting SteelSeries gaming keyboard powered by a new SteelSeries Engine for in-game key macros.
As with last year’s GS70, the GS Stealth will come with Killer E2200 LAN game networking, a dual fan thermal cooling solution, and support for up to 4 displays (three external plus the notebook screen) simultaneously with Matrix display. This notebook also packs a 17.3-inch Full HD Anti-Glare display, 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to three 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 plus a 1TB HDD, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, Killer E2200 + Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and five Dynaudio speakers plus a subwoofer.
In short, we would be very surprised if any manufacturer can offer more hardware in a thinner 17-inch gaming notebook this year.
MSI is also updating the larger GT60 and GT70 gaming notebooks with the 15-inch MSI GT Dominator 15 and 17-inch MSI GT Dominator 17. These gaming powerhouses will offer many of the same core technologies available in the GS Stealth, only the GT Dominator notebooks will only have a single massive cooling fan and will support a larger range of high-end graphics cards that will fit inside these thicker shells.
Again, the Dominators will have either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch Full HD Anti-Glare display, 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, Killer E2200 + Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and support for up to 4 independent displays. The GT Dominator 17 will have up to three 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 plus a 1TB HDD but the GT Dominator 15 only offers up to a single 128GB SSD plus 1TB HDD.
For those gamers interested in the latest Radeon graphics from AMD with Graphics Core Next (GCN) and Mantle, the MSI GX Destroyer (formerly the GX70) features the AMD Richland A10-5750M multi-core processor and 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics. The GX70 also comes with up to a 750GB HDD, 8GB of DDR3 system memory, Killer E2200 networking, and a 17.3-inch Full HD anti-glare display.
Last, but certainly not least, the MSI GE Leopard 15 and MSI GE Leopard 17 deliver a thinner and lighter gaming solution compared to the Dominator series, but without quite as high of a price tag as the GS Stealth.
The GE Leopard 15 offers the same multi-color programmable, anti-ghosting SteelSeries keyboard with SteelSeries Engine, Killer E2200 networking, Intel 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, but supports only 3 independent displays. Inside you’ll find a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 12GB of DDR3 system memory, up to a 1TB HDD, and a 15.6-inch FHD anti-glare display.
The technical specs of the GE Leopard 17 are identical except for a larger 17.3″ FHD anti-glare display.
Pricing is unavailable at the time of this writing, but it’s reasonable to assume the new MSI gaming notebooks will be priced similarly to previous 15-inch and 17-inch gaming notebooks from MSI.