It hasn’t been long since Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs have seen the light of the day, and MSI has already upgraded most of it’s laptop line. The (graphics card, motherboard and now a) laptop manufacturer updated all of it’s major notebooks with the new 8th Gen Coffee Lake-H processors.
Upper Mid-Range MSI GS65 Stealth
One of the stars of the show at MSI’s event was the GS65 Stealth. The GS65 Stealth is a sleek and lightweight gaming laptop with dimensions of 14.1 x 9.57 x 0.69” and weighs approx 4.14lbs.
With a 1920 x 1080 144Hz 7ms display, it has been upgraded to the new 8th Gen Kaby Lake CPU, the Core i7 8750H. As for the GPU, there are two options, the higher end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and the other is the more affordable GeForce GTX 1060.
The GS65 Stealth support up to 32GB of DDR4-2400/2666 memory. The USB connectivity includes one USB 3.1 Type-C and three USB 3.1 ports. An HDMI 2.0 and a mini DisplayPort 1.2 ports are also present allowing multiple displays to be connected, if you’re into that kind of thing.
The GS65 has two M.2 slots for internal storage with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs. A SATA drive can also be connected to one to these.
Lastly, the laptop has an 82WH battery, powered by a 180 W adapter, so you should be able to game for a few reasonable hours before the battery gives in.
The Enthusiast Titan Range
The MSI GT series is reserved for the most hardcore enthusiasts, with the price branching into the 3K USD range. Here, MSI throws goes all out in favor of performance throwing price considerations out of the window. All the GT63, GT75, and GT83 Titan gaming laptops are getting upgraded to the 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs.
The i9 is paired with the top-end GeForce GTX 1080/1070 GPUs. Like the graphics options, the display also come in two, a 17.3” 1920 x 1080 120Hz 3ms IPS or 3840 x 2160 60Hz IPS display.
The GE Raider RGB Edition gaming laptops are also going coffee. MSI has upgraded them up to a Core i7-8750HQ, paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060/1070 GPU.
The memory and storage will be the same as the Stealth series. The RAM support is of up to 32GB of DDR4-2400/2666 memory and storage offers connectivity for two M.2 interfaces and a 2.5” SATA 6GB/s device.
The GE63 Raider RGB features a 15.6” 1920 x 1080 120Hz 3ms IPS display, while the GE73 Raider RGB has a 17.3” screen, but the resolution and other specs are identical. MSI has set different power adapters for different versions of the RGB laptops.
The adapter for the MSI GE63 and GE73 Raider RGB varies depending upon whether you opt for a GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070, 180 W for the former, and 230 for the latter.
Pre-Orders Open: MSI
Pre-orders for these new 8th gen Kaby Lake-H laptops are live now on Newegg and Amazon. As per MSI, these new laptops will start shipping from 16th April. No pre-order bonuses have been announced as far as we know, however. Perhaps MSI thinks this isn’t a major overhaul, given that Intel is no longer the only viable CPU vendor in the market anymore. It certainly makes sense, especially when you consider that AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen CPUs are also expected to ship this April.
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