MSI does a top-to-bottom Pascal refresh of its gaming notebooks

— 1:38 PM on August 16, 2016

Nvidia's powerful Pascal graphics chips have arrived in laptops, and MSI has a fleet of machines at the ready. The laptops aren't powered by "M" model  GPUs, folks—Nvidia indicates that these chips have cores and clocks comparable to its flagship desktop models. MSI is taking advantage of Nvidia's product launch by refreshing much of its laptop lineup, including its GT, GS, and GE series.

MSI's GT83VR and GT73VR Titan series laptops are company's new premium products. At the top of the line is the GT83VR Titan SLI, which boasts two GeForce GTX 1080 graphics chips running in SLI alongside Intel's Core i7-6920HQ processor. A mechanical keyboard, an 18.4" IPS Full HD panel, and 64GB of DDR4 round out the specs for this 10 pound (4.5 kg) machine. If its $5000 price tag seems a little steep, MSI has a variety of other models in this line that offer features like 4K panels and GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs.

Gamers who prefer their laptops with a weight closer to four pounds than ten might be interested in MSI's new Stealth Pro and Phantom Pro laptops. These GS series laptops are available in 17", 15", and 14" sizes, and are powered by Intel's Core i7-6700HQ CPU and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. The top-of-the-line GS73VR Stealth Pro 4K packages this hardware in a 0.77" (19.5mm) chassis along with a 4K display and a SteelSeries keyboard. It's available for $2200. Even though these slim GS laptops don't have quite the same power as the GT83/72 Titan laptops, they still meet the requirements for running an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

More affordable laptops are available in MSI's GE72/62 VR Apache series. The GE72VR Apache Pro, for example, has a Core i7-6700HQ CPU and a GeForce GTX 1060 under its hood. At 5.95 lbs (2.7 kg) and 1.1" (27.9mm) thick, it's just a bit more bulky than the previously mentioned GS73VR, but it also sells for $1700. As its name suggests, this machine is also VR-ready.

MSI has many more models available than I can write about in one humble news post. Other models offer 120Hz IPS panels, Tobii eye-tracking technology, and Nvidia's VRWorks and VR audio technologies. These laptops are all available now.

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