MSI updates mobile workstation lineups and adds new WE series


— 6:44 PM on January 4, 2017

You probably already know that MSI makes some rather powerful gaming laptops. Did you know that the company also offers mobile workstations? The company currently has a WT series of desktop-replacement-style mobile workstations, and a WS series of thin-and-light machines that still pack serious performance. Both of those lineups have received CPU and graphics card updates. MSI is also launching a third series of mobile workstations, called the WE.

The top machine in the WT family is the WT73VR. This machine isn't exactly svelte, but that's not really its point. The point is the new workstation's Nvidia Quadro P5000 graphics card with 16GB of GDDR5 memory. The chip in that high-powered card is based on the same GP104 GPU as the GeForce GTX 1080. The WT73VR also supports Kaby Lake Intel Core i7 processors and the latest mobile Xeons. MSI says it intends the WT73VR to be "the best platform for creating VR content."

By comparison, the new WS63 is practically two-dimensional. The aluminum-encased mobile workstation comes equipped with a 7th-gen Core i7 CPU and an as-yet-unannounced Quadro P3000 graphics card sporting 6GB of GDDR5 memory. MSI says the 4-lb laptop uses a cooling system with three fans and five heat pipes to shunt heat away from the high-powered hardware packed in its 0.66"-thick frame. Unique to the WS63 is what MSI says is a new type of fingerprint sensor for biometric identification.

Finally, we have the all-new WE series of mobile workstations. The WE62 uses a 15.6" 1920x1080 display. The WE72's 17.3" display has the same resolution, but it's capable of a 120Hz refresh rate. Either way, both models use Kaby Lake-family Core i7 CPUs and Quadro M2200 graphics cards. The cooling hardware in these machines is a relative of the system used in the WS-series workstations.

All of these workstations are on display at CES, so hopefully our guys on the ground get a chance to look at them.

 
   
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