MSI unveils GS70 gaming laptop, hopes to claim Razer's lightweight crown

MSI tentatively entered the world of thin and light gaming laptops with the GE40. With the newly launched GS70, the company is leaping in with both feet. The 17.3-inch portable is clearly built to take on the Razer Blade Pro, mating a big screen with a chassis that's even lighter -- at 5.7 pounds, the GS70 is a flyweight next to its 6.6-pound rival. While the system's quad-core, Haswell-based Core i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 765M graphics and 128GB SSD match what Razer offers, MSI doubles the RAM to 16GB and complements its storage with a 750GB hard drive. That makes the GS70's $1,800 base price a potential bargain -- if you don't mind losing the Blade Pro's touchscreen trackpad, you'll get more PC for the money.

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MSI GS70 (2013)

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MSI Answers Portable Gaming Prayers with GS70

Introducing the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop featuring Intel® Haswell processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX and dual fan thermal control

City of Industry, Calif. – August 5, 2013 – MSI Computer Corp, leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils the GS70, the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming powerhouse designed to fuse the power needed to tackle the most demanding games with the portability required to take battles on the road.

The answer to portable gaming players, the GS70 features a lethal arsenal of cutting-edge components, including the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M, Killer™ DoubleShot and a SteelSeries full color backlit keyboard with Anti-Ghosting keys. In addition, it showcases MSI's latest ultra-thin and light brush aluminum chassis, measuring less than 1-inch thick and weighing only 5.7 lbs.

The GS70 comes equipped as a mobile battle station with a 17" Full HD anti-reflective display at a 1920x1080 resolution and a 2.1 speaker system with integrated sub-woofer featuring Sound Blaster Cinema capable of delivering the quality of 5.1 surround sound. However, it takes full advantage of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 765M capabilities with the Matrix Display that simultaneously supports up to 3 external displays via the HDMI and mDP ports, transforming it into the ultimate multimedia and multi-tasking desktop replacement. It also has the ability to output HDTV resolutions, up to 4k, for viewing your games or movies in true HD.

"The GS70 has the capability to crush the most demanding games and the featherlike portability for on-the-go multi-tasking or gaming," stated Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US. "We understand the needs of our audience and are committed to delivering solutions that exceed even the highest expectations."

"The MSI GS70 sets a new mark for gaming rigs," said Brian Choi, Senior Product Manager at NVIDIA. "With the super-fast and super-efficient GeForce GTX 765M GPU on board, MSI is able to offer the thinnest chassis ever seen in the gaming segment."

The GS70 is the first dual fan laptop with a unique thermal solution design that pulls heat from the top side of the laptop and dissipates heat at a 45 degree upward angle, guaranteeing superior performance and a cool gaming experience even under the most intense battle sessions. Available in two configurations starting at $1,799.99 MSRP, both models come with 16GB of DDR3L memory, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3 audio jacks and a 720p HD webcam.

For more information about the GS70 or the entire line of G series gaming notebooks, please visit http://www.msimobile.com or www.usgaming.msi.com.

GS70 Full Specs

GS70 2OD-002US

GS70 2OD-001US

Processor

Core i7-4700HQ (2.4-3.4 GHz)

Operation System

Win 8 Multi-language

Chipset

HM87

Display

17.3" Full HD (Anti-Reflective)

Resolution

1920x1080 (16:9)

Graphic

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M (2G GDDR5)

Hard Disk Drive

Super RAID (128GB mSATA SSD*2 RAID 0 + 1TB HDD)

128GB mSATA SSD +

750GB HDD (7200RPM)

Memory

16GB (8G*2) DDR3L 1600MHz

LAN / Bluetooth

Killer™ E2200 Game Networking

Wireless

Killer™ N1202 2x2(a/b/g/n)

Card Reader

SD (XC/HC)

Audio Ports

Headset AMP

USB

USB 3.0 x 4

HDMI

HDMI 1.4

Webcam

720p HD Webcam

Battery

6 cell 120W

Keyboard

SteelSeries Full-Color Backlight with Anti-Ghost Keys

Touchpad

Click Pad

Dimension (WxDxH)

16.47"x11.29"x0.85"

Weight (w battery)

5.73 lbs.

MSRP

$1999.99

$1799.99