Buying a new gaming laptop isn’t really that straightforward, is it? Sure, you could just buy the most powerful one there is, but that just might come back to bite you later. What if you travel a lot and end up with something extremely bulky? Or what if you also want a discrete gaming laptop that you can use for work and play, but end up with a laptop with enough RGB to make a Christmas Tree blush?
MSI has been in the business of offering gaming hardware like laptops for many years now. As such, the company seems to understand that the needs of one gamer may not be the same as another. Which is why it offers a number of different models in order to ensure that all gamers get exactly what they need. The company’s new RTX 30 laptops may pack some of the latest and greatest hardware, but each series is tailor-made for specific types of gamers. MSI notes that with the new RTX 30 series GPUs, these new laptops offer a 40% improvement in performance as compared to the previous generation models along with better power efficiency and cooling technology.
Here’s a look at all the new RTX 30-series gaming laptops that MSI has to offer and who it’s ideal for.
For those looking for ultimate power: MSI GE Raider series
If you’re the type of gamer who wants nothing but the best, then MSI’s GE Raider series might be just what the doctor ordered. As one might expect, this gaming laptop comes with all the bells and whistles that one has come to expect from a top-of-the-line system. It is available with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. So you can game with the knowledge that you still have more than enough performance in reserve.
Of course, no high-end gaming rig is complete without RGB lighting. The laptop comes with MSI’s Mystic Lighting system and is featured not only on the keyboard but also at the front of the chassis. This lights up the entire front of the chassis, giving you an extra bit of style.
As a gamer, you will want to connect a whole host of peripherals to your system. This is why the MSI GE Raider series offers full I/O support. This includes a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A slots, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A slot, a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C slot, an RJ45 ethernet port, one SD (XC/HC slot), a 4K @ 60Hz HDMI slot and a Mini-Display port.
As if all these connectivity options weren’t enough, the MSI GE Raider series is also touted as the first laptops in the world to offer support for Wi-Fi 6E. This means that if users have a Wi-F 6E router installed, they will be able to enjoy Gigabit speeds and less than a millisecond of latency. And as any gamer knows, speed and latency are key to online gaming.
Of course, all this performance would mean very little if the display wasn’t up to spec. The GE Raider-Series is available with options for a 240Hz refresh rate or 300Hz refresh rate. This should give players an edge when playing fast-paced competitive online games like shooters.
For those on the hunt for performance with portability: MSI GS66 Stealth series
If you’re the type of gamer who is always on the go, then you have to check out the MSI GS66 Stealth. It features a sleek matte finish, hence the name. This laptop is specifically designed for those users who tend to carry around their laptop. This could include those who tend to commute a lot or even those who just love a good LAN party.
However, just because the laptop is designed for portability, does not mean that it skimps out on features. The MSI GS66 Stealth also supports Wi-Fi 6E, which means that it too can offer blazing fast internet speeds and super-low latency.
As if that wasn’t enough, the laptop also gives players the option of a display with a 300Hz refresh rate. This high refresh rate gives players an edge when playing fast-paced online games like first-person shooters. Helping them along is the fact that the laptop packs up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor along with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. Which should be more than a match for the current crop of AAA titles.
As the laptop has been designed with portability in mind, there will obviously be times when you’ll want to game on the move. Keeping that in mind, MSI has packed the GS66 Stealth with a 99.9 WHr battery. It should be noted that this is the largest capacity that can legally be carried on a flight. So you’ll have no problems whatsoever when travelling on planes.
MSI also offers a sub-series of the Stealth series called the Stealth 15M. This range of laptops follows the same overall philosophy as the GS66 Stealth, albeit with some key differences. This includes even greater portability and options up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU at a more affordable price point.
For those who want to subtlety: MSI GP Leopard series
Gaming machines are usually designed to turn heads with their sharp, angular looks and right RGB lighting. However, looks are subjective and this might not be everyone’s taste. The MSI GP series is designed to offer high performance with subtle design. This makes it an interesting option for professionals who need a powerful laptop that would be just as home in the boardroom, as it is at a LAN party.
The MSI GP Leopard packs up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and up to an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU. This should ensure more than enough performance for most users for both work or play. When gaming, the laptop should allow users to play the latest AAA titles with ease, while resource-intensive software should have no issues running on the laptop.
The MSI GP Leopard series also comes with a number of features that are aimed towards professionals. This includes a strengthened design that should be able to cope with the rigours of working on-site. Aside from this it also supports a full array of I/O ports. This includes three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, an RJ45 ethernet port and a 4K @60Hz HDMI port. These ports should be more than enough to connect an array of peripherals to the laptop. These could be related to work or gaming.
For those looking for an affordable gaming machine: MSI GF Thin series
The MSI GF Thin series is one of the company’s best selling laptops and for good reason. It is one of the most affordable gaming laptops offered by the company. Even so, the laptop still manages to offer a pretty impressive list of specifications. The laptop is available with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. This means that you’ll get to enjoy games with real-time ray tracing at a relatively pocket-friendly price.
The MSI GF Thin series also comes with all the bells and whistles that one has come to expect with the brand’s gaming laptops. This includes the MSI Dragon Center that is designed to improve a user’s gaming experience. Gamers can use the One Button Optimisation feature to automatically optimise games without the need for users to manually tweak the settings. There’s also Game Highlight, which allows users to save and share highlights of their gameplay. FPS gamers will like the Crosshair function that draws a crosshair on the display. So you can get those sick ‘no-scope’ kills. Finally, there is the MSI Companion that monitors the laptop’s performance during gaming. This will also give you quick access to various components of the laptop, including the fans.
That was a quick look at some of the new RTX 30-series gaming laptops that MSI has to offer and who they are meant for. Hopefully, this will help you narrow down your search and pick a device that best suits your needs and not end up with something that becomes a hindrance.
You can check out all the available offers on these MSI laptops here.