MSI shows off 4.1GHz Haswell gaming laptop
The GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Extreme machine, which is the company’s top-of-the-line offering, is built from ground up for speed.
TAIPEI — Instead of competing in the overcrowded Ultrabook
market, Taiwan-based MSI hopes to differentiate its brand with more
gaming laptops. Its latest flagship offering in this segment is the GT70
Dragon Edition 2 Extreme, a large 17.3-inch notebook packing some
pretty powerful hardware under the hood.
At the heart of this machine is an Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor,
which is overclocked up to 4.1GHz by the company. The chip is specially
“binned” so that it can run at the faster clock speed without requiring
more voltage to maintain stability, while a proprietary Cooler Boost 2
technology keeps the system cool.
Graphics-wise, the GT70 can support a whole range of discrete GPUs
from Nvidia, including a GTX 780M boosting 4GB of GDDR5 memory. To
further enhance the overall performance, three SSDs in RAID 0
configuration are used. Completing the package is a keyboard from
SteelSeries and an onboard headphone amplifier.
Pricing for the GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Extreme starts from US$1,500
and it can go as high as US$3,000, depending on the configuration.
According to an MSI spokesperson, this model is now available in limited
Also showcased at the company’s booth in Computex is the GS70, which
has been touted as a gaming Ultrabook. It has a similar 17.3-inch screen
like the GT70, but is only 21.8mm thin and weighs 2.6kg without
batteries. MSI claims that the GS70 is the first of its kind in the
Wintel category, though it resembles an Apple
MacBook Pro in some ways.
Other distinctions include an Nvidia Geforce GTX765M GPU, as well as
dual-SSD (in RAID 0 configuration) and 16GB RAM. The GT70 can support up
to 32GB of RAM. Besides gaming, the GS70 is also targeted at
professionals who need workstation-class performance on-the-go. The MSI
GS70 will be launched in Aug worldwide and is expected to retail between
US$1,600 and US$2,000.