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MSI Updates Gaming Laptop Arsenal with Windows 8

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MSI's upcoming GT70 and GT60 gaming laptops will sport Windows 8.

MSI said on Wednesday that it has refreshed its "arsenal" of gaming laptops with the new Windows 8 OS. The first units to receive the upgrade will be the company's new premium gaming laptops in the G Series including the GT70 and GT60 models. MSI also plans to update its more budget-conscious GE series and the AMD processor-based GX60 with the new OS as well.

"MSI’s combination of superior gaming components and an upgraded operating system allows users to fully immerse in the gaming world without sacrificing affordability and performance," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US.  "Windows has been a staple in the personal computing world and the new version promises to improve performance and re-engage users through a new interface."

Both the GT70 and GT60 are armed with the latest Nvidia Keplar GeForce video cards, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Dynaudio Speakers and Steel Series Gaming Backlit Keyboard. In addition to the Windows 8 upgrade, select models of the GT70 now feature a Killer Wireless-N 1202 card, increasing networking speeds by up to five times.

According to a base list of specs provided by MSI, the GT70 will feature a Core i7-3630QM (2.4 – 3.4 GHz) processor, a 17.3-inch Full HD screen, and a range of Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M/675M/670M GPUs and storage options. It will also have up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory @ 1600 MHz, a Blu-ray Disc burner, Killer N1202 2x2 or Jackson Peak 2x2 wireless connectivity, and more.

As for the GT60, the base list of specs include the same CPU, but a smaller 15.6-inch Full HD screen. Other ingredients will include a Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M 4 GB or GTX 675M 2 GB GDDR5, a 750 GB HDD, 12 GB of DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz, a Blu-ray disc burner, similar LAN and wireless options, and more.

For more information about these gaming laptops from MSI, head here.

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    Estix , October 25, 2012 6:46 PM
    Maybe I'm being cynical here, but I think that OEMs are moving to Windows 8 (from 7) due to the lower licensing price to them, instead of any real benefit or demand on the User side.

    Also, checking the site, it's fascinating to see that they're offering a flagship-level laptop with a Trinity processor! (GX60 1AC-021US)

    I think it's actually a great idea, all things considered; it makes for a much more balanced build.
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    icepick314 , October 25, 2012 7:10 PM
    "In addition to the Windows 8 upgrade, select models of the GT70 now feature a Killer Wireless-N 1202 card, increasing networking speeds by up to five times."

    uhmm...from what I've read from all the Killer brand network cards, they aren't worth the money since you can adjust QOS and port adjustments on most routers...also you don't really gain THAT much speed over since it's mostly upto your ISP...
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    rebel1280 , October 25, 2012 8:05 PM
    Also, is W8 still restricting the whole no mature rated games thing for their os? Will steam fully support W8, i think thats a relevant question as it is being touted as a gaming laptop. What games officially currently support W8?
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    fb39ca4 , October 25, 2012 9:00 PM
    rebel1280Also, is W8 still restricting the whole no mature rated games thing for their os? Will steam fully support W8, i think thats a relevant question as it is being touted as a gaming laptop. What games officially currently support W8?

    Yes, Steam and anything else that runs in Win7 works in Win8.
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    fb39ca4 , October 25, 2012 9:01 PM
    EstixMaybe I'm being cynical here, but I think that OEMs are moving to Windows 8 (from 7) due to the lower licensing price to them, instead of any real benefit or demand on the User side.Also, checking the site, it's fascinating to see that they're offering a flagship-level laptop with a Trinity processor! (GX60 1AC-021US)I think it's actually a great idea, all things considered; it makes for a much more balanced build.

    But gaming laptops already have dedicated GPUs so does not make sense to sacrifice CPU performance for a better integrated GPU.
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    computerguy72 , October 25, 2012 9:29 PM
    MSI's laptop support is terrible. I have one of their latest and there are lots of nagging flaws with the touch pad, power mode switching and more. 7 months in and *0* updates to the video driver, I had to use laptops2go's driver to get an update. Also my power connector broke inside making it very difficult to charge - emailed MSI and it took 4 days to get a response. I feel rather disappointed.
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    widj , October 25, 2012 10:18 PM
    is MSI a good laptop brand? I was looking at asus G75, not sure which one I should get, the MSI has a better graphic card
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    Estix , October 25, 2012 10:26 PM
    fb39ca4But gaming laptops already have dedicated GPUs so does not make sense to sacrifice CPU performance for a better integrated GPU.


    Gaming laptop performance isn't really CPU-limited :p 

    The big benefit would be using the integrated graphics to play games (on lowish settings) on battery power for more than the 1 hour afforded to most gaming laptops.

    Or, for that matter, integrated graphics that can at least play back HD flash videos without dropping frames...
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    JOSHSKORN , October 26, 2012 12:50 AM
    Not ready to jump onto the Windows 8 bandwagon, yet. Actually, I think a bandwagon is too large for the general interest of Windows 8. I'll go with just a plain old wagon, here.
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    alextheblue , October 26, 2012 1:54 AM
    icepick314"In addition to the Windows 8 upgrade, select models of the GT70 now feature a Killer Wireless-N 1202 card, increasing networking speeds by up to five times."uhmm...from what I've read from all the Killer brand network cards, they aren't worth the money since you can adjust QOS and port adjustments on most routers...also you don't really gain THAT much speed over since it's mostly upto your ISP...
    The wired ones weren't worth the difference in price. The wireless ones are. Not all wireless adapters and routers are equal - far from it.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4590/bigfoots-killern-1102-wireless-networking-vs-the-world/10

    I prefer gaming wired, but if I had to use wireless, I'd either get a machine with one of these or buy one and install it myself.