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MSI Intros Industry's First 3K Gaming Notebook

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MSI Computer Corp. has released what it deems as the industry's first 3K gaming notebook, the GT60 2OD-261US. Just in time for the holidays if you have a spare $2,199.99, this laptop sports a 15.6 inch anti-reflective screen with a 2880 x 1620 resolution, backed by a Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

"Gamers demand the most out of their systems and are constantly trying to attain a more complete experience, starting from system performance to multimedia effects. The GT60 with 3K graphics immerses the portable gamer into a realm never before experienced," stated Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI Pan America Region.

According to the specs, the gaming notebook is powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ with a base clock of 2.4 GHz and a turbo clock of 3.4 GHz. The notebook also has 16 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, a 128 GB SDD and a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. There's also an SD card reader for even more storage.

Rounding out this gaming notebook is Killer E2200 Game Networking for LAN and Bluetooth, Killer N1202 a/b/g/n for wireless networking, a Blu-ray disc reader, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 output, and a 720p webcam. There's also a SteelSeries full-color programmable backlit keyboard and Dynaudio premium speakers with a subwoofer.

This Windows 8-based laptop measures just 1.77 inches thin and weighs 7.7 pounds.

The company also released an Adobe Creative Suite 6, AutoDesk and SolidWorks optimized workstation with basically the same specs costing a meatier $2,799.99 USD, the GT60 2OKWS-278US. This workstation replaces the GeForce GPU with a Nvidia Quadro K3100M GPU, and replaces the Blue-ray reader with a Blu-ray burner. This Windows 7 Pro-based laptop also provides three USB 3.0 ports like the gaming version, but only one USB 2.0 port. All other specs remain the same.

"The 3K graphics in our latest workstation gives professionals an edge by increasing efficiency and productivity," added Andy Tung. For more information about the 3K gaming laptop, workstation or the entire line of G series notebooks, head here.

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    kelfen , December 7, 2013 6:49 AM
    I'm curious how the GTX 780m holds up in 3k display in games
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    ncrmro , December 7, 2013 7:01 AM
    I'd really expect this level of hardware to include IEEE 802.11ac in the WiFi card, and really just a large SSD rather than in an additional HDD for space. The difference between an mSATA card and a 2.5" laptop drive is massive. I wish these companies would push there bar up a bit and just stop messing around with legacy products. Thin, fast and light.
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    chuckydb , December 7, 2013 7:26 AM
    An other super high resolution on a small device that lacks the power to make good use of it...
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    damianrobertjones , December 7, 2013 7:45 AM
    @ncrmro - I mean, you know, it's not as if you can't just replace the mechanical hard drive with something like a 1TB Samsung Evo or anything /s
    @chuckydb - Yet people might actually want to use it for more than gaming.
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    peterson99 , December 7, 2013 8:01 AM
    On a screen of that size is it even possible to physically see the difference 4K brings?
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    ncrmro , December 7, 2013 8:12 AM
    @ncrmro - I mean, you know, it's not as if you can't just replace the mechanical hard drive with something like a 1TB Samsung Evo or anything /s
    @chuckydb - Yet people might actually want to use it for more than gaming.

    It's more that their is an entire 2.5" HDD cavity. So regardless of weight and size of having a real hard drives size and weight, it will even when empty still make the whole chassis larger. An mSATA isn't to much bigger then your two thumbs side by side. I guess what I'm trying to say is I think Ultrabooks should be standard at this point. And this is marketed at gaming, but I think the only people who would harness the potential of this gear's hardware are professionals.
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    someguynamedmatt , December 7, 2013 10:59 AM
    "I can't play games maxed out at this resolution any more. We shouldn't make it available."
    I hate that mentality... I'd be ecstatic to have a 3K screen - things like Blender and AfterEffects would become so much more pleasant to work with. Who cares if you have to turn the resolution back to 1080p if you claim to not be able to see the difference in the first place? Getting rid of better technology because it hurts your framerate just isn't a logical argument. Maybe this will trickle over into 24-in class desktop monitors... that would be even better.
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    Immaculate , December 7, 2013 12:45 PM
    So what makes certain laptops notebooks, ultrabooks, netbooks? I think heard someone ask me what a kirobook or something was (I still don't really know what they called it), what happened to them all being laptops? I mean clearly their not books.
    Portable PC sounds like it has more power than some kind of powerbook.
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    MetzMan007 , December 7, 2013 12:46 PM
    What they didn't write properly in the specs is the ssd, the ssd is 3 x 128gb in raid 0. so total of 384 gb. I just purchased the same laptop but with out the 3k screen. MSI dragoon. same specs but with out the 3k. I dont think you would be able to play many games with the 780m at 3k. Well not with everything maxed out, getting around 60FPS in BF4 with everything maxed at 1920x1080. going to 2880 x 1620 i am guessing around 25 to 30fps with everything maxed. But toms should really fix the ssd in the specs 1 ssd is wrong it is 3 x ssd in raid 0 (msi calling it raid 2 special designed for msi).
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    MetzMan007 , December 7, 2013 12:51 PM
    Forgot something the 3 ssds in raid are 3 x m-sata and msi claiming 1500 MB/s transfer rate. I wouldn't say 1500 but real life would say around 800 to 1000. they are pretty quick. faster then my 2 ssd in raid 0 in my desktop.
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    coolitic , December 7, 2013 1:20 PM
    The problem? Laptop GPU's cant handle it but 3k playing at 1080p res looks better than 1080p playing at 1080p.
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    clonazepam , December 7, 2013 5:17 PM
    Well, laptop screens aren't really known for their grey to grey times, and input latency. I imagine that can only get worse going up to 3K resolution, for right now. Still, I'm sure it still looks perfectly fine for most people, including myself. I'd have to have a full size mouse and keyboard attached to play BF4, so I definitely wouldn't buy one to game on, hehe.
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    edwd2 , December 7, 2013 5:30 PM
    i can barely tell the difference between gaming 1600x900 and 1920x1080 on a 17inch laptop screen. at 3k i dont know whether it's gain or loss considering you'll have to lower graphics quality to maintain decent frame rates. not a good idea for gaming.
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    beoza , December 7, 2013 9:04 PM
    If this was a 17" or larger laptop I might be interested, 15.6 is too small for my tastes. And I'm in no hurry to jump on the 3k resolution band wagon at this moment, I'll wait until the prices drop and there's better panels out, 3k is still fairly new and with all new products there's a teething period while they work out all the kinks. Right now I'm happy gaming on my 27" screen at 1920x1080, next yr I'll upgrade to a R9 290X in xfire.
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    icemunk , December 8, 2013 7:49 AM
    I'm thinking it could run games relatively well at the resolution. I'm running dual 7770s, and generally have no problem running most games at 3840X1080 on high/medium-high settings, which has a similar amount of pixels to 3K. The 780M has around 2.23 gigaflops, versus my dual 7770s with 1.28 gigaflops each (and crossfire doesn't fully scale). So, I'm sure this laptop can handle itself pretty well.
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    soldier44 , December 8, 2013 11:57 AM
    About time they started to move away from 1080p as a standard thats been around a while now. Its amazing the amount of people that still dont have 1080 on their laptops and think its good enough lol. Will wait for the next gen of laptops to come out with higher res. Its always the first gen that has its share of issues.
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    cobra5000 , December 8, 2013 3:27 PM
    I have to agree w/beoza. 15.6" screen is just too small. 17" should be the starting point.
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    zdzislaw , December 10, 2013 9:36 AM
    I wonder why no one mentioned that this certain model has been introduced to official sell sth like a month ago, you can buy it for 2099 USD (single 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD -optional ofc). And yes, you can play on this without worrying about fps that much, single GTX780 handles it pretty well. Screen looks AMAZING, here's the first review:

    here -you can find videos of gameplay:

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    hythos , December 18, 2013 6:58 PM
    CAD work on 3k would be awesome.....
    While there's a nearly identical machine with a QFX K3100m, the GTX780m is MANY times more powerful, even for CAD programs.
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    chaosmassive , December 25, 2013 9:02 AM
    4K using extra large monitor on PC desktop,
    now 3K on laptop?