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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.

  • kelfen
    I'm curious how the GTX 780m holds up in 3k display in games
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  • ncrmro
    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
    An other super high resolution on a small device that lacks the power to make good use of it...
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  • damianrobertjones
    @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
    On a screen of that size is it even possible to physically see the difference 4K brings?
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  • ncrmro
    12121565 said:
    @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
    "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
    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
    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
    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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