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MSI Reveals 'Vive Optimized' Gaming Notebooks

Virtual Reality hardware will be reaching consumer hands in just shy of a month, and the gamers with these fancy new headsets will need to have machines that can deliver the high framerate visuals required for VR games. Most people who buy the first round of VR hardware likely already have a high end desktop computer, but part of the magic of VR is sharing it with others. It’s not exactly easy to cart around your high-end gaming desktop to your family and friends to show them what VR has to offer. MSI has a lineup of laptops that should do the job, though.

MSI has revealed which of its gaming notebooks that it considers to be “Vive Optimized.” The company has five notebooks that meet the needs of VR gaming. These machines all come equipped with Intel i7 Skylake processors and Nvidia’s desktop-class GTX 980 GPUs.

The GT72S 6QF Dominator Pro G 29th Anniversary Edition (GTX 980) offers a Full HD 17.3-inch G-sync IPS panel, dual NVMe M.2 SSDs in raid 0, a full color backlit Steelseries keyboard, and a host of other features.

The GT72S 6QF is also offered in two other variants. You can choose the Dominator Pro G Heroes Special Edition, which features Heroes of the Storm graphics on the lid, and the inside bezel, or you can opt for the Dragon Edition G 29th Anniversary Edition, which has a bright red lid with MSI’s dragon logo emblazoned across it and on the palm rest. All three GT72S 6QF models have the same specifications.

If the GT72S doesn’t offer the performance you really want, MSI also has two GT80S models that feature Nvidia VR-Ready GTX 980 GPUs and carry the “Vive Optimized” rating. The GT80S Titan SLI is available in 29th Anniversary Edition with a brushed metal black lid, or the Heroes Special Edition with the same artwork as the GT72S Heroes Edition. 

As the name suggests, the GT80S Titan SLI features two Nvidia GPUs running in SLI for even more performance. These two GPUs are used to power an 18.4-inch Full HD display that is not G-sync, but the system features outputs for up to two external 4K displays, or, you know -- a VR HMD.

GT80S 6QF Titan SLIGT72S 6QF
CPULatest 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ processor / i7-6820HK processorLatest 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 processor
OSWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro
ChipsetIntel® CM236Intel® CM236
MemoryDDR4-2133, 4 slots, up to 64GBDDR4-2133, 4 slots, up to 64GB
Display18.4" Full HD (1920x1080), IPS level panel17.3" Full HD (1920x1080), G-SYNC ready with 75Hz, IPS level panel (Optional)
GraphicsGeForce GTX 980 SLIGeForce GTX 980
Graphics VRAM8 / 4GB GDDR58GB GDDR5
Storage1 x 2.5" HDD +1 x 2.5" HDD +
up to Super Raid 4 (2 x NVMe M.2 SSDs by PCIe Gen3 X4 in RAID0) (Optional)up to Super Raid 4 (2 x NVMe M.2 SSDs by PCIe Gen3 X4 in RAID0) (Optional)
Optical DriveBD Writer / DVD Super MultiBD Writer / DVD Super Multi
AudioSound by Dynaudio with WooferSound by Dynaudio with Woofer
ESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technologyESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technology
Nahimic Audio EnhancerNahimic Audio Enhancer
WebcamFull HD type (30fps@1080p)FHD type (30fps@1080p)
Card ReaderSD (XC/HC)SD (XC/HC)
LANKiller E2400 Gigabit Ethernet with Killer ShieldKiller E2400 Gigabit Ethernet with Killer Shield
Wireless LANKiller Wireless-AC 1535Killer Wireless-AC 1535
BluetoothBluetooth v4.1Bluetooth v4.1
HDMI1(v2.0)1(v1.4)
USB 3.0 port56
USB 3.1 port1x USB 3.1 Type-C1x USB 3.1 Type-C
Thunderbolt™ 3USB3.1 Type-C interface, 4K output, 3A output charging (Optional)USB3.1 Type-C interface, 4K output, 3A output charging (Optional)
Mini-DisplayPort1(v1.2)1(v1.2)
Mic-in/Headphone-out1/1 plus SPDIF Out x11/1 1(line in)/1(line out)
ESS SABRE HiFiSupport 32bit/384kbps sampling rate, up to 127dBA DNR unmatched by PC, Mac or mobile devices DACSupport 24bit/192kbps sampling rate, up to 122dBA DNR unmatched by PC, Mac or mobile devices DAC
KeyboardSingle color backlighting (red) SteelSeries keyboardFull-color backlight SteelSeries keyboard
Mechanical Keyboard with Switch by Cherry MX BrownSilver Lining Print
AC Adapter330W230W
Battery8-Cell9-Cell
Dimension456(W) x 330(D) x 49(H)mm428(W) x 294(D)x 48(H)mm
Weight (KG)4.5kg3.78Kg (w/ Battery)

All five models are readily available through MSI’s reseller network.

Update, 10:00am PT, March 3, 2016: Corrected table. Titles were reversed.

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  • Davinlevey
    Did you get the two numbered wrong in the table? I thought the Titan GT80S was the one with the SLI, maybe I misread it..
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  • Davinlevey
    Did you get the two numbered wrong in the table? I thought the Titan GT80S was the one with the SLI, maybe I misread it..
    Reply
  • Jack_1055
    If it's important you might want to fix the specification sheet you have up. It appears to be switched around.
    Reply
  • kcarbotte
    17608026 said:
    Did you get the two numbered wrong in the table? I thought the Titan GT80S was the one with the SLI, maybe I misread it..

    17608055 said:
    If it's important you might want to fix the specification sheet you have up. It appears to be switched around.

    Thanks guys. It has been ammended.
    Reply
  • Mac266
    "Dual MVMe M.2 SSD's"

    That's NVMe I believe
    Reply
  • kcarbotte
    17609087 said:
    "Dual MVMe M.2 SSD's"

    That's NVMe I believe

    it doesn't pay to write fast....
    thanks.
    Reply
  • Jack_1055
    It appears you have the specifications switched around. Just in case it might be important.
    Reply
  • kcarbotte
    It appears you have the specifications switched around. Just in case it might be important.
    that was fixed yesterday
    Reply