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MSI G Series refresh with Kaby Lake now available

MSI G Series refresh with Kaby Lake now available
MSI G Series refresh with Kaby Lake now available
The Taiwanese manufacturer is doubling down on its entire G series of gaming notebooks with Kaby Lake and Pascal options for all. We provide a quick rundown on the major options available and the main differences between them.

MSI has revealed no less than 13 different notebook models of various SKUs and configurations. Most are already available through various outlets and resellers with differences in display options, GPUs, storage, and RAM capacity. All, however, carry new Kaby Lake 7th generation Core ix CPUs with Pascal GPUs from the mainstream GTX 1050 all the way up to GTX 1080 SLI depending on the model.

Note that all prices below are given in Euros as they reflect current prices in European regions. MSRP in US and other markets will vary depending on the retailer and configuration.

Model CPU GPU Display RAM Preis
MSI GT83VR 7920HQ or 7820HK GTX 1070 SLI or GTX 1080 SLI 18.4" FHD 32/64 GB DDR4 3999 up to 5539 Euro
MSI GT73VR 7820HK or 7700HQ GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 17.3" UHD or FHD 120 Hz 16/32 GB DDR4 2799 up to 3699 Euro
MSI GT72VR 7700HQ GTX 1070 17.3" FHD 120 Hz 16 GB DDR4 2199 up to 2399 Euro
MSI GT62VR 7700HQ GTX 1070 15.6" FHD 16 GB DDR4 1999 Euro
MSI GS73VR 7700HQ GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 17.3" UHD or FHD 120 Hz 16 GB DDR4 2049 up to 2699 Euro
MSI GS63VR 7700HQ GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 15.6" FHD 16 GB DDR4 1999 up to 2299 Euro
MSI GS43VR 7700HQ GTX 1060 14" FHD 16 GB DDR4 1799 Euro
MSI GE72/GE72VR 7700HQ GTX 1070. GTX 1060. GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1050 17.3" FHD 120 Hz 16 GB DDR4 1419 up to 1999 Euro
MSI GE62/GE62VR 7700HQ GTX 1070. GTX 1060. GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1050 15.6" FHD 16 GB DDR4 1369 up to 1979 Euro
MSI GP72/GP72VR 7700HQ GTX 1060 or GTX 1050 17.3" FHD 16 GB DDR4 1399 up to 1599 Euro
MSI GP62/GP62VR 7700HQ GTX 1060 or GTX 1050 15.6" FHD 16 GB DDR4 1279 up to 1399 Euro
MSI GL72 7700HQ GTX 1050 17.3" FHD 8/16 GB DDR4 1199 Euro
MSI GL62 7700HQ GTX 1050 15.6" FHD 8/16 GB DDR4 1069 up to 1149 Euro

Overview of MSI G Series product range



At least two different SKUs will be available based on Nvidia SLI configurations: One with dual GTX 1070 GPUs and the other with dual GTX 1080. Display options are limited to FHD for now since 4K UHD panels are not widely available on notebooks larger than 17.3-inches in screen size. Prices range from 4000 Euros to over 5500 Euros when fully configured.



The high-end 17.3-inch GT73VR can be equipped with either the GTX 1070 or 1080 and will be priced slightly lower than the GT83. Display options include 4K UHD or 120 Hz FHD, both of which are very appropriate given the extreme performance of these GPUs. RAM options go up to 32 GB while storage options vary greatly from 256/512/1024 GB SSD options with 1 TB secondary HDDs. Prices range from 2800 Euros up to 3700 Euros.

The venerable GT72VR drops the UHD panel of the GT73VR and other extra connectivity features, but keeps the GTX 1070/1080 options for roughly the same gaming performance between them. Storage options are also limited to 256/512 GB SSDs and 1 TB secondary HDDs while the CPU is the latest Kaby Lake i7-7700HQ. Prices range from 2200 to 2400 Euros.


The GS series is characterized by an extremely thin design not unlike those from Razer or Aorus. The optical drive is dropped, but the 17.3-inch GS73VR can be configured with a 120 Hz FHD display or a 4K UHD display. SKUs are available with the Core i7-7700HQ and either the GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 with prices ranging from 2000 Euros up to 2700 Euros.

The 15.6-inch GS63VR counterpart is outfitted with a FHD display and either the GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. Otherwise, its remaining features are identical to its larger sibling. Prices range from 2000 to 2300 Euros.

The even smaller 14-inch GS43VR utilizes a 1080p screen, GTX 1060 GPU, and Core i7-7700HQ with no other major configurable options for a starting price of 1800 Euros.



While not quite as thin as the GS series or as powerful as the GT series, the main selling points of the GE series are its attractive starting prices and versatility. The GE72VR can be equipped with the GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, 1060, or 1070 depending on the configuration for about 1400 Euros or more. CPU options up to the Core i7-7700HQ are available as well as a 120 Hz display. SKUs can reach up to 2000 Euros depending on CPU, GPU, and storage options.

The smaller 15.6-inch GE62VR covers the same range of GPUs as its bigger brother albeit without the 120 Hz display option. This applies to the entire MSI lineup as 120 Hz panels are not yet available for all screen sizes.

MSI GP72 and GP62

The GP series pushes closer to the 1300 to 1400 Euro range by dispensing the powerful GTX 1070 option. Instead, users can configure up to the GTX 1060, which isn't so bad considering that the GTX 1060 can outperform even the GTX 980M on most titles. CPU options are available up to the Core i7-7700HQ with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. SKUs are available for 1400 Euros with the GTX 1060 and without an SSD or 1300 Euros with the GTX 1050 and 128 GB SSD.

MSI GL72 and GL62

The GL series represents the entry gaming models with prices ranging from 1000 to 1200 Euros. The new quad-core Kaby Lake processors and the Nvidia GTX 1050 can be found in this series as well to provide a graphics performance that is roughly equivalent to the GTX 970M. As such, most current titles should be playable at the native 1080p resolution and on decent settings. The 120 Hz display option is not available on both the GL or GP series and so users must move up to the 17-inch GE series for such a feature.

We are expecting more test units from the entire MSI G series in the coming weeks with full reviews to follow soon!




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Allen Ngo, 2017-01-15 (Update: 2017-01-15)