MSI announces updated workstation laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H CPUs and Nvidia RTX A-series professional GPUs
MSI is updating its workstation laptop lineup with a redesigned WS series and also expanding it with new WE and WF series. All new models are powered by Intel's Tiger Lake-H CPUs while also featuring the latest professional GPUs from Nvidia, and the WS models even get Nvidia Studio certification to ensure the laptops can deliver highly demanding creative workflows.
The WS series is still top-of-the line for MSI’s workstation lineup, and the updated models include the 17.3-inch WS76 plus the 15.6-inch WS66. For the WS76, MSI is now including a MiniLED 4K display with HDR 1000 certification and 100 % DCI-P3 color gamut, while the 15.6-inch models get either a 4K IPS screen with 100% aRGB color gamut or a 1080p display with 100% sRGB color gamut. All WS models can be powered by up to an i9-11980HK processor and a choice between the RTX A3000 professional GPU with 6 GB GDDR6 that is based on the same SKU as the RTX 3070 gaming model, or the RTX A5000 with 16 GB VRAM that is similar in performance with the desktop RTX 3080 model. The new WS laptops support up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, whereas the storage side comes with PCIe Gen 4 x4 and Gen 3 x4 M.2 slots. Port selection includes one Thunderbolt 4 port plus 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DP and 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2. MSI also offers a full-size SD card, a combo audio jack, an HDMI output and a GbE jack for the included 2.5 Gb NIC that also supports Wi-Fi 6 and BT 5.2. Battery capacity is rated for 99.9 Wh.
There is now a WE76 model that is largely the same as the WS76, except it features a factory calibrated 120 Hz 4K IPS screen with 100% aRGB color gamut and a 1080p webcam, while the chassis is a tad thicker and heavier for improved cooling.
Last, but not least, the WF series are geared more towards business and creative professionals on a budget. The WF76 and WF66 come equipped with 144 Hz 1080p screens capable of reproducing 100% sRGB and can be powered by up to an Intel i7-11800H CPU coupled with an RTX A2000 professional GPU or a T1200 GPU. Max RAM is still set to 64 GB, but these models only support a single M.2 slot with PCIe Gen 3 x4 speeds, while the NIC is limited to 1 Gb and there is no Thunderbolt 4 connector. MSI does not specify the exact battery rating here, but, since the components are less power hungry, we can expect a lower capacity.
No word on pricing and availability for the time being.