CES 2021 | MSI launches the MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard gaming laptops with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards
Given the barrage of gaming laptops launched in CES 2021 by brands like Acer, Asus and Lenovo, it was only a matter of time before MSI entered the fray. Much like everyone else, MSI has launched several gaming notebooks. The MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard are upper-mid-range offerings that claim to offer a top-notch gaming experience at an affordable cost. MSI will reveal the price and availability of both notebooks at a later date.
CPU and GPU options on the MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard are identical. Both laptops can be configured with up to an Intel Core-i7 10870H processor, which is somewhat puzzling, considering that Tiger Lake has been out and about for quite some time. Graphics card choices range between the newly-launched Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3060. MSI's new "Cooler Boost 5" cooling uses two separate ventilation systems for the processor and graphics card. MSI claims that this system helps the processor turbo at up to 5.0GHz with relative ease.
The primary difference between the MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard lies in its screen size. The former comes with a 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) panel, while the latter uses a smaller 15.6-inch variant. Both screens are clocked at 144Hz and have a response time of 3ms. MSI also promises 100% sRBG gamut coverage. One can add up to 64GB 3,200MHz RAM via the included SO-DIMM slots. Similarly, up to 2TB of storage can be added via NVMe SSDs.
Connectivity options on the MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard include three USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C 3.2 Gen2 port that can also output video, one HDMI 2.0 port, a 2.5GB/s RJ45 ethernet jack, a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6. Both laptops come with a Steelseries keyboard, complete with per-key RGB illumination. Lastly, their three speakers have been optimized by Nahimi. There's a 720p webcam thrown in the mix, too.