CES 2017 | MSI unveils new line of workstation notebooks
Today at CES, MSI announced its new line of mobile workstations equipped with the latest tech from industry powerhouses Intel and Nvidia. The workstations are aimed squarely at professionals who require high-end hardware for CAD/CAM design, VR application development, and other demanding workflows.
The top-of-the-line WT73VR is touted as the “first [mobile workstation] in the world to fully support VR applications.” Users will enjoy the graphical power of Nvidia’s Quadro P5000 which can be paired with either a 7th generation Core i7 or Xeon processor from Intel. MSI says that the WT73VR “brings astonishing performance when running programs such as Autodesk Stingray and extremely demanding CAD/CAM applications with a VR headset” and that this machine “will be the best platform for creating virtual reality content.”
For users searching for a more portable device, MSI will release the WS63, a workstation-class notebook that weighs in at 3.96 lbs (1.80 kg) and measures only 0.69” (17.53 mm) thin. Despite its small size, the WS63 still packs a punch with an Intel 7th gen Core i7 processor and Nvidia Quadro P3000 graphics card (with 6 GB GDDR5 memory), the latter of which is currently featured in only this notebook. MSI states that to keep temperatures cool, “the WS63 utilizes MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost Trinity, which consists of 3 fans and 5 heat pipes that effectively pushes the heat out of the system regardless the limited space in an ultra-slim body.” The thin workstation is also equipped with a fingerprint reader for added security.
Lastly, the WE72 and WE62 are more mainstream choices with a lower cost. Even with the smaller price tag, the devices will still be fairly powerful thanks to the 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia Quadro M2200 with 4 GB GDDR5. The WE72 sports a 17.3” FHD display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 5 ms response time, and the WE62 has a 15.6” FHD panel. No matter the option, both devices feature “MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost 3 Technology which ensures maximum performance and stability during long working hours.”
No word yet on pricing and availability, but MSI should be releasing more information soon.
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