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Strangely, the MSI WE75 has no Quadro RTX 4000 or RTX 5000 options

Strangely, the MSI WE75 has no Quadro RTX 4000 or 5000 options (Image source: MSI)
Strangely, the MSI WE75 has no Quadro RTX 4000 or 5000 options (Image source: MSI)
Why is it that the GE75 can be configured with up the GeForce RTX 2080 while the WE75 is limited to the Quadro RTX 3000? MSI may be pushing ultra enthusiasts into purchasing the higher-end WT75 instead where users can find the RTX 4000 and 5000.

The MSI GE75 is high-end gaming laptop with high-end specifications to match. It can be configured with up to the Core i9-9880H and GeForce RTX 2080 compared to "only" the Core i7-9750H or GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q on many competitors. The MSI WE75 workstation is derived from the GE75 and so it is expected to offer the equivalent high-end Quadro options up to the RTX 5000.

In reality, however, the WE75 is limited to the Quadro RTX 3000 which is most similar to the GeForce RTX 2060. Our tests show that the RTX 3000 plateaus at just under 70 C when fully stressed to suggest that there is indeed thermal headroom for the more powerful RTX 4000 or RTX 5000 GPUs and yet such options are currently unavailable. MSI offers just two WE75 SKUs at the moment: the WE75 9TK with the Quadro RTX 3000 and the WE75 9TJ with the weaker Quadro T2000.

So, why limit the WE75 to the RTX 3000 when it is likely able to support faster options? MSI may be positioning the WE75 as a mid-range workstation beneath the higher-end and more expensive WT75. This latter model can be configured with the Quadro RTX 4000 or RTX 5000 that are curiously missing on the WE75.

See our review on the WE75 for the full performance rundown of the mobile workstation.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-11-27 (Update: 2019-11-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.