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Top 5 MSI Gaming Notebooks for Back to School Season

MSI's gaming notebooks range from compact and lightweight to some of the most heavy-duty gaming laptops you can buy. This article covers the ins and outs of their recently updated gaming lineup. (Sponsored article)

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Gamers and performance enthusiasts demand nothing but the very best out of their gear. Gaming laptops are now comparable in performance to full-blown desktops thanks to advances in CPU and GPU architectures. MSI has been a pioneer in the gaming and enthusiast notebook sphere for many years and with their refreshed lineup of gaming notebooks for 2017, MSI is once again poised to lead this niche. Featuring the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GPUs based on the Pascal architecture, this year's lineup of MSI's gaming notebooks range from high-end VR capable ones to affordable high-performance machines, covering the entire spectrum of gamers. High-end CPUs and GPUs combined with own MSI's own gamer focused technologies and aesthetics, make the choice of an MSI gaming notebook a no-brainer for professional gamers.  This article covers the salient features of the following MSI gaming notebooks for your gaming pleasure —

MSI GT75VR 7RE Titan SLI

GTX 1070 in SLI: Frag all, spare none
GTX 1070 in SLI: Frag all, spare none
MSI GT75VR 7RE Titan SLI
MSI GT75VR 7RE Titan SLI

MSI has a legacy of crafting premium gaming notebooks featuring cutting-edge components and performance of the highest caliber and the GT75VR 7RE Titan SLI is no exception. Right from the elevated palm rest to the much sought after SteelSeries mechanical gaming keyboard that offers fully customizable per-key RGB backlighting and intuitive game stats, this laptop leaves no stone unturned in catering to the most discerning of gamers.

This laptop is a performance powerhouse powered by the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7-7820HK processor that can boost clock to 4.2GHz in SHIFT Turbo mode. Cooler Booster Titan helps to keep CPU and GPU temperatures in check even during intense gaming sessions. Advanced DDR4-2400 memory up to 64GB and Super RAID 4 storage featuring read speeds up to 3300MB/s make loading times a thing of the past.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU in SLI configuration with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM is certified to offer the best VR and gaming experience with a choice of either a Full HD 120Hz IPS panel that offers an ultra-fast 3ms response time or a 4K UHD panel that covers 100% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. Matrix Display enables multitasking on up to 3 additional 4K displays over HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C.  The ESS Sabre HiFi DAC promises a surreal audio experience with sampling rates up to a whopping 32bit/384 kHz that allows gamers to hear every bullet, footstep, and enemy whisper, while also enabling hi-res audio broadcast. Nahimic 2+ audio enables virtual 7.1 surround over headphones or the Dynaudio powered speakers for authentic audio fidelity.

There's even more. The Killer DoubleShot Pro WiFi and LAN prioritizes game bandwidth with almost zero latency and ultra-low ping times. The laptop comes with a complementary 2 month premium access to WTFast, a low latency private network for MMO gamers, and a one year premium license to XSplit Gamecaster to broadcast game streams across Twitch, YouTube, UStream etc. 

The MSI GT75VR 7RE Titan SLI exudes class leading performance coupled with gaming aesthetics like none other to ensure a great experience for professional gamers and multimedia enthusiasts alike.  

4K-Gaming-Ready: Nvidia GTX 1070 SLI
4K-Gaming-Ready: Nvidia GTX 1070 SLI

MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro

The ultimate gaming and VR experience
The ultimate gaming and VR experience
MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro
MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro

The MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro carries forward MSI's tradition of creating premium notebooks for the discerning gamer. Powered by the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU, the notebook allows for seamless 4K video transcoding with HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration for immersive media creation and consumption. The SHIFT turbo mode increases the base clock from 3.8 GHZ to 4.2GHz for running even the most demanding of VR content. 

A top of the line gaming notebook requires a top of the line GPU, and what better than the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM for pure fragging fun. You also get the choice of a 17.3-inch Full HD 120Hz panel with a 5ms response time or a 4K panel covering 100% of the Adobe RGB spectrum for eye-popping colors. You can also extend your field of view with Matrix Display, which allows you to connect up to three additional displays via HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3. Proprietary Cooler Boost Titan technology on both the CPU and GPU ensures that the laptop keeps its cool even while fragging hordes of enemies or during the nail-biting race to the finish line.

The laptop also features other class leading technologies. The ESS Sabre HiFi DAC can reproduce studio quality sound at 24bit/192kHz and is perfectly complemented by the Nahimic 2 surround audio enhancement and Dynaudio speakers. Gamers will instantly take to the SteelSeries keyboard with SteelSeries Engine 3 for per key custom RGB lighting. And the for times you want to take on the world, there's the Killer DoubleShot Pro WiFi for almost zero latency and ultra-low ping times. You can also broadcast your best moves using XSPlit Gamecaster which is free for 1 year. 

The MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro is the ultimate weapon in your arsenal for world domination. Come and get your game on.

Gaming at highest presets: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
Gaming at highest presets: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080

MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro

Pro gaming meets slim
Pro gaming meets slim
MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro
MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro

Have you always yearned for jaw-dropping performance but wanted all goodies in a thin and light form-factor? Generally, a thin chassis means compromised internals but the MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro is an exception. This laptop is ultra-thin — like 17.7mm thin. But don't let the slim all alloy chassis fool you, for this is one highly capable enthusiast notebook.

The laptop features the seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ which is supplemented by MSI's innovative Cooler Boost 4 technology for optimum temperatures even under heavy loads. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 helps push pixels on either a 15.6-inch FHD 120Hz panel that boasts of an ultra-low 3ms response time or 15.6-inch UHD 4K IPS panel that enables wide viewing angles and optimal color reproduction. Matrix Display technology allows connecting 3 additional 4K displays via HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3. The GeForce GTX 1070 helps in creating immersive VR experiences as well. The NVMe M.2 SSD interface allows PCIe Gen3 speeds of up to 2200MB/s, ensuring low load times. 

The Stealth Pro boasts of impressive audio prowess, featuring Nahimic 2 audio and ESS Sabre Hifi DAC for an immersive surround sound experience even from regular stereo speakers. Nahimic 2 audio guarantees a high quality of audio transmission to keep your team together in battle. Enrich your game streams with studio quality audio or use the Sound tracker to help you navigate your way through an unknown map. 

Other innovative features include the gamer favored SteelSeries 3 keyboard which features customizable RGB lighting and a Killer DoubleShot Pro WiFi with Smart Teaming and Killer Shield for protection against network lags and high latencies. 

The MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro is a potent combination of sleek looks and enthusiast performance perfectly complemented by innovative MSI technologies to give you that much needed edge over your opponents.

Super Slim - Top Performance: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design
Super Slim - Top Performance: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design

MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider

MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider
MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider
USB lighting to help you find it instantly in the dark.
USB lighting to help you find it instantly in the dark.

The MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider is a gaming notebook that exudes performance right from the moment you open the lid. Be prepared to be greeted by an exotic aluminum alloy design that means business while still remaining distinct from other notebooks in its class. The SteelSeries keyboard is a gamer favorite that allows you to set custom RGB lighting for each key. 

When it comes to pure gaming performance, the Raider is a formidable laptop to reckon with. It is powered by a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ that operates at peak performance, thanks to MSI's innovative gamer focused features such as Cooler Boost 5. It works in perfect tandem with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM to push all those detailed textures onto a choice of either a 15.6-inch FHD 120Hz panel with an ultra-low 3ms response time or a 4K UHD IPS panel. Matrix Display enables extending the main display with up to 2 additional 4K displays over the HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. This CPU-GPU combination, which is also certified to offer an immersive enthusiast VR experience is suitably complemented by the Super RAID 4 storage subsystem and DDR4-2400 RAM. 

This laptop is not just a feast to the eyes, but a pleasure to the ears as well. Featuring 5X bigger Dynaudio speakers powered by the ESS Sabre HiFi DAC for studio quality 24bit/192kHz audio decoding and Nahimic 2 technology for enveloping surround realism, the Raider is an audio connoisseur's delight. Multiplayer gameplay is greatly enhanced by the Killer DoubleShot Pro WiFi and LAN combination that enables almost zero-latency and ultra-low ping times.

The MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider is a laptop that cares for your gaming excellence. With class leading components and MSI's own gamer friendly technologies, this laptop is poised to lead you towards gaming nirvana. 

Enjoy latest PC Games with highest Graphic Details: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070
Enjoy latest PC Games with highest Graphic Details: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070

MSI GL62M 7RC

High-end gaming for all
High-end gaming for all
MSI GL62M 7RC
MSI GL62M 7RC

More often than not, it is hard to find the right combination of price and performance. However, the MSI GL62M 7RC aims to correct this notion by offering high performance at an affordable price. Powered by the seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, the GL62M is no slouch when it comes to raw number crunching. Keeping the temperatures in check during intense workloads or gaming sessions is MSI's proprietary Cooler Boost technology.

The display is a FHD panel with an option of a 94% wide-view NTSC panel or a IPS level panel and is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM. This allows the laptop to run games smoothly at high settings while also powering 2 additional 4K displays. The storage subsystem boasts of read speeds up to 2200MB/s thanks to the NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen3 SSD. 

MSI notebooks are renowned for great audio fidelity and the GL62M does not disappoint. Nahimic 2+ audio creates a virtual surround soundstage from conventional stereo speakers or headphones putting you right in the thick of action. The laptop also comes with gold-plated audio jacks for stable audio transmission and greatly enhanced sound details, thanks to Audio Boost. 

For improved aesthetics, the laptop features a SteelSeries 3 backlit gaming keyboard with silver lining printed keys for easy gaming and typing in the dark. The GL62M also bundles an exclusive 2-month premium license to the private gaming network, WTFast for low latency MMO gaming.

The MSI GL62M 7RC should be on the top of your list if you are on the lookout for all performant gaming notebook that doesn't break the bank.

Entry Level Gaming: NVIDIA Geforce MX150
Entry Level Gaming: NVIDIA Geforce MX150
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam (Update: 2017-08- 8)