MSI unveils gaming-grade and workstation-class GT60 notebooks with 3K displays

By on December 6, 2013, 11:30 AM

MSI has unveiled two new high-end GT60 notebooks featuring 3K resolution displays, the gamer-oriented 2OD-261US and the workstation-class 2OKWS-278US. Both machines come equipped with the same 15.6-inch WQHD+ 3K display operating at 2,880 x 1,620 and are powered by Intel’s Core i7-4700MQ Haswell processor.

In fact, the two machines have quite a bit in common as the only major difference is the operating system and GPU. The gaming machine ships standard with Windows 8 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU while the workstation model comes equipped with Windows 7 Professional and an Nvidia Quadro K3100M GPU.

The pair both use a 128GB SSD alongside a 1TB, 7200 RPM hard drive, 16GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory, a Killer E2200 network card and a Killer N1202 a/b/g/n wireless card. A Blu-ray disc drive also comes standard, as does an assortment of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. HDMI 1.4 is also along for the ride as well as a 9 cell battery.

Fully configured, the machines measure 14.97 inches x 10.24 inches x 1.77 inches and weighs in at 7.7 pounds. With the SteelSeries Full-Color Programmable Backlit Keyboard and Dynaudio Premium Speakers with Subwoofer, pricing starts at $2,199.99 for the gaming version and $2,799.99 for the workstation model.

Either way you slice it, that’s a lot of coin to throw down for a notebook but it would appear that MSI in hoping the 3K display is enough to sway curious buyers their way.




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amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

To quote Cyril from Tech Report.com

the GTX 780M isn't as fast as its desktop namesake. It's essentially akin to a desktop GTX 770 with lower base and memory speeds. Given that the full-fledged GTX 770 only manages 41 FPS in Battlefield 4 at 2560x1600 with detail settings maxed out, one has to wonder how the slower GTX 780M fares at this system's native 2880x1620 resolution.

That being said its still a nice system, you don't need to max games completely out for them to look amazing and most games will run just fine cranked up.

chuckmeister said:

That is one bad motha'...

1 person liked this | psycros psycros said:

Why would anyone pay that for a gaming laptop? Its not going to last 10 minutes without being plugged in, which means its really just a portable gaming desktop. Build yourself a LAN party rig for half the price and stuff a real k/b and mouse in the cargo netting.

ikesmasher said:

Why would anyone pay that for a gaming laptop? Its not going to last 10 minutes without being plugged in, which means its really just a portable gaming desktop. Build yourself a LAN party rig for half the price and stuff a real k/b and mouse in the cargo netting.

Less clutter and the ability to shove it in a backpack so it can be plugged in anywhere.

Granted, its got a small market, but its got a market.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

That's not true, the GTX 780m is nowhere near the power of a GTX 770, if it was this would be awesome. The 780m is closer in power to that of a GTX 660 which means for that resolution its going to be pitiful honestly.

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780m SLI or 8970m SLI is a different story, and while I love my MSI GT70, that resolution will hold a lot of games back sadly.

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