MSI Upgrades Budget Laptops with Intel’s CFL-H: Six-Core Notebooks Start at $1,099

Saturday, April 14th, 2018 - Laptops, Teknologi

MSI Upgrades Budget Laptops with Intel’s CFL-H: Six-Core Notebooks Start at $1,099

Traditionally, PC makers tend to upgrade their premium product series with the latest CPUs or GPUs first and only then expand usage of new chips to more affordable product lineups. This was not the case with MSI this month, which is introducing a variety of relatively inexpensive laptops running Intel’s Coffee Lake-H CPUs with up to six cores. Many of these models are already available

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We have already observed MSI’s premium GT Titan, GS Shadow, and GE Raider gaming laptops updated with Intel’s six-core Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, but MSI also installed new chips into considerably more affordable GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series notebooks. These mobile PCs are basically “working horses” tailored for gaming and multimedia applications aimed at those who would like to have some extra CPU and GPU oomph (when compared to mainstream designs), but who are not ready to invest massive amounts of money in premium machines. For example, MSI’s GV62 8RD-034 laptop based on Intel’s six-core Core i7-8750H and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series GPU is now available starting at $1,099.

Buy MSI GV62: 15.6-inch/60Hz, i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1050-Series for $1099 on Amazon.com

MSI’s GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series notebooks use very similar 15.6-inch/17.3-inch chassis and platforms, so their differences are mostly cosmetic and limited to exact configurations (e.g., different GPUs, storage options, USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, etc.), keyboard backlighting, battery capacity, weight and so on. The new MSI GP, GL, GF, and GV laptop families are based on the Intel HM370 PCH and therefore support the key features of Intel’s 300-series mobile platforms (e.g., integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, etc.) albeit not on all SKUs. The systems can house up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, one or two M.2 slots for SSDs, a 2.5-inch bay for DFF storage devices and so on. Premium versions of MSI’s GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series notebooks with Intel’s six-core Core i7 processors feature 15.6- or 17.3-inch IPS FHD display panels with a 0 Hz refresh rate and a 3 ms response time, others come with standard FHD LCDs. Check out the spec list in the table below.

Buy MSI GP63: 15.6-inch/60Hz, i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD on Amazon.com

General Specifications of MSI's 2018 GP, GL, GF, and GV Laptops
 GPGLGFGV
LCDDiagonalGP63: 15.6"
GP73: 17.3"
GL63: 15.6"
GL73: 17.3"
GF62: 15.6"
GF72: 17.3"
GV62: 15.6"
GV72: 17.3"
Resolution1920×1080
FeaturesStandard: IPS
Option 1: 0 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time
Option 1: IPS/VA with 94% NTSC coverage (15.6" models only)
CPUUp to Intel Core i7 8750H with six cores
PCHIntel HM370
GraphicsIntegratedHD Graphics 630 (24 EUs)
DiscreteGeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
RAM32 GB DDR4-2400/2667
2 SO-DIMM slots
StorageSSD2 × M.2-2280 slots on select SKUs1 × M.2-2280 slot supporting PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA
HDD/SSHD1 × 2.5-inch bay
WirelessWi-Fi802.11ac Wi-Fi
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
USBUSB 2.0 Type-A: supported on select SKUs
USB 3.0 Type-A: supported on all SKUs
USB 3.1 Type-A: supported on select SKUs
USB 3.1 Type-C: supported on select SKUs
Display Outputs1 × HDMI 1.4 (on SKUs featuring GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti)
1 × HDMI 2.0 (on SKUs featuring GeForce GTX 1060)
1 × mDP with DP 1.2
Gigabit EthernetKiller E2400Intel I219-LMKiller E2400Intel I219-LM
Card ReaderSD card reader
Webcam720p camera
Other I/OMicrophone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Keyboard BacklightingRGBRedRGBRed
Battery51 Wh41 Wh
Dimensions15.6"Width383 mm
Depth260 mm
Thickness29 mm22 – 29 mm
17.3"Width419 mm419 mm419.9 mm
Depth287 mm287 mm287.8 mm
Thickness32 mm33 mm29.8 – 32 mm
Weight15.6"2.2 kg
17.3"2.7 kg2.7 – 2.8 kg
Starting Price
(among systems available today)
15.6"$1,299$929unknown$1,099
17.3"$1,349$1,149unknown$1,499

MSI’s new GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series laptops are starting to hit the market in the U.S. right now, availability of their configurations will expand in the coming weeks and months. Their presence on other markets depends on MSI’s plans for these markets, supply of components, and other factors.

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