CES 2020: MSI's 300 Hz Gaming Laptops, the GS66 Stealth & GE66 Raiderby Anton Shilov on January 13, 2020 2:00 PM EST
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MSI demonstrated a revamped version of its sleek and light GS-series Stealth gaming notebook at CES 2020 this week. The GS66 Stealth laptop continues to feature a low-profile design, but now comes in a 'Core Black' aluminum chassis and features the latest internal hardware. In addition, MSI has an all-new compact GE66 Raider gaming notebook with panaramic aurora lighting and new internals. However, the main advantage of the new models over predecessors is its optional display panel with a 300 Hz refresh rate.
Nowadays mobile gamers demand thinner and lighter notebooks, but are not ready to give up desktop-like performance. With the MSI GS66 Stealth and the MSI GE66 Raider, they will actually be getting something that they cannot have even with a desktop PC right now: a Full-HD panel featuring a 300 Hz maximum refresh rate, presumably with a variable refresh rate technology.
To ensure that the 300 Hz LCD can demonstrate itself in all of its glory, the MSI GS66 Stealth and the MSI GE66 Raider pack the latest and greatest hardware, which specifications are kept under wraps for now, but one can make a good educated guess about them. In case of the GS66, the CPU and the GPU are cooled down using MSI’s redesigned Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system that now uses three fans with blades that are only 0.1 mm thick to maximize airflow.
MSI showcased its GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider laptops at CES, but said nothing about availability timeframe of the product. Considering the fact that Acer and ASUS already use overclocked 300 Hz panels with their gaming laptops, it should not be big a problem for MSI to get such panels too. Meanwhile, there might be other components that MSI needs to procure for its upcoming GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider notebooks.
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lazarpandar - Monday, January 13, 2020 - linkThis might imply ignorance but if you can do 1080p at 300hz can't you do 4k at 75hz?
DanNeely - Monday, January 13, 2020 - linkIf you could do the first, you could do the second. Unless you're going seriously oldschool with your games selections, you can't do the first.
But this one, this one goes to 11^H^H300.
close - Monday, January 13, 2020 - linkThis laptop "features the latest internal hardware" that together with the 300Hz screen will probably be able to draw one frame 5-6 times before moving to the next. But calling this an "advantage" is a bit of a stretch. I'm sure that in a blind test no gamer will actually spot the difference between 240Hz (if even that) and 300Hz.
But then again the gamer community is full of people who, much like Chuck Norris, can tell the difference between 1440p and 4K on a 12" screen 5m away, between 240Hz and 300Hz, and between 16000 and 18000 DPI.
pbollwerk - Monday, January 13, 2020 - linkI've yet to see any mobile GPU that could drive many games at 1080p/300Hz
Is this going to require an external GPU connected via something like Thunderbolt 3/4?
Rookierookie - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkGames like FIFA, Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege and Tomb Raider will run at 200+ fps on an RTX 2060 mobile.
shabby - Monday, January 13, 2020 - linkThin gaming laptops with 300hz screens? Can they fit 2080ti's in that thing?
PeachNCream - Monday, January 13, 2020 - linkGiven the limited number of CPU and GPU manufacturers, there is a burning need to make a product seem different based on some other specification and screen refresh rate is one of a few things that are being leveraged to drive sales so whether or not the laptop can actually take advantage of that refresh rate is hardly meaningful at this point. It won't do to try to compete with some other brand of laptop that is also using the same CPU or graphics processor, has the same amount of RAM or also includes RGB. Something else has to make it more appealing in the buyer's mind and this leaves us presently with 300hz screens.
boeush - Monday, January 13, 2020 - linkI honestly don't understand what all the fuss is about. A 300 Hz refresh rate is supposed to impress me??? Puhhhleeeze.
Wake me up when it's *at least* 300 MHz. And I'll only ever be truly impressed once it reaches the GHz range...
MaxKush - Monday, February 10, 2020 - linkThin gaming laptops with 300hz screens? Can they fit 2080ti's in that thing? This is really very interesting for me.
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