Aniruddha RegidiStudio 18Nov 23, 2022 17:43:37 IST
We’ve reached the point of maturity with laptop design where you no longer have to choose between a gaming laptop or a productivity laptop. You can now buy hybrid designs that embody the best of both worlds, offering understated elegance in a slim form factor as well as unlimited performance for gaming. The devices that best embody these ideals are MSI’s Stealth GS line of laptops For the creatively inclined, MSI also has a dedicated line of ‘Creator’ laptops.
Let’s start with the Stealth GS line. These are certainly capable gaming laptops, but they’re packing powerful hardware in relatively thin chassis. Most of the models in this line are finished in black – for a stealthier look – allowing them to blend nicely into an office or college environment. In addition, they include the SteelSeries keyboard with per-key RGB lighting and Hi-Res audio playback, 8K 60 Hz display, Wi-Fi 6E and more.
Here’s what we recommend you buy from MSI’s extensive line-up:
MSI Stealth GS77
If you’re looking for the best-of-the-best, look no further than the Stealth GS77. Powered by 12m Gen CPUs and Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs, this line delivers no-holds-barred performance in a relatively thin, 17″ chassis. Coupled with that exceptional hardware are fast DDR5 RAM and NVMe SSDs, with a choice of Not to mention the great display. Depending on what you’re playing, you can choose anything from an FHD 360 Hz panel to a 4K 120 Hz one.
MSI’s CoolerBoost 5 tech, which boasts two fans with 0.1mm blades and six heatpipes, keeps all that hot tech cool. With a 99.9 WHr battery, and if you’re not gaming, this powerful device will easily get you through a day at work or college without running for your nearest power outlet.
This is a premium device not just for gamers with deep pockets, but for someone who really appreciates good design and is willing to pay that premium for no-ups performance. The large screen makes it a great device for people working in 3D modeling, architecture and similar fields.
We would recommend the Intel Core i7 + Nvidia GeForce 3070 Ti powered variant which can be had for Rs 3,35,990.
MSI Stealth GS66
If the GS77’s 2.8kg weight is a concern, you might want to look at the stealthy GS66. It’s packing essentially the same hardware and performance, but in a smaller and lighter 15.6” chassis that weighs just 2.1 kg.
You get support for the same 12m Gen CPUs, RTX 30-series GPUs, DDR5 RAM, etc., but now you get the CoolerBoost Trinity+ cooling system with 3 fans and 7 heatpipes. Additional fans and heatpipes allow this slimmer chassis to perform similarly to the larger GS77, while also allowing the GPU to be boosted to 105 W TGP when possible.
Given its size and features, we’d classify the GS66 as a premium all-rounder that’s great as an everyday carry for a gamer with deep pockets.
The Core i7 + RTX 3070 Ti variant is priced at Rs 3,13,990 and we recommend you to opt for it. 12 if you need a device purely for gaming and don’t need extra powerm Gen Intel CPUs offer, you can also go for 11m The Gen i7 and RTX 3070-powered variants retail at a much more pocket-friendly Rs 2,35,990.
MSI Stealth GS76
For the best value, get the MSI Stealth GS76. Like other devices in the GS line, it shares most of the GS77’s key features, including the RTX 30-series GPU, the same display options, high-speed storage, and a monster 99.9 WHr battery that promises around 11 hours. runtime
You get the CoolerBoost Trinity+ cooling system instead of the CoolerBoost 5 (with 3 fans and 6 heatpipes), and since the GS76 is only available with 11m Gen CPUs, you get DDR4 RAM.
For most users, the GS76 is perfect. 11m Gen CPUs may seem like a generation behind on paper, but they’re still some of the most powerful CPUs you can buy today. More importantly, they will have little or no impact on gaming performance, especially at higher resolutions.
If you’re considering the GS76, we’d recommend the Intel Core i7-11800H variant with a QHD 240 Hz display and RTX 3060 graphics. It can be had at a very reasonable Rs 1,74,990 and is an exceptional value for all.
Calling all creators!
For the more creatively minded among you, MSI’s dedicated ‘Creator’ series line-up offers thinner, more elegant and more powerful designs with hardware that’s tuned for content creation.
MSI Creator Z17
With a price tag of Rs 4,70,990, this reddot design and CES Innovation Award winner is not for the faint of heart. As expected from the price tag, you are getting the best not only in hardware but also in innovation.
This creature of a machine is given strength 12m Gen Intel Core i9-12900H and an RTX 3080 Ti with 8 GB VRAM, not to mention 64 GB DDR5 RAM and 2 TB NVMe storage. With AI accelerators and RT Core support in apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects, you get desktop-class performance in a slim and light laptop that’s just 19mm thick and weighs 2.49kg. You can edit 8K HDR video, work with huge 3D objects and even render fully ray-traced scenes in seconds!
And it’s not just that. The trackpad is 50% larger than usual, the 17″ QHD display is the world’s first 17″ pen touch display, supports 100% DCI-P3 for colors, is Kalman certified for color accuracy, and comes in a productivity-focused 16:10 aspect ratio. Ratio.
The 90 WHr battery ensures hours of power and the CoolerBoost Trinity+ cooling system ensures that performance remains high and steady.
The price may be high, but as a manufacturer you are getting a lot of laptops for that price.
MSI Creator Z16P
Think of the MSI Creator Z16P as essentially a shrunken Z17. Priced at Rs 3,35,990, this model pairs an Intel Core i7-12700H with RTX 3070 Ti with 8 GB VRAM and 32 GB DDR5 RAM. Being a little smaller, the body is also light at 2.39 kg. The 16-inch screen offers the same level of quality and performance as the Z17.
To ensure the same level of performance as the larger, wider Z17, MSI’s Z16P opts for a powerful and efficient vapor chamber cooling system promising excellent thermal performance, allowing the CPU and GPU to grow to almost the same extent as they do on the larger Z17 model. .
You lose the Z17’s 6-speaker array and huge display, but the price and weight reduction more than make up for it. The Z16P is for top creators who want pen support, portability and can’t compromise on the performance front. Oh, and this laptop is also a Reddot award winner.
MSI Creator Z16
If you need something thinner and lighter, and don’t need bleeding-edge performance, the regular Z16 is the model we’d recommend for average content creators.
For Rs 2,40,990, you get an Intel Core i7-12700H with RTX 3060 (6 GB VRAM, 70 W TGP), 16 GB RAM and 1 TB storage. The chassis is also shrunk by 15.9 mm and the weight drops further to 2.2 kg. You lose the SD card slot and pen support but instead get microSD and a touchscreen
The lower VRAM will affect larger 3D rendering workloads and limit the resolutions you can game at compared to what you get with the Z17 and Z16P. That said, you still get RTX Core and Nvidia Broadcast support, not to mention powerful video encode/decode features for streaming, rendering, video editing, and content creation.
We’d recommend the model with the 12m Up to 45% faster than Gen CPU – 11 due to high multi-core performancem Gen — better battery life thanks to more efficient e-cores in the CPU, and more GPU headroom to extract that extra bit of performance.
Choose 11 for the cheapestm Simple model if you don’t need extreme multi-core performance and want to save some cash. Performance is just as good for most use cases, and the money you save can go towards additional accessories and storage depending on your needs.
So… which laptop are you getting this year?
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