Following Intel’s release of the 10th Gen Core Comet Lake-H CPUs and Nvidia’s RTX Super cards on mobile Laptop manufacturers wasted no time in releasing models with them inside. Joining Asus and Razer, Lenovo, MSI and Acer launched laptops with the latest offering from Intel and Nvidia. Let us see what they have in store for us.
MSI has launched a new GS66 Stealth offering a powerhouse in a compact body. There’s a 99.9W hour battery in a sandblasted body weighing just 2.1 KG. This enables you to carry the machine on a plane and is reasonably light considering what it packs. Along with the battery capacity as the main highlight, it has few extra bells and whistles like SteelSeries RGB keyboard or Thunderbolt 3.
For the CPU, you can choose between either the new 10-th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H or the Core i9-10980HK with six cores and 12 threads, and whopping eight cores and 16 threads respectively. It clocks a mammoth single-core turbo of 5.3 GHz. According to GSMArena, the lower tier makes more sense as they doubt whether the advanced cooler Boost Trinity+ from MSI could keep the 14nm CPU from Intel cooler.
The GSS6 offers three choices in displays, and they are – 144 Hz IPS Display or 240 Hz or even 300 Hz unit. Whatever the refresh rate you chose the resolution is locked at 1080P. The MSI GS66 Stealth is up for pre-order for $1,599, and shipping will start from April 15.
But if you prefer performance over design and wouldn’t mind the weight, the GE line, gives the GE66 Raider weighing at 2.4 KG. In the looks department, it has got bolder angles, and a vast MSI Mystic Light Panoramic RGB Bar on the front, unlike the Stealth. The CPU choices remain the same, and you can opt between 16 GB RAM as the base or upgrade to 32 GB. The NVMe storage is available in 512 GB and up to 1 TB.
The GE66 has the same 99.9W battery and displays but it cant be combined with the 144 Hz SRGB panel from GS66. Curiously, it skimps on the Thunderbolt 3 port in GE66 and instead put a Gen2 USB Type-C and a dedicated mDP 1.4 port. And just like the GS66, the GE66 Raider pre-order is already underway, and the units start shipping on April 15.
Lastly, we have the MSI Creator 17. it has the same specs as GE66 but pleasing to look at. Aiming at the creative minded, it can be purchased with a 1080P sRGB IPS Panel, or a 4K mini LED unit. The mini LED unit offers 240 local dimming zones and up to 1,000 nits of brightness, 100,000:1 contrast ratio. It even offers a choice between DCI-P3 or P3 D65 colour gamut. Anything a user chooses, will be pre-calibrated in the factory and verified by CalMan before shipping. But the Creator 17 comes with only one option, the Core-i7-10875H and the same GPU from GS66 which are RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, RTX 2070 Super Max-Q or RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. Even though the Ram and storage options are identical, the battery takes a hut and gets down to 82W. Its priced at $1,799 and shipping starts from April 15.
Acer decided to refresh its Predator Triton 500 with new features and somehow managed to keep the weight at 2.1 KG with that sleek exterior intact. It now comes with a per-key RGB illumination replacing the zoned model. The Wi-Fi 6 is a welcome upgrade, and it has an AX1650i card as well. In addition to the existing 144 Hz option, Acer decided to throw in 300 Hz Panel option as well. The highlight is the new 10th Gen chip, and the GPU is available in options up to RTX 2080 Super Max-Q with a variety of combination. Acer promises a 33% boost in cooling with the Vortex Flow design and a three fan system with AeroBlade tech. The Triton 500 will be available in May starting at $2,199.
The gaming lineup of laptops remains the same as the Acer Nitro 5 in charge. Nothing major has changed as its aimed at a lower price point, but it does get a choice of GTX 1650, 1650 Ti and RTX 2060.
The cooling system has been tweaked with a dual-fan system giving a 25% boost than the previous generation. Additionally, the 1080P display panel can be configured in 120 Hz or 144 Hz. Acer claims a 3ms response time and a minimum of 300 nits of brightness. The Nitro 6 also gets Wi-Fi 6 and has two PCIe slots and a 1 TB 2.5-inch drive for storage and up to 23 GB of non-soldered RAM. It will be available from May for $749.99.’
Lenovo has not shared much about the upcoming models with Intel’s 10th gen CPU and Nvidia’s RTX GPU but has shed some light on the Legion 5i and Legion 7i expected to arrive soon. These will be replacing the Legion Y540 and Y740. These come with a 15-inch and 17-inch display, respectively. Lenovo did not reveal how far they will go down the new Intel 10th Gen Core Comet Lake-H path, but it did hint that the Legion i5 will have up to RTX 2060 and the 7i will have RTX 2080 Super Max-Q option.
Lenovo did not forget to advertise the use of Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus technology and the G-SYNC Displays. The problem Advanced Optimus solves is the necessity for old-school G-SYNC laptop panels to be directly connected to the dedicated GPU on a laptop to work well, eliminating the ability to switch over to the integrated GPU via Optimus for lighter tasks and battery savings. Hence, users can expect to benefit from the G-SYNC without killing their battery life.
Legion 5i starts at $999 with RTX 2060 whereas Legion 7i with RTX 2070 might cost you $1,199.