MSI GS40 Phantom is a 14 inch laptop packing latest technologies. MSI GS40 Phantom specs include an Intel Core i7-6700HQ sixth generation processor, high-end processor that perhaps is a bit too much for games but MSI has wanted to be on the safe side so we have no problem. Along with this, the Phantom GS40 has a dedicated graphics card called the MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 256GB M.2 (SATA) SSD and additionally a 2.5-inch 1TB mechanical hard drive.
MSI GS40 Phantom comes with 14-inch full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) display and speaking of the display, MSI has used special thin components that keeps the overall profile very thin and compact. Thanks to its dual independent cooling system, the GPU and CPU will not suffer from overheating problems.
On the connectivity side, you get two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C reversible connector, card reader, webcam and even Full HD HDMI output to connect to an external monitor.
Of course, you also get features that are common to all MSI gaming laptops that include SteelSeries backlit keyboard, Dynaudio stereo speakers and 802.11ac WiFi / Bluetooth 4.1 combo module. It is available for 1800 euros.
MSI has announced the launch of a new special edition of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti from NVIDIA, which is the current top model of the company. The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Golden Edition is a special variant with a copper sink, offering maximum heat dissipation and of course, since it is dressed in gold, it lives up to its name.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Golden Edition: The Review
The fully integrated heat sink made of copper has several advantages and some disadvantages. Typically, the copper heat pipes and these are being welded or somehow grip block of aluminum foils, which is a good transmitter of heat but not as good as copper. Using a sink made entirely of copper allows one to do soldering better and therefore, the heat dissipation is more uniform and efficient and greatly reducing the overall temperature of the device.
The drawbacks are obvious: the copper is heavier than aluminum and therefore, the final product is heavy. For instance, this GPU weighs 1,338 grams and non-copper model weighs 1,068 grams. Also, the copper is far more expensive, so integrating a heat sink made entirely of copper significantly increases the costing and therefore, sale price of the graphics card in higher than the aluminum one.
In addition to what has been said, this MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Golden Edition integrates a wide black back plate with the MSI Gaming dragon orange that covers the entire back of the PCB and also improves the aesthetics of the graphic card. On the opposite side, it incorporates two cooling fans responsible for cooling down the whole sink.
Finally, we are told that MSI has always used the best Military Class components to provide this GPU better stability and performance. It is factory overclocked and MSI has raised the operating speed of the core to the 1291 Mhz compared to 1279 Mhz reference version and 7096 MHz memory (GDDR5 effective) compared to 7010 Mhz stock.
So far MSI has not announced pricing or availability of this new graphic card but it kind of Limited Edition, so expect it to be very, very expensive.
Asus has announced a revamped version of its famous full desktop system, ROG G11. It is now equipped with Intel Skylake six generation processor and latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics, DDR4 RAM and PCI M.2 Express SSD. Asus ROG G11 Specifications are given below.
Asus ROG G11 Specifications
Intel Core i7-6700 quad-core skylake processor; up to 32 GB DDR4-2133 RAM; H170 motherboard with Intel chipset; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphics card; Up to 3 TB mechanical hard drive, Up to 256 GB of SSD using PCIe M.2 tech; Blu-ray combo; USB 3.1 ports; 500W power supply and Windows 10 64 bit operating system. Find out laptops with Nvidia GTX980 GPU at check laptop.
Asus has equipped the ROG G11 with the best cooling system so that the user does not have to worry about system temperatures. It also comes with latest USB 3.1 technology that offers up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth. While hardcore gamers assemble their computers, some just prefer to buy branded products to enjoy warranty and fact that they not require you to be a freak.
It shall be noted that Asus ROG G11 is sold without monitor shown in the image above. However like almost all ROG products range, Asus has designed the ROG G11 with Mayan motifs and LED lighting. The colors of the LED can be customized according to your choice.
Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte has launched the P34W which is a gaming laptop with just 21 millimeter thickness and 1.71 weight. Despite have such thin hardware, Gigabyte has not compromised on its innards. Gigabyte P34W specifications include 14 inch display, Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics card, up to 16 GB of memory backed by a combination of mSATA SSD and 2 TB hard drive.
The 14-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The battery has 61.25 Wh capacity. Ports and connectivity selection includes four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-sub, Gigabit LAN, WLAN ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader. Also included is an HD webcam and a backlit chiclet keyboard for typing in dimly lit environments.
The Gigabyte P34W 14-inch gaming laptop is on sale at a suggested retail price of € 1,649.
NVidia GeForce GTX 960 is the new graphic card that introduces the new GM206 GPU and it is also the world’s first graphics card that is capable of outputting 5K resolution.
NVidia GeForce GTX 960 specifications include 1024 CUDA cores, 1127 MHz clock speed which together promise maximum single precision floating point performance of 2413 GFLOPS and if you overclock it, you can push it as high as 3073 GFLOPS.
The reference design of NVidia GeForce GTX 960 will carry 2048 MB 128-bit GDDR5 memory with a clock speed of 7010 MHz and bandwidth of 112.16 GB/s and its output ports include one dual link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0 and three display ports. As said earlier the NVidia GeForce GTX 960 si capable of driving displays up to 5120 x 3200 (5K).
NVidia GeForce GTX 960 operates over PCI-E 3.0 bus and takes power from its 6 pin PCI-E power connector that has TDP of 120 watts. It has maximum operating temperature of about 98 degrees centigrade.
Asus has officially unveiled G751JY, G751JT and G751JM GPUs. The G751 series was unveiled back at the IFA 2014 technology event last September. Common specifications of G751JY, G751JT and G751JM include 17.3 inch display packing resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Choice of processors for G751JY, G751JT and G751JM include Intel Core i7-4860HQ and i7-4710HQ (G751JY), i7-4710HQ (G751JT) and i7-4710HQ or i5-4200H for G751JM. Maximum amount of RAM for all models is 32 gigabytes.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPU with 4GB of memory is used in G571JY while the G571JT uses GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB of onboard RAM. The G571JM comes with 860M with 2GB of memory.
For storage you can go for 1TB / 2TB 7200RPM hard disk, 1TB HDD hybrid storage with 8 GB of eMMC cache or 128 or 256 gigabytes of solid state drive.
Other specifications of Asus G751JY, G751JT and G751JM include DVD super multi / blu-ray player, HD webcam with microphone, four USB 3.0 ports, VGA video port, HDMI and Display port. For connectivity you get gigabit Ethernet, SD memory card reader, Kensington lock and 8 cell battery.
The ASUS G751 measures 416 x 318 x 23/42 mm and has a weight of 4.3 Kg. The G751JM and other models weighs 5.3kg. ASUS has not yet announced pricing and availability of the new ROG G751JY, G751JM and G751JT laptops.
The Asus G771JM is the top of the range gaming laptop from the electronic giant. Encased in aluminum alloy, the Asus G771 JM features backlight keyboard to help you type in dimly lit areas. It is outfitted with 17 inch IPS type full HD display packing 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution that provides excellent quality and therefore easy to read in bright sunlight.
We spent some great time with it and loved how powerful and fast its Intel Core i7 4710HQ 2.5 GHz processor felt. The CPU is backed by 16 gigabytes of RAM and dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 4 gigabytes of onboard RAM. However considering the imminent launch of new GPU like Nvidia 900M, we can expect Asus to equip it with this latest GPU.
Asus has wisely used the massive casing by allowing the user to fit it with three storage drives. In two of the bays, you can fit in regular sized SSD / HDD but the third one can accommodate smaller M.2 SSD only.
Measuring 418 x 284 x 37 mm and weighing 3:32 kilograms, the Asus G771JM comes with enough ports for connecting printers, flash drivers and whatnot. You get four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI digital video output port, mini display, SD card reader, RJ-45 LAN port and Kensington security lock. There is an optical drive that reads Blu-ray and for connectivity you get Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac radios.
Battery life is under five hours when you do not gaming but we expect no one to not use it for gaming.
Overall this is a solid laptop and we whole heartedly recommend it for gaming.
Along with myriad laptops and tablets, Acer has released two big laptops at IFA 2014 even too. First is the Aspire V15 and second is V17 Nitro that feature 15.6 and 17.3 inch displays respectively.
The Acer V15 and V17 laptops will make their debut with a starting price of 799 Euros. There is a special edition for the even more demanding users called the Aspire Nitro V Black Edition. Unfortunately we do not have its release date and price tag.
The specifications of Acer Aspire V15 and V17 include Intel haswell processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 860M GPU, Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater system, solid state drive and wireless antenna.
These laptops also come with cool boost turbo mode that allow the user to increase the fan speed by 19 percent that lowers the temperature of CPU and GPU by 11 percent. They feature Acer DustDefender technology which is an intelligent solution that eliminates the accumulations of powder with a fan in the chassis by blowing air with fan at high speed.
Dell has churned out Alienware 13 which is the smallest and lightest gaming laptop company has ever produced. Two years back, Dell used to offer Alienware M11x but axed as the company wanted to focus on thin and light laptops.
As expected from an Alienware, the specifications are fine tuned for excellent gaming. You get:
* Intel Core i5 or i7 Haswell processor
* Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU
* 13.3 inch HD TN display
* 2x SSD for storage
* 1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports
* 802.11ac WiFi module.
If you cannot do without FHD display, Dell offers a configuration with 1920×1080 IPS and even a 2560×1440 pixel display. The UHD has touch panel built into screen as well.
A Chinese website has published pictures and details of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 GPU which is said to be based on the Maxwell architecture.
While the previous rumors suggested that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 will carry GM204 GPU, it comes with a GM210 GPU.
The source says that it is an engineering sample so we do not know if this is how the final production unit will look like.
The GPU is slightly smaller than GK110 and bigger than the GK104.
GeForce GTX 880 Specifications
3200 CUDA cores (not be the most powerful Maxwell GPU)
16 SKHynix H5GQ4H24MFR 0.5GB memory modules (8 on top and 8 on back)
8 GB memory @ 7GHz
Bandwidth of 224 GB/s (same as GTX 770)
Expected release date is sometime in second quarter of 2015.