MSI Announces Updated Skylake Gaming Lineup Featuring Thunderbolt 3.0 and NVMe RAID
Micro-Star International has announced its new Skylake-based gaming laptop lineup featuring “Super RAID 4.” The updated laptops will come with two PCIe NVMe M.2 drives into RAID 0, resulting in read speeds of up to 3.3GBps, the company revealed Wednesday at IFA event in Berlin, Germany.
Among the machines getting updated with new Intel Skylake processors are the heavy-hitting GT72 Dominator Pro G, the thin and light GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost, and the GE62 and GE72 Apache Pro.
Besides the RAID NVMe, MSI latest Skylake machines integrate Intel’s Alpine Ridge controller with full-rate USB 3.1 at 10Gbps and Thunderbolt 3 at 40Gbps. Though the newfangled USB-C connector will be featured only on the lighter and thinner versions of the gaming lineup; the bulky GT80 Titan and GT72 won’t have USB-C.
The graphics cards have also been bumped to the newer GeForce GTX 980M or 970M.
In addition to that, the MSI’s updated gaming lineup packs improved backlit keys. The company has achieved increased keyboard brightness level by removing the key cap skirt.
On the audio quality side, MSI has worked with ESS to integrate its Sabre HiFi in the new laptops. The company said its new laptops support 24-bit/192KHz and 32-bit/384KHz audio.
And, of course, the gaming lineup shows off some of Skylake’s most intriguing features, including DDR4 support and new kinds of connectivity. Let’s see if Intel’s latest quad-core CPUs could help boost imploding PC sales.