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MSI unveils new gaming laptop lineup with GeForce RTX 30 Series

Along with latest Intel Chips and some fancy AI

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MSI is doubling down on PC gaming as it introduces its new lineup for early 2021. The entire lineup will have the GeForce RTX 30 Series along with the latest chips from Intel, Wi-Fi6, and some good ol’ AI.

Hoping to send an ‘ultimate shockwave’ to the PC gaming market, the gaming laptops are as follows: MSI GE66 Raider, GE76 Raider, GS66 Stealth, GP66 Leopard, GP76 Leopard, and Stealth 15M series.

MSI GE Raider series: A true powerhouse for enthusiastic gamers

MSI presents the GE76 Raider, a 17-inch addition to the legendary series. The GE lineup not only has a flashy design with Mystic Light and RGB gaming keyboard, it also has the best performance you can obtain from a gaming laptop. It is equipped with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics and Intel  Core i7 Processors. To assure gamers of non-stop gaming, the GE series are also outfitted with MSI Cooler Boost 5, consisting of 6 heat pipes with 2 fans, driving more airflow to quickly cool the laptop down.

With the GE Raider series, users can masterfully handle all triple-A games.

MSI GS Stealth series: A thin-light laptop for worker by day and gamer by night

With its unique low-profile design, the MSI GS66 Stealth, which weighs 2.1kg, is the perfect camouflage for business professionals who want to conceal their inner gamer. Its “Sharper in Core black” premium design has won design awards, including the IF Design Award and a Red Dot winner of 2020.

Outfitted with the latest GeForce RTX 30 series, the graphic’s DLSS AI rendering technology enables gamers to play at a stunning 4K resolution, ray tracing and a boost over 60 FPS for the most realistic gaming vibes. GS66 also reveals the true computing powered by Intel Core i7 latest processor for better performance.

In addition, GS66 Stealth comes with Cooler Boost Trinity+ system, world’s thinnest 0.1mm sharp-edged blades, extremely smooth 300Hz IPS-level display, and a 99.9Whr battery capacity. GS66 also supports True Color 3.0 and has the best surround viewing mode with its 1+2 Matrix Display.

MSI GP Leopard series: More evolved for gamers and engineers

Built for everyday work and application-heavy requirements of jobs like engineers, architects, and creatives, MSI introduces the all-new GP66 & GP76 Leopard. Its new chassis showcases a finesse, mature and futuristic design with stronger than ever performance. It is equipped with up to GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, and the latest Intel Core i7 Processors to reveal the true computing and rendering power.

The newly arranged comprehensive I/O ports support all given data transmissions and display outputs. It also supports up to 8k display for the finest visual details, making it more than capable of complex engineering and design projects.

MSI Stealth 15M: Bringing out the Urban Style of gamers

Another highlight among the new MSI laptops, is the thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop in the world. Introducing, Stealth 15M — an ultraportable laptop that is stealthy and inspired by the urban style. Weighing only 1.7kg, and with a thickness of 16.15mm, this sleek machine manages to show off its powerful computational ability. It’s the world’s first gaming laptop powered by 11th Gen Intel H series processors up to 5 GHz with GeForce RTX 30 series graphics. Stealth 15M allows gamers and young professionals to speed through games and daily tasks with efficiency.

MSI continues their commitment as the only true gaming brand with a purpose. With every product they introduce, they raise the bar higher and exceeds beyond expectations in the industry.

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E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot

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During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back

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Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

The trailer has fans guessing

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Remember Breath of the Wild? I don’t know. Just the single most amazing open-world game Nintendo published? Yeah, well, we’re all collectively getting a sequel come 2022 with Nintendo tickling us with their The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Not the official title yet, by the way) trailer.

Nothing screams new and improved like a new hair-do. The trailer features Link’s sweet new hairdo, abilities, enemies, and corrupted arm. 

Familiar place, new arms

After a shot of ominous red and black goop and a foreboding shot of Zelda falling, Link sky-dives between clouds into floating islands that look just like the last game’s Skyward Sword Skyloft. The scene cuts to him gliding into the Slyloft-like structure at night and him running on a floating islet at sunset.

A sneak peek into Link’s right arm appears from this falling and gliding sequence. Whereby, the arm is reminiscent of the classic Fullmetal Alchemist mechanical arm but with Sheikah technology.

New skills for familiar targets

Link’s new abilities are closely tied to his corrupted arm. And, Nintendo shows these new abilities off by first showing new targets. In the next scene, Link glides by Bokoblins hanging out in a fort built on top of a Stone Talus. Which, effectively combines two enemies in the previous game, into a hellish moving enemy target.

Nintendo then decides to tease us with a quick look-see of Link’s green-glowing corrupted arm. The scene skips to Link mid-climb with a group of enemies sending a spiky ball his way. He quickly reaches out with his corrupted hand; freezes the ball; and rewinds it back up the hill. All while taking out some Bokoblins along the way.

Sheikah Slate, who’s she?

Link’s new abilities build upon his Breath of the Wild skills. From freezing objects (instead of time) to a quick shot of a flamethrower arm, to swimming through obstacles.

We get an allusion to his new abilities with a drop of water ripple back into a droplet. Whereby the shot is of Link swimming through a stone structure and out the other end. We’ll have to wait to see if the arm augments other powers like Magnet, Remote Bomb, and Cryonis. But, so far, Link looks to be bending objects if not through them.

Nintendo is looking to release the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild some time in 2022. 

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