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MSI launches gaming laptops running eighth-gen Intel CPU

Took cues from a sports car for its design

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MSI has officially made its gaming lineup powered by eighth-generation Intel processors available in the Philippines. Headlining the series are two models — the GS65 Stealth Thin and GE Raider RGB Edition.

The GS65 Stealth Thin is the first gaming laptop to be equipped with a 144Hz IPS display with 7ms response time. This translates to super fluid movement while playing and could make or break a gaming match. The company also boasts an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The gaming notebook has a new golden accent and trim that makes it look more premium. Inside, it’s equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. MSI Philippines’ William Villanueva reiterates that in order to experience the most out of your gaming machine, the processor should be able to churn out tasks with efficiency. With that in mind, they are confident the 8750H chipset installed on the Stealth Thin would get the job done.

The rig is also armed with 16GB of RAM (up to 32GB), and up to a 512GB SSD.

It wouldn’t be a complete gaming platform without keys that light up. If you’re a fan of personalizing your color schemes, then you’d be glad to know the GS65 has a new per-key RGB keyboard designed by SteelSeries. Users can customize each key in addition to receiving real-time game status through the lighting of the keyboard.

Pricing for the two variants are as follows:

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1060 GPU, 256GB SSD) — PhP 134,995

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070 GPU, 512GB SSD) — PhP 169,995

On the other hand, the GE Raider RGB Edition was first seen during its announcement at CES. Being patterned after the design of a sports car, you can see the craftsmanship poured into making the laptop sleek yet functional.

It has a pair of RGB lights on its lid that consist of 24 separate zones of illumination with more than 16.8 million colors available. It even has lights to illuminate its USB ports. It’s definitely a looker from afar and up close. The display comes in Full HD resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a wide view orientation.

The GE Raider RGB Edition is configurable with up to the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It also supports up to 32GB of RAM and a combo of 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD for storage. To keep things running smoothly, cooling the rig is the MSI Cooler Boost 5 that utilizes dual fans and seven copper heat pipes.

There are two variants, namely the GE63 and GE73. Below are their price points:

GE63 Raider RGB Edition (15.6-inch display, 8GB RAM) – PhP 124,995 (DOS) PhP 131,995 (Windows 10)

GE73 Raider RGB Edition (17.3-inch display, 16GB RAM) – PhP 144,995

Both the GS65 Stealth Thin and the GE Raider RGB Edition will be available in stores soon, but pre-ordering will be available on April 4 to May 6.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S is the slimmest gaming laptop available today

The thinnest gaming laptop of them all

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Alongside the 17-inch ROG Scar II, ASUS has announced a new ROG device that they claim to be world’s slimmest gaming laptop. The ROG Zephyrus from last year was already thin by gaming laptop standards, but the new ROG Zephyrus S is 12 percent thinner with updated specs.

The ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) still has the look and feel of the original Zephyrus but it’s now only 14.95 to 15.75mm thick. Those numbers might not sound as sexy as other super-slim notebooks, but the Zephyrus S has desktop-grade gaming performance with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060 GPU inside its chassis.

Powering the Zephyrus S is the six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor with up to 24GB DDR4 memory. Storage options are from 256GB to 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs.

The laptop’s display is a 15.6-inch 1080p panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s definitely not the sharpest laptop display, but it’s one of the fastest for smooth gameplay. The display has a thin-bezel design as well, so the footprint of the laptop is just a bit bigger than your typical 14-inch notebook.

ASUS uses their Active Aerodynamic System (same as with other Zephyrus laptops) which opens a vent at the bottom of the laptop when the lid is lifted, and the vent stretches across the entire back of the body. This improves airflow by 22 percent over a conventional design as per ASUS.

Another distinct trait of the Zephyrus S is the keyboard. It’s still on the front of the device, which helps with cooling, but it might not be everybody’s cup of tea. The keys have 1.2mm of travel, N-key rollover, and RGB lighting via Aura Sync over four zones.

As for I/O, it has two USB-C ports (Gen1 and Gen2), two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI 2.0 at the back, and a headphone jack.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) will become available starting September in the US and in October for the UK and Asia. Pricing starts at US$ 2,099 for the GTX 1060 model, while the higher-end GTX 1070 is priced at US$ 2,199.

SEE ALSO: ASUS’ new ROG Strix Scar II is world’s most compact 17-inch gaming laptop

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ASUS’ new ROG Strix Scar II is world’s most compact 17-inch gaming laptop

Thanks to its super-slim bezels!

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After going hands on with the ROG Strix Scar II and reviewing the Hero II in full, we wondered what else could be done to improve this second-generation lineup. Well, it looks like ASUS just gave us the answer.

Discreetly launched today, the new 17.3-inch ROG Strix Scar II (model name GL704) is the most compact gaming laptop of its kind, according to ASUS. It’s basically a supersized variant of the already-available 15.6-inch version but with an even badder screen.

It may be worth the wait, because the color-accurate 17.3-inch 1080p display is able to fit into a chassis designed for 15.7-inch panels, effectively providing it a width of less than 400mm thanks to the slim bezels.

The wide keyboard and Aura Sync RGB lighting make a return, along with the fast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time of the display.

In terms of specs, it can go up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip. A 256GB SSD plus 1TB SSHD combo maintains the speed and fluidity of the system.

It’ll be available by the end of September in official ROG stores. Pricing begins at US$ 1,699.

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Crystal Dynamics sets up studio dedicated to Avengers game

And everyone in the MCU is in it

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Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment teamed up to bring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to a gaming platform. The companies announced back in January that there will be an Avengers game, but has seen little to no developments as of late. Fortunately, the completion of a new studio for Square Enix’s US-based subsidiary Crystal Dynamics can change all of that.

The Avengers Project is going to tell an original story based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The game will feature the characters, environments, and storylines that loyal fans of the franchise will love and enjoy. However, after the announcement, not much news came up about the development of the game. People were expecting news during E3 2018, but sadly the Avengers Project was left out of Square Enix’s conference.

Square Enix and its subsidiaries are best known for their work on the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex series. Marvel executives wanted to partner with Square Enix as a way for the entertainment company to do things differently with their most popular franchise. Jay Ong, Senior Vice President for Games & Innovation at Marvel, noted that the game will “bring Marvel stories to life in ways our fans have never experienced.”

With the new studio called Crystal Northwest, Crystal Dynamics hopes to have some headway in the game’s development. The studio will put much of its attention on the technical and graphical aspects of the game to provide a unique gaming experience. Hopefully, more news and details on the project will surface in the upcoming months.

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