CES 2021: MSI presents entry-level laptop with RTX 3070
The gaming experts from MSI used this year’s CES to present the latest version of their entry-level gaming notebook, among other things. Thanks to RTX 3070 and a 10th-generation Intel processor, the GP76 Leopard promises to come with a decent performance boost this year.
New features recognizable at first glance
It’s not only the inside of the Leopard that MSI has lent a hand with. The case of the affordable gaming notebook also gets an update. Here, the gaming expert relies on a slimmer design that comes along with less weight. The display edges are also much thinner now. Apart from the updated case, MSI does not let itself down. A GeForce RTX 3070 from Nvidia is supposed to provide reliable graphics power. Compared to the GeForce GTX 1660 of the 2019 Leopard, this is a substantial performance leap.
Graphics and processor performance on a high level
The GeForce RTX 3070 is joined by a 10th generation Intel processor. This is supposed to be the Intel Core i7-10750H. It is capable of a maximum clock rate of 5 GHz with its six cores. MSI provides the Leopard with a total of 16 GB RAM with two 8 GB RAM modules.
These are supposed to provide decent support for the Intel processor thanks to dual-channel. With 512 GB of storage, the built-in NVMe SSD will probably offer enough space for most users. Another M.2 slot can be used by those who do not have enough storage space. Another SSD can easily be installed here via a pleasingly fast PCIe Gen3 interface.
The 17-inch display of the gaming notebook not only resolves in razor-sharp 1,080p. On top of that, it should deliver pleasingly smooth moving images thanks to its refresh rate of 144 Hz. Especially fans of fast shooters will be happy about that. The display not only convinces technically, but also optically.
Thus, the 5 mm thin frame provides a real “in the middle” feeling. The built-in keyboard comes from the experts at SteelSeries and offers RGB single key illumination. Thanks to anti-ghosting technology, it should also be able to register more than ten keystrokes simultaneously.
No surprises with the ports
While MSI brings along innovations in terms of case and inner workings, you look for them in vain when it comes to the ports. But an upgrade was probably not really necessary here. After all, most users should be satisfied with the installed USB-C ports. Wi-Fi 6E promises pleasingly fast connectivity.
Price and availability
The GP76 Leopard should be available in stores as early as the end of February. You can already pre-order the entry-level gaming notebook at an MSRP of 1,999 euros.