MSI has announced the launch their new laptop the GT80 which looks to be changing the way that gaming laptops are perceived. Until now, gaming laptops were very limited when it came to hardware because of the physical space needed to maintain the laptop form factor but that’s all about to change.
Sometime in October, MSI had announced their most expensive laptop, the GT80 which sports an 18.4 inch screen which features a full 1920×1080 resolution as well as a 980M SLI GPU configuration to power it. Yeah that’s right SLI in a laptop. The GT80 also has a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches and an odd looking form factor that gives it a very long appearance but it’s all necessary. The configuration that was announced contained a Core i7-4980HQ processor, 24 Gigs of RAM and two 128GB M.2 SATA SSD’s in what MSI is calling “super RAID” Along with a 1TB 7200RPM standard HDD you’ll have no issues storing all your games and data. This model was around the $3500 price range and while that’s insanely high for a gaming laptop, MSI wants to console you with the fact that the GT80 can be upgraded more than your typical gaming laptop. With most gaming laptops, the video card is soldered onto the motherboard which makes GPU upgrades impossible, but take some time and send off the GT80 to one of MSI’s partners like iBuyPower or Xotic PC and you can have that upgraded no problem. Because of the design of the GT80 most of the parts (aside from the Graphics card) can be replaced by you. The GT80 features large panels above the keyboard that give you easy access to the components that might need to be replaced, though with 24 Gigs of RAM and a Core i7 processor I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
The GT80 also features a 10 key number pad and even has haptic feedback for key presses. MSI also plans to look into Cherry MX Red switches for future iterations of the GT80, just in case those Cherry MX Brown’s aren’t your favorite.