CES is a time for tech leaders to showcase the future of tech and the innovations they plan to bring to market in the coming year, as well as a time for concepts currently in development. At CES 2020, MSi revealed their new line of top-tier gaming notebooks, the GE66 Raider and the GS66 Stealth, and are the world’s first 300Hz gaming notebooks. Here, we will take a closer look at each notebook, and what they have to offer.
The GE and GS ranges have always catered for the professional gamer, offering clean aesthetics that don’t distract in the boardroom, but don’t shy in gaming performance. The new iterations bring with them a new 300Hz refresh rate panels, making them the world’s first 300Hz gaming notebooks. The Raider has always been slightly beefier, foregoing some elements of size for a larger chassis, but the new line seems to be edging closer to the Stealth element.
Featuring a sturdy and pristine aluminium chassis, the GE66 Raider offers extreme performance with the elegance of a ballet dancer. Hinges have been even further improved, allowing you to open the lid with one finger, and without moving the bottom half of the notebook. Gaming elements have been removed for the most part, making way for a clean brushed aluminum finish, with a tasteful MSi logo that lights up when the notebook is in use.
As we said, the GE66 Raider is not short of performance either. Boasting an Intel Core i9, an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, a 300Hz IPS panel, a dual Passive Radiator audio system, and the world’s largest battery allowed by air travel regulations, coming in at 99.9Whr. The GE66 Raider can be customised according to your preference in that you can lower the GPU and select few components to suit your budget.
The notebook feels slightly different to its predecessor but the fine details will be shown when we get our hands on one and get to play games. Aesthetically, it is a stunning notebook thanks to its simplistic design that would look natural in the boardroom, or your private war room. There is one exception to this announced at MSi CES 2020, which is the Limited Edition Spaceship design which was inspired by Star Wars, and designed by Colie Wertz; a digital artist who has worked on films such as Star Wars, Transformers, Iron Man, Captain America, just to name a few.
While the Raider does feature a more simplistic design, the GS66 Stealth truly captures the under-the-radar look; a sleeper-beast. All gaming elements – aside from the per-key RGB lighting and light bar at the front of the notebook have been removed, replaced with a smooth all-black finish and an engraved logo rather than lighting. For all accounts, you would not know that this was a powerful gaming notebook.
The GS66 Stealth’s slim form factor is deceptive, packing all the power of the Raider, with the only exception in cooling. The GS66 Stealth uses Cooler Boost Trinity+ as opposed to Cooler Boost 5, utilising thinner blades across three fans to ensure adequate cooling to the CPU and GPU. The thinner fan blades also reduce noise levels, making the GS66 Stealth quieter than iterations before.
The GS66 Stealth comes with the same performance specs as the GE66 Raider, including an Intel Core i9 processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, dual passive speakers, and the same 99.9Whr battery. The Stealth can also be adjusted to suit your budget. We were impressed that MSi had managed to achieve all of this with the GS66 Stealth, and we cannot wait to see how the notebook performs in games with the 300Hz monitor.
We will be requesting review samples of the GE66 Raider and the GS66 Stealth, which should be available in the coming months, so stay tuned for a detailed breakdown here at