MSI’s Gaming Dock Boosts Notebook Graphics

A new gaming notebook from MSI, the GS30 Shadow, is supplied with a dock that boosts its graphical performance.

Designed for gamers wanting a portable device, the GS30 is 13.3″ and weighs 1.3kg. While the notebook itself uses integrated (Intel Iris Pro) graphics, the Gaming Dock can support a user-supplied discrete graphics card (MSI promises that it will accept any model, using PCI-e x16).

Windows 8.1 runs on an Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor. The laptop supports up to 16GB of RAM (1,600MHz) and uses dual SSDs in a Super Raid configuration. HDMI and USB 3.0 (x2) terminals are featured. Native screen resolution is 2560 x 1440.

A price has not been announced for the GS30 yet. MSI is targeting a January 2015 release date.

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This looks like an interesting configuration for someone like me that has to do some video processing and needs access to a GPU, but also has to carry a notebook a lot. I suspect that the release in January may be because MSI may be waiting for the latest 14nm version of the Core i7, which will be available in the new year and which should reduce the power needed. (BR)