MSI boosts gaming and creator laptops with new 10th Gen Intel, NVIDIA RTX SUPER chips

Msi Ge66 Raider
Msi Ge66 Raider (Image credit: MSI)

What you need to know

  • MSI debuted a slew of refreshes to its laptop lineup today
  • The new GS66 Stealth, GE66 Raider, and Creator 17 sport Intel's latest 10th Gen chips and NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics.
  • All three will be available starting April 15, and the GS66 Stealth is up for preorder now starting at $1,599 (opens in new tab).

Alongside the launch of Intel's latest high-powered 10th Gen H-series laptop processors, and NVIDIA's mobile RTX SUPER graphics chips, MSI launched some big refreshes to its laptop lineup today. The highlights are the new GS66 Stealth, GE66 Raider, and Creator 17, all of which feature some significant performance gains thanks to the new NVIDIA and Intel silicon.

However, MSI has also tossed in some refined designs that should appeal to gamers and content creators alike. The result are some formidable new laptops that should appeal to gamers and content creators alike. Let's take a look.

MSI GS66 Stealth

Msi Gs66 Stealth

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The 15.6-inch GS66 Stealth represents MSI's bid to pack a surprising gaming punch in a chassis you wouldn't expect that kind of power from. The look of the laptop is all black, aiming for an understated design. The goal, MSI says, is to have a low-profile gaming laptop that you can also take to the office without batting an eye.

Underneath the sandblasted black exterior, you'll find NVIDIA RTX SUPER series GPUs, and up to an Intel Core i9-10980HK processor. The new Intel chip alone offers up to 5.3GHz of single core performance, and can net nearly 50 percent greater speeds than a prior generation Core i7-9750H, MSI says.

With that sort of hardware on the inside, MSI has matched the GS66 with a 300Hz "IPS-level" display. In other words, you'll be able to push fast, smooth framerates as high as the hardware can achieve. Powering it all is a 99.9 Whr battery.

MSI is also talking up the cooling in the GS66 Stealth, which it will need to counteract the speeds the Intel CPU is capable of. The Cooler Boost Trinity+ system, as MSI calls it, uses 0.1mm fan blades to drive more airflow.

Rounding things out is a Thunderbolt 3 port that can hit data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps and 8K display output. There's also per-key RGB lighting on the Steelseries keyboard.

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CategoryMSI GS66 Stealth
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home / Pro
Display15.6-inch Full HD (1920x1080)
300Hz optional
ProcessorUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
StorageUp to 1TB NVMe SSD
WirelessKiller LAN E3100
Intel Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Webcam720p
KeyboardPer-key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeeries
Ports1x Thunderbolt 3
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2
HDMI (4K@60Hz)
Battery99.9 Whr
Dimensions14.17(W)"x 9.65(D)" x0.71(H)"
ColorsCore Black
PriceFrom $1,599

The MSI GS66 Stealth is set to hit retail stores on April 15, and it's up for preorder now at Newegg starting at $1,599 (opens in new tab).

MSI GE66 Raider

Msi Ge66 Raider

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Where the GS66 Stealth aims for an understated look, the 15.6-inch GE66 Raider goes all-in on the gamer aesthetic. We're talking prominent RGB lighting and an aggressive design that still manages to look pretty sleek. Up front, MSI has included Mystic Light bar that can cycle through RGB lighting while you game.

Inside, you're once again looking at Intel's 10th Gen H-series CPUs (up to Core i9), along with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER graphics. You'll get the same sort of performance as the GS66 Stealth, including up to 5.3GHz of single-core speeds from the Intel Core i9-10980HK.

Once again, there's also the option for a 300Hz display here, along with a per-key RGB lit Steelseries keyboard.

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CategoryMSI GE66 Raider
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home / Pro
Display15.6-inch Full HD (1920x1080)
300Hz optional
ProcessorUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
StorageUp to 1TB NVMe SSD
WirelessKiller LAN E3100
Killer Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Webcam1080p
KeyboardPer-key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeeries
PortsSD card reader | Mini-DisplayPort 1.4 | 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C
Battery99.9 Whr
Dimensions14.09(W)"x 10.51(D)"x 0.92(H)"
ColorsAluminum Black
PriceFrom $1,799

The MSI GE66 Raider is expected to launch on April 15 starting at $,1799.

MSI Creator 17

MSI Creator 17

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Gaming laptops aren't the only area MSI is pushing power. Creators can also check out the new MSI Creator 17. The 17-inch laptop packs alot of the same hardware specs as MSI's gaming laptops, but with a focus on tuning for creative tasks like video and photo editing.

The Creator 17 can be equipped with up to an Intel Core i7-10875H, which is an 8-core CPU with a max single core turbo frequency of 5.1GHz. Where the Creator 17 really shines, however, is its display.

The screen on the Creator 17 is what MSI is calling the "world's first Mini LED display" in a laptop. It's a 4K panel that meets DisplayHDR1000 standards, which means it can hit over 1000 nits of brightness. Thanks to its Mini LED setup, you'll also see more accurate colors and better contrast between the light and dark areas of the screen.

The Creator 17 weighs in at under 5.5 pounds and measures 0.80-inches thick. So, it's not the lightest laptop around, but it's not the thickest either.

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CategoryMSI Creator 17
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home / Pro
Display17-inch UHD (4K 60Hz)
mini LED
HDR1000
100% DCI-P3
1180 nits
ProcessorUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
StorageUp to 2TB NVMe SSD
WirelessIntel 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5
Webcam720p | IR
KeyboardWhite backlit
PortsMicro SD | HDMi (4K@60Hz) | 1x Thunderbolt 3| 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C | 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2
Battery82 Whr
Dimensions15.59(W)"x 10.21(D)"x 0.80(H)"
ColorsSpace Gray w/ silver diamond cut
PriceFrom $1,799

The MSI Creator 17 is expected to launch on April 15 starting at $1,799.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

2 Comments
  • Touch screens? MSI seems opposed to them.
  • The creator's screen sounds like an absolute marvel. But pleeeeeeeeease can we move on from 16:9 screens? Specially for all the "creator" laptops that oem's are making. Maybe I'm spoilt but after my SB2's 2:3 screen I don't think I can ever go back to 16:9.