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  1. Skylake_

    Skylake_ Notebook Consultant

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    It's not an April Fool's joke: the new MSI GS65 ultrabook with Coffee Lake is coming!
    • Features:
      15.6-inch screen in a 14-inch chassis
      Ultra narrow 4.9mm display bezel
      144Hz IPS-level display with 7ms response
      17.7mm slim design
      8 hour battery life
      82Whr battery capacity
      Aluminium alloy with sandblasted finish

      Specification:
      CPU: Intel 8th Gen. Core i7-8750H, 6 cores with HT, 2.2GHz base clock, boost to 3.9GHz, 45W TDP
      Cooler: Cooler Boost Trinity 2x 47 blade fans, 1x 37 blade fan, 0.2mm fan blade thickness, 4 heat pipes
      Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920×1,080 resolution, IPS level, 144Hz refresh, 7ms response (AUO manufacturer)
      Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060
      Memory: up to 32GB of DDR4-2666MHz
      Storage: 2x PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 slots
      Audio: 2x 2W Dynaudio speakers
      Ethernet: Killer E2500
      Wi-Fi: Killer AC 1550i for GTX 1070 models or Intel AC 9560 Wireless for GTX 1060 models
      I/O ports:
      3x USB 3.1 Type-A
      1x Thunderbolt USB 3.1 Type-C
      1x HDMI 2.0
      1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
      Headphone jack

      Battery: 82Wh, 180W adapter
      Dimensions: 358.5mm x 247.7mm x 17.7mm
      Weight: 1.8kg
      Software: Dragon Centre 2.0New Gaming Mode on enabled games such as PUBG and DOTA 2 will automatically enable 4 functions: make SSE3 with preset keyboard backlit to fit the type of the game, “Free up memory” to keep highest performance, turn “True Colour” to gaming mode, and turn Nahimic 3 to gaming mode. When you quit the game, these will return to previous settings.

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  2. Skylake_

    Skylake_ Notebook Consultant

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    (this post for further details)
     
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    skman Notebook Geek

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    Skylake_ Notebook Consultant

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    PC World Magazine's preview
     
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    Phoenix Super Tweaker

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    Where to buy:

    HIDevolution


    Specifications:

    Display
    15.6" FHD (1920*1080), 144Hz 7ms Wideview 72%NTSC Color Anti-Glare

    MSI True Color Technology

    Video Graphics & Memory

    NVIDIA GeForce® GTX1060 w/ 6.0GB GDDR5
    Processor Support and

    Heat Management

    Intel® 8th Generation Coffee Lake Core™ i7-8750H 6 Core - 12 Thread Processor, 2.6 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 4.1 GHz), 9MB Smart Cache

    Operating System Genuine Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Chipset Mobile Intel® HM370
    System Memory (RAM)
    16GB DDR4/2400MHz System Memory (2 x 8GB) - 2 Memory Slots

    Expandable to 32GB DDR4/2666MHz

    Hard Drive
    512GB M.2 PCIe SSD

    Optional:

    2x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSDs, M.2 SATA III SSD

    Optical Drive
    None

    Card Reader N/A
    Video Camera Built-in 720p HD Webcam Web Camera
    LAN/WLAN
    Killer DoubleShot Pro - Killer Gaming Network E2500 + Intel 9560 Jefferson Peak (2*2 ac) w/ Bluetooth 5.0

    Input/Output 1 x Thunderbolt 3
    3 x USB 3.1 Gen2
    1 x SPDIF (ESS Sabre HiFi)
    1 x Microphone-in jack
    1 x Microphone-out jack
    1 x mini display port v 1.2
    1 x RJ45 LAN - Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN
    1 x HDMI v2.0
    Audio
    Nahimic 2
    Dynaudio Speakers 2W*2
    Audio Boost Amplifier 2.0

    Keyboard and Touchpad Steel Series per-Key RGB with Anti-Ghost key (84 Key)
    Click Pad
    Battery 4 cells - 82Wh (Internal)
    AC Adapter Output: 19.5 V 16.9 A DC, 180W Slim
    Input:100~240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
    Dimension & Weight
    14.08"x 9.75"x 0.69" (W x D x H), 358 x 248 x 17.5 mm (W x D x H)
    4.14lbs (1.88 Kg)

    Security
    Trusted Platform Module (TPM) - Intel ® PTT
    Cable lock port
     
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  6. iaTa

    iaTa Do Not Feed

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    Looks like a great machine. No G-sync for now though. I wonder if the panel will get certified.
     
  7. Skylake_

    Skylake_ Notebook Consultant

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    It's possible to enable g-sync even if at the beginning it's not available on the same machine?
    In Italy, at the moment, there's only the 6RF version with 1070 max-Q available for pre-order (2399-2499€ depending by the shop; 3 years warranty limited offer)
     
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    Donald@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    No, there is no way to have G-Sync enabled on this model.
     
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    Skylake_ Notebook Consultant

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    So, no possibility that they will certify for G-Sync this panel in a second time, allowing the MSI GS65 owners to use it?
    I know that some Clevo machines were not "G-Sync" sponsored but they were G-Sync capable.
    I don't know if G-Sync would be really a game changer on a 144 Hz 15" monitor, though.

    Probably, Gigabyte position (about the new Aero 15 notebook that features a 144 Hz display as the GS65 - probably the same panel?) gives us the answer to this lack:
    Source
    • High-refresh, no G-sync panel: One decision that’s sure to elicit response is Gigabyte’s decision to jettison a 1080p, 60Hz MVA screen for a 1080p, 144Hz IPS display. The new screen isn’t based on Nvidia’s G-sync tech, which ties refresh to the GPU’s frame rate. Gigabyte’s rationale was to save battery life. While variable refresh rate technology delivers beautiful gameplay, it requires the GPU to be active at all times. Gigabyte instead uses Nvidia’s Optimus tech, which switches over to Intel’s low-power integrated graphics when you’re not gaming.
    Again PC World says the same about GS65, but...
    • While the GS63 came with a 1080p 60Hz screen and an option for a 4K panel, the GS65 features a 1080p 144Hz panel. The panel isn’t quite approved for G-sync, but MSI tells us it can support Nvidia’s variable refresh-rate technology. The screen on the GS65 also folds to 180 degrees and features a truly miniature webcam on the top bezel, an improvement over being located beneath the display.
     
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  10. Falkentyne

    Falkentyne Notebook Virtuoso

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    @Skylake_ Gsync is one of the long standing sore points on this forum. Past MSI laptops were never advertised as supporting Gsync, and Gsync was not even mentioned on the MSI official website, yet was mentioned on SOME OEM's sales pages, and users found out that the laptops they received DID support Gsync, even when some companies claimed they did NOT support Gsync. That's completely MSI's fault for not being up front with the OEM. But the fault also rests with NGreedia as well: If MSI does not tell an OEM that their model supports Gsync, the OEM's hands are tied, because if they make MSI upset, MSI can cut the leash....you know exactly what I mean...

    1) Some panels are released before they are certified for Gsync.
    2) Ngreedia will not allow a panel to be Gsync certified unless their license fees are paid to them for whitelisting the panel first. Gotta keep them shareholders happy and well fed !
    3) Panel certification requires the panel itself being whitelisted in the system Bios for Gsync, and a Gsync enabled video card (via PCI ID) and video bios.
    4) Gsync cannot work on systems using Optimus techology, without a way to physically disable the intel iGPU from being active.(e.g. a hardware Mux switch or Bios muxless GPU switch option).

    MSI has released Bioses for systems which only use the dGPU (or which allow the iGPU to be completely disabled) to enable Gsync when it was disabled at initial release of the laptop.

    That's pretty much the history.
    So if your laptop does NOT have hybrid graphics/optimus technology (where the iGPU and dGPU are used at the same time together), then there is a chance that Gsync may become available later. And take that with a huge grain of salt.
     
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