MSI Has Two New Quadro-Based Workstations
Businesses searching for new mobile professional workstations have another option: MSI Computer's new GT70 20K and GT60 20J solutions, powered by Nvidia's Quadro graphics. Both are certified by Adobe Creative Suite 6, Autodesk and SolidWorks, and come packed with Nvidia's Maximus technology, which enables designers and engineers to perform simultaneous rendering or structural/fluid analysis on the same system.
"MSI has long been praised for the performance of our gaming laptops, and the new workstations leverage that expertise to deliver the same quality and effectiveness for professionals," said Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales for MSI Pan America Region. "We’ve successfully combined the power and design of our acclaimed GT70 and GT60 laptops with the performance needed to tackle professional applications."
Both workstations ship with an Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor clocked up to 3.4 GHz, Killer E2200 Ethernet/Bluetooth connectivity, Killer N1202 dual-band Wireless N connectivity, a 720p HD webcam, a 9 cell battery, two Dynaudio Tech speakers and a subwoofer. The laptops also sport a Blu-ray burner, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI 1.4 output. A multi-touch touchpad and SteelSeries Gaming Backlit keyboard is also thrown into the mix just in case designers are in the mood for a little Battlefield or Call of Duty when the boss isn't looking.
However that's where the similarities end. The GT70 20K model has a 17.3 inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a Nvidia Quadro K3100M GPU, a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD, and 16 GB of DDR3-1600 memory. This model weighs 8.6 pounds, measures 2.17 inches thin, and costs $2,599.99 USD. Meanwhile, the GT60 20J model has a 15.6 inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a Nvidia Quadro K2100M GPU, a 750 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, and 8 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory. This model weighs a lighter 7.7 pounds, measures 1.77 inches thick, and is priced at $2,009.99.
Inclusion of the Nvidia Quadro GPUs means that these workstations can handle "challenging" professional applications like AutoCad Design Suite, Avid Media Composer, Pinnacle Studio 16, AutoDesk Smoke, Siemens NX, PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 and more. The workstations also rely on MSI's Cooler Boost 2 Technology that instantly reduces system temperature, keeping things cool during heavy workloads.
The GT70 2OK and GT60 2OJ mobile workstations are currently available at Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, BestBuy.com, B&H Photo, and Adorama. MSI plans to expand its line of mobile workstations in the following months with a 17 inch K4100M model and a 15.6 inch K3100M model, so stay tuned.
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