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A huge battery, teeny fan blades, and other cool features adorn MSI’s GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider

We always like to see what dedicated gaming PC maker MSI is up to, and CES is a great place to do that. We got a closer look at the upcoming MSI GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider laptops at the show. MSI couldn’t say exactly when these laptops would be available and for how much, but there’s a lot to look forward to. 

The MSI GS66 Stealth is the latest in one of our favorite product lines, the most recent being the GS65 Stealth Thin we reviewed last year. The weight has increased to 4.6 pounds from 4, but it’s still surprising how much hardware MSI has stuffed into this thin and light (for a gaming laptop) system.

The upcoming GS66 Stealth takes the battery as far as it can go. The 99.9Wh power pack just makes it underneath the legal maximum of 100Wh for plane travel.

The GS66 Stealth also takes a mellower approach to its design, discarding the gold accents. It still has a 180-degree hinge and backlit keys.

New to the next version: top-firing speakers for fuller sound. Also, inside you’ll find three fans and seven heat pipes to manage thermals. According to MSI, the fans have the thinnest blades available, just 0.1mm, and 67 on each fan—that’s a lot.

Here’s another bonus: The GPU and CPU are inverted on the current version, but the future version makes them fully accessible, along with the M.2 slots. 

The MSI GS66 will also feature the latest 10th-gen Intel H parts, and the latest Nvidia graphics. These parts are so new we can’t say all the names. Stay tuned. 

Like its speedy predecessor, the GE65 Raider, MSI’s GE66 Raider is less subtle about flaunting its gaming chops. The new model will feature an RGB light strip on the front for all to see.

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MSI GS66 Stealth Review: Thin and small, with a 300Hz screen

The MSI GS66 Stealth is the latest GS-series laptop from the company, and it continues the tradition of pushing the envelope on thin-and-light gaming machines.

With the GS66 Stealth, MSI redesigns the trend-setting GS65 Stealth to be, well, a bit stealthier—and stylish. Gone are the red-and-black logos that screamed ‘gamer,’ as well as the gold accents of the two previous designs. The new GS66 (currently $2,999 on Amazon) is designed to slip right into those boring corporate meetings with other sedate black business laptops. Once you’re off the clock, it screams with all the might you’d expect from an Intel 10th-gen, 8-core Core i9-10980HK and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU. Keep reading to find out more about this trendsetting gaming laptop. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.

MSI GS66 Stealth Specs

As you read through the specs for the GS66 Stealth, remember that this is one of the thinnest gaming laptops available. The GPU is a power-efficient Max-Q design, but otherwise there are few compromises packed into this slender body. 

CPU: Intel 10th-gen, 8-core Core i9-10980HK

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q

RAM: 32GB DDR4/2666 in dual-channel mode

SSD: 1TB NVMe Samsung PM981

Networking: WiFi 6, Killer NIC 2.5Gbps ethernet, Bluetooth 5.1

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