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MSI WS60 workstation laptop updated with 6th gen Intel CPUs

by Mark Tyson on 23 October 2015, 15:21

Tags: MSI, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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MSI has 'evolved' its WS60 workstation laptop. The new models include the choice of 6th Generation Intel Core-i7 and Xeon processors. This is an ultraportable style laptop workstation which features a 15.6-inch screen and other key components such as a latest generation Nvidia Quadro M GPU plus capacity for up to 32GB of ECC DDR4 RAM and SATA + M.2 SATA or M.2 NVMe PCIe storage.

For a powerful 15.5-inch workstation MSI has done a good job at keeping the size and weight of this laptop down. It measures 390 x 266 x 19.9mm thick and weighs just 1.9Kg including its 6-cell Li-ion battery. Eschewing an ODD helps, but we don't have further information regarding construction and materials.

MSI is supplying the new WS60 workstation with a choice of screens. You can specify either a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920X1080) anti-glare type, or a 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) Wide-View Edition screen. If that's not enough, and you get the opportunity during your mobile computing endeavours, you can connect up to a further three external displays. There are a number of display permutations available using the built-in panel and connected displays but MSI highlights the WS60's capability to display DUAL 4K. Colour accuracy hasn't been ignored and the WS60 display is pre-calibrated panel using MSI's True Colour display technology.

The key performance components inside include your choice of 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor, or Xeon E3-1505M processor. MSI claims the Skylake platform processors offer an average performance boost of 20 per cent beyond previous gen chips. Two memory slots allow fitting of up to 32GB of ECC DDR4 RAM. Pushing your calibrated pixels, MSI has equipped an Nvidia Quadro M1000M Graphics Card with GDDR5 2GB. MSI has equipped its 'exclusive' Cooler Boost 3 dual cooling system to keep the system ticking over smoothly.

This ISV Certified workstation laptop has pretty good built-in storage options, considering its size. Users can choose a 1TB 2.5-inch SATA disk accompanied by either an M.2 SATA or M.2 NVMe PCIe device. MSI says that the NVMe PCIe option offers 'crazy fast' speeds, up to five times faster than a SATA interface SSD.

Rounding off this workstation are; the backlit Keyboard by SteelSeries, Dynaudio audio system supporting 7.1 channel S/PDIF output and powered by an ESS SABRE Hi-Fi audio DAC, a combo audio I/O jack, Gigabit Ethernet LAN(10/100/1000 Mbps), Intel Wireless 802.11 a/c, Bluetooth v4.1, a FHD webcam with Array MIC, an SD (XC/HC) card reader, a USB 3 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, an MSI SuperPort (USB3.1 Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, 4K output, fast charger (Optional)) and Mini Display Port x 1, HDMI x1, (plus USB Type-C support Display Port x1).

We don't have word on availability or pricing. As a pricing indicator, previous generation WS60 models were/are sold for prices in the region of UK£1800 or US$2000.

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