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Understanding MSI's Gaming Laptop Model Range: What Does the Model Name Tell You?

MSI (Micro-Star International) | Published on 27 Jun 2020 | Last Edited on 23 Sep 2020 | Author: Dr Jiulin Teng
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MSI has not been shy in releasing a formidable range of well-endowed gaming laptops in recent years. The size of their product range, however, has posed a challenge to consumers looking into gaming laptops in understanding what differentiates models that, at first glance, appear rather similar. This article demystifies the naming convention at MSI.

The Series

MSI has three main gaming laptop series: GT, GS, GF, GE, GP, and GL. The GT Titan series is MSI Gaming's flagship. Available only in 17-inch, the GT Titan employs overclockable processors, top-of-the-line graphics, display with the highest available refresh rate, and all cutting-edge features. Thanks to more generous chassis design, the GT Titan series also features superior cooling for unrestricted performance delivery.
GT Titan is the flagship of MSI gaming laptops
GT Titan is the flagship of MSI gaming laptops
The GS Stealth and GF Thin series focus on mobility. The GS Stealth series combines portability and style with performance. With low-profile premium chassis, these laptops nevertheless sport top-of-the-line graphics and processors. Extended battery life is also available.
GS Stealth is the high-portability model in MSI's gaming laptop range
GS Stealth is the high-portability model in MSI's gaming laptop range
The GF Thin series prioritizes portability and aesthetics as a value proposition. Still, the components are sufficient for on-the-go gaming with confidence.
GF Thin is the thinnest and most compact of MSI's gaming laptop lineup
GF Thin is the thinnest and most compact of MSI's gaming laptop lineup
The GE Raider series is designed for enthusiasts. It features top-of-the-line graphics and processors as well as performance close to the GT Titan series, though it is considerably more portable.
GE Raider is the less aggressive alternative to the GT Titan
GE Raider is the less aggressive alternative to the GT Titan
The GP Leopard and GL Leopard series are MSI's value gaming laptops, with the GL differing from the GP only in processor choices. They offer sufficient components and a wide range of configurations.
Leopard is the entry-level option among MSI's gaming laptops
Leopard is the entry-level option among MSI's gaming laptops

The Names

MSI gaming laptops share the following naming convention:
Series Code + Display Size + Generation + Series Name + Processor Generation + Graphics Generation + Graphics Configuration
  • Series Code comprises of two letters, as discussed in the previous section.
  • Display Size is a single digit: 3 for 13.3", 4 for 14", 6 for 15.6", 7 for 17.3", and 8 for 18.4".
  • Graphics Generation is a single letter: R for GTX 10 series, and S for RTX 20 or GTX 16 series.
  • Graphics Configuration is also a single letter: C for GTX 1650, D for GTX 1660 Ti, E for RTX 2060, F for RTX 2070, and G for RTX 2080.

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