MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio Laptop: Built for AI

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MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio – Everything you need to know

MSI’s new Stealth 18 AI Studio laptop aims to be the perfect portable workstation for AI developers, researchers, and creatives. This uniquely designed 18-inch laptop is optimized for generative AI and machine learning applications thanks to its powerful Intel Core Ultra processor with integrated neural processing units (NPUs).

New Intel Processor on MSI Stealth 18 AI is Built for AI

At the heart of the Stealth 18 AI Studio lies Intel’s cutting-edge Core i9-185H Ultra processor. This chip uses a hybrid architecture with performance cores for intensive multithreaded workloads and efficient cores for lightweight background tasks. But what makes it truly special for AI work is the dedicated NPU with 32 matrix engines.

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Intel designed these NPUs specifically to accelerate neural network inferencing. Models can run up to 9x faster compared to relying on only the CPU. This enables more responsive AI capabilities on the go. The NPU speedup applies to popular frameworks like PyTorch and TensorFlow.

NVIDIA accelerates AI Workloads

The Stealth 18 AI Studio further accelerates AI workloads with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series GPU options. The RTX 4090, 4080, and 4070 deliver dramatically faster inferencing versus previous generations thanks to 4th gen Tensor Cores and DLSS 3 technology.

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MSI Stealth AI 09

For advanced creators, the GPU also enables GPU-accelerated AI features in apps like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro to enhance workflows. Large codebases and datasets can be handled smoothly thanks to up to 64GB of dual-channel LPDDR5 memory and PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD storage.

Let’s look at an overview of the key specifications:

MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio Specifications

SpecsStealth 18 AI Studio
ProcessorIntel Core i9-185H Ultra (NPU enabled)
Display18″ 4K 120Hz mini-LED
MemoryUp to 64GB LPDDR5
Storage2x PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD slots
Ports2x Thunderbolt 4, USB-A, HDMI, SD card reader
Dimensions399.9 x 289.6 x 19.9-23.9 mm
Weight2.79 kg

The 18-inch 4K mini-LED display provides ample screen real estate for viewing large datasets and machine learning models. Fast 120Hz refresh rates result in smooth UI interactions. The lightweight 2.79kg chassis is remarkably portable for a laptop geared towards AI developers.

In addition to the Intel NPU and GPU acceleration, MSI bundles useful software tools like their AI Engine, AI Artist, and AI Noise Cancellation Pro apps. Together they enhance the experience for AI programming, creative workflows, and conference calls.

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With the confluence of cutting-edge silicon and intelligent software, the Stealth 18 AI Studio laptop removes barriers for AI developers and enthusiasts on the go. The intelligent optimization for emerging workloads like generative AI represents a glimpse into the future of mobile computing. For those eager to dip their toes into the AI world, MSI has created an ideal springboard with the Stealth 18 AI Studio.

As for me, I am very excited to install my favorite local LLMs (using LM studio) when a review unit arrives in the Philippines. I am thinking of running and benchmarking this for AI workloads and see how fast this performs compared to previous iterations… for science.

MSI Philippines is expected to announce the availability of MSI Stealth 18 AI in the Philippines this year.

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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