MSI’s Latest Gaming Laptops Offer No-Holds-Barred Performance: MSI Vector, Crosshair, and Pulse

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MSI Vector, Crosshair, and Pulse – Modern Gaming Triumvirate

MSI recently unveiled its latest lineup of high-performance gaming laptops built for enthusiasts who demand cutting-edge power. The new Vector 17/16 HX, Crosshair 17/16 HX, and Pulse 17/16 AI series pack the latest flagship components into innovative thermal chassis designs to deliver desktop-caliber capabilities in a portable form factor.

Headlining the lineup is the MSI Vector 17 HX, billed as the world’s most powerful 17-inch gaming laptop. It achieves this crown by integrating Intel’s unlocked 14th Gen Core i9-14900HX CPU and NVIDIA’s flagship RTX 4080 laptop GPU. But the highlight is MSI’s proprietary Overboost technology, enabling the Vector 17 HX to unleash the full 250W power limit of the RTX 4080 for unprecedented frame rates. Such desktop-like power output is a first for the laptop form factor. Combined with its QHD 240Hz panel and ultra-responsive peripherals, the Vector 17 HX brings true high-refresh 4K gaming on the go.

MSI Vector
MSI Vector

Backing the Vector series is the Crosshair lineup focused on mainstream performance. Available in both 17 and 16-inch display flavors, Crosshair HX models come equipped with Intel 14th Gen HX CPUs up to Core i7 paired with RTX 4070 or 4060 laptop GPUs. The more affordable Crosshair series retains premium features like per-key RGB keyboards, Wi-Fi 6E, and 240Hz QHD displays for immersive high-framerate gaming.

Rounding out the lineup is MSI’s Pulse series designed for thin-and-light gaming. But don’t let its slim chassis fool you – Pulse 17/16 AI hides immense power underneath the hood. Flagship configurations wield Intel’s new unlocked Core i9-13905H Special Edition CPU that boosts up to a blazing 5.4GHz. Combined with RTX 4070 or 4060 GPUs, blazing-fast DDR5 memory, and buttery-smooth 240Hz QHD displays, the Pulse series redefines ultraportable gaming.

Innovative Cooling Unlocks Maximum Performance

But what truly unlocks the potential of MSI’s latest flagship gaming laptops is the optimized cooling. All three lineups introduce completely revamped thermal modules to tame the heat output from high-wattage 14th Gen Intel CPUs and GeForce RTX 40 GPUs.

The Vector 17/16 HX relies on MSI’s Phase Change Liquid Metal Compound paired with a vapor chamber cooler stretching across critical components. Crosshair models feature enlarged intakes and exhausts along the sides and rear for increased airflow. Both Vector and Crosshair series implement up to 6 total fans and 11 total exhaust ports for superior heat dissipation compared to previous generations.

MSI Pulse 7
MSI Pulse

But the star of the show is the Pulse series. Despite its thin 20.95mm profile, the Pulse cooling array leverages dual turbofans, 6 heat pipes, 4 exhaust vents, and the world’s first phase change cooling pads. This innovative thermal technology combined with intelligent CPU/GPU power balancing enables the Pulse lineup to cool 65W+ Intel HX parts without throttling in such a compact chassis.

MSI Pulse 5
MSI Pulse 5

Ultimately, the advanced cooling unlocks unprecedented performance across the board. When paired with MSI’s tuning software, all laptops offer significant CPU/GPU overclocking headroom for even more frames. According to internal testing, for example, the stock Core i9-14900HX CPU boosted up to 5.5GHz across all cores. So competitive overclockers will surely push limits to new levels.

Cutting-Edge Design Reflects Future Styling Trends

But MSI understands aesthetics are just as integral to the gaming experience as raw FPS. That’s why the Vector, Crosshair, and Pulse series showcase radically improved industrial designs befitting their extreme performance.

Subtle facelifts on the premium Vector lineup add aggressive styling cues in line with exotic hypercars. This includes rear diffusion lighting resembling twin ion thrusters along with optimized footprint for desktop convenience.

MSI Crosshair 4
MSI Crosshair 4

Bigger changes emerge on the Crosshair and Pulse families, headlined by an all-new sci-fi-inspired aesthetic. The Crosshair lineup turns heads through a sleek spacecraft-like pattern spanning around its rear exhaust array, symbolizing speed and mobility. But the Pulse steals the show with its one-of-a-kind electromagnetic pulse pattern complemented by RGB lighting – aptly reflecting sudden bursts of power. Together with four unique color options, both Crosshair and Pulse designs epitomize the stylistic trends that will define future generations of gaming laptops.

MSI Crosshair 7
MSI Crosshair 7

Simply put, the latest MSI gaming laptops allow enthusiasts to game how they want with no compromises needed. Whether pursuing the bleeding edge in desktop-replacement systems or ultraportable powerhouses, the Vector, Crosshair, and Pulse series enable peak performance paired with head-turning style. They represent the shape of cutting-edge mobile gaming for years to come.

Are these coming to the Philippines?

We checked with MSI Philippines if all these SKUs are coming to the Philippines this 2024? While they did not say the exact details, they confirmed that the MSI Vector 17/16 gaming laptops are coming to the Philippines. It must be noted though that while it is the case, specs may vary per region. So, keep that in mind.

Full Specifications

MSI Vector 17 and MSI Vector 16 Specifications

Model Name Vector 17 HX A14VHG / A14VGG / A14VFGVector 16 HX A14VHG / A14VGG / A14VFG
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i9 processor 14900HXIntel® Core™ i9 processor 14900HX
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home (MSI recommends Windows 11 Pro for business.) Windows 11 ProWindows 11 Home (MSI recommends Windows 11 Pro for business.) Windows 11 Pro
ChipsetIntel® HM770Intel® HM770
MemoryDDR5, 2 slots, up to 64GBDDR5, 2 slots, up to 64GB
Display17“ QHD+ (2560×1600), 16:10, 240 Hz Refresh Rate, 100% DCI-P3(Typical), IPS-Level panel16″ QHD+ (2560×1600), 16:10, 240Hz Refresh Rate, 100% DCI-P3(Typical), IPS-Level panel
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4080 Laptop GPU 12GB GDDR6 (A14VHG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (A14VGG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (A14VFG)NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4080 Laptop GPU 12GB GDDR6 (A14VHG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (A14VGG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (A14VFG)
Storage Slots1 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen5 x4 1 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen4 x41 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen5 x4 1 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen4 x4
KeyboardPer-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeriesPer-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
Audio2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 1 x Audio combo jack Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance Hi-Res Audio ready2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 1 x Audio combo jack Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer Hi-Res Audio ready
USB Ports1 x Thunderbolt™ 4 / DP/ USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C/DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C / DP ,1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A1 x Thunderbolt™ 4 / DP/ USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C / DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C / DP , 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
Card Reader1 x SD Express Memory Card Reader1 x SD Express Memory Card Reader
Video Output1 x Thunderbolt™ 4 / DP/ USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C/DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C / DP, 1 x HDMI™ 2.1 (8K@ 60Hz / 4K@ 120Hz)1 x Thunderbolt™ 4 / DP/ USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C / DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C / DP, 1 x HDMI™ 2.1 (8K@ 60Hz / 4K@ 120Hz)
CommunicationGigabit Ethernet (up to 2.5GbE) / Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 7 BE1750, Bluetooth v5.4Gigabit Ethernet (up to 2.5GbE) / Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 7 BE1750, Bluetooth v5.4
WebcamHD type (30fps@720p) with 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)HD type (30fps@720p) with 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)
SecurityFirmware Trusted Platform Module(fTPM) 2.0 /  Webcam Shutter /  Kensington LockFirmware Trusted Platform Module(fTPM) 2.0 / Webcam Shutter / Kensington Lock
Battery4-Cell, Li-Polymer,  90Whr4-Cell, Li-Polymer,  90Whr
Power Adapter330W (A14VHG ) / 280W (A14VGG / A14VFG)330W (A14VHG) / 280W (A14VGG/A14VFG)
Dimension380 (W) x 297.97 (D) x 23.55~29.45 (H) mm357 (W) x 284 (D) x 22.2~28.55 (H) mm
Weight3 Kg2.7 Kg

MSI Crosshair 17 HX and MSI Crosshair 16 HX Specifications

Model Name Crosshair 17 HX D14VGKG / D14VFKG Crosshair 16 HX D14VGKG / D14VFKG
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 processor 14700HXIntel® Core™ i7 processor 14700HX
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home (MSI recommends Windows 11 Pro for business.) Windows 11 ProWindows 11 Home (MSI recommends Windows 11 Pro for business.) Windows 11 Pro
ChipsetIntel® HM770Intel® HM770
MemoryDDR5, 2 slots, up to 64GBDDR5, 2 slots, up to 64GB
Display17″ QHD+ (2560×1440), 16:10, 240Hz Refresh Rate, 100% DCI-P3(Typ.), IPS-Level panel16″ QHD+ (2560×1440), 16:10, 240Hz Refresh Rate, 100% DCI-P3(Typ.), IPS-Level panel
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (D14VGKG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (D14VFKG)NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (D14VGKG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (D14VFKG)
Storage Slots1 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen5 x4 1 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen4 x41 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen5 x4 1 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen4 x4
Keyboard24-Zone RGB Gaming Keyboard24-Zone RGB Gaming Keyboard
Audio2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 1 x Audio combo jack Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer Hi-Res Audio ready2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 1 x Audio combo jack Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer Hi-Res Audio ready
USB Port1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
Video Output1 x HDMI™ 2.1(8K@60Hz / 4K@120Hz), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP1 x HDMI™ 2.1(8K@60Hz / 4K@120Hz), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP
CommunicationGigabit Ethernet / Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211, Bluetooth v5.3Gigabit Ethernet / Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211, Bluetooth v5.3
WebcamHD type (30fps@720p) with 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)HD type (30fps@720p) with 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)
SecurityFirmware Trusted Platform Module(fTPM) 2.0 / Webcam Shutter / Kensington LockFirmware Trusted Platform Module(fTPM) 2.0 / Webcam Shutter / Kensington Lock
Battery4-Cell, Li-Polymer, 90Whr4-Cell, Li-Polymer, 90Whr
Power Adapter240W240W
Dimension383.2 (W) x 279.9 (D) x 22.2~29.7(H) mm359 (W) x 266.4 (D) x 21.8~27.9(H) mm
Weight2.8 Kg2.5 Kg

MSI Pulse 17 AI and MSI Pulse 16 AI Specifications

Model Name Pulse 17 AI C1VGKG / C1VFKGPulse 16 AI C1VGKG / C1VFKG
ProcessorUp to Intel® Core™ Ultra 9 processor 185HUp to Intel® Core™ Ultra 9 processor 185H
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home (MSI recommends Windows 11 Pro for business.) Windows 11 ProWindows 11 Home (MSI recommends Windows 11 Pro for business.) Windows 11 Pro
ChipsetIntegrated SoCIntegrated SoC
MemoryDDR5, 2 slots, up to 64GBDDR5, 2 slots, up to 64GB
Display17″ QHD+ (2560×1440), 16:10, 240Hz Refresh Rate, 100% DCI-P3(Typ.), IPS-Level panel16″ QHD+ (2560×1440), 16:10, 240Hz Refresh Rate, 100% DCI-P3(Typ.), IPS-Level panel
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (C1VGKG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (C1VFKG)NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (C1VGKG) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (C1VFKG)
Storage Slots2 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen4 x42 x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen4 x4
Keyboard24-Zone RGB Gaming Keyboard24-Zone RGB Gaming Keyboard
Audio2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 1 x Audio combo jack Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer Hi-Res Audio ready2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 1 x Audio combo jack Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer Hi-Res Audio ready
USB Port1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP (w/ PD 3.0 Charging) 3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
Video Output1 x HDMI™ 2.1(8K@60Hz / 4K@120Hz), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP1 x HDMI™ 2.1(8K@60Hz / 4K@120Hz), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C / DP
CommunicationGigabit Ethernet / Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211, Bluetooth v5.3Gigabit Ethernet / Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211, Bluetooth v5.3
WebcamHD type (30fps@720p) with 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)HD type (30fps@720p) with 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)
SecurityFirmware Trusted Platform Module(fTPM) 2.0 / Webcam Shutter / Kensington LockFirmware Trusted Platform Module(fTPM) 2.0 / Webcam Shutter / Kensington Lock
Battery4-Cell, Li-Polymer, 90Whr4-Cell, Li-Polymer, 90Whr
Power Adapter240W240W
Dimension383.2 (W) x 279.9 (D) x 22.2~29.7(H) mm359 (W) x 266.4 (D) x 21.8~27.9(H) mm
Weight2.8 Kg2.5 Kg

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, 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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