MSI updates the Alpha series gaming noteboks with new 15 and 17 inch models that now support the latest AMD Ryzen 4000H mobile processors unveiled in March and dedicated Radeon RX 5000 Series graphics card.
MSI Alpha notebooks – announced last fall – are characterized by a hardware platform based exclusively on AMD technology; the first models used the Ryzen mobile 3000 series with Radeon RX 5500, the new variants instead can count on the more powerful Ryzen 7 4800H and a Radeon RX 5600 M GPU, the latter unveiled at CES 2020.
There are two models proposed by MSI, Alpha 15 (A4DE) and Alpha 17 (A4DE), respectively with 15.6 and 17.3 inch displays; the company also reports the two variants Alpha 15 A4DEK and Alpha 17 A4DEK, different only for the keyboard backlight.
The two notebooks differ substantially only in display size, in both cases an FHD IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync Premium support. In addition to the Ryzen 7 4800H and the Radeon RX 5600M, on board we find DDR4 3200 memories, double slot for PCIe gen 3.0 SSD and WiFi 6 connectivity.
MSI Alpha series notebooks are equipped with the CoolerBoost 5 cooling system, equipped with 7 copper heatpipes and dual cooling fans. As for the design, however, there are no particular innovations compared to the previous generation; there is the SteelSeries backlit keyboard, flanked by RGB lighting technology.
The company has also revised the audio department, equipping the notebooks with more generous speakers, while we report that both models use the same 65 WHr battery. MSI has not currently provided data on price and availability for the Italian market: in the United States, however, the Alpha 15 version with 16GB DDR4 and 512GB SSD starts at $ 1,299 (link in VIA).
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
- Display: 15.6 "/ 17.3" FHD (1920×1080 pixels), IPS, 144Hz, AMD FreeSync Premium
- Video Card: AMD Radeon RX5600M 6GB GDDR6
- Memory: DDR4 3200 up to 64GB
- Storage: 2x M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD
- Webcam: HD (30fps @ 720p)
- Keyboard: SteelSeries RGB with Anti-Ghost and single backlight (A4DEK models)
- Gigabit LAN, WiFi AX and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Dual speaker (2x2W), Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance, mic-in, headphone out,
- Ports and slots: 3x USB 3.2 Gen1, 2x USB Type C Gen1, mini DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI (4K @ 60Hz), SD reader
- Battery: 6 cells, Li-Ion, 65WHR
- Dimensions: 398.5 x 272 x 28mm
- Weight: 2.6 kilograms
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