MSI GS30 Shadow 13.3-inch Gaming Notebook with Gaming Dock Now Available – See Features, Specs, Price and Where to Buy

Published on February 21st, 2015 | by Peter Paul

The MSI GS30 Shadow with GS30 Gaming Dock is the first of its kind where you can actually use a full sized desktop graphics card (via its Gaming Dock) together with the gaming notebook. The MSI GS30 Shadow is a 13.3-inch gaming notebook powered by a fast Intel Core i7 Quad Core Haswell processor with Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics, paired with a huge 16GB of DDR3 RAM and an ultra-fast SSD (Solid State Drive) storage configured in RAID 0 mode. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, price and availability below. I’ve also included some reviews for your reference.

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MSI GS30 Shadow Features

The MSI GS30 Shadow is the world’s first gaming notebook to have a docking station for a dedicated desktop class graphics card. The GS30 SHADOW-001 is powered with an Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad Core Haswell processor paired with 16GB of DDR3L RAM. The notebook itself doesn’t have a discrete graphics processor, like a GTX 980M or 970M. But it has the Intel Irish Pro 5200 Graphics which is integrated with the processor. The real gaming muscle power is coming from the Gaming Dock.

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Moving on, it has two 128GB SSD that is configured to run in RAID 0 mode, resulting in a combined 256GB capacity and a much faster speed. It also features some of MSI’s exclusive XSplit Gamecaster for easily recording gaming moments, broadcasting and sharing live gameplay sessions to YouTube, Twitch, UStream and more. It also has Killer E2200 Game Networking and the Gaming Dock with a PCI-e x16 dock connecting port and an extra HDD storage support.

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Check out the rest of its features from the specifications table below and be sure to watch the video review below to have a full idea of what the MSI GS30 Shadow is all about and its gaming performance.

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MSI GS30 Shadow and Gaming Dock Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 8.1 64bit
Processor2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-4870HQ
ChipsetIntel HM87
MemoryDDR3L,up to 1600 MHz, slot *2, max 16GB
Display13.3”, FHD, Anti-glare, Wide-viewing angle
GraphicsIntel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200
StorageUp to 512GB Super RAID (2*256GB/128GB m.2 SSD, RAID0)
Audio2W Speakers x2, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
WebcamHD type (30fps@720p)
Card ReaderSD4.0 (XC/HC)
LANGb LAN
Wireless LAN802.1 ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0
ConnectivityHDMI 1.4, 2x USB 3.0, Mic/Headphone
Keyboard83 keys Single-color backlight keyboard
AC Adapter65W
Battery4-Cell Li-Polymer(47.36Wh)
Dimension320 x 227 x 19.8mm
Weight1.2kg(w/ battery)
Dock Station Specifications
ModelGamingDock for GS30
PCIEX16 (Gen3)
Power24-pin
HDD Support3.5" SATA
Audio5W Speakers x2, 5W Woofer x1
LANKiller Gb LAN
Connectivity4x USB 3.0, mic/headphone, RJ45
VGA OutputDepend on VGA card. Support extend mode for external LCD
Power Supply450W
Dimension 364.4 x 209 x 197.7mm 
Weight4.2kg(w/o VGA, HDD) 
SoftwareDrivers & MSI Utilities

Price and Availability

addtocart-blueThe MSI GS30 Shadow-001 13.3-inch Gaming Notebook with GS30 Gaming Dock is now available. It currently has a retail price of $1,899.99 here and comes with a limited 2-year warranty (includes 1-year global warranty). The Gaming Dock doesn’t include a graphics card yet. You will have to purchase an MSI GTX 980, MSI GTX 970 or an MSI GTX 960. I don’t think graphics card from other brands will work with the GS30 Gaming Dock.

Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Kindly visit the link for updated pricing.

MSI GS30 Shadow and Gaming Dock Reviews

Here’s a full review of the MSI GS30 with Gaming Dock and BF4 performance test courtesy of NewGadgets.ge:

Here’s another detailed MSI GS30 Shadow review courtesy of LinusTechTips:


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