In a nutshell: Of the five new models that MSI has added to its CreatorPro series, only the youngest M15 uses an 11th Gen Intel processor and Nvidia RTX A1000 GPU, while the rest of the workstations use the latest 12th Gen silicon, along with the more powerful RTX. Series A options.
Top MSI rebranding CreatorPro The workstation lineup is the Z17 and Z16P laptops, which can be equipped with up to 14C/20T Core i9-12900H and a 16GB RTX A5500 GPU. The latter is Nvidia’s most powerful professional mobile workstation GPU, launched recently alongside the unveiling of the company’s next-generation Hopper architecture.
Both the Z17 (17-inch) and Z16P (16-inch) support up to 64GB of DDR5 (4800MHz) RAM and have Windows Hello compatible FHD IR webcams on top of their QHD+ (2560 x 1600 pixels) resolution displays . . These touchscreen IPS panels feature a 165Hz refresh rate with 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, MSI stylus support, and an ambient light sensor for brightness adjustment.
These laptops also come with 90Wh batteries, but are slightly different in terms of connectivity. The larger model is equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port, 1 HDMI 2.1 port, a full size SD card reader and DC input for a 240W power supply. The Z16P, meanwhile, has the same setup, but with one less Thunderbolt 4 port and no HDMI.
Rounding out the rest of the CreatorPro series are the M17, M16 and M15 mid-range laptops. MSI hasn’t given details about the M17’s larger display, but it’s presumably joining the M15’s 16:9 aspect ratio, while all models are 16:10. The M17 and M16 can be equipped with a Core i7-12700H chip clocked at up to 14 cores/20 threads and slightly less powerful RTX A-series variants that include 12GB A3000, 8GB A2000 and 4GB A1000 GPUs.
The M15, meanwhile, can only pair its 8C/16T i7-11800H with the RTX A1000. These three laptops also support up to 64GB of RAM (albeit DDR4), but they do without high refresh rate displays and Windows Hello compatible webcams.
The more compact side allows you to add Gigabit Ethernet, which is missing from the more expensive and sleeker Z17 and Z16P models. In terms of connectivity, the M17 and M16 feature 1 USB 3.2 Type-C port, 2 USB 3.2 Type 1 ports, 1 USB 2.0 Type A port, 1 HDMI 2.0 port, and DC-in. Meanwhile, the smaller M15 has 3 USB 3.2 Type-A ports, 1 USB 3.2 Type-C port, HDMI 1.4, and DC input.
MSI has yet to provide details on pricing and availability for the new CreatorPro series, although they are expected to be released in the second quarter of this year in line with Nvidia’s GPU roadmap.