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The MSI Claw gaming laptop is expected to be powered by Intel Meteor Lake

The MSI Claw gaming laptop is expected to be powered by Intel Meteor Lake

In the run-up to the CES electronics trade show, MSI showed off one of its usual marketing videos on its Instagram channel last week in which the new device can only be partially recognised. However, it doesn't take much imagination to spot a portable gaming rig designed like Valve's Steamdeck or Asus' ROG Ally based on the RGB-lit joystick, air vents, and other things inside.

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The Xwxnod account, which specializes in mostly micro-hardware leaks, went live shortly afterward Social media meme, which should show the entire device including the name “Claw”. This is likely a graphic that MSI created itself and will be used to introduce Claw at CES next week. MSI had it too In his video Already referred to CES.

Another leaker, @Olrak29_, also has two entries in the Geekbench database MSI clutch found. As always, this information should be viewed with caution as it can be easily manipulated. There are two types of entries with different degrees. In one case the supposed claw scored 1610 points on the Singe Core test and in another case it scored 2403 points. The multi-core score is 9693 and 11543 points. This indicates that the device could have been operated with a different power consumption of the graphics/CPU combination.

According to Geekbench data, this is supposed to be the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H According to Intel data sheet It can actually run as a laptop SoC with a minimum power of 20W and a maximum of 115W, while the base power consumption is 28W. Values ​​higher than these are quite unrealistic for a mobile device with acceptable battery life, and Intel must have significantly reduced the adjustable power consumption of the chips. For comparison: the current Steamdeck with OLED display can be set between 4 and 15 watts in portable operation, while the ROG Ally can be set between 9 and 25 watts. It is possible to have higher socket values ​​for better performance.

The published values ​​from Geekbench for the MSI Claw are slightly higher than the usual values ​​of the mentioned competitors. As previously reported, Intel's goal is to surpass AMD's Ryzen 7 mobile processor with Meteor Lake. ROG Ally and Steamdeck's APUs are also based on their Zen4 architecture. It is difficult to make comparisons and estimates with Intel's Meteor Lake architecture based only on data sheets because, in addition to the P and E cores, specially designed economic efficiency cores are also installed there. When used, for example, when playing videos, many other parts of the slide can be turned off.

This is likely to affect battery performance, especially on small devices like portable gaming consoles. It's also questionable how Intel's Arc-series internal graphics unit will perform, and there are still issues with Arc-equipped desktop graphics cards, especially with older games. However, Intel is constantly improving the drivers, which also provides more performance. Finally, it remains unclear how successful MSI will be in adapting the software. The ROG Ally also had problems with this at first. Steamdeck, in turn, works with a version of Linux called SteamOS, which doesn't support all games on the Steam platform without exception, but when it does, it usually has longer battery life than Windows.


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