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MSI Launches GX680 Gaming Laptop

MSI Launches GX680 Gaming Laptop

MSI announced its new generation GX680 notebook with an Intel second generation Core i7 quad core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics, four DDR3 memory slots, accelerated dual hard disk architecture, and more. According to MSI, the notebook also features "the best wrap around sound available" thanks to Dynaudio and THX TruStudio Pro. The GX680 uses MSI's Turbo Drive Engine technology which lets you rev up performance with the touch of the luminescent Turbo hotkey. Other features include MSI's i-Charger technology, USB3.0 ports, and MSI's ECO Engine.

MSI GX680 Gaming Laptop

Unleash superior power and mobility

MSI is rolling out its new generation GX680 notebook computer featuring the Intel® second generation Core™ i7 quad core processor, the high-end nVidia GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card, 4 DDR3 memory slots, accelerated dual hard disk architecture, and ultimate smart wrap around sound experience courtesy of Dynaudio, THX TruStudio Pro.

Taipei—Clumsy desktop PCs are out and notebooks are in. MSI has unveiled the new generation GX680 NB featuring Intel's second generation Core™ i7 quad core processor, the DirectX 11-supporting nVidia GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card, four DDR3 memory slots, and accelerated dual hard disk architecture, packing the punch of a desktop PC into a highly portable laptop.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, notes that the GX680 notebook computer boasts superior performance and the best wrap around sound available. MSI worked closely with Dynaudio to determine ideal speaker locations to obtain obstruction-free sound transmission. What's more, new generation GX680 features cinema-grade THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound, so regardless of the kind of music you play, it's faithfully reproduced.

Awesome power

Intel® second generation Core™ i7 quad core processor: The GX680 sports Intel's second generation Core™ i7 quad core processor which offers better performance and new generation Turbo Boost 2.0 technology which throttles up the computing capabilities of all cores. Quick Sync Video enhances multimedia file computing performance during conversion, synchronization, and compilation.

nVidia's top GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card: MSI's GX680 comes with nVidia's new generation GeForce GT 555M high-end discrete graphics card (w/ 1GB GDDR5 display memory) which supports DirectX 11 to enhance game resolution. Now-visible lines in far-off buildings make games more realistic and you can see individuals off in the distance or hidden in dark corners in great detail. You can see their eyes and other facial features as well as clothing, making it easier to distinguish friend from foe and target in on bad guys off in the distance, greatly enhancing game realism.

Four DDR3 memory slots: To provide gamers with the most powerful machines possible, the new generation GX680 comes with four DDR3 memory slots for a maximum of 16GB, giving you an NB with the memory capacity of a server. What’s more, the GX680 comes with RAID 0 accelerated dual architecture which doubles hard drive memory capacity, enhancing read-write speeds by some 70%.

TDE instantly boosts system performance

TDE technology: The GX680 also uses MSI's own Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) technology, so with just one touch of the luminescent Turbo hotkey located above the keyboard instantly revs up performance. So whether the GX680 is processing heavy-load graphics or other applications, it won't get bogged down. You can rest assured knowing that when you go careening about the galaxy or you find yourself battling orcs, the GX680 has your back.

Cooler Boost: In addition to TDE instant overclocking, MSI included its own powerful Cooler Boost technology in the GX680. Again, just one touch of the luminescent hotkey above the keyboard kicks in the powerful cooling function which also shows current core temperatures and fan RPMs. Now, NB systems can stay cool even when working for long periods in hot conditions.

Faithful reproduction

Dynaudio: MSI worked closely with world renowned sound system designers at Dynaudio to carry out vast amounts of study and countless calculations on the GX680 notebook computer to determine ideal locations to install speakers to obtain obstruction-free sound transmission.

THX TruStudio Pro: The MSI GX680 is equipped with THX TruStudio Pro wrap around sound, heretofore found only in cinemas. The sound is pumped out of top-end internal speakers, so that the GX680 reproduces any music type or frequency faithfully.

Cinema Pro technology: The GX680 laptop features powerful multimedia processing and MSI's own Cinema Pro technology for the best possible graphics. A touch of the Cinema Pro hotkey instantly switches to film mode for higher resolution and richer colors to bring you the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios. MSI's all new GX680 is not only the best choice for serious gamers; it's a powerful digital multimedia center.

Multiple HD hardware: MSI's GX680 is equipped with a wide cinema-class 16:9 ratio LED display. Not only are colors rich and crisp, you don't have those pesky black bars at the top and bottom of your screen when viewing HD films. Images are true-to-life and the HD720p webcam allows you to enjoy fast, smooth, and bright high fidelity web calls with friends and family. If you want something bigger than a high definition computer screen to view films, the MSI GX680 also comes with an HDMI port, so any type of high-fidelity, high-definition video can be played on your NB, but viewed via a cable on a large-screen LCD television screen.

More power means faster charges

i-Charger technology: The MSI GX680 is equipped with MSI's own i-Charger technology. More powerful electrical current to the USB speeds up charging more than three-fold, so that you don't need to spend nearly as much time to get your mobile devices up and running again.

Latest USB3.0 ports: The GX680 comes with new USB3.0 ports which boast transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps—10 times faster than USB2.0, and 80% higher power transmission, providing vastly higher data transfer rates and charging speeds for external hard drives, flash drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

ECO Engine power saving technology: The GX680 comes with MSI's own ECO Engine, a power-saving technology which allows you to select from among five power management levels—Video Game, Film, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery, automatically adjusting display brightness as well as on/off switch, sleep mode, and processor performance settings, maximizing battery flexibility and use per charge.

NB King

The ultimate gaming laptop: The GX680 is the next step in the MSI G Series of gaming notebooks. The glowing white MSI logo in the center of the cover, the black diamond shape, and fire engine red trim underscore the GX680's minimalist elegance. The stylish rhombic pattern below the keyboard and chrome plating on the touchpad add texture. The body is sheathed in MSI's own rich, glossy color film print to protect the GX680 from scratching and wear to keep your machine looking good.

Light and sound show technology: The MSI GX680 has another cool feature—a one-of-a-kind LED light show. So whether you're listening to music or engrossed in an exciting, fast paced game, you can flick on the MSI LED light show hotkey with the touch of a finger and lights embedded in both sides of the notebook and in front of the keyboard will pulsate automatically to sounds emitted by your laptop, kicking the thrill level of your GX680 up a few notches.

Chiclet keyboard: The GX680 features an independent chiclet keyboard, so keys are nice and solid to the touch, making it more difficult to hit the wrong key in the heat of battle.

 GX680 Spec


Intel Core i7 2630QM Processor

Operating System

Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate/Professional/Home Premium


DDR3 up to 16GB


15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) or HD (1366x768) LED backlight


Nvidia GeForce GT 555M / 1GB GDDR5

Video Output

1x HDMI, 1x VGA

Hard Disk Drive

500GB, 750GB,320GB + 320GB RAID 0,500GB + 500GB RAID 0,750GB + 750GB RAID 0

Optical Disk Drive

Blu-ray / DVD Super Multi


2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA, 5-in-1 card reader


2.1ch speakers, Sound by Dynaudio, THX TruStudio Pro


802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 1x Gigabit LAN


HD (30fps@720p)


9-Cell Li-Ion

Dimension (WxDxH)

395 x 267 x 55mm



Other Features

TDE (Turbo Drive Engine), Dynamic LED effect, Cooler Boost

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Does anyone have opinions on the MSI brand? I bought a MB from them 2 or so years ago and had less than desirable results and since then I have had a hard time considering their products.

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The brand as a whole has been great for me though I must admit I never bought a motherboard from them since I have exclusively built with ASUS boards in the past but am considering an EVGA board for my next build. As far as I know they are fairly new to the laptop market but their quality is usually between mid to high quality.

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I have an msi video card and have had no problems with it. As far as the brand goes they seem to have started building better products in the last couple of years. I don't know about their laptops but their current video cards and motherboards look well built and like good performers from the reviews I've read.

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I have a GF4 4600ti built by MSI that probably has 32,000 hours of use (still using it on my XP box) to this day. All of my graphics cards have been MSI and I have recommended it to many in my clan over the last 8+ years and none have had issues with them. I have never used any of their other products.

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My wife has an MSi laptop. It's been a good machine except for a couple of things:

The touchpad drivers that came with it were garbage (constantly double-clicking due to oversensitivity, no way to configure). They made the same laptop with multiple vendors touchpads, so I had to spend a few hours searching and experimenting to find the correct reference drivers.

I absolutely hate their keyboard layout. The area with the (small) right-shift key and cursor keys takes a bit of getting used to.

The power connector inside the laptop somehow broke loose. Had to send it off for repairs. They say you have to send the whole thing and there's a "warranty void if broken" sticker on the hard drive compartment. But, I said "to hell with that" and took the hard drive out anyway, as we've done our taxes on that machine and I don't want any unsupervised techs borrowing our identities.

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Does anyone have opinions on the MSI brand? I bought a MB from them 2 or so years ago and had less than desirable results and since then I have had a hard time considering their products.

I have had good luck with them. From my old MSI K7N2 Delta 2 to my current MSI P67A-GD65 (B3). Other brands in between of course. As far as the laptops go. 3vi1 owns one. To my knowledge he was not a fan of the keyboard layout. One of the guys in my gaming community also has one. He likes it, but broke the hinge on the LCD after a year or so. IDK if that was him being rough with it, or a cheap hinge.

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I think it looks really sharp and could be great performer and have used MSI products in the past mobos and vid cards with no problems .What I would consider as a must for extended sessions with a powerful notebook like this would be a notebook cooler as well. would be quite interested in actually hearing how the audio is because I do recognize the Dynaudio brand name as well.

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Alienware FTW, sorry MSI

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Anyone have any spec on how good the GT 555M is?

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The MSI notebooks have generally seemed strong from what I am recalling. I like several of the things I see specifically to like the addition of USB3, an i7, the large memory capabilities (for a laptop), display options including LED, Bluray, the sound platform, and the webcam capabilities (while not full HD the are 720p which is pretty good for a laptop webcam).

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Yeah - the one I bought for my wife, after seeing it here, was certainly a powerful machine. I'd still consider buying another MSi laptop in the future, but if I saw another brand at the same price that didn't have that tiny right-shift key - I'd probably buy the other brand.

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