MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop Review - HotHardware

MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop Review

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When MSI unveiled the new GT680R gaming laptop at CES this year, the company touted it as one of the "fastest, most powerful gaming notebooks in the world." As one of the first laptops to take advantage of Intel's Sandy Bridge processor, this laptop definitely packs plenty of power. Under the hood, you'll find NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics with 1.5GB of video memory, 8GB of DDR3 system memory, and two 500GB 7,200rpm hard drives.

The GT680R isn't MSI's only new notebook to offer a Sandy Bridge processor. Like MSI's other products based on the second generation Core processors, the GT680R offers USB 3.0 connectivity as well as the MSI Turbo Drive Engine for easy, one-touch overclocking. This 15.6-inch laptop supports full HD (1980x1080) with its LED-backlit display. There's also a HDMI port for outputting content from the notebook onto larger displays. The GT680R also comes with Dynaudio speakers and THX TruStudio Pro for a more true-to-life sound quality experience.

Specifications & Features
Model GT680R-008US
CPU 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor
OS Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Chipset Intel PM67
Memory 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3
LCD Size 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M Graphic Card, 1.5GB GDDR5
Storage 1TB (500GBx2) 7,200 rpm
Optical Drive Super-Multi DVD
Audio Dynaudio Premium Speakers, THX TruStudio Pro
Webcam 720p HD Webcam
Card Reader 7-in-1 card reader
LAN 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/ n
Ports 1 x D-Sub (VGA), 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1xeSATA,
AC Adapter 150W
Battery 9 Cells
Dimension 14.97 x 10.24 x 1.77 inches (LxWxH)
Weight 7.7 pounds
Price $1,649.99

Certainly the GT680R has specifications that will get your attention. Read on as we take an in-depth look at this new notebook and compare how it performs to other powerful systems on the market today.

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Nice review and gaming lap, but the orange lighting sucks, reminds me of that garbage Tennessee volunteer orange color yuk.

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Obnoxious orange lights, but otherwise the high RAM, HD space (in a raid with 2 HD's im guessing?) and a powerful Nvidia graphics card make this a powerful laptop, I like the speaker design too, but I'm still curious as to what the graphics part of the sandy bridge processor will do for gaming

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So no mention of heat temps, case stability, battery life under normal conditions, etc...?

Seems like the de-facto reviewing method employed by lazy editors is to fire it up, run a few games and post some benchmarks and call it a day.  

EDIT: Also, one thing not mentioned with the Sandy Bridge i7/Nvidia 460m combos is that Optimus is NOT supported... something that took me a bit of researching to discover.  

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Gaming laptops is another set of gadgets that dont make sense to me.... if i'm gaming, i want a good worthwhile experience on a decent screen without worrying about battery life or whether or not the heat will lower my probabilities to have kids and so on.

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The MSI Gt series are among the best looking gaming Laptops, excluding the orange lights. Glad they opted for higher end display this time. I'm not into Raid 0, thus I would opt to have one hard drive for the OS. Nice Review.

Price Update:

Newegg has the GT680 For $1499.99 plus $15 Shipping.

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Many pople are using MSI Laptop,and me,too.I think it's very good.I don't want to have a change.

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