MSI GT683R-242US With GeForce GTX 560M Review

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We saw a lot of new and improved products at Computex this year, including NVIDIA's new (and powerful) GeForce GTX 560M mobile GPU. Needless to say, we were excited to get our hands on one of the first notebooks to ship with this new mobile GPU to see what it could do. Although we expect notebooks from a variety of manufactures to offer this GPU, MSI is among the first of them to ship a notebook with the GeForce GTX 560M at its core.

In addition to the GeForce GTX 560M, MSI packs a 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2360QM processor as well as 12GB of DDR3 memory into the GT683R notebook. To give you a full multimedia experience, the GT683R also features Dynaudio and THX TruStudio Pro audio technology as well as a 15.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

The GT683R also features some of MSI's specialty technology, such as Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) Technology and Cooler Boost technology. MSI's TDE technology can be used to quickly boost GPU performance at the touch of a button. And with the Exclusive Cooler Boost technology, MSI offers real-time notifications of the GT683's core temperature variations and fan speeds.

 

MSI GT683R-242US
Specifications & Features

CPU
2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2360QM Processor 2.0-2.9 GHz, 3MB Cache
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
LCD
15.6" Glossy Full HD Display 1920 x 1080
Chipset
Intel HM67
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M with 1.5G GDDR5
Audio
THX TruStudio Pro
Speaker
Dynaudio Premium Speakers
Memory
12GB DDR3
HDD
2 * 500GB SATA 7200rpm
Optical Drive
DVD Super Multi
LAN
10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
WLAN
Built-in 802.11b/g/n WLAN Card
Card Reader
7-in-1 Card Reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/XD/MSPRO/MS/MMC)
Webcam
720P HD Webcam
USB
USB2.0 X 2, USB3.0 X 2
ESATA
Yes
Video Port
VGA (15-pin, D-Sub) X 1, HDMI X 1
Audio Port
Mic-in X 1, Headphone X 1
AC Power Adaptor
Output: 19V DC, 150W
Input: 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz Universal

Battery Pack
9 Cells
Dimension
14.97” (L) x 10.24” (W) x 1.77” (H)
Weight
7.7 lbs
Manufacturer Warranty
2 Year Limited Warranty (Includes 1 Year Global Warranty)
Price
$1,499.99   (Note: $1,399~$1,499 Street Price)
 
With the latest 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 560M mobile GPU, MSI has included some key features in the GT683R that many gaming enthusiasts will want to check out. Join us as we take an in-depth look at the MSI GT683R-242US and all of its powerful features, including the GeForce GTX 560M.

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Laptop is pretty beast and stands up pretty well in all the benchmarks. I would prefer the touch-pad a little more center but overall design is nice. Good review on this one as usual.

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i own the older version of this and i must say after going threw asus and dells like no other this laptop will be sticking with me for a while this is a beast laptop for anyone to own not only gamers i would check it out before buying anything else.

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I'm still using an ASUS G73 with AMD 5970m and have yet to find something that it doesn't handle. These ASUS and MSI laptops seem very competative for features across the board.

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"This beast of a laptop looks great, its a formidable machine. I have one question though, to the reviewer, How would you rate the screen quality performance, its one important part that was left. Is it crisp and sharp at factory default settings or did you have to do some tweaking, and also, were off angle views good ?

-Optimus

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Optimus - I was pleased with the overall screen performance. Also, the viewing angles are excellent.

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"Good to know, in the past, at Newegg , people who bough MSI gaming laptops were complaining about the sub-par screen quality and resolution. That was one of my main concerns with the new generation, so I see they have stepped up their game, thanks for the reply.

-Optimus

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That is one hell of a machine, 12GB of memory in a laptop... I could imagine that this thing would work great for doing some 3D rendering.

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On first impression I like this laptop quite a bit and would certainly recommend it .A short time ago member here in HH may have been considering this model or similar for about the same cash.At these prices a laptop that can be easily configed to suit can be had at Maingear and no bloatware, But ths MSI looks like a sweet machine for the price.

Sure the specs are great and the battery life is do-able for performer like this one from MSI. Would have to really see the screen and get the feel of it .& would not hesitate to put on a short-list to consider.

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Specs are great as well as the benchmarks. Is it really necessary for mobile computer makers to put all those logo stickers on such a beautiful piece of hardware? :p

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I think the sound lights would work well for gaming where the enemy might be firing at you but you cannot tell where the shot is coming from.

Or a racing game where you are about to be passed but on what side? The lights might assist you.

I look at it like a poor man's eyefiniti.

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