MSI Launches GT660 Gaming Notebook

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MSI is super stoked about their new GT660 gaming notebook, and with good reason. Packed inside a 16-inch chassis are a bevy of enthusiast grade goodies, not the least of which is a Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 285M graphics. What's more, MSI claims this is the first notebook to come equipped with the company's TDE+ technology (Turbo Drive Engine+ technology), which lets you ramp up the processor, memory, and graphics performance with the touch of a button.



In addition the Intel/Nvidia foundation, the GT660 comes with up to 12GB of DDR3 memory, two hard drive compartments, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HD webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, HDMI, and Windows 7.

Perhaps taking a cue from Asus, the GT660 sports a few ferocious curves not typically found on MSI notebooks, though not quite as distinct as Asus' G73Jh. Still, it's an attractive looking notebook with inner beauty to boot.

Full press release below.
The Ultimate Gaming NB - MSI's GT660 
Superb Sound, Performance, and Special Light Effects
MSI and world leader in stereo manufacturing Dynaudio worked together to create the GT660—the definitive gaming notebook. Equipped with MSI’s exclusive TDE+ technology, it is the world’s first notebook computer with TDE+ technology, boosting both processor and display performance to take gaming to a completely new level. 

Taipei—To meet gamer needs, MSI, in cooperation with internationally renowned professional recording and sound systems Dynaudio, employed unparalleled craftsmanship to fashion the king of gaming laptops—the GT660. Incorporating exceptional hardware, the GT660 is the first notebook in the world with MSI’s own TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine+) technology to enhance processor and display performance. With just one touch, you can switch over to Turbo Drive, redoubling processor, memory, and graphic performance. Laptops have never looked (or sounded) so good.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern points out that the GT660 employs the Intel Arrandale notebook platform with the powerful Intel Core i7 processor which comes with the nVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M (1GB GDDR3 display memory) discrete graphics card with MSI's exclusive TDE+ (Turbo Drive) technology to boost overall system performance and graphics processing capabilities with just one touch. And as if that weren’t enough, MSI, in close cooperation with world-class sound system designer and manufacturer Dynaudio, designed GT660’s incredible sound system to give you the equipment you need to truly enjoy your multimedia.

MSI and Dynaudio—a match made in sound heaven
MSI and Dynaudio—a perfect marriage of technology:
 Contrary to what some believe, laptops can offer superb sound quality. The MSI GT660 will shatter this stereotype. Driven by high standards for sound quality, MSI and Dynaudio designed and built a notebook with exceptional sound to meet your need for fidelity.

Just the right spot: To build a laptop with superb sound, you need to be meticulous about every detail. Speaker locations and sound field design have to be calculated with precision. In the early stages of development, vast amounts of study and countless calculations were carried out on the GT660 to determine the ideal locations to install speakers to obtain obstruction-free sound transmission.

Optimal speaker units, sound card circuit: MSI and Dynaudio have designed high quality speaker units with almost no coloration as well as an optimal sound card circuit based on speaker and system configuration. Over 1200 hours were spent in testing and tweaking each frequency to obtain ideal tone and balance, so no matter what kind of music you listen to, you’ll get crisp, clean sound at all frequency levels.

Enhance performance instantly with MSI's TDE+ technology
MSI Exclusive TDE+ technology: MSI's GT660 is the world’s first NB computer to come with TDE+ technology to enhance both processor and display performance. With MSI’s own TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine+ technology), you can increase processor, memory, and display chip performance instantly with one touch of the luminescent Turbo hotkey above the keyboard. The power boost gives you crisp response even with resource-hungry graphics applications and more importantly, when you’re slaying orcs or battling baddies on the other side of the galaxy. 

Advanced nVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M discrete graphics card: The MSI GT660 comes equipped with nVIDIA’s most advanced GeForce GTX 285M discrete graphics card with 128 3D stream processor and 1GB GDDR3 of display memory and nVIDIA® CUDA™ technology to truly unleash the machine's image and graphics processing potential, allowing the GT660 to execute such high load tasks as conferencing and ripping with ease. The GeForce GTX 285M discrete graphics card also supports nVIDIA® PhysX™ Technology, introducing you to a whole new world of extreme playing, courtesy of super dynamic and realistic graphics.

MSI's Cooler Boost technology: In addition to the TDE+ technology, the GT660 comes with MSI’s own Cooler Boost technology tailor made for the GT660's revved up hardware. One touch of the luminescent hotkey located above the keyboard initiates the powerful cooling capabilities, keeping your system cool as a cucumber even in the hottest work conditions.

Powerful hardware
Topnotch processor and graphics card: MSI's GT660 boasts the most powerful hard/software, including Intel's latest Core i7 quad core processor and the high end nVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M (1GB GDDR3 display memory) discrete graphics card as well as Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, allowing you to power up or down as necessary, depending on the load requirements of the task at hand. 

3 DDR3 memory slots: To give NB gamers the power they need, the GT660 is the only laptop equipped with three DDR3 memory slots, so you can expand memory to 12GB, giving your NB performance heretofore found only in servers.

Accelerated high capacity dual hard disk architecture: The GT660 comes equipped with a fast dual hard disk architecture for twice the storage capacity and read-write speed.

USB3.0 ports: The GT660 come with the latest USB3.0 ports which transfer speeds of 4.8Gbs—10 times faster than those of the USB2.0, and 80% higher power transmission, providing vastly higher data transfer and charging speeds for external hard drives, thumb drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

Awesome presence
Snazzy exterior:
 The GT660 follows the tradition of the MSI G series of NB computers in that it’s just plain cool looking. The glowing white MSI logo on the cover is set in the middle of a raised black diamond trident below a smoldering red slash a la Knight Rider. Hip yet low key—that’s the GT660. The rhombic pattern on the wrist areas and high tech brush finish on the touchpad add class and texture. The body is sheathed in MSI’s exclusive glossy color film print to protect the GT660 from scratches and wear, while enhancing its stunning looks.

Light and sound show technology: The MSI GT660 has another cool feature—a one-of-a-kind LED light show, highlighting LED lights around the NB's edges. 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 on 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 GT660 up a few notches.
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My '8088', '286', and '386' had "Turbo" buttons too.

This is a nice looking little Laptop, though not telling the price when something is introduced doesn't make me want it any more or less. It's a PITA!

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DIDO, i feel the same way. I always found TURBOBOOST interesting. Does it really improve performance. I am still confused as to how it works.

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My '8088', '286', and '386' had "Turbo" buttons too.

This is a nice looking little Laptop, though not telling the price when something is introduced doesn't make me want it any more or less. It's a PITA!

MSIs laptops are usually priced pretty aggressively.

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Chainzsaw replied on Fri, Jun 11 2010 10:28 AM

@Brooklonsfinest

I believe Turboboost basically shuts down 2 cores on a quad core processor, and ramps up the speed of the other 2 cores. Also it mentions in the article it appears to clock the graphics card higher.

I have it on my Asus G73JH. Except it only does the processors (I believe I can change my graphics card speed manually).

Current computer:

Asus G73JH-A1

Core i7 720QM

Mobility Radeon 5870 1GBVRAM

8GB Ram

1 X OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD

1 X 500GB HDD

17.3FHD (1080P) Panel

Blu Ray Drive (reader)

HDMI Out

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