MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop Review

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MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop ReviewWhen 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...

MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop Review

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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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OSunday replied on Wed, Jan 26 2011 7:50 PM

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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JHawkins replied on Wed, Jan 26 2011 7:51 PM

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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coolice replied on Wed, Jan 26 2011 8:27 PM
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.

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