MSI Launches GT663 Laptop with Nvidia Graphics

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News Posted: Fri, Oct 1 2010 9:29 AM
MSI has gone and expanded its gaming notebook line with the launch of the GT663, a 15.6-inch model with Nvidia's high-end GeForce GTX 460M graphics inside. The graphics part comes with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory and supports all those DirectX 11 visuals, as well as Nvidia's PhysX technology, if you're keeping count of marketing bullets.

Various configurations are available, all of which come built around Intel's Core i7 platform. Other specs include up to 12GB of DDR3-1066/1333 memory, 500GB SATA hard drive, DVD burner (optional Blu-ray), 2.1 speakers, HD webcam, memory card reader, GbE, Wireless-N, Bluetooth (optional), HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eSATA, Windows 7 Home Premium, and a 9-cell battery.


You'll also find the usual assortment of MSI technologies bundled in, including Turbo Drive Engine+ (TDE+) technology and the company's ECO Engine Power Management System.

No word yet on price or availability.
MSI GT663 Laptop with nVidia
Top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics card
The GT663, MSI's latest and greatest new generation G series laptop, packs the GeForce GTX 460M (1.5GB GDDR5 of display memory), nVidia’s high-end discrete graphics card to support DirectX 11. The ultra high resolution display offers a crisp, clear view, giving you a battlefield edge. 

Taipei—You’re a sniper in the middle of a fierce firefight. You’re trying to get an enemy soldier in your sites, but because he’s far away, poor resolution makes it hard to lock it on him. MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern explains that the GT663, MSI's new generation gaming series laptop, comes equipped with GeForce GTX 460M (1.5GB GDDR5), nVidia’s most advanced discrete graphics card to support DirectX 11. The high resolution it provides faithfully displays scenes from the battle, giving you clear shots of opponents. You can't blame your equipment anymore. Sam Chern points out that MSI already uses this series of discrete graphics cards in its powerful and stylish F series laptops which have won praise from media organizations the world over.

New nVidia graphics card provides new levels of clarity
Enhanced image resolution with DirectX 11:
 The GT663 comes with nVidia's new generation GeForce GTX 460M high-end discrete graphics card (w/ 1.5GB of GDDR5 display memory) which supports DirectX 11 to enhance game resolution. Now-visible lines in far-off buildings make games more realistic. Now, you can see individuals off in the distance or hidden in dark corners in great detail. You can see their eyes, facial features, and clothing, making it easier to distinguish friend from foe and target in on bad guys off in the distance, greatly enhancing game realism.

PhysX™ technology: MSI GT663 comes with the GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics card which supports PhysX™ to fully utilize each processing core in the GeForce GPU to greatly enhance physics processing capabilities, allowing the nVidia PhysX™ software to more faithfully reproduce the universe of your choice with collapsing walls, shattered glass all over the floor, and even water that changes shape with the influence of external forces.

Powerful hardware
MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern explains that MSI's new generation G series GT663 gaming laptop comes with the latest Intel Core i7 quad core CPU under the hood as well as three DDR3 memory slots for a maximum of 12GB of expandable memory. In addition, MSI worked in cooperation with internationally renowned sound system designer Dynaudio to give the GT663 the ultimate in audio. It also has DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC™ technology to give you cinema-class sound at no extra cost through dual-channel speakers or headsets.

High-end CPU: The MSI GT663 boasts the most powerful hard/software available, including Intel’s most advanced Core i7 quad core processor with Intel Turbo Boost—dynamic performance adjustment technology that distributes notebook performance in accordance with application workload.

Three DDR3 memory slots: To give gamers maximum power, MSI gave the GT663 three DDR3 memory slots to expand memory up to 12GB, giving it computing power on par with that of servers.

Dual hard disk architecture: The GT663 comes with two hard drives, endowing this mean machine with up to 1TB of memory.

USB3.0 ports: The MSI GT663 comes with new USB3.0 ports which boast transfer speeds of 5Gbps—10 times faster than the USB2.0, and 80% higher power transmission, providing vastly higher data transfer and charging speeds for external hard drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

TDE+ technology throttles up performance
TDE+ double Turbo Drive technology: The GT663 has double Turbo Drive technology to rev up both processor and display performance. Just one touch of the luminescent Turbo hotkey above the keyboard engages the TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine+ technology), instantly boosting system speed for enhanced processor and display performance. Not only does it keep your system from bogging down when executing load-intensive applications, this highly responsive computer has got your back when you’re surrounded by hordes of angry goblins or careening through the universe at the speed of light.

Cooler Boost technology: In addition to instant Turbo Drive courtesy of TDE technology, the GT663 has another awesome feature—MSI’s own Cooler Boost technology. Again, just a touch of a luminescent hotkey located above the keyboard kicks in the powerful cooling action. The GT663 also offers players core temperature change and variable fan speed, allowing it to stay cool as a cucumber even when working for extended periods in high temperatures.

Awesome audio
Perfect speaker position: To build a laptop with superb sound, you need to be meticulous about every detail. Even speaker locations and sound field design have to be calculated with precision. MSI worked side by side with Dynaudio to carry out vast amounts of study and countless calculations on the GT663 to determine ideal locations to install speakers to obtain obstruction-free sound transmission.

Superior sound performance: With DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC™ technology, your dual channel laptop provides 5.1 channel theater-class wrap-around sound without the need to calculate optimal positions for the six speakers.

GT663 Spec
Processor Intel Core i7 Processor
Operating System Windows 7
Memory DDR3-1333MHz up to 12GB
Display 15.6" Full HD or HD LED backlight (16:9)
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M -1.5GB
Video Output 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
Hard Disk Drive 500GB/640GB RAID 0/1TB RAID 0
Optical Disk Drive DVD Super Multi/ Blu-ray
Interfaces 2x USB 3.0,2x USB 2.0,1x eSATA,1x Express Card,5-in-1 card reader
Sound 2.1ch speakers sound by Dynaudio, DTS surround sensation UltraPC
Communication 802.11 b/g/n WLAN,Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR,1x Gigabit LAN
Webcam HD (30fps@720p)
Battery 9-Cell Li-Ion
Dimension 395 x 267 x 55mm
Weight 3.5Kg(w/Battery)
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SmogHog replied on Fri, Oct 1 2010 11:05 PM

Looks sweet.

The display info is not clear to me.

Is it that the Full HD option will not have LED backlighting as the HD is listed to have?

A bit more info on MSI's site but no drivers yet to reveal exactly which parts are inside;lan,wireless,sound etc.

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=135&cat2_no=271&prod_no=2165

Clicking on SPECIFICATIONS yields little more than already known.

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hmm with all the lights no backlit keyboard, oo well depending on the price i might get it instead of the x500 toshiba

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I really liked last years red theme MSI was using on it's laptops. A lot more than this.

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SmogHog replied on Sat, Oct 2 2010 7:59 PM

to OTakahashi,

The Asus G53JW or G73JW might be close to what you're looking for.

They have only 1 USB 3.0 port and no express card but the rest looks to be as good or better than this from MSI or the Toshiba x500.

The Asus offerings have a 2 year global warranty with option for 3 years.

The Asus also have Full HD 120hz refresh in case you'd like to dabble into 3D now or in the future.

Right now 3D may not look very attractive but who knows what's down the line

The keyboards have backlighting..

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For a 15.6" laptop, this packs a HUGE punch! What about battery life?

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