MSI Ships Core i5-Powered GX640 15.4" Gaming Notebook

If you're in the market for a new gaming notebook, you're in an interesting spot. On one hand, the abundance of new options is great for those who love to do their research and price shop. If you're drowning in those options, however, we sympathize with you. MSI has been serving up value-packed multimedia and gaming laptops for as long as we can remember, and the new GX640 is just another standout in the long list of great options.

The 15.4" GX640 is ideal for those who don't want to haul around a large 17" machine, yet it still has enough horsepower to crank through modern gaming titles and multimedia files. It's loaded with the new Core i5-430M CPU, Windows 7 Home Premium, a 1680x1050 resolution, ATI's Radeon HD 5850 GPU (1GB of GDDR5 memory), 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB SATA HDD (7200RPM) and 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi. There's also Bluetooth, a 9-cell battery, 2.0MP webcam, VGA/HDMI outputs, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet socket, 4-in-1 card reader, Super-Multi optical drive and a 3-year warranty.

The whole machine weighs just 6.3lbs., which isn't that bad for a Core i5-equipped gaming rig. It's also housed in a brushed aluminum case with a wicked black/red paint job,and of course it supports DirectX 11. The GX640 is reasonably priced (in our opinion) at $1099.99, and it's available to order now from Amazon. It will be ready for order on Newegg later in the month.

MSI North America Announces Availability of GX640 – The Gaming Notebook of Choice for Evil Geniuses, the #1 Professional Gaming Team in North America

Powerful new gaming notebook features ATI Radeon 5850 GPU and Intel Core i5 Processor

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – April 21, 2010 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is proud to announce the availability of the new 15.4-inch GX640 gaming notebook.   The GX640 comes locked and loaded with Intel’s powerful new Core i5 processor and the ATI Radeon HD5850 graphics card with 1 GB DDR5.  It is the gaming notebook of choice for Evil Geniuses, the number one ranked professional gaming team in North America.

“When you’re competing at the absolute highest level, your equipment has a huge effect on your performance,” said Alexander Garfield, Executive Director of Evil Geniuses.  “Our professional gamers stay on top of the competition with the help of the world’s finest gaming Notebooks from MSI Computer.  They give us the edge we need to bring home championship after championship.”

GX640’s new GPU supports DirectX 11 graphics, future-proofing the notebook for the next generation of games and 3D graphics. Its Core i5 processor improves battery life by as much as 15% and features Intel’s new Turbo Boost technology which can increase overall performance by as much as 30%, ensuring smooth gameplay.

The new lightweight notebook is housed in a stylish brushed aluminum case with fire engine red accents  The GX640 features a raised chiclet keyboard, for increased accuracy and comfort while typing, and clearly marked W, A, S and D keys for quick response while gaming.

The GX640 ships with a 15.4-inch LCD screen with 1680×1050 resolution, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive 7200 rpm, a 9-cell battery, Bluetooth connectivity and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

The GX640 is priced at $1099.99 and is available now at Amazon and will be available on Newegg later this month.