MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop Review

Introduction & Specifications

When 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.

The GT680R isn't MSI's only new notebook to offer a Sandy Bridge processor. Like MSI's other products based on the second generation Core processors, the GT680R offers USB 3.0 connectivity as well as the MSI Turbo Drive Engine for easy, one-touch overclocking. This 15.6-inch laptop supports full HD (1980x1080) with its LED-backlit display. There's also a HDMI port for outputting content from the notebook onto larger displays. The GT680R also comes with Dynaudio speakers and THX TruStudio Pro for a more true-to-life sound quality experience.

Specifications & Features
Model GT680R-008US
CPU 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor
OS Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Chipset Intel PM67
Memory 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3
LCD Size 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M Graphic Card, 1.5GB GDDR5
Storage 1TB (500GBx2) 7,200 rpm
Optical Drive Super-Multi DVD
Audio Dynaudio Premium Speakers, THX TruStudio Pro
Webcam 720p HD Webcam
Card Reader 7-in-1 card reader
LAN 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/ n
Ports 1 x D-Sub (VGA), 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1xeSATA,
AC Adapter 150W
Battery 9 Cells
Dimension 14.97 x 10.24 x 1.77 inches (LxWxH)
Weight 7.7 pounds
Price $1,649.99

Certainly the GT680R has specifications that will get your attention. Read on as we take an in-depth look at this new notebook and compare how it performs to other powerful systems on the market today.

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