MSI GT683R-242US With GeForce GTX 560M Review

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As we said at the beginning of this review, the MSI GT683R is one of the first notebooks to ship with the new GeForce GTX 560M. Although we expect to see additional notebooks with this GPU soon, MSI was first to get us one. In addition to the new GPU, our test system also featured a 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2360QM processor, 12GB of DDR3 memory, and dual hard drives in Raid 0. MSI offers additional options and configurations for the system on its website as well.

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Although the MSI GT683R didn't take the top spot in most of our benchmarks, it consistently achieved very high scores. To be honest, we didn't expect this system to beat all of the others we've used for reference in this review because a few of the other machine were outfitted with higher-end hardware (desktop components in one case) and they were much more expensive too. Considering its asking price, the $1499 MSI GT683R offers good bang for the buck. 

Our tests show that while the new GeForce GTX 560M is a great new mobile GPU, there are other performance factors to consider that aren't necessarily influenced by GPU performance. To that end, MSI made sure to include other high-end features and components with the notebook to ensure users get terrific all-around performance. As you can see from the benchmark scores, the MSI GT683R frequently outperformed systems with a similar processor but a different GPU.

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Overall, we were very pleased with the performance of the GeForce GTX 560M as well as the MSI GT683R in general. The notebook also includes a few extras such as Dynaudio and THX TruStudio Pro to enhance the multimedia experience. If you like the aggressive aesthetics and are in the market for a powerful notebook that's speedy enough to churn through DX11 games and HD multimedia, the MSI GT683R is worthy of consideration.


  • GeForce GTX 560M
  • Core i7-2360QM processor
  • Dual hard drives in Raid 0
  • Relatively short battery life
  • Some bloatware

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