MSI G series gaming laptops upgraded with GeForce GTX 680M

By on July 26, 2012, 7:30 AM

Introduced only a few months ago, MSI has updated its GT60 and GT70 gaming notebooks to offer the fastest mobile graphics processor in Nvidia's arsenal. Priced at $1,900, the GT60 comes equipped with a 15.6-inch 1080p display, an Intel Core i7-3610QM, a GeForce GTX 680M with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, 12GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a 750GB 7200RPM hard drive and a DVD drive.

For $2,600, the GT70 pushes that to a 17.3-inch 1080p screen, dual 128GB SSDs in RAID alongside a 750GB storage drive, 16GB of RAM, a Blu-ray burner and a second USB 2.0 port. Expectedly, the larger system's overall weight increases by nearly a pound from 7.7lbs to 8.6lbs.

Both machines carry a programmable multi-color backlit gaming keyboard designed in partnership with SteelSeries, a network card by Killer Gaming, gold-plated audio jacks with an amplifier, a 720p webcam, a 7-in-1 card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, three USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, as well as VGA and HDMI 1.4 outputs.

The systems ship with a nine-cell battery, though MSI doesn't seem to offer any estimations on run time. "Not long" is probably a fair guess if you're doing anything intensive, as the GTX 680M alone has a 100W TDP.

Based on Notebookcheck's tests, the Kepler GPU should offer playable framerates when running most modern games on respectable settings. A notebook similar to the GT70 offered between 40fps and 60fps when playing titles like Max Payne 3, Dirt Showdown, Alan Wake, Batman: Arkham City, TES V: Skyrim and Crysis 2 on high or ultra.




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thewind said:

I just bought the MSI gt60 with 12GB ram, 2x 500GB in Raid 0 7200RPM, i7-3610qm GTX 670m 3GB GDDR5 and a 1080p screen with the light up keyboard and it only cost me $1350 with newegg! Plus I got a Free xbox 360! I wouldn't pay $1900 just to upgrade to a 680m... I really doubt its that much faster. I think you can switch out the GPU's in these though...

DanUK DanUK said:

Wow you guys sure do get those cheap. Here in the UK the GT60 costs around £1700 :[ (approx. $2,700) .

I've never been much of a fan of laptops for gaming anyway partly because of the cost and performance reason (although more recently they're getting a lot more powerful but price isn't coming down.. not here anyway).

Jamibi said:

Yeah, true, the laptops are a lot more expensive here in the UK. I'm thinking of buying a laptop for when I go back on my second year of uni in september, but I might just have to settle with a medium-ish range laptop and throw an SSD in it instead. As the gaming laptops just seem way out of my price league. Especially in the UK.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

A laptop like that will also set me back around R30 000 which is $3627 US

Guest said:

@thewind

You can actually upgrade the GPU to whatever was offered in that model of laptop. The heatsink may be different but wattage should still be the same. The problem is, would you be willing to shell out the $500 for the GTX-680M upgrade?

ikesmasher said:

look at that keyboard...O.o

thewind said:

Seeing as I can get $400+ off my current 670m. The price difference wouldn't be as much as the difference in price.

DKRON said:

I just bought the MSI gt60 with 12GB ram, 2x 500GB in Raid 0 7200RPM, i7-3610qm GTX 670m 3GB GDDR5 and a 1080p screen with the light up keyboard and it only cost me $1350 with newegg! Plus I got a Free xbox 360! I wouldn't pay $1900 just to upgrade to a 680m... I really doubt its that much faster. I think you can switch out the GPU's in these though...

I think your getting your mobile graphics cards mixed up, a GT 670 is not a GTX670, GTX is the real gaming cards and GT are only the entry level ones

thewind said:

Wow you guys sure do get those cheap. Here in the UK the GT60 costs around £1700 :[ (approx. $2,700) .

I've never been much of a fan of laptops for gaming anyway partly because of the cost and performance reason (although more recently they're getting a lot more powerful but price isn't coming down.. not here anyway).

I just bought the MSI gt60 with 12GB ram, 2x 500GB in Raid 0 7200RPM, i7-3610qm GTX 670m 3GB GDDR5 and a 1080p screen with the light up keyboard and it only cost me $1350 with newegg! Plus I got a Free xbox 360! I wouldn't pay $1900 just to upgrade to a 680m... I really doubt its that much faster. I think you can switch out the GPU's in these though...

A laptop like that will also set me back around R30 000 which is $3627 US

Yeah, true, the laptops are a lot more expensive here in the UK. I'm thinking of buying a laptop for when I go back on my second year of uni in september, but I might just have to settle with a medium-ish range laptop and throw an SSD in it instead. As the gaming laptops just seem way out of my price league. Especially in the UK.

@thewind

You can actually upgrade the GPU to whatever was offered in that model of laptop. The heatsink may be different but wattage should still be the same. The problem is, would you be willing to shell out the $500 for the GTX-680M upgrade?

look at that keyboard...O.o

Seeing as I can get $400+ off my current 670m. The price difference wouldn't be as much as the difference in price.

I just bought the MSI gt60 with 12GB ram, 2x 500GB in Raid 0 7200RPM, i7-3610qm GTX 670m 3GB GDDR5 and a 1080p screen with the light up keyboard and it only cost me $1350 with newegg! Plus I got a Free xbox 360! I wouldn't pay $1900 just to upgrade to a 680m... I really doubt its that much faster. I think you can switch out the GPU's in these though...

I think your getting your mobile graphics cards mixed up, a GT 670 is not a GTX670, GTX is the real gaming cards and GT are only the entry level ones

Are you smoking paint? I never said anything about a GT excetp for the name of the computer which is a GT60! My computer has a GTX 670m which I stated. It was on-sale last week though new egg for $1350, and a $550 price difference to get the SAME computer only with a GTX 680m is not worth the price difference. Read before you reply.

thewind said:

@ DKRON:

ARE you smoking paint? I never said anything about a GT 670. The computer is a GT60 which I clearly stated. Newegg had the computer on-sale last week for $1350 US. I am typing on it now. The onlything different is the new one has a GTX 680m instead of my GTX 670m. Which for a $550 price difference its not worth it. I could sell my gtx 670m and buy a gtx 680m and still not pay the price difference that they charge.

Here's my computer except it was on sale last week for $1350. $1349 to be exact but who cares:

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