Not long after parading its updated G series at CES, and launching the 16-inch GE600 with discrete graphics and an Intel Core i5 processor, MSI has followed up with a new 17-inch model for the gaming and multimedia entertainment fanatics. As its slightly smaller sibling the GE700 also couples a Core i5 processor with ATI Radeon HD 5730 graphics (with 1GB GDDR3 memory), along with a few other noteworthy goodies.

These include two cinema-class speakers and a subwoofer, an HD webcam capable of 720p video up to 30fps, room for dual hard disks of up to 500GB apiece, optional nine cell battery, and the typical spectrum of connectivity options. MSI also mentions its new GPU Boost Technology can switch between integrated and discrete graphics through a simple key – unlike Nvidia's Optimus which does this automatically depending on your actual needs.

Unfortunately, there's no official word on price or availability yet but we wouldn't expect it to come in cheap.