MSI introduced the GT60 and GT70 notebooks in March, and the latter has already received an upgrade to NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 675M GPU. Now both laptops are taking another step up, this time to the GeForce GTX 680M, NVIDIA’s latest GPU, with 4GB of dedicated memory. The refreshed 16-inch GT60 and 17-inch GT70 are available in the US today for $1,899 and $2,599, respectively. Specs remain the same aside from the revved-up GPU; both models come standard with an Intel Core i7-3610QM CPU, a 1,920 x 1,080 display, HDMI output, a Killer E2200 LAN card and three USB 3.0 ports. For more info, head to the press release below the break.
Now that Intel’s let the cat out of the bag (and into the Ivy), it’s high time we took a look at what manufacturers are going to do with those fancy new processors. Behold: The MSI GT70 gaming laptop, one of the first gaming beasts out of the door with Intel’s next generation architecture. Living up to its next-gen CES promises, this 17.3-inch behemoth falls squarely in the desktop replacement category, at 8.6 pounds, and packs a new 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM processor, NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 670M chip with 3GB of video memory, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a fancy RAID 0 dual SSD setup — all wrapped in one hefty, formidable package. So how powerful a combination do Ivy Bridge and NVIDIA make? Let’s find out.
MSI already popped up on the rumor-radar this week, and now it’s confirmed a pair of new gaming laptops at CeBIT. The main difference between the new boys — that we can see so far, at least — is the display, with the GT70 sporting 17 inches against the GT60′s 15. Both rock an eye-tingling rainbow-effect “SteelSeries” keyboard, as well as some gaming focused hardware. If one hard drive simply isn’t enough, then the G-series’ support for two SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration, alongside a regular HD, should definitely keep you going — and support for up to 32 gigs of RAM should help things tick along nicely. We don’t have detailed processor specs to share, unfortunately, and the models that MSI had on-hand at the show were simply mock-ups with older components.
After walking up to the duo, the first thing we noticed is how large they are — especially after spending the day with a handful of Ultrabooks and tablets. The GT60 and GT70 aren’t giants in the gaming world, but compared to other slim form-factor devices on offer, these are absolute monsters. We suspect this isn’t so much of an issue, however, if you are in the market for this type of machine. The large size isn’t wasted, either, with the both housing three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports (only one for the GT60), an SDHC card slot, and full audio in, out, microphone and headphone ports for audio connectivity, plus an optical drive in each. The final machines will likely have Ivy Bridge processors and are penned in for an April release (provided that Intel’s latest-gen processors hit the market by then). You’ll be able to pick up the GT60 for around €1,999 (about $2,630), with the GT70 coming in at €2,299 (roughly $3,025). Scoot on past the break to catch our hands on with the pair.