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MSI Announces Faster GT680 Gaming Notebook

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  1. btarunr

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    Who says laptops can't perform as fast as high-end desktops? MSI's new generation GT680 gaming laptop not only packs Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 quad core processor and NVIDIA's high-end DirectX 11-ready GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics card, it also features four DDR3 memory slots, boosting memory capacity to 16GB, and accelerated dual SSD architecture, maximizing performance and putting it on par with the best desk tops out there.

    Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that because MSI’s R&D team insists on the best, MSI is able to roll out the world's fastest notebook computer—the GT680, which smashed speed records in PCMark Vantage tests with 18,162 points. Not only did it obtain the highest score ever for any laptop platform, it performs on average three times faster than other high-end gaming laptops currently on the market.

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    High performance GT680 hits market
    Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 quad core processor: The MSI GT680 features Intel's most advanced Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 quad core processor for better performance. Furthermore, new generation Turbo Boost 2.0 technology greatly boosts the computing capabilities of all cores, while the Quick Sync Video technology enhances multimedia file computing performance during conversion, synchronization, and compilation.

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics card: MSI's GT680 comes with nVidia's new generation, high-end GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics card with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory. It supports DirectX 11 for higher resolution, allowing you to see, for example, details of buildings off in the distance, making your games more realistic. You can make out details, like facial features and costumes, of characters far off or hidden in some dark corner, making it easier to differentiate between friend and foe and to draw a bead on them if they turn out to be the latter.

    Four DDR3 memory slots: To provide gamers with the most powerful machines possible, the new generation GT680 comes with four DDR3 memory slots for a maximum of 16GB, giving you an NB with the memory capacity of a server.

    Accelerated dual SSD architecture: The GT680 also comes with optional accelerated dual solid state drive (SSD) architecture. The read-write speed of just one dual solid state drive alone is three times faster than traditional hard discs. Coupled with the RAID 0 accelerated dual architecture not only doubles the GT680's hard drive memory capacity, it enhances read-write speeds by some 70%. TDE instantly boosts system performance

    TDE technology: The GT680 also uses MSI's own Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) technology, so with just one touch of the luminescent Turbo hotkey located above the keyboard instantly throttles up performance. So whether the GT680 is processing heavy-load graphics or other applications, it won’t get bogged down. You can rest assured knowing that when you go careening about the galaxy or you find yourself battling orcs, the GT680 has your back.

    Cooler Boost: In addition to TDE instant overclocking, MSI included its own powerful Cooler Boost technology in the GT680. Again, just one touch of the luminescent hotkey above the keyboard kicks in the powerful cooling function which also shows current core temperatures and fan RPMs. Now, NB systems can stay cool even when working for long periods in hot conditions.

    Like you are there
    MSI Premium Sound: So you think laptops just can't offer a decent sound experience? Think again! The MSI GT680 will completely shatter this stereotype. As a result of its masterful craftsmanship and driven by uncompromising standards for sound quality, MSI has created MSI Premium Sound, allowing you to experience unprecedented sound fidelity. MSI worked closely with world renowned sound system designers at Dynaudio to carry out vast amounts of study and countless calculations on the GT680 notebook computer to determine ideal locations to install speakers to obtain obstruction-free sound transmission.

    THX TruStudio Pro: The MSI GT680 is equipped with THX TruStudio Pro wrap around sound, heretofore found only in cinemas. The sound is pumped out of top-end internal speakers, so that the GT680 is able to reproduce any music type or frequency faithfully.

    Cinema Pro technology: The GT680 laptop features powerful multimedia processing and MSI’s own Cinema Pro technology for the best possible graphics. A touch of the Cinema Pro hotkey instantly switches to film mode for higher resolution and richer colors to bring you the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios. MSI’s all new GT680 is not only the best choice for serious gamers, it is a powerful digital multimedia center.

    Multiple HD hardware: MSI GT680 is equipped with a wide cinema-class 16:9 ratio LED display. Not only are colors rich and crisp, you don’t have those pesky black bars at the top and bottom or your screen when viewing HD films. Images are true-to-life and the HD720p webcam allows you to enjoy fast, smooth, and bright high fidelity web calls with friends and family. If you want something bigger than a high definition computer screen to view films, the MSI GT680 also comes with an HDMI port, so any type of high-fidelity, high-definition video can be played on your NB, but viewed via a cable on a large-screen LCD television screen.

    More power, recharges devices faster
    i-Charger technology: The MSI GT680 is equipped with MSI's own i-Charger technology. More powerful electrical current to the USB speeds up recharging more than three-fold, so that you don’t need to spend nearly as much time to get your mobile devices up and running again.

    Latest USB3.0 ports: The GT680 comes with new USB3.0 ports which boast transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps—10 times faster than USB2.0, and 80% higher power transmission, providing vastly higher data transfer rates and charging speeds for external hard drives, flash drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

    ECO Engine power saving technology: The GT680 comes with MSI's own ECO Engine, a power-saving technology which allows you to select from among five power management levels—Video Game, Film, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery, automatically adjusting display brightness as well as on/off switch, sleep mode, and processor performance settings, maximizing battery flexibility and use per charge.

    King of Laptops
    The ultimate gaming laptop: The GT680 is the next step in the MSI G Series of gaming notebooks. The glowing white characters "MSI" in the center of the cover, the black diamond shape, and fire engine red trim underscore the GT680's minimalist elegance. The stylish rhombic pattern below the keyboard and the high tech brush finish on the touchpad add texture. The body is sheathed in MSI's own rich, glossy color film print to protect the GT680 from scratching and wear to keep your machine looking nice.

    Light and sound show technology: The MSI GT680 has another cool feature—a one-of-a-kind LED light show, highlighting LED lights around the NB’s edges. So whether you're listening to music or engrossed in an exciting, fast paced game, you can flick on the MSI LED light show hotkey with the touch of a finger and lights embedded on both sides of the notebook and in front of the keyboard will pulsate automatically to sounds emitted by your laptop, kicking the thrill level of your GT680 up a few notches.

    Chiclet keyboard and seamless touchpad: The GT680 features an independent chiclet keyboard, so the keys are nice and solid to the touch, making it more difficult to hit the wrong key when you are on the battlefield. What's more, the GT680 also comes with MSI's unique seamless touchpad which is not only more comfortable and smoother to use, it also blends in with the wrist rest areas in front of the keyboard to add an extra touch of class to this mean machine.

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    I find it very hard to believe that this is faster than the X58 Eurocoms.
     
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    The power of GTX460M is on par with high-end desktops? not. its slightly slower then a GTS450
     
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    I wonder why laptop manufacturers even chose NVIDIA this generation? AMD has them beat in every market segment, price, performance and power consumption.
     
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    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    on paper perhaps, I havent seen one review of a mobility 6000 series chip yet...
     
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    what display?

    btw,
    WTF is this shit man?!?! :wtf::shadedshu:shadedshu
     
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    Yeah, would MSI like me to write their press releases for them, in future? I'm sure I can undercut and outperform their current provider.
     
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    And the GTX460M isn't even the high-end among Nvidia mobile GPUs lol
     
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    False advertising much?

    :wtf:
     
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    Erm, I'm talking about the Mobility 5000 series? If anything, the 6000 series will be more efficient and powerful. The problem with Fermi is that it's hot and expensive. While on the desktop market that may be fine (and also not being expensive on the desktop front either), in the mobile market that's just a big no-no.
     
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    then AMD doesnt have them beat in every segment like you claim, Nvidia claims the fastest single GPU (GTX480M) and fastest dual GPU setup (GTX460M SLi) and there are probably others in there they can best AMD on.

    point is laptop manufacturers can go with either as both camps provide potent solutions.
     
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    The GTX460M is actually quite cool.
     
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    Fermi isn't even that hot. People need to get that out of their head because its getting really old.

    Fermi is fine to run in a laptop, theres a reason why laptop GPU are really toned down desktop equivalents.
     
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    the 6970M is slower than a HD6850 and is a barts core like the 68XX and the GTX485M is about the same performance of as a GTX465 - GTX470

    can't compare desktop to mobile, and nvidia is currently faster
     
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    "The world's fastest notebook Computer" ????
    "on par with the best desk tops out there" ????????
    "GeForce GTX 460M" ??????????????

    No seriously, WTF :wtf: ?
     
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    sounds like a nice laptop, i'm glad they gave more specifications to back up the "best" gaming notebook. Memory, CPU names? didn't really give anything but words with no proof.
     
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    the problem is when people think of Fermi, the only thing that springs to their mind is a GTX470 or GTX480, which while hot, are only one specific Fermi based GPU, GF100.

    there are now a few Fermi GPU's that run just fine in terms of heat, GF110, 104, 106 and 108, each with a few iterations.

    I definitely agree that people need to get it out of their head that Fermi runs hot, the GTX480/570 did, and guess what, theyre both EOL now.

    Personally I've never had a cooler running card than my current GTX460, albeit it comes stock with a non-nvidia-reference cooler, it doesnt exactly put out a butload of heat either, and its overclocked and overvolted.
     
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    Aye I still remember my 9700 Pro and X1900XT...man those things were mini ovens compared to my 460. I've finally clocked my 460 up past 800Mhz and it still runs cool. Fans do ramp up a little more than before but still aren't as loud as past GPUs i've had.

    But this advert...if lying grew noses then MSI would have quite the honker from that ad :D
     
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    To be fair, even the 470 wasn't that bad. It was just the 480...
     
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    it have double the TDP of 5870M and 6970M though.
     
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    But why would you go for a GTX 480M when you could go for 2x5870s in CF, which are cheaper, consume less power and perform better?

    Sorry, maybe I shouldn't have used hot. Although it might not get hot, it still consumes very large amounts of power for a mobile part. 100W for the GTX 480M/485M? While Fermi will not get 'hot' per say, it would still take quite a large cooler to dissipate that 100W of heat...

    The 6970M should be on par with the 6870. Also, like above, why go for the GTX485M when you could go for two 5870s?

    I'm not saying there is anything bad about NVIDIAs products, infact they are undoubtably more powerful than what AMD has to offer in the mobile segment, but the reason why AMD have NVIDIA beat this round is due to being priced right and not consuming as much power.
     
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    Can't believe all those ignorance in the mobile market. GTX480 =/= GTX480M, that is the first and foremost thing we have to take a look at. That said, Nvidia bins all the better chips to the mobile department, leaving the shittier ones to the desktop. Lastly, power consumption of the GTX4xx non GTX480 is actually very decent if you clock it down a bit (which is what happens in the mobile department). Lastly, running Crossfire consumes much more power than a single chip solutions, due to the 100w max for MXM standard.

    TDP of the 460M is rumored to be about the 58xxM - about 70w

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-460M.33612.0.html
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-5870.23073.0.html

    Edit: Tht GX660R (with 5870) is a sweet laptop, I wished they would upgrade the graphics card rather than sidegrade it.
     
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    The 6970m is a downclocked HD6950 (960SP) so how it can somehow match a HD6870 is anyones guess.


    The GTX485m should be quite a beast. It looks like it will be a downclocked version of the upcoming GTX560 (384SP etc). The TDP should be around 100W which given the performance isn't too bad at all. (Nvidia quote TDP as the whole MXM module whereas AMD quote GPU alone).

    I can see one major reason why notebook manufacturers are going for Nvidia based GPU's and that is Optimus. Not only can it be used on the low end models (GT425m etc) but also the high end, giving a laptop like this a massive increase in battery life.

    AMD currently don't have anything to properly match Optimus, they have switchable GPU's but it is clunky and no where near as good.
     
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    They might not have Optimus, but I can switch between my 4570 and 4200 onboard quite easily through CCC. Not much, but it can still be done and the power saving is still there.
     
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    My bad, I thought the 6870 had 960SP.
     

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