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MSI GT680 Series

MSI GT680-055AUProcessor: Intel Core i7 2630QM, Intel Core i7 2720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Display: 15.6 inch
Weight: 3.5kg
Price: 1400, 1700, 2000 euro
Average Score: 80.36% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 19 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 85%, features: 90%, display: - %
mobility: 80%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 70%, emissions: - %

 

MSI GT680R-i71651BLW7U

Specifications

MSI GT680R-i71651BLW7UNotebook: MSI GT680R-i71651BLW7U
Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.5kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GT680 (Series)

Average Score: 76.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

MSI GT680R review (Intel Core i7 2630QM Sandy Bridge, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M)
Source: Gaming on Laptops English
My impressions about the MSI GT680R are very positive. With the exception of the monitor, the rest of the laptop makes for an almost perfect gaming laptop: good performance, good cooling, good sound, good battery… But the gaming laptop market is very competitive and other brands offer more extras, such as backlit keyboard, 3D screen, or more performance … We need to know the price to judge if it’s competitive enough and if it can deliver that extra performance it promises (MSI Iberia has promised us a commercial unit for evaluation when they are available). In the meantime, keep an eye on it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/11/2011
Multimedia-Notebooks mit Intels Core-i-2000-Prozessoren
Source: c't - 10/11 German
battery runtime satisfying, performance very good, 3D-games satisfying, display satisfying, fan very bad
Comparison, , Long, Date: 05/01/2011
70% MSI GT680-R, portátil gamer a precio razonable
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/11/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
MSI GT680: uragano di potenza
Source: Pc Tuner Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2011
MSI GT680 - játékos notebook újratöltve
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/17/2011
83% MSI GT680R
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 83%

 

MSI GT680R-008US

Specifications

MSI GT680R-008USNotebook: MSI GT680R-008US
Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.5kg
Price: 1700 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GT680 (Series)

Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

95% MSI GT680 Gaming Laptop Review (SSD/Bluray/i7/Nvidia)
Source: Kitguru English
MSI are selling three models of this machine right now on Scan, and the one we received was the top of the pile, featuring 8GB of ram, a Bluray drive and an Intel SSD configured as the boot drive. You can check out the configurations over here. We would have loved an option for an orange backlit keyboard as it really would have improved the overall appearance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 95%
MSI GT680R Notebook Review: Sandybridge for Gamers
Source: PC Perspective English
MSI’s GT680R does have its advantages. The sound quality is superb, and the connectivity options – as well as their placement – are superior to the competition. But these advantages do not justify the higher price. The story might be different if MSI built this laptop with higher quality materials, and it might be different if the touchpad wasn’t a mess. As it stands, however, the MSI GT680R costs too much for what it offers.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/13/2011
80% MSI GT680R-008US
Source: Laptop Mag English
The $1,499 MSI GT680R-008US is a powerful mid-size gaming rig that offers lots of performance in a fairly portable design. We wish that MSI made different choices when it came to keyboard design and speaker placement, but otherwise this system is a big improvement over the last generation. For those who prefer Alienware's design, an M17x with the same CPU and GPU, but with 4GB RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 1600 x 900 display will set you back $1,574. But if you want a full HD screen and a full terabyte of storage for a better price, the GT680 is a very good value.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI GT680 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
It's not the most stylish or best-built gaming laptop we've seen, but when it comes to features and power for the money, few rivals can match the MSI GT680. Throw in an above-average screen, impressive speakers and excellent battery life, and this is one portable games machine that's easy to recommend.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 70%
MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop Review
Source: Hot Hardware English
MSI has combined some of today's best technologies in the new GT680R. This notebook boasts of a 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2630QM processor along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics and 1.5GB of video memory. It also has a vibrant 15.6-inch display that's capable of full HD (1980x1080) resolution.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/26/2011

 

MSI GT680R (i7-2720QM)

Specifications

MSI GT680R (i7-2720QM)Notebook: MSI GT680R (i7-2720QM)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.5kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GT680 (Series)

 

MSI GT 680 : Demonstration Inside
Source: Cowcotland French FR→EN
impressive SSD
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/16/2011
MSI GT680 — игровой и сравнительно недорогой
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
performance good, fan good but loud, good speakers, low resolution
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/08/2011

 

MSI GT680R-017F

Specifications

MSI GT680R-017FNotebook: MSI GT680R-017F
Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.5kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GT680 (Series)

Average Score: 76.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% MSI GT680 review
Source: CNet English
Not all laptops are created equal. Some are designed to be super-lightweight, ready to be slung over your shoulder and taken off on an adventure.The MSI GT680 is angry all over, from the glowing orange lights that adorn its edges to the powerful processor in its black heart. It's here to master your games and fuel your nightmares.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI GT680R-017F : jouer sans s’encombrer
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Test: MSI GT680R
Source: HwT DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%

 

MSI GT680-055AU

Specifications

MSI GT680-055AUNotebook: MSI GT680-055AU
Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 3.5kg
Price: 1700 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GT680 (Series)

Average Score: 82% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% MSI GT680 review
Source: Techradar English
A great out-and-out gaming laptop, just don't use it for work.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Wolf in sheep's clothing? MSI GT680-055AU notebook review
Source: APC Mag English
I want to unreservedly recommend the MSI GT680-055AU, but for all the good stuff it has inside, the outside simply doesn’t match up. The build quality and glossy surfaces detract from what would otherwise be a stellar product. Many will buy it for the specs alone, but just as many will opt for a similar specced notebook with the looks to match.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
96% Zocker-Notebooks
Source: PC Games Hardware - 6/11 German
Review Type Unknown, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 96%

 

Comment

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

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With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M:

High-end DirectX 11 graphics card based on the GF106 chip using GDDR5 graphics memory (up to 1.5 GB).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

2630QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. 

2720QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. 


15.6: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.5 kg:

This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit in this class of weight.

3.5 kg:


80.36%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

MSI GT680R-017F
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-02-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)