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MSI GX780 and GT780R gaming notebooks now shipping

Both 17.3-inch notebooks to carry Sandy Bridge processors, 12GB to 16GB RAM, GeForce 500M level graphics, and 2x USB 3.0, to be available soon through major online retailers

Micro-Star International (MSI) is now shipping two of their most powerful notebooks for gamers in North America, two weeks late of the previously predicted May 30th ship time.

Called the GT780R and GX780, the two 17.3-inch notebooks each pack some serious horsepower. First announced back in April, the notebooks can be equipped with an Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU, a GeForce GT 555M or GTX 560M GPU and up to 12GB or 16GB DDR3 RAM. The GT780R can also be customized to include a 1TB drive with Raid 0. Otherwise, both notebooks will come standard with a FullHD display, Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) for improved graphical power efficiency, 2x USB 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, and 1x HDMI 1.4. Their weight and dimensions will also be the same at 8.6 lbs (3.9kg) and 16.86x11.34x2.17 inches (42.8x28.8xx5.5cm) each, according to the official specifications.

We’ve previously reported that only one of the two models will be sporting the special SteelSeries keyboard, but apparently both notebooks will come with the design. The unique keyboard was built and arranged to satisfy gamers, including support for up to 10 simultaneously pressed keys and removal of the annoying Windows key that gamers may accidentally press. The keyboard is backlight programmable as well with over 29 different colors available.

Serious gamers understand that not all notebooks are created equally, “said MSI US vice president Andy Tung.

The GT780R and GX780 can now be found on the official MSI website for $1549 and $1749, respectively. While they are currently not yet available, Newegg and Amazon should soon be holding stock of both gaming notebooks as well.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)