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MSI refreshes GT lineup of gaming notebooks

GT683DXR and GT780DXR updated with NVIDIA 570M GPUs

MSI’s GT683 and GT780 have only been on the market for around 3 months, but the Taiwanese notebook manufacturer is already freshening up the internals on the two gaming machines. Just like it did with its X370 laptop, the company is updating some hardware and standing pat on the rest; though in this case the GPU is the spec in question.

NVIDIA had promised that the GTX 570M would be arriving with MSI's GT780, and the company has gone one step further by bringing the GT683 in on the fun as well. Both notebooks can now be purchased with the 1.5GB graphics card, which is joined by THX surround sound and optional Blu-Ray. Otherwise not much has been touched in the pair, as the 17.3” GT780 and the 15.6” GT683 both retain the option for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and up to a Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor. In addition, both laptops feature MSI’s Cooler Boost Technology which keeps the laptop cool while Turbo Drive Technology works on giving the NVIDIA card a 3-5% performance boost.

As always, the high-end specs come at a price, with the GT685 starting at $1,699 while the GT780 goes for 100 bucks more. On the other hand, Newegg is currently offering a free SteelSeries Kinzu mouse as consolation with the purchase of any one of the two laptops, but for some reason we can’t imagine a $40 mouse being the deciding factor.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-09- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)