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MSI's GT660 Gaming Notebook Heads to U.S.

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

MSI's new gaming notebook packs Intel Core i7 processing and Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M graphics.

MSI is reportedly now shipping its sleek GT660 gaming notebook in North America. The device originally made its debut at CeBit 2010 back in January and then hit the market overseas a month later. What makes this particular notebook unique is that it's supposedly the only one to sport a sound system designed by Dynaudio--it even includes a subwoofer.

As we reported last month, the GT660 comes packed with a 16-inch, 720p native display, an Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73 GHz processor, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 285M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM, up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 1TB of 7,200 RPM HDD storage.

Additionally, the new GT660 notebook provides 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI output, a 9-cell battery, gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi. There's also a built-in webcam that can capture your fragging defeat in 720p glory.

Right now two models are available: a base version with a 500GB HDD and a dual-layer DVD burner, and a higher-end model sporting a 1TB HDD and a Blu-ray drive. Both models also sport Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and accelerated CPU + GPU performance with MSI's TDE Technology.

MSI lists the GT660R-004US at $1,849.99, however is showing the GT660R-003 with a $1,499.99 price tag.

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    jimmysmitty , July 27, 2010 10:47 PM
    Not bad but man shoving those components into such a small space means bad cooling that will lead to burnout. Had a Gateway FX laptop comein, replaced every part but the mobo and as it turned out the mobo overheated.

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    tainted_peak , July 27, 2010 10:58 PM
    Battery life? I doubt it's mobile or a 2 hour battery life, but then again I could be wrong.
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    Trueno07 , July 27, 2010 11:15 PM
    I have a gaming laptop from MSI and i love it. It's held up well over the past year or so, and it held me over quite nicely untill i could build myself a better Desktop PC. I had a 9 cell and the battery lasts about 3 hours, depending on what i'm doing.
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    fulle , July 27, 2010 11:20 PM
    Wait wait wait, did they finally re-design their case so that it's not a flimsy POS dispelling heat out onto your mousing hand? If they did... hell yeah! On MSI's site I saw a screen showing the lower corner going Ctrl, Fn, "windows key", from left to right... fixing a layout problem that FPS gamers have complained about for a long time with MSI laptops.

    This is a great step forward for MSI if my initial impressions are correct. It looks nice.

    Course... the 285M and Core i7-740QM configuration, is probably not something I'd go for. I just don't like the idea Nvidia graphics load temps literally cooking everything in my expensive laptop... and the i7-740QM's price to performance ratio is terrible.
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    SchizoFrog , July 27, 2010 11:33 PM
    I just wish MSI would stop naming their notebooks like future gen nVidia GPUs... It gets me every time... hehe
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    scook9 , July 28, 2010 12:08 AM
    This looks a lot like the Asus G51 series laptops lol

    Hope it cools better
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    icepick314 , July 28, 2010 12:23 AM
    720 display???

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    fyasko , July 28, 2010 12:45 AM
    perfect for those cold winter nights. "it's hotter than a fat girl sittin' on your lap." - me
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    eddieroolz , July 28, 2010 12:59 AM
    720p display is extremely disappointing for a laptop this spec. Expected at least a 1080p.
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    dEAne , July 28, 2010 3:16 AM
    wow but the display wasn't right thought 720p only.
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    ares1214 , July 28, 2010 3:19 AM
    eddieroolz720p display is extremely disappointing for a laptop this spec. Expected at least a 1080p.

    atleast? well it cant go too much higher! tbh, the pixel pitch of this being a 16incher at 720p should be pretty nice. Most people wouldnt be able to tell the difference between this and 1080p on a small screen, but it puts a much larger load on the bpu. Good move from a gaming stand point, bad on a spec sheet.
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    blasterth , July 28, 2010 7:00 AM
    But my 2 year old laptop 13,1 display is "900p". I prefer to choose the load on the bpu myself by selecting 720p or 1080p in the game options and not to have it imposed.
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    danwat1234 , July 28, 2010 7:45 AM
    scook9This looks a lot like the Asus G51 series laptops lolHope it cools better

    What? The Cooling solution on that laptop is genius for what it does with one fan.
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    danwat1234 , July 28, 2010 7:46 AM
    Sigh... not a dx 11 card
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    hardcore_gamer , July 28, 2010 8:28 AM
    720p ? kinda like insulting core 17 and gtx 285m
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    victomofreality , July 28, 2010 2:26 PM
    I'd still say the g73jh beats this thing hands down.
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    HTDuro , July 28, 2010 2:56 PM
    the GX740 and the G73 is cheaper ... with better hardware .... no way that i buy this to replace my G50VT
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    johnnyupgrade , July 28, 2010 5:36 PM
    I've always been impressed with MSI's gaming series notebooks.
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    tharkis842 , July 28, 2010 8:59 PM
    Is it really safe to have a sub in a laptop? I can't imagine much vibration/shock damage can be good for components.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2010 12:17 AM
    The webcam is 720p, the screen is either 1366*768 or 1920*1080, two models.