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MSI's GT660 Gaming Notebook Gets Spec'd

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

A few months back at CeBit, MSI showed off a gaming notebook that looked pretty amazing.With a 16-inch HD display, USB 3.0 and Intel's Core i7 CPU, things looked very promising.

MSI yesterday revealed the full list of specs for the GT660 and while we'll reserve judgment until we find out what kind of money they're asking for the machine, we think it looks pretty damn sweet.

Aside from the aforementioned 16-inch HD display, 2xUSB 3.0 and Intel Core i7, the GT660 packs Nvidia's GeForce GTX 285M Graphics with 1GB VRAM; up to 12GB of RAM; a 500GB harddrive (with an option for a second 500GB HDD); HDMI out; and a 9-cell battery.

Electronista reports that the desktop replacement will also come with MSI’s Turbo Drive Engine+ (TDE+) technology, which doubles the CPU, RAM, and graphics performance with the push of a button. However, MSI didn't provide any more details on the technology.

We'll keep you posted on pricing and availability.

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    dtemple , June 11, 2010 2:21 AM
    Wouldn't surprise me if the CPU, RAM, and graphics run at half-speed on battery power, and all that TDE+ does is clock everything at normal. I severely doubt they could run a laptop CPU and graphics adapter at double their original clock speed.
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    Pyroflea , June 11, 2010 2:18 AM
    qwoz"which doubles the CPU, RAM, and graphics performance with the push of a button."Lol so they are severely down-clocking it?


    When less processing power is required, you can increase battery life by 100%. Sounds good to me.
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    thepinkpanther , June 11, 2010 3:42 AM
    gtx285?!? thats so yesterday!
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    qwoz , June 11, 2010 2:09 AM
    "which doubles the CPU, RAM, and graphics performance with the push of a button."
    Lol so they are severely down-clocking it?
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    Pyroflea , June 11, 2010 2:18 AM
    qwoz"which doubles the CPU, RAM, and graphics performance with the push of a button."Lol so they are severely down-clocking it?


    When less processing power is required, you can increase battery life by 100%. Sounds good to me.
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    dtemple , June 11, 2010 2:21 AM
    Wouldn't surprise me if the CPU, RAM, and graphics run at half-speed on battery power, and all that TDE+ does is clock everything at normal. I severely doubt they could run a laptop CPU and graphics adapter at double their original clock speed.
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    Trueno07 , June 11, 2010 2:29 AM
    I have an MSI laptop that OC's from 2.4 to 2.66 with a button, and I can only use it while plugged in because of the power it draws, so i'm assuming the same will apply to this laptop.

    Pretty slick laptop though, i love my MSI gaming laptop, it's fantastic.
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    wintermint , June 11, 2010 3:18 AM
    Still waiting for the mention of battery life :( 
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    duk3 , June 11, 2010 3:29 AM
    You are probably waiting since there is nothing to mention :p 
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    liquidsnake718 , June 11, 2010 3:41 AM
    even with a 9 cell, this should only last 3 1/2 MAX
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    thepinkpanther , June 11, 2010 3:42 AM
    gtx285?!? thats so yesterday!
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    $amurai , June 11, 2010 4:24 AM
    Oooooh that looks nice... I'm sure it's completely over my budget for the foreseeable future though :( 
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    Maziar , June 11, 2010 6:37 AM
    I like the looks of it,but i wish it had a better VGA in it.Like HD 5870M/GTX 480M
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    danwat1234 , June 11, 2010 6:38 AM
    umm, WD called, asks why are you not offering their Scorpio 750GB HD?
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    HappyBB , June 11, 2010 7:57 AM
    Sounds very expensive and power-draining.
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    dEAne , June 11, 2010 8:36 AM
    This is very expensive I will rather get a desktop computer.
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    falchard , June 11, 2010 10:28 AM
    wintermintStill waiting for the mention of battery life

    The laptop's battery ran out before it could tell you it only has a 50 minute battery life.

    Glad for a redesign on MSI's laptop case. I would estimate it will be 20% cheaper then its competing ASUS model. MSI does have a 5870M laptop but in a different case and its running at around $1300.
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    nevertell , June 11, 2010 10:48 AM
    thepinkpanthergtx285?!? thats so yesterday!

    It's not even a gtx 285, it's based on the 9800 gtx+.
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    Maxor127 , June 11, 2010 11:12 AM
    Gaming notebook. Ha. One of the funniest contradictions. Whenever someone tells me they bought one, I just shake my head sadly. I could probably put together a real gaming desktop machine AND buy an affordable but useful notebook for a lot less.
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    feeddagoat , June 11, 2010 11:35 AM
    qwoz"which doubles the CPU, RAM, and graphics performance with the push of a button."Lol so they are severely down-clocking it?


    PyrofleaWhen less processing power is required, you can increase battery life by 100%. Sounds good to me.


    MSI have this feature on some of their other gaming laptops. The laptop runs entirely stock until the button is pressed. It then overclocks itself by a small amount. The catch is the laptop must be plugged in for this to work. I can't imagine this laptop being any different.

    Rather than an overclocking feature, I would be looking for underclocking feature that when your not gaming or running heavy tasks, the processor underclocks and the GPU enters a very low power state to save battery. I saw a while back talk of putting atom processors in such devices for when the user is doing very light web browsing. Something like that I would find more useful than overclocking.
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    DoofusOfDeath , June 11, 2010 12:19 PM
    My Dell Precision M6500 has had a similar configuration and came out almost 6 months ago. I paid just $3000 for it, with a fantastic warranty as well.
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    mikeadelic , June 11, 2010 12:50 PM
    DoofusOfDeathMy Dell Precision M6500 has had a similar configuration and came out almost 6 months ago. I paid just $3000 for it, with a fantastic warranty as well.

    "just"?
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    Anonymous , June 11, 2010 12:59 PM
    A Gaming Laptop that does not support current graphics libraries? DX11 and OpenGL 4.0??? This thing is good for surfing the Web or watching movies, its for sure not for gaming!!!
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