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MSI Unveils 16-inch Gaming Laptop

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

This laptop sports the Intel Core i5 processor and AMD's ATI Radeon HD5730.

Monday MSI revealed its new 16-inch gaming notebook, the GE600, which uses Intel's HM55 chipset and 32nm Core i5 processor, and AMD's ATI Radeon HD5730 discrete graphics (with 1 GB DDR3 VRAM).

The portable rig sports a 720p HD webcam, a built-in sub-woofer (really?), and SRS Premium Sound. The GE600 is also decked out with a shiny coat of black, highlighted by a gold palm rest.

As for other specs, the gaming notebook offers a Windows 7 Home Premium, two DDR3 RAM SO-DIMM slots, a 16-inch HD TFT LCD screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution), and SATA HDD space ranging from 250, 320, to 500 GB. There's also a 4-in-1 card reader (XD/SD/MMC/Memory Stick), Bluetooth, Intel's 802.11 a/b/g/draft n, HDMI out, and more.

MSI said that it is also throwing in two "theater-class" speakers and its exclusive ECO Engine Power Saving Technology. The laptop will come with a six-cell battery, however gamers can update to the nine-cell version.

"To satisfy customer needs, MSI 16" entertainment model - GE600 - was developed to introduce the most advanced software/hardware devices characterized by all-new exterior design, HD webcam, sub-woofer and leading SRS Premium Sound audio, all of which enables customers to enter a new era of mobile video/audio enjoyment experiences," said Sam Chern, MSI Notebook Marketing Director.

Outside the specs and all the promotion, MSI didn't offer any pricing or an exact release date on this laptop.

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    ALANMAN , February 23, 2010 1:25 AM
    What are the specs on ATi's 5730? And is it a cutback version of the non-existent desktop counterpart?
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    WheelsOfConfusion , February 23, 2010 4:53 AM
    alanmanWhat are the specs on ATi's 5730? And is it a cutback version of the non-existent desktop counterpart?

    Doesn't seem to have been benchmarked yet, but based on the specs it should be a bit better than the 250M.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-5730.23825.0.html
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    anamaniac , February 23, 2010 5:03 AM
    alanmanWhat are the specs on ATi's 5730? And is it a cutback version of the non-existent desktop counterpart?http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-5730.23825.0.html


    Pipelines--------------------400
    Core Speed-----------------650 MHz
    Memory Speed-------------800 MHz
    Memory Bus Width--------128 Bit
    Memory Type---------------DDR3, GDDR3
    Current Consumption-----26 Watt
    technology------------------40 nm
    DirectX 11, Shader 5.0

    The 5xxx mobility series seems to actually be just juiced up 4xxx mobilities (the 4870 and 4870m were both 800 core, but the 5870 is 1600 and the 5870m is 800).

    The 5730m is approximately equal to a GTS 250m, or a desktop GT 220 or 4650, and I'd compare it to a desktop 5570.


    If I get a mobile chip, it'll be a 5870, thank you very much.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2010 6:36 AM
    1920 x 1080 on a 16 inch screen. What a terrible idea! Other than that, it looks like a decent gaming rig
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    HTDuro , February 23, 2010 9:25 AM
    HD5800 mobile is supposed to be arround the HD5770 desktop power ..... i wanted to pre-order the MSI GX640 with a I7 720qm, it came with a HD5850 ... but thye made 2 version .. a high end DDR5 and a low end DDR3 .... almost all company who use HD5850 use GDDR3 .. BS .. its not more powerfull than my 9800mGS .. it got the same performance than a GTS160M ... ill not change for this marketin BS .. ppl will see it and will buy it .. and after compain how this new serie sux .... its sad
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    kartu , February 23, 2010 11:52 AM
    Wouldn't it make more sense to spare on CPU and invest into a better graphic card instead???
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    Ehsan w , February 23, 2010 12:43 PM
    i'm starting to hate laptop gpu's....really...piss me off....
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    schmich , February 23, 2010 1:18 PM
    My old Dell Inspiron 9400 has a subwoofer and it's pretty damn nice. The quality of the sound um sounds? much better when you have proper bass.
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    bydesign , February 23, 2010 1:57 PM
    The res is too high at that size I have a MSI with 9800M and 1680x1050 1920x1080 is too agressive at with .4" larger screen. At my res with the crappy (buggy) GPU it games fine.
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    pink315 , February 23, 2010 4:35 PM
    anamaniacPipelines--------------------400Core Speed-----------------650 MHzMemory Speed-------------800 MHzMemory Bus Width--------128 BitMemory Type---------------DDR3, GDDR3Current Consumption-----26 Watttechnology------------------40 nmDirectX 11, Shader 5.0The 5xxx mobility series seems to actually be just juiced up 4xxx mobilities (the 4870 and 4870m were both 800 core, but the 5870 is 1600 and the 5870m is 800).The 5730m is approximately equal to a GTS 250m, or a desktop GT 220 or 4650, and I'd compare it to a desktop 5570.If I get a mobile chip, it'll be a 5870, thank you very much.


    Atleast 5870 crossfire for me, I don't mind a 20 minute battery :) 
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    bhagat666 , February 23, 2010 4:54 PM
    hmmm...... its ohk
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    Mach5Motorsport , February 23, 2010 5:50 PM
    bottom line: how much does this MSI Laptop cost?
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    jerreece , February 23, 2010 6:14 PM
    I like the looks and appeal of this laptop. I like the specs over all too! For someone who'd love to have a decent laptop that can "game", without spending a crap load of money.

    I'm interested in seeing how much they'll be asking for this one. :) 
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    littlec , February 23, 2010 6:44 PM
    I bet it will be in the range of 1,500. I would suggest that anyone looking for a gamer look at the new Asus G series models they just released. i7 and better graphics than this at or under 1,500.
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    industrial_zman , February 23, 2010 8:40 PM
    a few issues with this machine off the bat: first is the screen, a TFT LCD back lit? come on, this is 2010. they need to include a LED LCD back lit screen for lower weight and battery consumption. second, which i5 processor? I hope it's not the crappy 400 series mobile i5 that does not have the AES instructions. third, draft n wireless? again this is 2010 and the N standard has been standard since last year. lastly, quit advertising something that has a "subwoofer" if it can not produce any noise in the 20-200Hz audible range. if it is higher than 200Hz, then it's a powered midrange speaker. back in the day, the smallest feasible real subwoofer was around 8" due to the physical constraints needed for such harmonics. who knows maybe they cracked some new material that can vibrate on the same frequencies that they don't need to be made any larger.