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MSI's GT780DX Gaming Notebook Arrives in Time for Xmas

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This gaming notebook packs Intel's Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX 570M discreet graphics and up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory.

On Wednesday MSI unveiled its latest generation GT780DX gaming notebook, packed with Intel's second-generation Core i7 quad-core CPU, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570M discrete graphics with 3 GB of GDDR5 display memory. It also features a cool SteelSeries backlit keyboard, mimicking the "controls of a starship" with a metal brush finish, five LED backlighting modes, and a matte black aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis surrounding the keys.

"Responding to cries from gamers, MSI got together with gaming equipment manufacturer SteelSeries to create a keyboard for the GT780DX," the company said on Wednesday. "Not only is the keyboard more rugged, the Windows function key has been repositioned to the right side to reduce the possibility of accidentally striking it when you’re surrounded by bad guys. Larger Ctrl and Alt keys: Most keyboards employ relatively small Ctrl and Alt keys, making it easy to punch a nearby key by accident when you’re playing FPS games. The GT780DX’ Ctrl and Alt keys were enlarged to reduce that possibility."

According to the specs, the laptop offers up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory spread across four slots. It also comes with RAID 0 accelerated dual hard disk architecture which doubles hard disk storage capacity, while increasing read-write speed by some 70-percent. It also uses MSI's own Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) and Cooler Boost technologies for cranking up the performance while cutting down the overall generated heat with just the touch of a button.

The laptop display itself measures 17.3-inches and sports a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. In the storage department, customers have several choices including a 750 GB SATA 7200rpm + Intel 120 GB SSD combo, a 500 GB SATA 7200rpm + Intel 120 GB SSD combo, and three other configurations containing two drives each. Interfaces include 2 USB 3.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA port, an SD card reader, HDMI output and VGA output. Connectivity includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+HS and Gigabit LAN. An HD webcam and high-end Dynaudio/THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound complete this likely expensive notebook.

"World-class leaders in sound technology from the Danish firm Dynaudio carried out countless precision calculations and studies to measure the best location and distance between user and laptop speakers to determine the ideal location for speakers on the GT780DX," MSI reports. "The result: ideal line of transmission for sound waves for pure, crisp, faithful stereo reproduction to give you the perfect, obstruction-free multimedia experience. THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound offers performance heretofore available only in cinemas and works in tandem with the cutting-edge speakers, so that the GT780DX reproduces each and every sound faithfully, regardless of music or sound type."

So far pricing and availability is unknown, so stay tuned.

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    rohitbaran , December 22, 2011 2:08 AM
    When I read 780 first, I thought nVidia had skipped a generation with GPU naming again! But then I see the laptop news. Pretty impressive specs though.
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    joytech22 , December 22, 2011 2:11 AM
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    the Windows function key has been repositioned to the right side to reduce the possibility of accidentally striking it when you’re surrounded by bad guys


    Or.. they could have added another button near the LED indicators (near the drive activity etc..) that disables the Windows key..

    Like my aging Logitech G15 keyboard. lol.
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    cobra5000 , December 22, 2011 2:31 AM
    I'll take Laptops for one million-billion dollars, Alex....
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    gzhang11 , December 22, 2011 2:47 AM
    msi laptops are fugly
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    jsrudd , December 22, 2011 3:00 AM
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    It also comes with RAID 0 accelerated dual hard disk architecture which doubles hard disk storage capacity


    I thought RAID 0 effectively halved your storage capacity?
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    jrharbort , December 22, 2011 3:05 AM
    jsruddI thought RAID 0 effectively halved your storage capacity?

    Nope, it doubles your capacity as well. RAID1 halves your total storage since 1 drive is being used for redundancy.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 22, 2011 3:56 AM
    Why the hell does a LAPTOP need 32 GB of memory?
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    Inferno1217 , December 22, 2011 4:24 AM
    Looks like it starts $1349 (google shopping)
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    lotri , December 22, 2011 4:53 AM
    JOSHSKORNWhy the hell does a LAPTOP need 32 GB of memory?

    Because you can. Does one need any other reason?
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    ragenalien , December 22, 2011 5:14 AM
    Virtualization. You could use it as a server. Erm, kinda.
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    alidan , December 22, 2011 5:34 AM
    JOSHSKORNWhy the hell does a LAPTOP need 32 GB of memory?


    a ram disc?
    desktop replacement? if its this, than there are MANY uses for 32gb.
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    richboyliang , December 22, 2011 6:15 AM
    lmfao 4 x 8 gb of ram would be $320 overkill for desktops already...
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    Vladislaus , December 22, 2011 6:42 AM
    jsruddI thought RAID 0 effectively halved your storage capacity?

    No, RAID 0 doesn't change storage capacity. It's the only type of RAID that storage remains the same as the combined size of all storage drives. It's focus is solely performance, it doesn't have any kind of redundancy or error checking.
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    Vladislaus , December 22, 2011 6:44 AM
    jrharbortNope, it doubles your capacity as well. RAID1 halves your total storage since 1 drive is being used for redundancy.

    It doesn't double the capacity of the storage drives. The size of the RAID 0 array is the same as the combined sized of the storage drives used in the array.
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    alidan , December 22, 2011 7:28 AM
    richboylianglmfao 4 x 8 gb of ram would be $320 overkill for desktops already...

    for casual computer use... yea, its over kill. but it does have its uses.

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    masterasia , December 22, 2011 12:52 PM
    Pretty sweet. But I have no use for a 17" laptop, because it's going to sit on my desktop all the time anyways.
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    hoof_hearted , December 22, 2011 1:47 PM
    Raid 0 doubles your performance less the overhead by interleaving the reads from two drives made to look as one.
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    kenyee , December 22, 2011 3:09 PM
    I've been looking for 6lb 15" 1080p laptops w/ 4 memory slots so I can run Virtual Machines on it and do development...you know how many I found? Zippo :-P

    They're all either 8-9lb gaming laptops that have been blinged up, or have really low resolution screens or only have 2 slots :-P

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    doomtomb , December 22, 2011 5:47 PM
    MSI laptop build quality is crap.
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    stingstang , December 22, 2011 11:47 PM
    Can not imagine why all the mobile gpus have so much memory. It's pointless to me.
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