MSI Launches AMD Richland A10 APU Gaming Notebooks

MSI Computer Corp. said on Tuesday that its GX70 and GX60 will be the world's first gaming notebooks to sport AMD's "Richland" A10-5750M APU. The new chip promises an increase in visual performance by up to 40 percent over previous generations, increased battery life and CPU performance. The resulting combination means longer gaming sessions with crisper, brighter and a more realistic visual experience.

"The GX70 and GX60 deliver the ultimate sensory experience for both professional and amateur gamers," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US. "MSI is committed to the gaming community and we understand that cutting-edge components results in exceptional performance."

The GX70 3BE-007US has a starting price of $1,399.99 and features a 17.3-inch Full HD anti-reflective display, the AMD A10-5750M APU with AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics (2 GB GDDR5), a full programmable backlit keyboard, a 750 GB HDD and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (1600 MHz). Other features include Killer E2200 networking, a Blu-ray disc reader, USB 3.0 ports, AMD's Eyefinity 3D technology and more.

Then there's the GX60 3AE-216US with a starting price of $1,299.99. It sports a 15.6-inch Full HD anti-reflective display, an AMD A10-5750M APU with Radeon HD 7970M graphics (2 GB GDDR5), a 750 GB HDD, and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (1600 MHz). Additional features include Killer E2200 networking, a Blu-ray disc reader, USB 3.0 ports, AMD's Eyefinity 3D technology and more.

"'Richland' brings increases in both CPU and graphics along with improvements in battery life," AMD said during CES back in January. "'Richland' APUs are expected to come bundled with a wealth of elite software experiences which include gesture- and facial-recognition, wireless connectivity directly to TVs and monitors, and prioritization of system resources when streaming video."

Of course, these are just the latest two in the company's current lineup of twenty-four gaming laptops spanning Intel and AMD processors, and Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. The most expensive yet is the 17.3-inch GT70 0NE-609US with a starting price of $2,899.99, an Intel Core i7-3630QM processor and a GeForce GTX 680M GPU (4GB GDDR5). The cheapest is the 15.6-inch GE60 0NC-498US with a starting price of $999.99, an Intel Core i5-3230M processor and a GeForce GT 650M GPU (2 GB GDDR5).

For more information about the two latest notebooks, check out the GX70 here and the GX60 model here.

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  • spartanmk2
    40% improvement is nice, just too expensive for me :(
  • twstd1
    I really hope that the desktop versions of the Richland APUs have that kind of improvement over the Trinity architecture. If they do then it will be very exciting for budget gaming! Now if they could just somehow combine a great CPU and a highend GPU (like a 7970) it would turn things completely around for them. I just couldn't imagine the possibilities of a chip that powerful.
  • vmem
    hmm, 40% graphics performance in the integrated GPU on that APU, while you're gaming with the discrete 7970M or 8970M... how does that make a difference?