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

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 The device originally made its debut at CeBit 2010 back in January and then hit the market overseas a month later.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.

  • jimmysmitty
    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.

  • tainted_peak
    Battery life? I doubt it's mobile or a 2 hour battery life, but then again I could be wrong.
  • Trueno07
    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.
  • fulle
    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.
  • SchizoFrog
    I just wish MSI would stop naming their notebooks like future gen nVidia GPUs... It gets me every time... hehe
  • scook9
    This looks a lot like the Asus G51 series laptops lol

    Hope it cools better
  • icepick314
    720 display???

  • fyasko
    perfect for those cold winter nights. "it's hotter than a fat girl sittin' on your lap." - me
  • eddieroolz
    720p display is extremely disappointing for a laptop this spec. Expected at least a 1080p.
  • dEAne
    wow but the display wasn't right thought 720p only.