MSI Arms GX Destroyer Series Gaming Laptops with AMD R9 M290X Graphics

Paul Lilly

High end graphics for gaming on the go

MSI today announced the arrival of its new GX Series of gaming laptops with AMD inside. These include the 15.6-inch GX60 Destroyer and 17.3-inch GX70 Destroyer, both with Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) non-reflective displays. Both models also feature the same APU and GPU -- an AMD A10-5750 processor clocked at 2.3GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics.

The R9 M290X is pretty much a rebadged HD 8970M, which itself is a powerful mobile GPU. It has an 850MHz engine clockspeed (up to 900MHz with boost), 1,280 stream processors, 80 texture units, 128 Z/Stencil ROP units, 32 color ROP units, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1,200MHz on a 256-bit bus.

MSI's GX60 Destroyer also features 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 1TB hard drive (7200RPM), DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, memory card reader, built-in headset amp, three USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI and mini DisplayPort output, 720p HD webcam, 2.1 speakers, SteelSeries backlit keyboard, 9-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.

The GX70 is similarly equipped except that it has more RAM (12GB), a Blu-reader reader, and of course the larger size display.

Both the GX60 and GX70 Destroyer models will be available soon for $1,300 and $1,400, respectively. MSI says some retailers and e-tailers will also bundle Battlefield 4 with each laptop.

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