MSI Brandishes New Line of Sandy Bridge Notebooks at CES

Michael Brown

MSI executives took the wraps off a new line of high-end gaming notebooks at the company’s Tuesday evening press conference, each of which is powered by Intel’s second-generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors, code-named Sandy Bridge.

The model GT680, shown below, will be the first model out of the gate, offering a 15.6-inch screen driven by discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 400- and 500-series GPUs. It will offer four SO-DIMM DDR3 memory slots, enabling the machine to address up to 16GB of RAM. It’s expected to ship in late January for an MSRP of $1,499.

The top-of-the-line GT780, shown below, is scheduled to hit store shelves in the second quarter. MSI didn’t announce pricing for this beast, but it will boast a 17.3-inch screen, dual SSD storage, and the same GPU choices.

Both models will be equipped with a new integrated speaker system designed by the Danish speaker manufacturer Dynaudio . Dynaudio has developed speaker systems for high-end automobiles, including the new Bugati Veyron Supersport, but this is the company's first notebook speaker design.

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