MSI tells us they've beefed up some of their top-shelf GT70 gaming laptops with Nvidia's discrete GeForce GTX 675 graphics, touting it as the fastest single-unit laptop GPU on the planet. AMD might have something to say about that with its Radeon HD 7970M chip, but either way, you're looking at a GPU that's head and shoulders above what your Ultrabook-toting friends are wielding.
Before we dive into the notebook, let's wade through the graphics. Nvidia's GTX 675M is based on Fermi and is really a rebadged GTX 580M. It has 384 CUDA cores, a 620MHz clockspeed, a 1240MHz shader clock, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1500MHz (3000MHz effective) on a 256-bit bus. It's not Kepler, but packs a good amount of pixel pushing power nonetheless.
As for the GT70, there are five baseline configurations to choose from, including two built around Intel's HM76 chipset and starting at $1,300. Both of those model boast GeForce GTX 660M graphics; if you want the faster GTX 675M part, cost of entry is $1,750, which is the price of the least expensive of the three models built around Intel's HM77 chipset.
That particular model -- GT70-0ND-202US -- features 2GB of dedicated graphics memory (the other two are bumped up to 4GB of GDDR5 memory), a pair of 750GB 7200RPM hard drives, 12GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Blu-ray buner, Killer E2200 Game Networking, a SteelSeries backlit keyboard, 802.11g/b/n Wi-Fi, multi-memory card reader, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, 720p webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 9-cell battery.
You can view all the configurations here .
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