MSI describes its flagship G Series GT70 0NE as "the most awesome gaming notebook ever," a description we're sure its competitors would disagree with, though you can't argue with the laundry list of high end parts crammed underneath the hood. The newest piece of hardware to crawl inside MSI's GT70 laptop is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680M GPU, only the fastest mobile graphics chip currently available.
You have to spend big to play big, though, and the GT70 0NE configured with a 680M GPU and loaded to the tilt streets for around $2,600. That's not cheap for a 17.3-inch laptop. MSI justifies the hefty price tag by equipping the system with heavy hitting components, including an Intel Core i7 3610QM quad-core processor (Ivy Bridge) clocked at 2.3GHz, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, a pair of 128GB solid state drives humming in RAID 0 and flanked by a 750GB hard drive, Blu-ray burner, Killer Gaming Network card, SteelSeries backlit keyboard, 720p HD webcam, 9-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
There are cheaper configurations available starting at around $1,500 street, which includes the same processor, 12GB of memory, no solid state drives, and a GeForce GTX 670M GPU. MSI also sells less expensive versions of the GT70 0NE built around the GTX 680M starting at $2,200, which is spec'd like the $2,600 rig above but with 64GB SSDs instead of 128GB.