It may have taken a little while, but MSI on Wednesday announced that it's GT680R gaming notebook built around Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture is back in action, and this time without any janky SATA ports to worry about. It's the same 15.6-inch notebook as before with the same Intel Core i7 2630QM processor, however it's sporting a revised chipset that doesn't suffer from any known defects, and it also comes with an extended warranty.
"MSI is also introducing it's 'MSI Quality Assurance Program' for all MSI notebooks equipped with the second generation Intel Core processor chipset purchased in the U.S.," MSI said. "In response to the recent recall of the Intel 6 Series chipset, the 'MSI Quality Assurance Program' addresses any outstanding customer concerns around product quality with an additional one-year extended warranty for all MSI Sandy Bridge notebooks."
MSI also points out that its Better Business Bureau rating is currently an A+, but enough about that, let's have a look at the hardware. In addition to the aforementioned processor, the GT680R boasts 8GB of DDR3 1066 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M graphics, 1TB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, THX TruStudio PRO sound piped through Dynaudio Premium speakers, USB 3.0, 720p HD webcam, HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The GT680R sells for $1,650.