Being first isn't always something to brag about. First in line to drink the funny smelling punch at an ominous cult meeting comes to mind, and there's no prize (or second date) for yelling "First!" during a one-night stand. In MSI's case, it's totally acceptable to prance around with a press release announcing a first of its own: the first to ship a "supercharged gaming laptop" in North America utilizing Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip.
MSI's 15.6-inch GT683R sports Nvidia's latest mobile GPU and pairs it with an Intel Core i7 2630QM quad-core processor. Other specs include a Full HD display (1920x1080), a whopping 12GB of DDR3 memory (supports up to 16GB), 1TB hard drive spinning at 7200RPM with RAID 0, DVD burner, 7-in-1 card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 720p HD webcam, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, Bluetooth, Dynaudio speakers with subwoofer, and MSI's Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) technology for overclocking the GPU.
Getting back to the GTX 560M that has MSI in such a braggadocios mood, this slice of silicon features 192 CUDA cores and comes with an engine clockspeed of 775MHz. The shaders race along at 1559MHz and 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory at 1250MHz on up to a 192-bit memory bus. According to Nvidia, gamers can expect to pull 50 frames per second in Duke Nukem Forever and five hours of battery life in Microsoft Office using this new GPU.