If you just assumed your next high-powered gaming notebook would sport Ivy Bridge inside, you should take a gander at MSI's new GX60 notebook. This thing sports a potent AMD foundation consisting of a quad-core A10 series "Trinity" processor (A10 4600M) flanked by a Radeon HD 7970M GPU. On paper, it's a solid looking one-two punch, and just the beginning of what appears to be a well-rounded gaming laptop.
The GX60 is a 15.6-inch machine with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) LED backlit display, up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, DVD or Blu-ray reader/writer, 720p HD webcam, Killing Gaming Networking NIC, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, and a few other bells and whistles.
A couple of standout features include a backlit SteelSeries keyboard and so-called "Super RAID," which allows you to pair two mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 with a mechanical hard drive. In doing so, MSI claims data transfers can exceed 1,000MB/s.