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MSI 17.3" Gaming Laptop with Core i7-3630QM, GTX 675MX/4GB GDDR5, mSATA SSD RAID, Hybrid Drive, BD Burner and Windows 8 64bit
Armed with the same sleek brushed aluminum exterior and anti-glare screen as its predecessor, it¡¦s more powerful inside. MSI GT70 0ND-491US packs Intel's third-generation Core i7-3630QM quad-core processor and NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 675MX graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, much faster than its previous-generation graphics. No need to look back, because no one will catch up.
IntelR Core i7-3630QM Processor Windows 8 64bit 17.3" Full HD Anti-reflective Display (16:9, 1920 x 1080) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX discrete graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3 1600MHz system memory 64GB mSATA SSD + 64GB mSATA SSD + 750GB HDD (7200RPM) with Super RAID 0 Full-color programmable backlit keyboard by SteelSeries Killer Game Networking Dynaudio Premium Sound Speakers with Subwoofer Blu-ray Disc burner
DOMINATE THE BATTLEGROUNDS WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 675MX
Take gaming to the next level with the stunning effects and power of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX.
Play the most demanding games at blistering frame rates with extreme special effects. Striking the perfect balance with power and performance, the NVIDIA Optimus technology intelligently switches between NVIDIA graphics and integrated graphics for prolonged battery life.
SUPER RAID 0
Equipped with dual 64GB Gen3 mSATA SSD¡¦s in RAID 0, experience blazing speeds for instant action and near nullified load times.
This extreme storage configuration increases read speeds to over 900 MB/s. With the additional high storage capacity of a 750GB HDD, have the best of all worlds with the speed you want and the storage you crave.
THE LATEST 3RD GENERATION INTEL CORE PROCESSOR
Blaze through your games and multimedia with the 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor.
Able to perform multiple tasks with ease, the new Core processor increases processing speeds of up to 20% while creating, writing, and editing any multi-media. Need higher resolution viewing power?
The new processor outputs 1080p resolutions and its multi-core processing power kicks up the overall GPU performance by 30-60%.
FULL-COLOR PROGRAMMABLE BACKLIT KEYBOARD
Fully preparing gamers for any situation, MSI¡¦s G-Series notebooks come standard with exclusive SteelSeries gaming keyboards.
Immediate response times and accurately handling up to 10 simultaneous key hits; this keyboard is the perfect weapon in the hands of any gamer.
DYNAUDIO PREMIUM SOUND TECHNOLOGY
One of the most extreme sound systems developed by an acoustically professional brand has been integrated into MSI Gaming Series notebooks.
For a truly immersive experience, feel the tremble of every blast and explosion with the inclusion of a subwoofer.
The big difference between this one and the slightly cheaper 492 version is that this one has the super raid. Which is essentially just two 64gb drives in a raid 0 config. The advantage of raid 0 is that it’s REALLY fast. The disadvantage is if you lose either drive, the raid fails. With the super raid config, windows boots incredibly fast… just a few seconds. Anything installed on it is very speedy as well. There’s not a lot of space left over after the OS on this drive, but a couple of things you can do are move the swap file to the 750G D: drive, and disable hiberbnation. (the hibernation file has to stay on the boot drive..).
The sound was advertised to be groundbreaking for a laptop .. I dunno. Maybe it’s just be, but I’m really not that impressed. It’s decent for a laptop, but don’t expect it to compete with most computer speakers. The "sub" adds a little depth, but it didn’t live up to the advertising. Decent sound for a laptop is about it.
Some people complain about the keyboard.. I don’t have a problem with it. The lighting angle is what I would expect (and the same as my Toshiba laptop), the space bar works, and the keyboard is comfortable and normal to type on. I do unix stuff for a living, and I’m pretty sensitive to badly laid out keyboards. This one is fine for me. The ability to change the keyboard colors in zones is pretty neat.. can set it to pulse, wave, etc.. in the end, I set it to a darker solid color, but to each their own.
One super annoying thing, more to do with windows 8 and synaptics touch pads. Swipe gestures were enabled, and there’s no option (that I could find after a ton of research) to disable them. So if you swipe from the right side to the middle, it’s brings up that search bar thing on the right. Super annoying, as it happens a ton by accident. How that passed by without an option to disable, I have no clue. But if you search google for "disable synaptics swipe windows 8", there’s a registry tweak you can do to disable it. Remember, unlike a lot of registry settings, you need to reboot in order to for the changes to take effect.
Also – do NOT update your video drivers from the nvidia site. It will cause the laptop to only use the intel on board controller for 3d stuff. I ran in to that, and had to download the driver from the MSI site. It was a trick to find it there, too. I ended up using their driver update software. But due to some .net bug, I needed to uninstall it again after I updated my drivers. (it was throwing an error on startup). There was an updated intel driver, nvidia driver, and sound driver. The annoying thing is, after you update the nvidia driver from their site, it will notify you that there’s an updated nvidia driver on the nvidia site. Don’t download and install it. It won’t work.
In conclusion, it’s a very fast, very beefy, tank of laptop.. Not for super portability, but as someone else wrote about a similar model, it’s a great portable desktop. Everything worked out of the box, no issues, I don’t regret the purchase at all.