MSI GT70 gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge available now

Apr 23, 2012
MSI GT70 gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge available now

If you can't wait to get your hands on Intel's 3rd-generation Core processors for some gaming action, you'll definitely want to check out the MSI GT70. The 17-inch laptop is shipping now from online retailers like ExcaliburPC, complete with Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors and an NVIDIA GTX670M GPU. Pre-configured models start in the $1,500 range and go as high as $2,500 for the more well-equipped versions, depending upon the hardware included. Stock is already running low, so if you want one, get an order in fast!

The laptop comes equipped with a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 (full HD) matte screen, the high-end NVIDIA GTX670M mobile discrete GPU, and a fully backlit keyboard with multiple color LEDs provided by gaming accessory maker SteelSeries. The keys have the typical gamer programming and macro capabilities, plus they're extra shiny. Killer-brand gaming network hardware handles your data packets with care, and three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 and an amplified audio jack have got you covered for expansion. WiDi, Bluetooth, a 7-in-1 media reader, an E-SATA port and a 720p webcam round out the extras.

The systems top out at a whopping 12GB of DDR3 memory, with dual hard drive options of 128GB SSD plus a 500GB traditional drive. You can also opt for a slower but more capacious 750GB hard drive. THX-certified TruStudio audio is offered, but at the moment the only disc option is a DVD writer. Hopefully a Blu-ray alternative will be made available eventually. Of course you can't cram all that power into an Ultrabook: the laptop is a huge 16.85 by 11.34 by 2.17 inches and weighs in at 8.6 pounds. What say you, PC gamers - any takers for the MSI GT70? The smaller 15.6-inch GT60 should get an Ivy Bridge update soon.

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