MSI GT725 gaming laptop: Radeon HD 4850 & full HD

MSI have come clean on the full-specs of their new gaming flagship notebook, the 17-inch GT725.  The MSI GT725 has a 2.53GHz Intel Penryn P9500 processor paired with up to 4GB of RAM, and is apparently the first ever gaming notebook to use the ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GPU.


That should have no problems driving the 17-inch WUXGA HD-friendly display (which has an anti-glare coating), which is good news as there's also a Blu-ray drive.  MSI also give the GT725 WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, gigabit ethernet and a 4-in-1 memory card reader, together with three USB 2.0 ports, a combo eSATA/USB port, Firewire, HDMI, VGA and audio in/out ports, plus an ExpressCard slot. 

Sound is taken care of with a four speaker setup plus subwoofer, and MSI have slotted in their one-touch Turbo Drive overclocking control.  Thanks to a huge 9-cell battery, you should get at least moderate mobile runtime, but MSI are being coy with specific figures.

The MSI GT725 should be available soon, priced from $1,449.99.


Press Release:

MSI Announces GT725 – World's First Gaming Notebook to Feature ATi Radeon HD4850 and Deliver Desktop Gaming Performance with a Single GPU

GT725 features 17" 1080P HD LCD Monitor, Blu-ray Player and 9-Cell Battery

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 02, 2009 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is excited to announce the GT725 Gaming Notebook. MSI outfitted the GT725 with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology (Intel® 45nm Penryn P9500), the ATi Radeon HD4850 video card, a Blu-ray player and a 17" 1080P HD LCD to create the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

"GT725 is our flagship gaming notebook," said Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales, MSI US. "Graphically speaking it is in a class by itself – the brilliant 1080P HD display and 4GB of DDRII allow the GT725 to run 3-D titles that few other gaming notebooks could handle."

MSI built the GT725 in its brushed aluminum gaming case with stamped aluminum sheeting for increased protection and durability. However, despite the rugged case and a standard 9-cell battery, the GT725 weighs just over seven pounds.

MSI's also included its exclusive Turbo Drive Engine Technology and ECO Engine Management function which are activated by two touch centers located just above the keyboard.