MSI GT680R Gaming Laptop Review

Many manufacturers have launched their laptops updated to the Intel Sandy Bridge at CES 2011 and MSI is one of them. One of MSIs featured laptops at CES has been the MSI GT680R, a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that’s meant to be one of the fastest on Earth. As I have already told you,  MSI Iberia was kind enough to send us a review unit, so here you have the resulting review.

The review unit I got is an early sample , not a commercial laptop. This means several things:

  • Some features aren’t 100% functional
  • The configuration in the commercial laptops could be different

MSI GT680R Gaming Laptop

Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (Sandy Bridge). 4 cores with Hyperthreading (8 threads), clock speed 2 GHz, max clock speed (Turbo) 2.9 GHz, 6 MB Cache L3
  • System memory: 16 GB DDR3-1333 (4 x4 GB)
  • Chipset: Intel HM67
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M. 1.5 GB GDDR5, 192 unified shaders , 192 bit bus width, core clock 709 MHz , memory clock 625 MHz, shader clock 1417 MHz
  • Hard drive: 1 TB, 7200 rpm (2x 500 GB in RAID 0)
  • Optical drive: DVD Super Multi
  • Screen: 15.6, 1366768, glossy
  • Battery: 87 Wh
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits
  • Nvidia driver version: 259.95
  • Price: not available

Build and design

The MSI GT680R uses the same chassis as the GT660, GX660 and GT663.

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Review: Corsair K63 Gaming Keyboard

Corsair only recently released the K95 RGB Platinum keyboard and caused a stir in the high-end keyboard market. Now, the manufacturer has released its newest upper-class gaming keyboard: The Corsair K63. The mechanical, tenkeyless keyboard retails for around 90€ and is targeted at gamers on a tighter budget. In our review, we’ll tell you if it is worth buying considering how it stacks up compared to its more expensive Corsair siblings.

While Corsair initially focused on producing RAM modules, they have proven time and time again that they can also make great keyboards. Their recent high-end model K95 RGB Platinum even scored our editor’s choice. With its newest model named K63, Corsair now put out a tenkeyless gaming keyboard for significantly less than what the K95 goes for while still being marketed with great build quality.

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Cougar Attack X3 RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

Nowadays, mechanical keyboads are an essential part of many gamer’s desks. They come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and are being made by a multitude of manufacturers. So, Cougar deemed it time to release their own low-price offering with real Cherry switches and RGB backlighting. We had the Attack X3 RGB in for a test.

Fans of Courgar should be familiar with the Attack X3 keyboard which they released last year. Using it as a basis, Cougar recently introduced the Attack X3 RGB which, as the name suggests, now has RGB backlighting. That way, the popular Cherry MX Brown switches can be lit up in up to 16,8 million colors. This product currently retails for 120€, a 20€ price increase from the non-RGB model.

Cougar Attack X3 RGB

To make the technical introduction a little easier we will round up some specs right now. The Attack X3 RGB has 104 mechanical keys of using Cherry MX Brown switches. Only 45g of pressure are enough to facilitate a keypress. Features like N-Key Rollover are also included. The Polling-Rate lies at 100 Hz. The main attraction however, is the brushed aluminum body. Whether or not Cougar impressed us with the RGB variant of this keyboard will be shown in this review.

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