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


  • 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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Best Camera Phone 2017

Not satisfied with simply upsetting our photography habits, smartphones have gone on to conquer a non-negligible segment of the photography market. While reflex, hybrid and compact cameras can still count on having their own specific strengths (luminous lenses, large sensors, etc.), it has become a legitimate consideration in the domain of photography to discuss the quality of the images that camera phone are able to produce, and to try to answer a question that many people are now asking themselves: what are the best smartphones for photography?


From adapting devices first developed for reflex cameras, to developing proprietary technologies adapted to the reduced dimensions of mobile devices, smartphone manufacturers have now entered into a competition with each other in terms of their communication strategies to bring photography to the forefront of the smartphone discussion. This marketing campaign has reached a point where it has now become difficult to differentiate between false claims and the truth – to differentiate between the hype and a smartphone’s actual photographic capabilities. 2016 was an extremely fruitful year in terms of photographic innovations – namely with the introduction of dual photography modules. 2017 has so far tended to reaffirm the respective position that each manufacturer had achieved in 2016. Continue reading “Best Camera Phone 2017”

Guide: Building a budget friendly High-end gaming PC based on AMD’s RYZEN

In previous articles we presented the new RYZEN family by AMD, a new generation of high performance processors that has met the generated expectations in terms of performance, finally returning the company from Sunnyvale to the right track.

The RYZEN processors by AMD not only showed a great performance at the monocore and multi-core level, they also did very well in terms of power consumption and temperatures, two major pending issues since the launch of the FX processors, which were based on the 32 nm manufacturing process.

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Cloud Storage Comparison 2017: Google Drive vs. Onedrive vs. Dropbox vs. iCloud

Whether it’s Photos, documents, backups, or any other form of data – storing own files in the cloud has become a normality for many users in 2017. Nowadays, there are plenty of companies providing cloud-storage solutions but how do their services stack up? Who offers the most storage for the lowest price and what does expanding storage cost? We will tackle those and more questions in the following article.

From the dozens of cloud-storage providers out there we picked the four most popular ones for this comparison: Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Apple’s iCloud.

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The Top 10 Games Like GTA you can play on PC

The Grand Theft Auto series is renown not just for its brutal and sometimes questionable gameplay, but also for its innovation and boundary pushing development. Let’s look at some of the titles trying to go toe-to-toe with this giant franchise.

Summary: A look at some of the other games on the PC market that give you that GTA feeling.

GTA is one of those game series that seems to innovate and push the boundaries in every instalment in the franchise. But it’s not just all about running over civilians or stealing tanks from an army base. The next time you describe GTA to a friend, maybe think about the massive open world experience it offers, or the action-packed, deep story it portrays. Better yet, why not suggest some of the games on our list.

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4 Best Social Media Platforms To Help Evolve Your Business

Social media is the new driving force behind every business: Are you thinking about turning your attention towards social media for powering your business? If so, then it must be said that you have made a smart move. Collectively speaking, social platforms such as Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook boast millions of global users. However, how do you know which social media platform is well suited for your business and brand?

Simply because a channel is backed by immense popularity does not make it an automatic choice for your business services and products. Every major social media platform has a strength and appeal that is perceived differently by users from varying backgrounds. Consequently, some of them will be a better fit for businesses in a certain domain compared to the other industries.

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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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