MSI has updated its gaming line-up of notebooks and has some really good offerings, at least going by the specifications. Out of the long list of its 'G' series notebooks, we've managed to get our hands on one of its flagship offerings, the GT663R.
This notebook is packed to the gills with features and components one would typically expect from a high end gaming notebook. The GT663 is powered by a Core i7 740QM processor running at 1.7GHz and TurboBoost upto 2.9GHz. On the memory front we have 8GB of DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz and two 500GB hard drives in RAID 0 configuration. The graphics part is handled by an Nvidia Geforce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of dedicated memory. This itself is a pretty good recipe for a powerful gaming machine.
MSI has also added some of their own technology to make it more attractive. They've implemented their Turbo Drive Engine + (TDE+) technology which automatically boosts the speed of the CPU and GPU when needed. Another is their Cooler Boost technology that activates an additional fan for better cooling while gaming. Fancy lights on your notebook, well the GT663R has them. There are LED lights placed along various sections of the notebook. But, unlike Alienware, these are of a single color, although you can choose between different patterns.
The audio department has a got a serious makeover as well, as the GT663R incorporates speakers from Dynaudio, which is a well-known manufacturer of professional audio equipment for cars and homes. All of this is quite impressive but the real challenge is how it all comes together in the real world, which is what we are going to find out.
The MSI GT663R comes with the following accessories;
The power adapter is a large brick since it's rated at 150W. This is clearly not meant to be carried around, as it's more of a desktop replacement than a laptop. The notebook weighs 3.5kg, so it's not exactly lightweight.