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MSI GT680

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of MSI GT680. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the price and screen are overall positive. The durability and usability also get good feedback. The touchpad and energy efficiency get negative comments. The reliability and battery get mixed comments.

performance, usability, durability, screen, price

keyboard, size, portability, energy, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the MSI GT680 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for MSI GT680

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of MSI GT680 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and sound. The usability and durability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the size and portability.

performance, durability, usability, sound, design

portability, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MSI GT680-035UK 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel New 2nd Generation Core i7 Gaming, 8GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive and 120GB SSD, Nvidia Fermi Graphics, HD WebcaMSI GT680-035UK 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel New 2nd Generation Core i7 Gaming, 8GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive and 120GB SSD, Nvidia Fermi Graphics, HD Webca

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

MSI GT680R-008US Review

 

The $1,499 MSI GT680R-008US is a powerful mid-size gaming rig that offers lots of performance in a fairly portable design. We wish that MSI made different choices when it came to keyboard design and speaker placement, but otherwise this system is a big...

Fast gaming performance, Dynaudio-powered speakers, Full HD display, LED lighting, Effective cooling fan

Keyboard flexes, Weak wireless range, Fan gets loud

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: PC Perspective (pcper.com)

MSI GT680R Notebook Review: Sandybridge for Gamers

 

High-end gaming laptops represent the most powerful of a breed, and are built using all the creativity and ingenuity that laptop manufacturers have at their disposal. Somewhere along the path towards performance, practicality begins to fall to the...

May, 2011

Expert review by: Aloysius Low (hardwarezone.com)

MSI GT680 Preview: Blazing Fast

 

We got our hands on an early unit of MSI's latest Intel Sandy Bridge gaming notebook, the MSI GT680R. We give it a quick spin to get a feel of how fast this hot rod can go as well as to see if there's anything else in store for us.

Feb, 2011

RECOMMENDED

Expert review by: Jennifer Johnson (hothardware.com)

MSI GT680 Sandy Bridge Gaming Laptop Review

 

When MSI unveiled the new GT680R gaming laptop at CES this year, the company touted it as one of the "fastest, most powerful gaming notebooks in the world." As one of the first laptops to take advantage of Intel's Sandy Bridge processor, this laptop...

Core i7-2630QM processor ; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics ; Full HD (1980x1080) native res panel ; Two USB 3.0 ports

Could use an SSD instead of RAID 0 HDs ; Short battery life even for a DTR machine

MSI has combined some of today's best technologies in the new GT680R. This notebook boasts of a 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2630QM processor along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics and 1.5GB of video memory. It also has a vibrant 15.6-inch display...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Aloysius Low (hardwarezone.com)

MSI GT680R - HardwareZone.com

 

The new MSI GT680, powered by Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 quad core processor and NVIDIA's high-end DirectX 11-ready GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics card.

Expert review by: What Laptop (techradar.com)

MSI GT680 review

 

A great out-and-out gaming laptop, just don't use it for work

Great performance ; Connectivity ; Full HD screen ; Decent build quality

Battery life ; Some flex in keyboard

Oct, 2011

Recommended!

Expert review by: Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

MSI GT680

 

With Intel's new Sandy Bridge alongside Nvidia GTX 460M graphics, 8GB of RAM and twin 7,200rpm HDDs in RAID, this surprisingly affordable gaming laptop is a beast.

Blazingly fast ; Excellent value ; Class-leading battery life ; Extensive connectivity

Not the most attractive ; Build quality sometimes suspect

It's not the most stylish or best-built gaming laptop we've seen, but when it comes to features and power for the money, few rivals can match the MSI GT680. Throw in an above-average screen, impressive speakers and excellent battery life, and this is...

Jan, 2011

WORTH BUYING

Expert review by: Zardon (kitguru.net)

MSI GT680 Gaming Laptop Review (SSD/Bluray/i7/Nvidia)

 

There is certainly no shortage of high powered gaming laptops available on the market today, but it takes something really special to stand out in such a crowded marketplace. MSI have sent us their GT680 gaming laptop for review which features a dual...

great all round performance ; striking looks ; good screen quality ; full sized keyboard ; competitively priced

graphics power is limited when dealing with the latest Direct X 11 engines ; can get a little loud under load ; no backlit keyboard

KitGuru says: A very fine laptop from MSI and worth looking into, especially if you are limited to £1,500 or less.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Vineeta Tiwari (ld2.ciol.com)

MSI Gt680

 

MSI's new GT680 is a potential gaming laptop with Sandy Bridge processor and impresses with nice performance scores.

Gaming experience ; Screen ; Audio output

Touchpad ; Keypad ; Looks

May, 2011

Consumer review by: mozakca (newegg.com)

MSI Global Warranty: Don't count on it

 

So, it took MSI at least two weeks before they arrange for a spare part to be shipped. I told them that is really outrageous, for MSI HQ to wait so long to send a small piece of hardware. They told me that MSI will replace the laptop if they can't fix...

Admittedly, I have the GT660 which precedes this model and it is probably discontinued so I write here to warn everyone. The new GT680 looks like a monster of a machine. I'm writing this review to tell you more about MSI global warranty and I think it...

Global warranty. I got my GT660 in January 2011 from newegg. There are two major brands with Global warranty: MSI and Asus. Both reputable brands. I found MSI GT660 and the price was right. I spend my times between the US and Turkey so global warranty...

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dynaudio + THX
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Number of battery cells:9

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD

Energy Management

AC adapter power:150

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard number of keys:103
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal memory:12 / 16 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:3 x 2 / 3 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):3 x 2 / 3 x 4
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

Audio system:Dynaudio + THX
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Type:PC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: Yes
Mouse included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:150

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM67 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I7-2630QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:I7-2630QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:Socket 988
Processor threads:8
Stepping:D2
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219
Processor code:SR02Y
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Ultimate

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, SDXC, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:2
Solid-state drive capacity:120
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1500 / 620 / 640

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.4
Height (front):1.38
Height (rear):1.81
Weight:7.72
Width:15.6