Since I learned of the disappointment that MSI’s Reflex series probably won’t make it to our shores, I was a bit more excited to see the release of the new GT-range laptops from MSI for gamers. Sadly they are only available in the US for now, but there’s always a chance that importing one could be worthwhile for those gamers looking for better performance and a bit more exclusivity than those who rock up to LANs with an Alienware laptop.
More info after the jump.
Currently the only GT-series laptops available on our shores are the outdated GT683R with a Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a GTX560M and the GT70ND-208ZA, weighing in at a hefty R26,000-odd with a Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, 12GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD and Nvidia’s GTX670M. The updated lineup in the US now sports the GTX680M in both laptops, suggesting that sales were good enough for a performance bump for prospective buyers and those looking for a proper desktop replacement.
The only visual differences between the two are the screen, with the GT70 sporting a 17″ 1080p panel and the GT60 making do with a 15.6″ 1080p screen. The changes under the hood are much more interesting, with the GT70 sporting a 128GB RAID array of SSDs with a 750GB hard drive for storage, 16GB of RAM, a Blu-Ray burner and an extra USB port. All this can be had for the princely sum of $2599 (approx R22,000) which might work out better if you import it rather than buying one locally.
The cheaper GT680 will still perform about the same in most games and benchmarks but only ships with a 750GB hard drive and a price tag of $1899 (approx R16,200) which will be a lot friendlier to your wallet and less likely to give your bank manager or your significant other a heart attack when they see the price tag. The laptops are currently available on most popular online retailers in the US, including Amazon, Newegg and Tigerdirect. Currently the only local online retailer with a chance of stocking these units in their imports section is Takealot, but with all the models shipping with a GTX670 or GTX675, you’re out of luck unless you import it yourself.
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