MSI is prepping a fully loaded gaming laptop, the 16-inch GT660. In addition to the requisite high-end parts, including Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M graphics, the MSI GT660 boasts a few other goodies that the company hopes will set it apart from the rest of the fragging pack. For starters, MSI states that the GT660 is the first laptop to feature the company’s TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine) technology. TDE+ offers CPU, memory, and graphics overclocking with the push of a button. A corresponding button puts MSI’s Cooler Boost technology in action, which initiates “powerful cooling capabilities” and provides real-time stats regarding core temperatures and fan speeds. While one-button overclocking has obvious appeal for those most intense minutes of a gaming session, I’d rather not be responsible for operating the cooling system on my laptop; can’t I leave that aspect to the experts and/or the system’s sensors?
The other headlining feature of the GT660 is the audio subsystem, which MSI built with input from Dynaudio, the Danish loudspeaker manufacturer. The laptop features 2.1 sound that MSI promises will deliver “crisp, clean sound at all frequency levels.” Rounding out the features, the MSI GT660 has three DDR3 DIMM slots for up to 12GB of memory, two hard drive bays, both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and an eSATA and an HDMI port. It will ship with a 9-cell battery.
How much does all this cost? MSI hasn’t slapped a price on the GT660 just yet. A product page on MSI’s site exists for the GT660 but there is no mention of pricing or a release date.