MSI Centrino 2 notebooks sport 'turbo' buttons

— 12:59 PM on August 4, 2008

Over a year ago at Computex, an MSI rep showed us a gaming notebook with a "turbo" button that overclocked the processor when pressed. Today, the concept is still alive and well. MSI has unleashed a pair of gaming notebooks—the 15.4" GX620 and 17" GX720—that couple turbo buttons with some of the latest components from Intel and Nvidia.

Both systems feature Centrino 2 platforms with Core 2 Duo processors, PM45 Express chipsets, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. MSI also throws in Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics processors (with HDMI display outputs), up to 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM, 320GB Serial ATA hard drives, Blu-ray, external SATA connectivity, two-megapixel cameras, and six-cell batteries. The GX720 even features an integrated 4.1 speaker system with a subwoofer.

According to MSI, users can press the Turbo Drive Engine button to overclock either notebook's Core 2 Duo CPU by "as much as 15%." There's a little something for energy-conscious users, too: the ECO Engine button, which sits next to the turbo button above the keyboard and lets folks "alternate between 5 different operating modes to conserve battery life."

Although MSI bills the notebooks as gaming systems, we should point out that the GeForce 9600M GT has more in common with the old 8600M GT than the desktop GeForce 9600 GT. That means it may not be able to handle many games at the two laptops' 1680x1050 native resolutions. The lack of top-of-the-line graphics probably helps keep weights down, however—MSI's spec sheet mentions a loaded weight of just under six pounds (presumably for the GX620).

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