MSI delivers AMD-powered gaming notebooks

Intel has largely stolen AMD's thunder in the mobile space with its 45nm Core 2 Duo processors. However, AMD's Turion X2s are still finding their way into budget notebooks, and MSI has announced that it's now offering a pair of Turion-powered gaming laptops—the GX630 and GT735—in the United States.

The GX630 has a 15.4" display, weighs in at 5.6lbs, and couples an Nvidia MCP77 chipset with GeForce 9600M GT 512MB discrete graphics. Meanwhile, the 17" GT735 weighs a heftier 7lbs and goes all the way with AMD: MSI packs in an RX781 chipset and Mobility Radeon HD 3850 discrete graphics with 512MB of RAM. Both systems also have perks like 802.11n Wi-Fi, external Serial ATA, webcams, and optional Blu-ray drives.

Our price search engine shows a GX630 variant with a 2.2GHz Turion X2 Ultra, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive already selling for $1050. You'll need to pay at least $1,229 for a GT735 with similar specs, although that system does have a 1920x1200 display resolution and a four-speaker audio system with a subwoofer.

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