MSI gaming laptop has Core i5, Mobility Radeon HD 5850

Relatively affordable gaming laptops don't always have the freshest hardware around. One can't say as much about MSI's new GX640 notebook, which Amazon now has in stock for a cool $1,099.99, and which includes a Core i5 processor and Radeon HD 5800-series discrete graphics.

The GX640 has a 15.6" 1680x1050 display, a Core i5-430M processor with a top Turbo Boost speed of 2.53GHz, Mobility Radeon HD 5850 discrete graphics with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM, four gigs of DDR3 main memory, 500GB of 7,200-RPM mechanical storage, a DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a six-cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a brushed aluminum exterior with "red accents."

All put together with the six-cell battery, Amazon says the GX640 weighs in at 5.8 lbs. MSI also talks of a variant with a nine-cell battery that tips the scale at 6.3 lbs.

In case you didn't follow our coverage of the Mobility Radeon HD 5000-series launch, the mobile 5850 is based on the same Juniper graphics chip as the desktop Radeon HD 5770, but with lower core clock speed and slower memory. All things considered, the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 likely has what it takes to run today's games at 1680x1050 with most (if not all) of the eye candy enabled.

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