Pros

  • Sturdy and not too heavy
  • Cool LEDs

Cons

  • Only four USB ports
  • Touchpad is small, hard to use

At A Glance

The GT683R is a powerful machine, but it'd be nice if external peripherals felt like an option, rather than a necessity.

Manufacturer’s Description

VIBRANT GRAPHICS

MSI GT683R ships with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 500M-series, a mobile graphics engine adapted from fermi technology. This provides a significant visual boost, opening new graphics capabilities with native DirectX11. Delivering the outstanding graphics performance with long battery life.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number 9S7-16F211-242
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
VGA Yes
Audio Line In Yes
Audio Line Out Yes
eSATA Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 15.60 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode Full HD
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Backlight Technology LED
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce GTX 560M
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1.50 GB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR5
Graphics Memory Accessibility Dedicated
Storage
Storage Size 1 TB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 7200
Hard Drive Configuration 2 x 500 GB
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
UPC Code 816909085839
Manufacturer Part Number 9S7-16F211-242
Brand Name MSI
Product Name GT683R-242US Notebook
Marketing Information VIBRANT GRAPHICS

MSI GT683R ships with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 500M-series, a mobile graphics engine adapted from fermi technology. This provides a significant visual boost, opening new graphics capabilities with native DirectX11. Delivering the outstanding graphics performance with long battery life.

Product Model GT683R-242US
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.msicomputer.com
Product Series GT683R
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
Standard Memory 12 GB
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Number of Total Memory Slots 4
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • GT683R-242US Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.8"
    Width 15.0"
    Depth 10.2"
    Weight (Approximate) 123.2 oz
    Color Black
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Speakers Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core i7
    Processor Model i7-2630QM
    Processor Speed 2 GHz
    Processor Core Quad-core
    Cache 6 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model HM67 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
    Operating System Architecture 64-bit

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 146.0
    Battery
    Battery Life 3:54   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 245.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 344.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 181.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 303.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 308.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 231.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 173.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 111.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 181.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 186.47   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 194.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 136.34   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 118.67   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 125.63   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 109.79   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 95.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 81.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 47.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 116.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 109.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 75.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 102.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 87.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 49.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 127.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 125.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 101.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 48.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 42.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Stalker 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 32.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Power Usage
    Idle power usage 27.7   Watts
    Sleep power usage 5.5   Watt hours
    Off power usage 0.0   Watt hours
    Multitasking
    World Bench 6 Multitasking 276.0