I've been working with MSI for nearly as long as AnandTech has been around. So when MSI came to us with a giveaway opportunity we jumped on it. The grand prize? A Sandy Bridge equipped MSI GT680R Notebook. The notebook is powered by a quad-core Core i7-2630QM which runs at 2.0GHz by default but can turbo up to 2.9GHz with only a single core active. 

The GT680R includes three USB 3.0 ports and a pair of 500GB 7200RPM drives in RAID-0. The system will ship with 8GB of DDR3 memory making it a pretty beefy desktop alternative. The integrated GeForce GTX 460M is paired with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory and it drives a high resolution 1920 x 1080 15.6-inch panel.

The full specs are below:

CPU Intel Core i7-2630QM @ 2.0GHz
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Display 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 Glossy Display
RAM 8GB (2GB x 4) DDR3
HDD 1TB (500GB x 2) 7200RPM SATA
Optical Drive DVD Super Multidrive
Network 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Supplemental Drive 7-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/XD/MSPRO/MS/MM)
Webcam 720p HD
I/O Ports 2 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, ESATA, VGA, HDMI, Mic in, Headphone Out
Battery 9 cell
Dimensions 14.97" x 10.24" x 1.77"
Weight 7.7 lbs
Warranty 2 year limited warranty (includes 1 year global warranty)

To enter the contest simply respond to this post with a comment explaining what you would use the system for if you won the GT680R (please only respond once). Good luck!

Now the rules. This contest is unfortunately only available to US residents in one of the 50 states. I realize that AnandTech is an international site and I do highly value all of our readers, unfortunately extending the contest rules outside of the US is a bit more than we're able to reliably handle today. That's not to say that we won't at some point in the future, we just have little experience doing such things and don't want to get burned early on.

Secondly, you are only allowed to enter once.

Third, MSI has 25 free game coupons for Mafia 2. The first 25 people to comment will receive a coupon redeemable for a full copy of the game. Winning this does not exclude you from winning the grand prize. The same rules from below apply for the Mafia 2 coupons and you have to claim your prize within a week of being selected.

Entries will be accepted from 12:01 AM EST on March 8, 2011 through 12:01 AM EST on April 12, 2011. Winner will be selected by April 15, 2011.

Good luck everyone :)

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  • Mystline - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    I WOULD USE This awesome notebook for school and play. Im a student a San Jose State university and a diehard SC1 and now SC2 fan. This notebook would replace my 10 year old desktop in both gaming and homeworking. I would play sc2, watch steams on teamliquid, watch dreamhack, watch the GSL, live on three, and probably my favorite pass time... watching Idra masterfully play Zerg and occasionally BM all of this in high definition without skipping would be a sight for sore eyes...literally. I might even try my hand at streaming if i can break the top 400 currently at top 1,100 on the NA ladder. Thats about it. Thank you MSI and anandtech for this opportunity gl to all and HF to the winner :]
  • tompass - Thursday, June 23, 2011 - link

    I would use it to replace my cardboard box so I can actually compete in HoN and SC2 competitively. Upon this computer entering my home I would first lavish it with gifts than proceed to offer sacrifice. After sufficient tribute to the computer is done, I would go outside and meditate on meaning of the universe, which would obviously and conclusively lead to gaming and this computer. With my revitalized weltanschauung and opportunity in gaming, I would tame the beast that is this computer and strive to unlock all of its core (no pun intended). Proceeding this divine moment of reception I would sincerely thank AnandTech and MSI for this gift and would offer my services of blogging, sponsorship, whatever the hell I could do for for such kindness; I own a horse. On my horse I would hold my sand bridge notebook yelling at the top of my lungs (YES WE CAN) with all the vigor that a man may hold to his title.
  • viorus - Friday, June 24, 2011 - link

    I use laptop to play LOL, Guild War and Diablo 3 will occur when
    and to learn C++, PhotoShop ,and JavaScript
  • viorus - Friday, June 24, 2011 - link

    with this laptop be sure i`m ready for BREAKTHROUGH
  • FinkaFistika - Saturday, June 25, 2011 - link

    I want to use this Notebook in school, i visit a German IT-school in Brunswick where i just get my Abitur (German general qualification for university entrance) and the main thing i used it for will be playing games and designing with Photoshop or Adobe after effects. I would play games like TeamFortress II, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Crysis II, Counter Strike Source, Command & Conquer, Warcraft III.....and lots of more. This Notebook is perfect to go to friends and playing to gether!!!!!!
    Many greetings from Germany and from the city of Jägermeister
  • Carlsberg90 - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    I would do some hardcore gaming on the Plane, Buss, Baot, Bed, Toilet, Roof, Space-ship, Moon, Mars, etc!
    Also hardcore video editing on the Plane, Buss, Baot.... etc
  • xtreme.uru - Saturday, July 9, 2011 - link

    I´d use it to improve my gaming skill in CS 1.6. Of course i´ll bring it with me to all places like the mall or other places where my teammates and i talk about strats, it would be very useful to have a laptop to see demos and map spots in the notebook. i would bring it with me to Argentina to a tournament(this would be very important, i´m from Uruguay, we want to make the gaming at least a little more serious and important). Also i´m software developer so it´d be great to have it.
  • TeeSCee - Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - link

    I'd take it on a tour of Central america. I'd play a game of LoL in the most bizzare places (like onto of the main temple in Tikal Guatemala) and film it all and post the videodiary online.
  • jaskob - Saturday, July 30, 2011 - link

    I would give it to someone in Afrika, and explain his all about MSi !
  • jaskob - Saturday, July 30, 2011 - link

    I'd use it to become a PRO GAMER !

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