MSI releases two gaming laptops with AMD apu and Radeon R9 M290X

MSI has released two new laptops for gamers. The GX60 and GX70 are equipped with AMD APUs in the Richland series and with R9-M290X video cards. Contrary to what was suspected, the R9-M290X is a rebrand of the HD 8970M.

The GX60 Destroyer and GX70 Destroyer have screen diagonals of 15.6 inches and 17.3 inches respectively, but that’s where the differences stop. For example, both laptops show the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The laptops contain the AMD A10-5750M: a quad-core APU in the mobile Richland series with a clock speed of 2.5GHz, boost to 3.5GHz and the Radeon HD 8650G as a GPU part.

The dedicated video card is the Radeon R9-M290X. This is a new mobile graphics card that AMD announced as its most powerful model in early January. Contrary to what was thought at the time, the R9-M290X does not contain a Volcanic Islands GPU, but it is actually still the HD 8970M, under a different name but with the same GPU and clock speeds. The Radeon R9-M290X has 2GB GDDR5 memory on the MSI laptops.

Furthermore, MSI equips the models with both an SSD and a HDD of up to 1TB, there is a Blu-ray drive and a mini-displayport, HDMI 1.4 and VGA are not missing. The network card is Qualcomm’s Killer type and there is support for bluetooth 4.0 and wifi-n, but wifi-ac support is missing.