MSI GX60 Gaming Laptop review: High performance but too bulky
MSI GX60 Gaming Laptop review: The gaming giant MSI is particularly known for its attractively priced multimedia laptops (GE60 & GE70) and its powerful high-end machines (GT60 & GT70). It can be said that the GX60 released in late 2012 is an intermediary model. which is one of the most cost-effective game book currently available in market for a price of $ 1,426.
The New 15-incher promises a lot of gaming power with the Radeon HD 7970M installed in it. At least on paper. The 2.3 to 3.3 GHz frequency of the Trinity CPU does not exactly translate into good performance figures. No wonder that the A10-4600M has only been used in entry-level and midrange laptops until now. Most manufacturers rely on the efficient Ivy Bridge generation from Intel for their gaming products. We checked whether the quad-core’s performance noticeably decreases using diverse benchmarks.
The other equipment in the GX60 is very impressive. The US model AC1-013TW we were provided with features two small 64 GB mSATA SSDs that work together in a RAID 0 mode, in contrast to the German A10797287B counterpart (~EUR 1200/$1600). A 750 GB HDD from Western Digital is installed as the secondary hard disk.
The models are otherwise largely identical. A 4 GB DDR3 RAM module is in both working memory banks. Matching the Full-HD screen, the manufacturer also installs a Blu-Ray combo drive (burns CDs & DVDs). MSI opted for Windows 8 64 bit as the operating system of choice.
MSI GX60 chassis using mixed materials, to contain smooth matte plastic and aluminum metal. And many users the idea of ??this game, MSI deliberate on the GX60 prominent game in this unique style. Middle rear fuselage has a honeycomb style MSI Logo. Logo will be issued when the device is turned on, the white light.
The entire rear fuselage smooth black plastic Logo around to emit four significant wheel models. The bottom of the back cover has a silver steel bars, will be divided into a smooth and a honeycomb style matte black plastic rear cover. The power button on the middle part of the fuselage keyboard just above the red stripe separated control panel area with a polygon on both sides has a different function keys. The outermost sides with a speaker, and has chrome metal trim. The control panel button is pressed after feedback orange lights.
Body embedded in a full-size keyboard, palm supporting black aluminum brushed metal design process, the base of your keyboard is black smooth plastic, touchpad with aluminum metal wire drawing process, physical buttons for chromium plastic. The buttons below has five orange-red lights. However, if the red LED will ride and chassis colors. In addition, the body customized keyboard backlight will give GX60 hyperchromic many, but also indirectly increase the cost of production of the product.
GX60 weighs 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg), slightly lighter than the Digital Storm X17 and ASUS G75VW-DS71 two devices, but thicker. However, the latter two are equipped with a 17.3-inch display.
MSI GX60 matching a 15.6-inch screen, 1080p sandblasting surface reflection effect, as there will not be as smooth screen. Shocking play the movie “Young School” effect. Even in the sun, but also be able to clearly see the details of the movie. Run Diablo 3 game testing, the effect of the burning of the screen to produce a mysterious violet and magenta.
The brightness test, the GX60 run into 273lux, higher than the game of the average 248lux. Its brightness have to be much higher than the X17 (239 lux) and G75 (218 lux).
Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” play innovation THX TruStudio PRO software enhanced open the drums and guitar effects full, powerful player Leslie of West’s signature LP effect cadence distinguish clearly and play Frank Sinatra album Luck Be a Lady, Old Blue Eyes is equally intoxicating. However, if the speaker is set at the edge closer to the user, the sound field effect should be even better.
THX TruStudio PRO contains Surround, Crystalizer, Speaker, the Smart Volume Dialog Plus five sound modes, including Smart Volume and Crystalizer effect relative prominence, when the user moves the cursor to move to a different mode can obtain the corresponding effect preview.
Keyboard and touchpad
MSI GX60 with a tournament Core keyboard, keyboard between relatively spacious, and the key way than the keyboard bigger palm supporting very comfortable, cool. Ten Thumbs Typing test, the result is 68 words per minute, the error rate to 2%, close to the average of the market game this, but one percentage point lower than the average error rate of 3%.
Keyboard below the left-of-center location set by a 8.4×7.1 cm Synaptics touchpad, relatively cramped. If MSI to most of the remaining space utilization, and the effect will be more prominent. The physical button touch touchpad with left and right is slightly firm, in particular, need to be a little harder to jog.
More general gesture operation experience, pressing and stretching slightly tedious scrolling and vertical scaling operation quite satisfactory. In addition, taking into account the positioning of the game, MSI does not provide users with the Windows key, This will also prevent the misuse in the game, but if you use the special features of the operating system, will be slightly troublesome.
From the perspective of the game notebook the GX60 temperature control performance can still play in full screen Hulu video for 15 minutes, the touchpad below the temperature reading of 25 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, the G and H keys. Alien and predator game, high-performance mode touchpad temperature is kept at 26 degrees Celsius, and relatively comfortable.
Overall, superior GX60 cooling effect, even if the high-load operation, the temperature control in a very comfortable range, there will be no significant burning sensation.
GX60 multi-peripheral interface, including three USB 3.0 interface, SD card slot, the right has a four-person group audio interface, Blu-ray burner, and a USB 2.0 interface. The fuselage rear of the chassis with power supply, HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet interface. Including USB 2.0 interface can be dedicated to connect a gaming mouse, and a USB 3.0 interface for large data read external storage.
Camera, GX60 equipped with a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and built-in camera CyberLink YouCam, supports up to 1280×1024 resolution image and video capture, users can also take advantage of the built-in application software to beautify the picture.
GX60 camera discharged proofs office light is slightly fuzzy, need to use YouCam slightly adjust the white balance, contrast and color accuracy, but even so, the details of the effect is not very good. Natural stroll reduction effects of green and gray performance in general.
MSI GX60 take the lead in a game this uses a 2.3GHz ADM A10-4600M Trinity APU, with 8GB memory, 750GB 7200 rpm mechanical hard drive and a 128GB solid state drive, and is equipped with 2GB GDDR5 memory AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics card and a Blu-ray burner.
Running alien and predator game frame rate control between 30fps ~ 40fps 1080p resolution, high-performance mode, switch to the Windows interface background to run the game, and at the same time run five labels IE browser page and a Skype application, scroll through pages and switch between the label does not exist any Caton. And then switch back to the game, the frame rate is still controlled in a relatively stable range. From this perspective, GX60 have to say is a superior performance gaming notebook.
The re-use PCMark 7 test the overall performance of the operating system, the the GX60 score of 3041 points, 713 points lower than the average level of 3754. However, with a 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM processor, 16GB memory, 750GB mechanical hard drive and 120GB SSD and 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7970M Graphics Digital Storm X17 score was only 2675 points. Similarly, the built-in and X17 the same processor, and is equipped with 12GB of memory, 1.5TB 7200 rpm mechanical hard drive and 2GB GDDR5 memory Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M Asus G75 scores only comparable and MSI GX60.
GX60 start Windows 7 64-bit Home Edition took 50 seconds, and X17 is the same at the same level, just 3 seconds slower than the average level 47s. ASUS G75 consuming slower and takes 66 seconds.
Notebook file transfer test, GX60 transmission 4.97GB file took 1 minute and 38 seconds to 51.9MB / s transfer rate of the average, than the average rate of 82MB / s slow about 30MB / s. However, even this result, GX60 still than the X17 (34 MB / s) and G75 (30 MB / s) of superior performance.
OpenOffice Spreadsheet test, GX60 20000 Name and address pair took 7 minutes and 34 seconds. 4 minutes and 25 seconds slower than the average of more than three minutes. This aspect of the X17 and G75 performance slightly prominent, took 4 minutes 52 seconds and 4 minutes and 51 seconds, respectively.
Graphics and games
AMD Radeon HD 7660G graphics card, the GX60 with 2GB memory AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, and integrates an AMD A10 Trinity APU. 3DMark 11 benchmark test, the the GX60 test results for 4424 points, nearly 600 points higher than the average score of 3874. However, the overall score is still not as good as X17 5776 points, but the G75 of 2533 points or total defeat.
AMD Engine Control Center allows users to different games to choose HD7970 graphics card and 7660G integrated graphics. Open the application to automatically enter the graphics switching menu. Choose energy-saving mode, the system will suggest the user to select the integrated graphics, select high-performance mode, the system will recommend users to use 7970 graphics. This also means that the GX60 does not like Nvidia Optimus technology automatically according to the task switchable graphics.
The 1920x1080p resolution World of Warcraft test, medium performance results for 77fps, and results in high-performance mode only 47fps. In contrast, the X17 medium and high performance results were 111fps and 55fps. The G75 results of 158fps and 88fps.
The same resolution, the results of the low-performance mode GX60 77fps G75 only reach 41fps, but X17 was up to 101fps. Higher performance mode, GX60, G75 and X17 distinguish up to 23 fps and 55fps, the average fixed 38fps.
The GX60 also one to be proud of the place is nothing less than the performance of the battery life. LAPTOP Battery Test test results show continuous WiFi connection, screen brightness set to 40%, with the 9-cell lithium battery GX60 web browsing time up to 5 hours and 46 minutes, far beyond the average level of the game of the 3 hours and 40 minutes .
MSI official website label GX60 running Windows 8 operating system, however, the test used is equipped with Windows 7 64-bit family flagship version of the operating system. And other manufacturers, MSI is the same as the user preinstalled contain useful to useless application. The operating system’s built-in AMD Engine Control Center allows users to adjust the display and graphics settings, but a less smooth. The Corel WinDVD tool can be used to play DVD discs and Blu-ray. Creative THX TruStudio PRO can be used to enhance the performance of audio playback. Cyberlink YouCam allows users to take advantage of the built-in camera to take pictures, record video.
S-Bar plug in the top of the desktop operating system pre-installed, allowing the user to place the application launcher, to quickly adjust the sound and brightness. MSI Burn Recovery is able to create a recovery partition, once the user starts the application, Caton at least a few minutes, and most extremely run the backup tool will encounter in this case.
According to official MSI MSI Battery Calibration operating system pre-installed application to extend battery life. In the case of Windows 7 comes with a very easy to use wireless network management tools, MSI is the same as the user with a Qualcomm Atheros Killer Network Manager. This tool not only be able to manage the wireless network, and can analyze the status of the various components of the operating system, tracking the processor and memory, and bandwidth usage. Security, MSI also provides users with a 30 days free use Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 security guards.
For less adequate budget users, GX60 can be said is the only choice. Not only Batman: Arkham City AMD processor and graphics performance, 1080p sandblasting screen for image display effect par retina screen. Fuselage keyboard and temperature control system compared to other games of this are more prominent. Inadequacies that the body design is too thick, small touchpad, and keyboard backlighting.
MSI game this and frame rate of the 3-digit product, such as Maingear Nomad 17 difference is still relatively far away, but after all, which costs up to $ 2,599 (16,190 yuan RMB). In addition, in the prior four games test GX60 performance than price the G75 performance is more prominent with X17 performance is comparable to, and the two devices is hundreds of dollars higher than the GX60. The GX60 can not be considered a superior performance monster hardware, but the performance and the high cost of law-abiding, indeed the same positioning products can not match.
[ source :LaptopMag]