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MSI GX60 review

MSI's new gaming portable makes pixel pumping the priority

Our Verdict

An interesting mix of components, but ultimately the AMD 10 CPU doesn't quite deliver.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080

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For

  • Games look awesome
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Aggressively priced

Against

  • A10 processor isn't good enough
  • Radeon HD 7970M graphics held back
  • Disappointing SSD RAID array
  • Thick chassis
  • Gets hot under load

Is there such thing as enough CPU power? MSI seems to think so with the release of the MSI GX60 gaming notebook.

That's because, intriguingly, the MSI GX60 pairs one of AMD's A10 fusion CPUs with the AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics chip. So that's a budget-orientated processor combined with the fastest GPU AMD currently offers. Bold move, MSI.

For gaming, of course, graphics grunt has always been critical. Indeed, Intel has been winding back on CPU performance in recent years as it attempts to step up the performance of its graphics cores.

But MSI really is pushing that notion og good-enough CPU performance to its absolute limits. Whether it works will depend on the ability of that A10 processor to maintain playable frame rates at all times.

If you're wondering what the upsides might be, well, it comes down to two things. The A10 processor is cheaper than a high end mobile CPU. And it's also more power efficient.

MSI GX60

That's true because the CPU part of the AMD A10 package is pretty modest. It also sports an integrated graphics core that can be used when the system is running on battery power. But then, all of Intel's mobile processors also sport what you might call back-up integrated graphics, too.

Even so, you'd hope that the MSI GX60 was both longer lasting and cheaper than the gaming laptop competition. If it delivers on those two metrics and keeps the frame rates trucking, MSI could be onto a winner.

The price comparison is easy enough to make. The PC Specialist Vortex III 680, for instance, packs the alternative flagship GPU from the green team, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M along with a pricey Intel Core i7. And it's nearly £150 more expensive.

Then there's Samsung Series 7 Gamer, powered by Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M but yours for £1,349. That's an extra £300, therefore.

Toshiba's Qosmio X870 and its Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M combo is even pricier at around £1,700.

Admittedly, there are several other variables that effect pricing, including screen size, storage specification and more. But one thing is clear enough. If the MSI GX60 delivers great gaming performance, it'll be a bit of a bargain.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 7970M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboNo
Product FamilyGX60
ColourBrush Aluminum Black
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameMSI
Processor TypeA-Series
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.90 kg
Cache6 MB
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA70M
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height55.1 mm
Width428 mm
Depth288 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesGX60
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelGX60 1AC-021US
Product NameGX60 1AC-021US Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number9S7-16FK11-021
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

AMD Eyefinity Multi-Display Technology Support

The MSI GX60 supports AMD Eyefinity Technology which features innovative three-screen display capabilities, allowing you to output to three displays simultaneously using HDMI, VGA, and mini-DisplayPort. You can show one picture (i.e., videos, graphics) on multiple displays or different pictures on multiple displays.

THX TruStudio Pro Provides Excellent Surround Sound Effect

THX TruStudio Pro is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios- to the PC. THX TruStudio Pro provides the latest groundbreaking technologies that are products of years of collective experience and research by Creative and THX. Together, these technologies deliver the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Limited Warranty2 Year