Equipped with a top of the line 3.1GHz Intel fourth generation i7-4930 MX processor, 16GB of RAM, and a NVidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU this configuration of the MSI GT60 boats impressive performance. That being said users will need to pay a hefty price tag for this performance with the Xotic PC configuration costing roughly $3,175 (at time the review was written) compared to the machine’s original $1,950 starting price.
In terms of normal web, word and office functions the notebook can handle practically any task you throw at it. Even pilling up multiple tasks at once proves no issue for the device thanks to the 16GB of RAM. The notebook also provides lighting fast boot up speeds and data retrieval via the 128GB SSD, and ample storage for games and other media with its secondary 1TB HDD.
Of course where this notebook really shines is with graphic intensive functions. This notebook is able to tackle HD video editing and 1080p games with optimal performance. To test the device we ran BioShock Infinite on the highest settings (Ultra) at 1080p. The game ran smooth without any noticeable hiccups averaging around 50 frames per second (FPS). For those that demand 60 FPS at all times the, the MSI GT60 was able to run BioShock Infinite on near optimal settings (very high) averaging 68fps and comfortably sitting at 60fps with v-sync enabled. With its respective specs users can be assured that the MSI GT 60 will run any game currently on the market, and will do so with stellar performance.
Our review unit of the MSI GT60 includes the following specifications:
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
- 15.6″ FHD, 1920 x 1080 (non-glare display)
- 3.1 GHz i7-4930MX
- NVidia GeForce GTX 780M (4GB of DDR5)
- 16GB DDR3
- 128GB SSD
- 1TB HDD (5400 RPM) Secondary Drive
- BD Writer/ BD Combo/ DVD Super Multi Optical Drive
- Blue tooth 4.0
- 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 9-Cell Lithium-ion Battery
- Dimensions: 14.97″ x 10.24″ x 1.77″
- Weight: 7.7 lbs.
- Starting Price: $1,950
- Price as Configured: $3,173
The base model of the MSI GT60 2OD-026US is outfitted with an Intel Core i7-4700MQ, with 8GB of RAM, NVidia Geforce GTX 780M, 128GB SSD, 500GB HDD, and a Super Multi DVDRw/CDRW Optical Drive. The base model is currently priced for $1,950 on Xotic PC’s web page.
This configuration Notebook Review tested was upgraded adding an Intel Core i7-4930MX, with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD secondary drive, and a Blu-ray Optical Drive for $3,156 on Xotic PC.
wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test (C Drive on Left D Drive on Right):
Heat and Noise
MSI touts new “Cool Booster 2” technology, which uses a single fan along with a shared heat pipe technology to help cool down the GT60. The fan is certainly audible when the machine is being run through its paces. Even simple functions like streaming video can trigger a strong response from the fan as it works to keep the device cool.
Similar to other gaming devices the MSI GT60 can get quite hot. While testing BioShock Infinite on Ultra settings heat continuously emanated from both the bottom and left portions of the chassis. The MSI GT60 easily heats up to the point where it wouldn’t be comfortable to use as a laptop nor have any of the vents directed towards the user’s skin. Considering that the MSI GT60 weights nearly eight pounds, the inability to use it on your lap isn’t much of a loss. Other than that the cooling system does its job albeit it’s a bit loud, but there’s no need to worry about the machine overheating.
To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.
PowerMark “Balanced” battery life test results (higher scores mean better life):
In our tests, the MSI GT60 ran for 2 hours and 15 minutes before shutting down after reaching the 5 percent battery reserve limit. Running near the two hour mark the MSI GT60 offers fairly standard battery life for gaming notebook. The device did test noticeably better in productivity mode running for 4 hours and 15 minutes before shutting down, ensuring that users will get far more battery life while using the device for basic word and web functions. As a desktop replacement, battery life isn’t crucial for the MSI GT 60, but it’s nice to know that the device can run reliably for more than a few hours on its own power source.