Our MSI GT783 review unit has the following specifications:
- 17.3-inch FHD matte display, 16:9 aspect ratio with LED backlighting (1920×1080 resolution)
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-2670QM quad-core processor (2.2GHz, 3.1GHz max Turbo Boost, 45W TDP, 6M cache)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M 2GB GDDR5 graphics card
- 16GB DDR3-1333MHz dual-channel RAM (4x4GB)
- 128GB SSD boot drive (Transcend TS128gssd25s-m)
- 750GB 7200rpm Western Digital Scorpio Black hard drive for additional storage (WD7500BPKT)
- DVD SuperMulti optical drive
- Intel Centrino Wireless-N 130 802.11 b/g/n network adapter
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 720p webcam
- 9-cell Li-ion battery (7800mAh, 87Wh, 150W power supply)
- Weight: 8.6 lbs w/ 9-cell battery
- Dimensions: 16.85 x 11.34 x 2.17 inches (WxDxH)
- 2-year US parts and labor w/ lifetime tech support and 1-year accidental damage warranty
- Price as configured: $2,307
PERFORMANCE AND BENCHMARKS
Our review unit, which has a 128GB solid state drive that functions as a boot drive, took mere seconds to boot up fully. Once past the log-in screen, it took the notebook about four seconds before it was fully functional.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M GPU with 2GB of memory was named the most powerful laptop graphics card in the world last summer. That’s why it’s the one and only GPU offered with the MSI GT783 (they could’ve gone lower to save you a buck, but since this is supposed to be a high end gaming beast, they didn’t). The graphics were nothing short of powerful. Cinematics in-game ran smoothly and there was little noticeable interference.
Actual gameplay is also extremely smooth and looks great. We ran Crysis and Left 4 Dead 2 on full screen (1080p) under the highest graphics settings possible to test the graphics and frame rates per second with a program called FRAPS. The maximum frames per second during gameplay in Crysis was 62, and the maximum fps in Left 4 Dead 2 was 61. When compared to the Clevo X7200 we reviewed in August of last year with the same GPU, we found that the Clevo, which was equipped with a 6-core CPU instead, was only able to reach about 12 frames per second more than this review unit while playing Crysis. An Intel 6-core laptop CPU is not available for the GT783; instead, users may choose up to the Intel Core i7-2960XM (Extreme Edition) processor at 2.7GHz, but that one costs a lot extra. The Intel Core i7-2670QM quad-core processor is more than enough to run all of the latest games, multitask intensively, and play 1080p video.
As a side note, in all honesty, 16GB of memory is not needed. Opting for the 12GB-1333MHz configuration with a pair of 750GB hard drives (priced at $2,199) will do just fine without seriously impacting in-game performance. Check out our full set of benchmarks below for even more information about the hardware in our review unit.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 measures overall graphics performance in DirectX 11 games (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
Our review unit has one very fast solid state boot drive that will speed up program and Windows startup times and an additional hard drive for storage space.
128 SSD boot drive
750GB HDD storage drive