MSI GT783 Battery Life, Heat and Noise

March 2, 2012 by Amber Riippa Reads (19,829)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 8.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Heat and Noise
Even though we exerted the MSI GT783 to the max by running two benchmarks at once (one for the graphics specifically and one to test the processor speeds), it barely broke a sweat. The maximum temperature it reached was 96 degrees Fahrenheit…that’s not bad at all. All of the internal hardware and components stayed well inside their recommended temperatures. The notebook has two large exhaust vents (one on the left side and one on the back), dual fans, and comes equipped with a stock OEM thermal compound. For only a little extra, you can purchase a better concentrated thermal compound but it’s most likely not needed since the notebook never reached over 96 degrees F.

And now we’ve come to the biggest flaw with this system: the noise. The fans make a ton of noise when the notebook is being pushed to its limits. To give you a good idea of how loud it can get, compare it to how loud floor-standing fans in your living room get. The good thing is that in order for it to get this loud, you have to be doing more than just gaming, for example. When in game, the notebook maintains its fan noise, but it’s definitely still noticable.

Battery Life
Gaming notebooks generally don’t have very good battery life because of the power-hungry components, so we weren’t expecting great results. The GT783 has a 9-cell Li-ion battery (7800mAh, 87Wh) and a large 150W power supply. For our battery life test, we reduce the screen brightness to 70%, turn wireless on, refresh a webpage every 60 seconds, and set Windows 7 on the “Balanced” power profile. The MSI GT768 stayed on and active for 3 hours and 21 minutes. This result is actually pretty average considering the components inside. The results will be even better if you turn the keyboard backlight off and screen brightness below 70 percent. Of course, the battery life will be worse if you’re actively gaming on battery power.

Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):

CONCLUSION
The MSI GT783 receives our full recommendation. Even though there are countless custom gaming notebook rigs available via many resellers, we believe that this configuration from XoticPC is one of the best options to go with. Even though this laptop is by no means cheap, any top tier gaming laptop will cost you a pretty penny. The GT783 sports all of the necessary things to make it a good choice: exceptional performance, a solid build and a highly stylish design, and a dazzling full HD display. Not to mention that the cooling system within it will keep the notebook far from overheating.

It can be argued that at the time of this writing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M 2GB graphics in this notebook is the best NVIDIA GPU available for gaming on a laptop. It’s rivaled only by the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6990M 2GB graphics card as far as consumer notebooks go, which is the GPU in the Eurocom Racer (Clevo P150HM).

If you can pay the price and look past the rather loud spin of the fans while the notebook is being pushed as well as the fact that the exterior collects dust and grime easily, the MSI GT783 is a great choice.

Pros:

  • Amazing performance
  • Stunning design and solid build
  • Brilliant FHD display
  • Stays extremely cool

Cons:

  • Pricey for all the best features and hardware
  • Can get loud when exerted
  • Finish collects dust/grime easily


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