MSI GX60 Gaming Notebook



Company: MSI
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: March 10th, 2013

Introduction

The MSI GX60 is a gaming notebook based on AMD's Trinity mobile platform, codenamed Comal. The MSI GX60 features an A10 APU, discrete graphics, and premium components designed to improve the gaming performance on the device. In particular, this notebook features the 35W A10-4600M with Radeon HD 7660G graphics. The A10-4600M is a Piledriver architecture dual module chip, featuring four CPU cores running at 2.3GHz base clock with a 3.2GHz turbo core maximum. Alongside the four CPU cores is a fat discrete class GPU named HD 7660G. This GPU features VLIW4 architecture, and has 384 cores running at 497MHz with a Turbo clock of 686MHz. You might be thinking that's the discrete graphics referred to earlier, and you'd be wrong - this notebook also features a 100W Radeon HD 7970M 2GB GDDR5 GPU, leveraged using Enduro.

MSI GX60 Notebook

AMD's switchable graphics technology has been around for a while, and uses the same Bus Alive Chip Off technology demonstrated in AMD's latest desktop lineup, a feature known as ZeroCore Power. AMD's drivers extend the OS's powerplan to allow different devices to be used under different circumstances; use the APU's built-in GPU for better battery life, and use the monster dedicated GPU when you're on wall power. The Vision Engine Control Center also permits the user to override the power profile to select the GPU to use; you can do this globally for instant changes or through profiles, for ongoing use. With the GX-60 equipped with a 15.6" 1920x1080 display, either GPU can be given a workout depending on your game and settings.

Hardware Specifications

MSI didn't stop there with their gaming enhancements. The GX-60 features three hard drives, two 64GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0, branded as SuperRAID, and a 750GB 7200RPM HDD for storage. Other storage configurations are available, such as two 750GB or 500GB HDDs in RAID 0. We also get a tasty combination DVD-RW and Blu-ray drive optical, for your media entertainment needs.

Steelseries Keyboard

MSI ups the ante with several upgrades over a typical notebook, touching every area of interest. The keyboard is a steelseries 'made for gamers' device, with optional LED backlight. The integrated Ethernet is a Killer E2200 chip, and is accompanied by an Atheros AR1111 wireless card that offers 802.11b/g/n, plus BlueTooth 4.0. The audio is provided by Realtek HD audio ALC 892 chip with THX TruStudio Pro software virtual 7.1 enhancement add on, and the laptop itself features 2.1 audio.

THX Audio

The main chipset is the AMD A70 fusion controller hub (FCH), also known as the Hudson-M3, and provides six SATA-3 6gbps ports and supports AHCI 1.2 and RAID 0 or 1. It also offers a SD card slot and numerous USB ports, in fact 10 USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0. All four USB 3.0 ports are present on the outside of the GX60, plus the card reader. The 15.6" display is an LED backlit anti-glare coated TN panel, which supports 1920x1080 resolution at 60Hz.

High Definition Display

The notebook weighs in at just over 7lbs 9oz (3.4KG in new money) and comes with an 180W power adapter and 7800mAh / 87Whr Lithium Ion battery. Our model was equipped with 2x4GB DDR3-1600Mz memory (maximum supported 16GB), HD webcam, and an OEM preload of Windows 7 with enhancement software. You also get an MSI gaming mouse and backpack, cementing the impression that this isn't an ultraportable but a luggable desktop replacement.