MSI GX60 (w/A10-4600m)

Soon MSI will be releasing a gaming laptop called the GX60. But what’s so special about that? There are tons of gaming laptops, right?

This gaming laptop, however is NOT powered by Intel! It has the AMD A10-4600m.

This is a 2.3 Ghz Quad core CPU. Don’t be fooled by that mere 2.3, though; it scores a lot better than the FX-4100 desktop CPU from the previous generation which has a TDP of 95 watts compared to a mere 35 watts. This is very impressive! It scores 4888 compared to 3960 on cpubenchmark.net. While the score does go down a little, this is dramatically higher, especially taking the clock speed and power draw into consideration. AMD seems to be getting back into the game at long last, even if it is not quite up to par with the i7s quite yet.

MSI also fitted the laptop with a 7970m, which is essentially a 7870 underclocked, which is a very potent  GPU. It boasts 1280 shaders, 32 ROPs(Raster Operation Pipeline or Render Output Unit), 80 TMUs (Texture Mapping Unit),  runs at 850/1250 Mhz for Clock/Memory, has a memory bandwidth of 1536 GB/S at 256 bits, and 2GB of GDDR5. Note that this runs at a high 100 watts which would affect battery life, even though gaming laptops are not meant to be run on battery.

Presumably there will be an option to turn off the 7970m and use the 7660D integrateed (this is a solid iGP) to save battery life.

With the 7970m comes Eyefinity, which allows users to connect to up to 3 monitors at the same time, which can be useful for multiple applications open at once or a big game (screen).

There is an option to have not only an SSD, but 2 SSDs in RAID 0 to increase bandwidths to up to 1000MB/S (SATA III is 6.0 Gb/s or 768MB/S). This would be useful to get hefty games up along with Windows (or Linux, with Steam development under way) faster.

There is a Killer™ Gaming Networking – Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking (LAN) in the MSI GX60 to accelerate network speeds when it detects a game or other high network using activities like watching videos. This is quite helpful for multiplayer games.

The GX60 incorporates a special keyboard designed for gaming from steelseries.

MSI included THX sound to bring a great sound experience similar to that of theatres, recording studios, and even live performances.

Thankfully, unlike many computers, this comes with an anti-glare screen that would minimize reflections. The 15.6-inch screen comes in FHD or 1080×1920.

This is rather large at 395 x 267 x 55mm (that’s 5.5 cm or ~2 inches thick!) and 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs), but that is to be expected with a gaming laptop.

Overall, this laptop has very solid specs that make it look very appealing –  though that might change after the price comes out. While it has not been launched yet, it will come out soon.

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