MSI GT640Notebook: MSI GT640 (GT640 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M 1024 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.72kg
Price: 1400 euro
Average Score: 81.2% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 83%, features: 78%, display: 63% mobility: 52%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 57%

Reviews for the MSI GT640

77% Review MSI GT640 Gaming Notebook | Notebookcheck
New Horizons. MSI provides for a wind of change with its 15.4 inch GT640 and integrates Intel's Core i7 and Nvidia's GeForce GTS 250M into their own gaming range. If the components are able to take a lead on the forerunners, like the GX623, the GT628 or the GT725, in terms of performance will be clarified in our comprehensive review.
MSI - GT640 review
Source: IT Reviews English
Despite its reasonably compact size (360 x 260 x 36mm), MSI's GT640-30UK packs quite a punch. While the GT640 may not be the fastest notebook around when it comes to gaming performance, it does cost a lot less than some of its competitors that are better equipped for gaming and it does make a very good desktop replacement machine, especially if you want overall performance rather than a killer gaming system.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/01/2010
70% MSI GT640 review
Source: CNet English
MSI isn't a company that shies away from high-end, gaming-orientated computing devices.
MSI claims the GT640 is the fastest quad-core laptop in the world. This isn't true, but it's certainly fast enough to satisfy even the most demanding user. If you can tolerate its questionable looks and build quality, it could prove a worthwhile desktop-replacement or gaming PC
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Source: c't - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Very Long, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: performance: 85% features: 70% display: 55% mobility: 40% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 30%
89% Zocker-Notebooks
Source: PC Games Hardware - 2/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 89% price: 70%
MSI GT640 im Test: Gaming-Notebook mit Vierkern-Prozessor
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/15/2009
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80%
89% Leistungsträger
Source: TV Movie Multimedia - 26/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 89% price: 75%
81% Test MSI GT640 Gaming-Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 89% display: 74% mobility: 70% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 75% emissions: 75%
MSI GT640 - Core i7 für die gehobene Mittelklasse
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/22/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80%
MSI GT640: potente gaming notebook
Source: Pc Tuner Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/08/2010
Rating: price: 50% performance: 90%
MSI GT640 - čtyřjádro v nejmenším balení
Source: CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/26/2010
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 40%


NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M: The GPU has 96 shader cores but only a 128 bit memory bus that supports GDDR5 memory. With DDR3 memory, the GTS 250M performs clearly worse. Because of the 40nm process (and a selection process) the 250M offers a relatively low power consumption (the 260M needs 10W more).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

720QM: The Core i7-720QM is the slowes Core i7 Quad Core in 2009 and clocks between 1.6 and 2.8 GHz (due to the Turbo Mode). Therefore, it combines the advantages of a slow quad core CPU with a fast single core one. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 720QM only features 6MB L3 Cache.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.72 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI reviews

81.2%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» ZAReason Verix
Core i7 620M

Devices with the same GPU

» Velocity Micro NoteMagix M17
Core i5 520M, 17.0", 3.2 kg
» MSI GT740-i7247W7P
Core i7 720QM, 17.0", 2.8 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X500-10W
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 1.7 kg
» MSI GT740-021UK
Core i7 720QM, 17.0", 3.2 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X500-111
Core i7 620M, 18.4", 4.6 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X500-110
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.5 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4 kg
» Ibuypower Battalion 101 LX-797
Core i7 720QM, 17", 2.4 kg
» Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7700
Core i7 720QM, 17", 3.2 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X500-10V
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.75 kg
» MSI GT740
Core i7 820QM, 17.0", 3.15 kg
» Acer Aspire 8940-6865
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.2 kg
» Acer Aspire 8940G-724G50Bn
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.22 kg
» Acer Aspire 8940G-724G64Bn
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.6 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X505
Core i7 820QM, 18.4", 5 kg

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» Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 (MC721LL/A)
Radeon HD 6490M, Core i7 2635QM
» Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch 2011-02
Radeon HD 6750M, Core i7 2720QM
» LG Haier R450
Mirage 3 671MX, Pentium Dual Core T4400
» Gigabyte Q1580M
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» HP Pavilion dv5t
GeForce 8600M GT, Core 2 Duo T9400
» Toshiba Satellite L300-2C7
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M, Pentium Dual Core T4300
» MSI GX640-098US
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, Core i5 430M
» Sony Vaio VPC-B11V9EB
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, Core i5 520M
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-01- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)