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MSI GT740 Series

MSI GT740-i7247W7PProcessor: Intel Core i7 720QM, Intel Core i7 820QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
Display: 17.0 inch
Weight: 2.8kg, 3.15kg, 3.2kg
Price: 1200, 1450, 1500 euro
Average Score: 74.8% - average
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 85%, features: 87%, display: 73%
mobility: 64%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 78%

 

MSI GT740

Specifications

MSI GT740Notebook: MSI GT740
Processor: Intel Core i7 820QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M 1024 MB
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 3.15kg
Price: 1450 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Average Score: 82.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

79% Review MSI GT740 Gaming-Notebook | Notebookcheck
A Gamer's Desire? MSI releases the newest offshoot of its gaming range with the GT740. The 17 inch notebook has state-of-the-art components with the Core i7 820QM and a GeForce GTS 250M and wants to thus win gamers despite a steep price of around 1450 euro. Read in our comprehensive review if the supplied performance is impressive and MSI's notorious weaknesses have been mended in the meantime.
MSI - GT740 notebook review
Source: IT Reviews English
While desktop PCs have traditionally been the main haven for serious gamers, the explosion of interest in laptops as desktop replacements means that more and more consumers want to be able to play online and on the move without being chained to their studies. MSI has already responded to that need and its latest offspring, the GT740, is its current top-of-the-range gaming notebook. MSI's latest gaming powerhouse certainly has the looks and the CPUs to attract serious gamers, but keyboard and lighting issues might cause some hesitation for those wanting to part with this much money.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/28/2010
performance: 80%
83% MSI GT740X (MS-1727)
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 96% features: 85% display: 82% mobility: 60% workmanship: 83%
82% Test MSI GT740 Gaming-Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 91% display: 69% mobility: 64% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 75% emissions: 80%

 

MSI GT740-021UK

Specifications

MSI GT740-021UKNotebook: MSI GT740-021UK
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 3.2kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

70% MSI GT740-021UK - 17in Gaming Laptop Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
MSI is one of those companies that can be relied on to bring out a new gaming laptop with every major hardware revision. While the MSI GT740-021UK offers decent value and an excellent screen combined with impressive battery life for a mobile gaming machine, it is let down by an awkward keyboard layout, underpowered graphics card and a 32-bit OS.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/31/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 90% mobility: 70%

 

MSI GT740-i7247W7P

Specifications

MSI GT740-i7247W7PNotebook: MSI GT740-i7247W7P
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:9, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% New Kid in Town
Source: mobile Zeit - 1/10 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Comment

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.

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

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).

» 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.  

820QM:

The Core i7-820QM is a high-end quad core CPU for laptops that clocks due to the Turbo Mode from 1.73-3.06 GHz. Therefore, the processor combines the advantages of fast single core CPUs and slow quad-core CPUs. Hyperthreading allows the simultaneous use of 8 Threads in parallel. 

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.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.8 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

3.2 kg:


74.8%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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

MSI GT740-021UK
GeForce GTS 250M

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-04-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)