MSI GT740Notebook: MSI GT740 (GT740 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 820QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M 1024 MB
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.15kg
Price: 1450 euro
Average Score: 81.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 88%, features: 86%, display: 73% mobility: 63%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 78%

Reviews for the MSI GT740

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%

Foreign Reviews

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%


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.  


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. 

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

17.0": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

3.15 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

81.33%: 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

» MSI GT740-i7247W7P
Core i7 720QM
» MSI GT740-021UK
Core i7 720QM

Devices with the same GPU

» ZAReason Verix
Core i7 620M, 15.4", 2.7 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X500-10W
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 1.7 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio X500-111
Core i7 620M, 18.4", 4.6 kg
» MSI GT640-030UK
Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.7 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 GT640-i7247W7P
Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.8 kg
» Acer Aspire 8940-6865
Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.2 kg
» MSI GT640
Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.72 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

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Apple MacBook Pro 17 inch 2011-10 MD311LL/A
Radeon HD 6770M, Core i7 2760QM
» Medion Akoya X7811-MD97588
Mobility Radeon HD 5870, Core i5 450M
» HP EliteBook 8740W-XT911UT
Quadro FX 3800M, Core i7 740QM
» HP EliteBook 8740w-VG316AV
Quadro 5000M, Core i7 920XM
» HP 8740W-WW427PA
Quadro FX 3800M, Core i7 820QM
» HP EliteBook 8740w-WD943EA
Quadro FX 3800M, Core i7 840QM
» HP EliteBook 8740w
FirePro M7820, Core i5 520M
» Polywell PolyNote 714AH
Mobility Radeon HD 4570, Core i5 520M
» MSI GX740-079US
Mobility Radeon HD 5870, Core i7 720QM
» MSI Megabook GX740-091
Mobility Radeon HD 5870, Core i5 430M
» Asus G73Jh-TZ008V
Mobility Radeon HD 5870, Core i7 720QM
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-01- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)