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MSI GX640 Series

MSI GX640-098USProcessor: Intel Core i5 430M, Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 15.4 inch
Weight: 2.7kg, 3kg
Price: 1100, 1200 euro
Average Score: 77.86% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 8 reviews)
: - %, performance: 82%, features: 83%, display: 77%
mobility: 64%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 61%

 

MSI GX640

Specifications

MSI GX640Notebook: MSI GX640
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: 1100 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GX640 (Series)

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

90% MSI GX640 – мощный DTR-ноутбук в лёгком корпусе
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
MSI GX640: яркий игровой ноутбук с процессором Intel Core i5
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2010
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80%

 

MSI GX640-i5447LW7P

Specifications

MSI GX640-i5447LW7PNotebook: MSI GX640-i5447LW7P
Processor: Intel Core i5 430M
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 1024 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GX640 (Series)

Average Score: 78% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

79% Review MSI GX640-i5447LW7P Notebook | Notebookcheck
New hardware, old weaknesses. The latest addition to MSI's gaming range is the new GX640. On the outside nothing has changed, but under the surface lurks a particularly powerful graphics card, the Radeon HD 5850 GDDR5. Is it all too much for the modest 15-inch case?
81% Test MSI GX640-i5447LW7P Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 82% display: 70% mobility: 73% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 75% emissions: 67%
75% Обзор геймерского ноутбука MSI Megabook GX640-i5447LW7P
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 81% display: 88% mobility: 31% emissions: 51%

 

MSI GX640-098US

Specifications

MSI GX640-098USNotebook: MSI GX640-098US
Processor: Intel Core i5 430M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GX640 (Series)

Average Score: 73.33% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

70% MSI GX640-098US Notebook Review
Source: Maximum PC English
Neither the MSI GX640-098US’s specs nor its $1,200 price tag necessarily scream “mobile gaming rig,” but the notebook’s highlighted W, A, S, and D keys say otherwise. So when the GX480 showed up on our doorstep, we wondered if the moderately powered notebook could muster up enough moxie to satisfy mobile gamers on a budget.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% MSI GX640-098US
Source: PC Mag English
There are consequences when you run really fast parts in a 15-inch frame. For one, you run into heat issues if a manufacturer does a lousy job cooling the laptop. And two, battery life will suffer no matter how big the battery is. Fortunately, most gamers will keep the MSI GX640-098US plugged in and on a desk. It's a very good gaming laptop for gaming junkies who frequent LAN parties. For experienced gaming professionals, the Alienware M17x (now with Core i7 processors) is still the ultimate gaming machine.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
MSI GX640-098US
Source: PC World English
This portable gaming notebook is speedy and affordable, and it has great speakers--all of which pretty much make up for the loud fan and the not-so-bright screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2010
Rating: performance: 76% features: 82%
80% MSI GX640-098US 15.4-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
MSI's GX640-098US is a very strong gaming laptop for those willing to spend just over a thousand dollars. This is thanks to the high performance ATI graphics processor that is Direct X 11 compatible and a display with an above average resolution. They even include a 9-cell battery giving it above average running times. General performance is a bit slower and the keyboard could use some improvement as well.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

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.

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850:

The HD 5850 is a slower clocked HD 5870 and is reliant on fast GDDR5 memory to perform in the high-end segment. It is based on the Desktop HD 5770 chip but with a lower clock speed.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

» 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.

Intel Core i5:

430M:

The Core i5-430M is a middle class dual core CPU that features only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.26-2.53 GHz (Turbo Mode). Furthermore, VT-d, trusted Execution and AES features are missing in the 430M. Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics with 500-733 MHz) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.


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


2.7 kg:

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

3 kg:


77.86%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-05-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)