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MSI GX740 Series

MSI GX740-079USProcessor: Intel Core i5 430M, Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Display: 17.0 inch
Weight: 3.2kg, 3.37kg
Price: 1100, 1400, 1499 euro
Average Score: 81.64% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 81%, features: 72%, display: 62%
mobility: 69%, workmanship: 73%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 71%

 

MSI GX740-i5448LW7P

Specifications

MSI GX740-i5448LW7PNotebook: MSI GX740-i5448LW7P
Processor: Intel Core i5 430M
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:9, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 3.2kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

80% MSI GX740 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
A decent gaming laptop for under £900? The GX740 is certainly a premium machine that is likely to please any gamer that gets their mitts on it. While it's true that the laptop isn't equipped with the most powerful processor available, the i5 has obviously been used in order to keep the price down and packs enough of a punch to cope with whatever you can throw at it. Likewise, the impressive HD5870 graphics card can deal with pretty much anything, including 3D.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/19/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI GX740 review
Source: Techradar English
The MSI GX740 is one of the best priced, best looking gaming notebooks around. There's plenty of power under the hood for the avid gamer, while the Intel Core i5 processor provides plenty of performance for your average consumer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
MSI GX740 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The MSI GX740 laptop offers very good build quality, fantastic gaming performance and a good sound system. However, it’s a shame that its internal Blu-ray drive isn’t backed up by a full-HD screen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/25/2010
performance: 80%
60% MSI GX740-i5448LW7P
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 100% workmanship: 50% ergonomy: 70%
80% MSI GX740-i5448LW7P
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 100% workmanship: 50% ergonomy: 70%

 

MSI GX740-i7247LW7P

Specifications

MSI GX740-i7247LW7PNotebook: MSI GX740-i7247LW7P
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 3.37kg
Price: 1499 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Average Score: 88% - very good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

82% Review MSI GX740-i7247LW7P Gaming-Notebook | Notebookcheck
Some platforms are obviously dearly loved. This is also the case for the well-known, colorful 17" Gaming Barebone from MSI. With an Intel Core i7-720QM and ATI HD5870 graphics, it celebrates its return in the GX740 and promises first class gaming performance.
94% MSI GX740 17-inch Gaming Notebook
Source: Tweaktown English
If you want gaming performance and multimedia bliss at an affordable price, the MSI GX740 will get it done.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 94% price: 92% performance: 97% features: 90% workmanship: 98%
82% Test MSI GX740-i7247LW7P Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/10/2010
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 95% display: 74% mobility: 56% workmanship: 84% ergonomy: 77% emissions: 71%

 

MSI GX740-079US

Specifications

MSI GX740-079USNotebook: MSI GX740-079US
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels
Weight: 3.2kg
Price: 1100 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

80% MSI GX740 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
MSI provides an awesome specification at an awesome price in an outdated chassis. If you're willing to put up with its somewhat garish looks, terrible battery life and a few other foibles, nothing for even close to the same money can touch this GX740 laptop when it comes to sheer gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/19/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 100% performance: 90% features: 80% mobility: 30%
80% MSI GX740 review
Source: CNet English

What on Earth is going on here? A gaming laptop available for under £900? My, how times change. This is the MSI GX740, a 17.3-inch behemoth that wants to be our gaming buddy.

The 17.3-inch MSI GX740 is a peculiar laptop with some curious design flaws. It may not be particularly slick, but it offers astonishing performance for the price.


Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% MSI GX740 review
Source: Stuff TV English
Outstanding value for a high-performance games machine, made possible by some sensible spec compromises
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% MSI GX740-079US 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
The MSI GX740-079US is a 17-inch laptop that is designed for gamers on the go and it does this job quite well. Graphics and performance are both very strong and should handle gaming just fine. There are some quirks that may put off some buyers though including the keyboard layout and the battery pack placement. Still, for $1400, it does an excellent job of blancing gaming and more general purpose computing.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2010
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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With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870:

High-end DirectX 11 graphics card based on a desktop HD5770. Models with GDDR5 are ideal but there may be a bottleneck due to the 128 Bit memory bus.

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


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.

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.


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


3.2 kg:

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

3.37 kg:


81.64%: 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.

MSI GX740-i7247LW7P
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-05- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)