MSI Megabook GX720


MSI Megabook GX720Notebook: MSI Megabook GX720 (Megabook G Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.4kg
Price: 1200 euro
Average Score: 80.82% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 79%, features: 84%, display: 60% mobility: 60%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI Megabook GX720

70% MSI GX720 review
Source: Techradar English
The MSI GX720 isn't about to compete with true high-end machines, but as a stylish desktop replacement, it's more than appealing. The only real downside is the keyboard, which detracts from an otherwise highly usable laptop.
3.5 von 5, Leistung gut, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% display: 80%
90% MSI GX720 & MSI GT735
Source: Inside HW English

If we consider gaming performances, the winner is decided by nuances and better optimization for one or other graphics card. That means, that in some games better frame rate will have GX720 and in some GT735. Processor overclock sounds like great possibility but it results with little improvements in games because bottle neck is actually graphics cards. What model you will choose depends on your budget, but one thing is for sure: you will get very quality notebook with enviably performances as in games as in all other segments.

sehr gut, Leistung sehr gut
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90%
80% MSI GX720
Source: PC Mag English
Since MSI's netbook is called the Wind, I thought that the company might launch a gaming laptop called the Hurricane. Though it's not actually called that, the MSI GX720 ($1,800 street) looks as if it were ready to take the gaming market by storm. There are far better gaming laptops in the market, but the GX720 is priced well below them and has a copious blend of media center features.
4 von 5, Preis gut, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 80%
70% MSI GX720
Source: Computer Shopper English
The MSI GX720 is a reasonably priced ($1,799) midlevel gaming notebook with some cool features, including one-touch overclocking, power-management switches, and a robust audio system.Although it did a decent job of handling our DX9 gaming tests, however, its DX10 performance was disappointing. With its slick red and brushed-black metal finish, the MSI GX720 has the look that gamers crave, but hard-core enthusiasts may find its 3D performance lacking.

7 von 10, Leistung mäßig, Mobilität schlecht, Display schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 60% display: 40% mobility: 40%
70% MSI GX720
Source: Laptop Mag English
While its Turbo and Eco modes may be a bit overstated, the MSI GX720 is a very solid, value-price gaming notebook. Although it’s undercut by the Gateway P-7811 FX ($350 cheaper and with better graphics scores), the GX720 includes a Blu-ray drive for watching high-definition content—a plus for those who want to indulge in HD movies between gaming sessions.
3.5 von 5, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80%

Foreign Reviews

84% Notebook MSI GX720 im Test
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 90%
94% Notebooks für Spieler
Source: PC Games Hardware - 3/09 German
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 94% price: 70%
84% MSI GX720
Source: PC Go - 1/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 80%
87% Schick statt klobig
Source: PC Praxis - 1/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 70% performance: 90%
80% MSI Megabook GX720
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 80%
80% Test MSI Megabook GX720
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 80%
Gaming-Notebook MSI GX720 im Test
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2008
Rating: performance: 90% features: 95%


NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT: Successor of the 8600M GT and because of the smaller 65nm production process the card is higher clocked (and therefore faster) with the same current consumption.Furthermore, it features an improved video processor (VP3) and HybridPower to save current (in conjunction with the 9100M G).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).

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

17.1": 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.

3.4 kg: This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit 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

80.82%: 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.

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

» HP Pavilion dv7-1280EG
Core 2 Duo P7450
» HP Pavilion dv7-1050eg
Core 2 Duo T9400
» HP Pavilion dv7-1070eg
Core 2 Duo T9400

Devices with the same GPU

» Sony Vaio VGN-AW41MF/H
Core 2 Duo P7450, 18.4", 3.9 kg
» Fujitsu Amilo Xi3670
Core 2 Quad Q9000, 18.4", 4 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW31XY
Core 2 Duo T9900, 18.4", 4 kg
» Toshiba Qosmio G50-127
Core 2 Duo P8600, 18.4", 4.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW310J/H
Core 2 Duo T6500, 18.4", 3.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW31M/H
Core 2 Duo P8700, 18.4", 3.9 kg
» Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch (06/09)
Core 2 Duo P8400, 15.4", 2.5 kg
» Cyberpower Xplorer X5-7900
Core 2 Duo P9600, 15.4", 3 kg
» Ibuypower Battalion 101 FX-924Z
Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 2.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW21XY/Q
Core 2 Duo T9800, 18.4", 3.95 kg
» HP Pavilion HDX X16-1010EA
Core 2 Duo P8400, 16.0", 3.5 kg
» Acer Aspire 8730G
Core 2 Duo T6400, 18.4", 4.1 kg
» Apple Macbook Pro 17“ 2009-3
Core 2 Duo T9550, 17.0", 2.98 kg
» HP Pavilion dv7-1285dx
Core 2 Duo P8600, 17.0", 3.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW21VY/Q
Core 2 Duo T9800, 18.4", 4 kg
» MSI Megabook GX400
Core 2 Duo P7350, 14.1", 2.29 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW11XU/Q
Core 2 Duo T9600, 18.4", 4 kg
» HP Pavilion dv7-1004ea
Core 2 Duo P7350, 17.0", 3.5 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi3650
Core 2 Duo T9400, 18.4", 3.9 kg
» Zepto Nexus A15
Core 2 Duo P7350, 15.4", 2.9 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW235J/B
Core 2 Duo P8600, 18.4", 4 kg
» MSI Megabook GX630
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, 15.4", 2.7 kg
» LG P310-S.CBRBG Tarsia
Core 2 Duo P8400, 13.3", 1.66 kg
» LG P310-S.CBRAG Tarsia
Core 2 Duo T9500, 13.3", 1.6 kg
» MSI Megabook EX620
Core 2 Duo P9500, 15.4", 2.7 kg
» HP Pavilion HDX18t
Core 2 Duo P8600, 18.4", 4.1 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-10- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)