Notebookcheck

Performance

Doom 3
Time demo demo1 supplied the following results with different resolutions and levels of detail:
Low: 90.0 fps
Medium: 90,2 fps
High: 81,4 fps
Ultra: 61,9 fps
Ultra: 2xAA 46.2 fps
Ultra: 4xAA 29.6 fps
Ultra: 8xAA 11.5 fps

Doom 3 is playable with maximum details and two-way Antialiasing without any problems.

F.E.A.R.
The performance test of the high-end ego shooter determined the following benchmarks:

CPU min/ GPU min
min. 37fps / cut 87fps / max. 175fps
0%< 25fps 8%< 40fps 92%> 40fps

CPU low/ GPU low
min. 50fps / cut 98fps / max. 187fps
0%< 25fps 0%< 40fps 100%> 40fps

CPU med/ GPU med
min. 19fps / cut 43fps / max. 109fps
14%<25fps 39%< 40fps 47%> 40fps

CPU high/ GPU high
min. 15fps / cut 27fps / max. 64fps
47%< 25fps 35%< 40fps 18%> 40fps

CPU max GPU max
min. 8fps / cut 13fps / max. 32fps
96%< 25fps 4%< 40fps 0%> 40fps

"Fear" was well playable on the attitudes CPU-med and GPU-med, but with grafics-intensive explosions or battles interruptions occured.

Quake 3 Arena
The time demo benchmark (Four.DM_68) resulted in 313 fps.

Synthetic Benchmarks

3DMark 01
16207 points

3DMark 03
5853 points 

3DMark 05
2643 points

PCMark 04
3996 points 

PCMark 05
2847 points


Benchmark comparison 3DMark
3Dmark and PCMark Benchmark comparison
Benchmark comparison PCMark
Temperature measurement at the top side under load
Temperature measurement at the lower surface under load
view from above
view from above
view from below
view from below
lateral view 1
lateral view 2

The point of view stability is good in the horizontal range, however is limited by the reflecting display surface. In the vertical range a large change of the viewing angle changes the brightness too.

keyboard
keyboard
touchpad
touchpad

As expected the Geforce Go scores well (performance class 2). All current games are playable with medium up to high details. Combined with the Pentium M760 with 2,0 GHz and 256MB video memory the Geforce Go 6600 shows in this notebook a better performance as e.g. in the MSI Megabook 645. (Pentium M750 1.8 GHz, 128 MB VRAM)

Once again the Geforce 6600 Go presents itself as a good compromise between peformance and current consumption.

HDTune hard disk diagram
HDTune hard disk diagram

Results of measurement with HDTune
The test of the transfer rates of the hard disk brought the following results:

Transfer rate minimum: 17.3 MB/sec
Transfer rate maximum: 33.4 MB/sec
Transfer rate AVERAGE: 27.5 MB/sec
Access time: 18.1 ms
Burst rate: 66.8 MB/sec
CPU Usage: 4,7%

The test of the creation of cloudy stains (smearing with fast movements) resulted in a good result (tested with the PixPerAn flag test).

The color curves in the diagram show a relatively even deviation of the respective color curves. Subjectively the represented image looks good.

easily deviating color curves, usual rather warm color representation
easily deviating color curves, usual rather warm color representation
110,7 cd/m² 123,9 cd/m² 120,4 cd/m²
122,3 cd/m² 133,0 cd/m² 136,8 cd/m²
120,7 cd/m² 127,0 cd/m² 133,6 cd/m²
illumination of the screen

Result

The MSI Megabook L725 is very mobile for a 17" desktop-replacement. Reasons are the good solid workmanship, the small weight and the slim dimensions.

Further positive aspects are a good performance of the used Geforce Go 6600 and the Pentium M760, and particularly the outstanding ventilation management which keeps the emission values tolerable.

The MSI Megabook L725 can be recommended for all those, who searched  for a light-weight and mobile 15.4" notebook, which would be apt for games. In addition, in the segment of "heavy" 17" desktop-replacement the L725 is attractive due to its good design and its slim construction.

Battery Runtime

In the "readers test" with the program Batteryeater we could determine a run time of 2h and 36 minutes. 

Under full load (F.E.A.R.) the 7200 mAh battery delivered power for 1h and 43min.

The relatively high current consumption was remarkable, also in the usage without load. The reason might be the 17" display.

Current consumption
Min: 64.6 W
Idle: 72.9 W
Max: 87.3 W

standard color representation
stability of the point of view
frontal view

Emissions

The measured temperatures are average at the top side and at the lower surface of the notebook. The maximum was measured at the lower surface with 42.8 °C.
Responsible for the good heat distribution is the combination of plastic and metal of the cover at the lower surface, which provides particularly over the strongly warming up construction units for a rapid heat distribution. All heat developing components are arranged at the right side at the back of the laptop, where they are cooled by a ventilator.

This arrangement is probably also responsible for a relatively quiet noise creation of the ventilator. The exhaust constantly runs also without load, but with a measured volume of 34,8 dB this is tolerable. Under load the ventilator winds up gradually and reaches with level 6 and a volume of 47,7 dB its maximum.
If the performance requirement is reduced, the fan regulates immediately back.


Measured volume
Environment: 30,5 dB
Idle, exhaust on (level 1) 34.8 (with HDD 35.1 dB)
Load, level 2 36.8 dB
Load, level 3 39.3 dB
Load, level 4 41.5 dB
Load, level 5 44.8 dB
Load, level 6 47.7 dB

Display

Once again the display is a 17"WSXGA panel with a maximum resolution of 1680x1050 pixel. The maximally measured brightness amounted to 136.8 cd/m² - rather below the average. The illumination is about average 80,9 %.

Input devices

The keyboard sits very stable in the case and even with hard tappings no tortions can be observed. In the test the keys of the used keyboard unit proved as rattling.
The keys offered only slight resistance. An incomplete pressure often has the consequence, that no signal is sent. Particularly high-speed writers probably will not be pleased.

Furthermore, the keyboard layout is very small. This becomes particularly evident with the four cursor keys. With a width of approximately 2/3 of the regular size, these keys are almost unuseable for playing.

The touchpad reacted well, and also the keys can be used pleasantly. The somewhat sharp-edged borders of the touchpad causes collisions with the hand.

One of the four offered quick-start-keys serves for calling the email program and one for starting the webbrowser. The two remaining keys serve according to their logo for activating and deactivating wlan and a magnifying glass function.

Case

The MSI Megabook L725 convinces by a compact, durable construction. Neither with the chassis nor with the keyboard we could discover remarkable deformations or crunching noise.
The surfaces of the notebook felt well, and also the design pleases despite the exclusive use of plastics. The entire case is in the color anthracite coal, only the touchpad and the high-speed keys are implemented in silver.

On the other hand the display is somewhat unpleasantly: the hinges block relatively strongly and the display can be moved only with effort, whereby a hand must fix the Notebook at the desk. Nevertheless the screen trembles.

Further it was noticeable that the catch hooks fix the display only with special pressure accompanied by loud crunches. Pushing the release key during closing the lid helps removing these noises.

Review MSI Megabook L725

With the Megabook L725 a new laptop from the manufacturer MSI has arrived in our labs. Equipped with a Pentium M760 with 2,0 GHz and a Geforce Go 6600 the L725 shows a good performance, a solid workmanship and pleasant emission values. Read more in our detailed review.

rating

MSI Megabook L725
workmanship
81%
keyboard
72%
input device
69%
connectivity
81%
weight
65%
battery run time
74%
display
76%
game performance
87%
application performance
87%
temperature
72%
volume
75%
impression
80%
average
77%

79%

DESKTOP REPLACEMENT *
weighted rating

* weighted desktop replacement notebook:
workmanship 8%, keyboard 8%, input device 8%, connectivity 12%, weight 3%, battery run time 3%, display 13%, game performance 14%, application performance 13%, temperature 4%, volume 4%, impression 10%

the 7200 mAh battery worked under full load amazing 1h and 43min
the 7200 mAh battery worked under full load amazing 1h and 43min
...combined with a Pentium M760 mit 2,0 GHz demonstrated good performance
...combined with a Pentium M760 mit 2,0 GHz demonstrated good performance
nVIDIA Geforce Go 6600...
nVIDIA Geforce Go 6600...
the 17" display shows a moderate brightness
the 17" display shows a moderate brightness
hinges block easy
hinges block easy

test impressions

good design, solid workmanship
good design, solid workmanship
especially the cursor keys are positioned closely
especially the cursor keys are positioned closely
Connections on the right side: 1x USB, PCMCIA adapter, s-video out, VGA out
Connections on the right side: 1x USB, PCMCIA adapter, s-video out, VGA out
Connections at the back: RJ-11 , RJ45 (modem LAN), DC, Kensington LOCK
Connections at the back: RJ-11 , RJ45 (modem LAN), DC, Kensington LOCK
left side: DVD+/-RW drive, 2xUSB
left side: DVD+/-RW drive, 2xUSB

Connections

frontal view - 4in1 cardreader, micIn, lineIn, HeadOut
frontal view - 4in1 cardreader, micIn, lineIn, HeadOut

The model tested by us is the MSI Megabook L725 (MS-1035). Variants respecitve CPU, RAM and hard disk are possible.

The keyboard is inserted stably in the chassis, but the keys rattle
The keyboard is inserted stably in the chassis, but the keys rattle
tested: MSI Megabook L725
tested: MSI Megabook L725

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Pro / Contra

Positive

  • solide workmanship
  • good performance
  • low emissions

Negative

  • moderate display
  • keyboard

Equipment (data sheet)

Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP pro

Processor: Intel Pentium M 760 with 2.0GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache

Main board:  Intel 915M + ICH6-M chip set

Memory: 2 x 512Mb GDR PC400 up to 2GB

Video card: nVIDIA Go 6600, 256MB VRAM

Display: 17" TFT WSXGA 1680x1050 LCD display

Hard disk: 80 GB hard disk Fujitsu MHV2080AH

Sound map: Realtek AC'97 audio

LAN/WLAN: Gigabit 10/100/1000 LAN, integrated Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG Wireless-LAN 802.11b/g, Bluetooth;

Connections: 3 x USB 2,0 port, 1 x IEEE 1394a (Firewire) port, 1 x s-video socket for TV Out, 1 x RJ-45 socket for LAN, 1 x RJ-11 socket for modem, VGA port, express Card Slot, 1x PCMCIA adapter, Kensington LOCK, MicIn, LineIn, HeadOut;

Card reader: 4 in 1 (SD/MMC/MS/MS pro)

DVD burner: Philips DVD+/ RW 8x dual Layer Slim SDVD8441

Other: DVB t optionally

Akku: 7200 mAh

Mass: 395 x 278 x 35 mm, weight: 3,45 kg inclusive battery

Accessories: battery/power pack/driver CD/manual

Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2006-03-13 (Update: 2013-01-15)