MSI GT740 (GT740 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M - 1024 MB, Core: 450 MHz, Memory: 790 MHz, Shader rate: 1080 Mhz, 187.66
4096 MB 
, 2 x 2048 MByte DDR3 1066 MHz, ~3 GByte available(32bit OS), max. 4 GByte
17 inch 16:10, 1680 x 1050 pixel, glossy: yes
Intel PM55
WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT-00A03T0, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Realtek High Definition Audio
1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Modem, 1 Infrared, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: Headphone, microphone, line-in, line-out, Card Reader: XD SD MMC MS, Antenne
Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E GBE NIC (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), 802.11bgn-1TR1-Mini-Card-Drahtlosadapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 2.0
Optical drive
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7560S
height x width x depth (in mm): 40 x 395 x 278 ( = 1.57 x 15.55 x 10.94 in)
52 Wh Lithium-Ion, six cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
Webcam: 2.0 Megapixel
Additional features
24 Months Warranty
3.15 kg ( = 111.11 oz / 6.94 pounds), Power Supply: 810 g ( = 28.57 oz / 1.79 pounds)
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). 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 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.

15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

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

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

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 is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).

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.

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Stefan Hinum, 2010-01- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)