Performance – Processor, General, Hard Drive
The GT60’s Core i7-4700MQ CPU is no joke. Having said that, however, the overall performance as indicated by our benchmarks is not that much higher than the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500’s i7-3630QM (which was, of course, an Ivy Bridge model). Still, faster than fast is really fast, and there’s no question that the i7-4700MQ delivers on that front. Needless to say, we’ll also be revisiting (and testing further) the GTX 780M’s performance in the GT60, as well as comparing it to some other gaming PCs for context.
Speaking of which, our competition includes the recently-reviewed Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (decked out with not one but two NVIDIA GT 650 discrete GPUs configured in SLI) and the Origin EON17-S (which features an NVIDIA GT 675 and an i7-3920XM CPU). We also threw in the ASUS G75V when possible. Any of these machines can handle even the most demanding games—but the question is, how does the $2,000 MSI GT60 stack up?
Performance – Processor
First, let’s take a look at the synthetic CPU benchmark results. We subjected the GT60 to our newly-revamped standardized selection of benchmarks, which includes four different targeted CPU tests. Here, the Core i7-4700MQ scores an excellent 107.53 GIPS in SiSoft Sandra’s Dhrystone and 82.34 GFLOPS in Whetstone, as well as a 6.84 and 1.47 in Cinebench R11.5’s xCPU and 1CPU respectively. In short, it’s more than enough to handle any gaming you throw at it, and practically anything else, too.
Here’s how the results look/compare:
Sandra’s results peg the i7-4700MQ most closely in line with the Lenovo Y500’s i7-3630QM—just ever-so-slightly faster. Meanwhile, the Origin EON17-S smokes them both by a margin of about 10%, but then again, its expensive and power-hungry i7-3920XM Ivy Bridge CPU (boasting 8 W TDP higher than even the i7-4700MQ) should be expected to dominate.
Next up, Cinebench:
Second verse, same as the first with Cinebench R11.5. Here, thanks to our recently-updated testing template, we’ve got just one comparison in our database (the recent Lenovo Y500). Still, things once again look pretty consistent, with an overall difference of 10-11% on the CPU-centric tests. OpenGL performance leaps ahead by a wider margin, but that’s a GPU-centric measurement by contrast.
Rounding out the bunch is Peacekeeper, which seems to reaffirm our other findings:
Our new test template utilizes PCMark 7 for our application performance testing.
It’s well-known that this benchmark heavily favors systems equipped with a solid state drive for primary storage—and so it should be no surprise that, when compared with the Lenovo Y500’s hybrid SSD configuration (which involves a mechanical drive paired with an SSD for transparent caching), the GT60 shines.
Performance – Storage Devices
Again, the GT60’s storage combo of a SanDisk SD5SF212 128 GB SSD and a Western Digital WD10JPVX-22J 1 TB HDD is considerably more useful than any variety of mere SSD-caching (as in the case of the Lenovo Y500). The SSD posts speeds of 441 MB/s and 254 MB/s sequential read and write in AS SSD, respectively. This yields a total score of 766, which is very good.
ATTO Disk Benchmark also reports excellent values, with 4K read/write speeds of just over 200,000 MB/s and 4 MB read/write speeds of 318,806 and 450,611 MB/s, respectively.
Meanwhile, the 1 TB Western Digital hard drive fares much more unremarkably, posting results which solidify its status as a storage-only drive in comparison.
Here's how these results stack up against the competition:
Finally, there’s CrystalDiskMark. Once again, the SSD yields great scores, with 438 and 326 MB/s sequential read/write and acceptable 4K/4K QD32 scores as well. It’s not the fastest we’ve seen, but it’s certainly more than adequate for great system performance.
And again, finally, the WD 1 TB hard drive:
Rounding out the bunch is the WD10JPVX-22J’s performance in HDTune:
Overall, a pretty strong showing. The concept of a speedy SSD for application/operating system files paired with a large-capacity mechanical drive for storage has always been a best-of-both-worlds approach, and it works well here. If you run out of space on your SSD, there's always the option of swapping it out for a larger model or adding another—just be prepared to go through the warranty sticker if you plan to.
MSI has been honoring
MSI has been honoring warranties, beacuse some state’s attorney general’s offices have put the kibosh on that sort of scare tactic with regards to Warranty, and just wait until the FTC gets wind of this! A bit of the Intel playbook, n’est-il pas!
Chicklet style keys again?
Chicklet style keys again?
NO thank you.
Wise up gaming keyboard makers, especially at this weight class, REAL MECHANICAL KEYBOARDS….DO IT.
chicklet keys suck.
You really expect mechanical
You really expect mechanical keyboards in a laptop?
Although I liked the keyboards in the old thinkpads… they were pretty solid.
Rather buy a lenovo y510p and
Rather buy a lenovo y510p and use the savings to build a i5 haswell desktop.
almost any game can be played on medium or higher solid 60fps on y510p at it’s highest resolution.
Does MS allow you to
Does MS allow you to downgrade the OS from Win8 to Win7?
Oh those BCU(Beyond Coyote
Oh those BCU(Beyond Coyote Ugly) TIFKAM Tiles, No way in Hell, Just Collect Dust, MSI, without a Windows 7, or a Linux option, there is no option, but the NO SALE option!
GAG, heave my cookies, gag, heave some more!…
having a single vent ? no way
having a single vent ? no way i rather buy asus g750 which has 2 vents for cpu and gpu or sager which has 2 vents also for cpu and gpu the no doubt the performance is very good but the heat ? nah i don’t want unnecessary heat on my unit
And enjoy waiting for updated
And enjoy waiting for updated drivers. Unfortunately reference drivers will not work with Asus due to lack of optimus and the privilege of a custom graphics chip
I have had both and will stick with MSI
Actually it’s not a single
Actually it’s not a single vent system. I have a MSI GT780 which is the same design as the GT60 and GT70. The way it works is the heatsink run from the GPU to the fan and the CPU to the fan, there is only 1 fan, but the GPU expells heat out the rear of the computer while the CPU expells heat from the side of the computer. I was scared of it at first but i bought it anyways and the system worked excellently, and was majorly easy to clean. In 3 years of owning the GT780, I’ve never had one problem with overheating at all.
Is there a way to drive a 4k
Is there a way to drive a 4k display at 60 Hz (DisplayPort 1.2 MST), or is that only going to be gaming laptops with Radeon GPU’s?
I’d like to see a comparison
I’d like to see a comparison between the GT60 and GX60. That would be an interesting review.
I own a Japanese version of
I own a Japanese version of the MSI GT60 that I bought in Akihabara Tokyo, it features lots of things not included in the USA release version here. It has an overclock button and included overclock software, upgraded 16GB DDR5 ram, and 3GB DDR5 NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX670MX graphics card. My keyboard has Japanese Hiragana and English characters with language mode toggles, and it came with THX True Studio Pro sound processing software which is amazing through the HDMI output… The best of all was the price difference. It was only 1430 USD to buy in Tokyo, stores in the usa were selling it with less ram and lower specs for 2700$ in Indiana…
I have not had any issue with heat my coolerboost takes care of all the heat issues, its a pretty powerful little impeller. So far i havnt used over 9.9 of my 16 GB so yea its a little overkill but definitely a system that can take you into the future for several years easily and still run everything perfectly.
For those wanting a windows 7 eperience on windows 8 just buy the program Startisback. A single license is 3$ and your start menu “Is Back” with even more customizable options than before, and allows you to configure a balance between windows 8 and 7 features of your choice. I rarely ever look at the tiles anymore and my GT60 boots straight to desktop now.
Anyway ive vbeen very happy with my experience owning a GT60 so far.
Also my screen is an LED Panel 15.6 inch FHD (Non-Glare type) it has a matte finish. Im not sure because this review didnt cover wireless, it has wifi A/B/G/N, Bluetooth.
The only thing i would consider upgrading in the future is to get a solid state hard drive. Typically the HDD is the only thing that ever slows my system down. but once it loads all the files it needs to work with into its massive ram, its all set to go. I play games seamlessly. HDD is a 7500 RPM 750GB model.
Hope my review notes help out some people.
Thanks for your input! It’s
Thanks for your input! It's also worth plugging Classic Shell, which is a freeware implementation of the Windows Start Menu (and other items if you choose) that, in my experience, works very well indeed.