Performance – Synthetic GPU, Gaming Benchmarks
Synthetic GPU Benchmarks
Naturally, the primary appeal of the MSI GT60 is its gaming ability. As it turns out, we’ve already performed pretty extensive testing on the machine’s GPU performance with various games. You can find all of the results of our testing in Ryan Shrout’s exhaustive article covering the GTX 780M’s performance (the MSI GT60 was the test platform here). There, you’ll find DiRT 3, Skyrim, Sleeping Dogs, Bioshock Infinite, and Metro: Last Light benchmarks with a much more intense focus on how the GPU stacks up against AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M.
In the meantime, for this analysis, we’re really more interested in how the MSI GT60 itself compares with other gaming notebooks. Spoiler alert: it’s pretty powerful stuff.
Our first stop, as always, is synthetic benchmarks. 3DMark (2013) is a popular first choice:
While the Lenovo Y500 turned in a strong performance, it’s easy to see that the GT60 beats it in every way—particularly demolishing its scores in Cloud Gate and Fire Strike. These are some seriously impressive results coming from a mobile platform.
Next, for comparison’s sake, let’s take a look at 3DMark 11:
Once again, the GT60 yields blistering results, leaving everyone else in the dust.
Before we begin, let me remind you to check out Ryan Shrout’s extensive coverage of the GTX 780M in the MSI GT60. Once you’ve finished digesting those results, return here and we’ll compare to other gaming notebooks we’ve tested.
Future reviews will include a larger selection of gaming benchmarks, but since we’ve already tested this notebook in a number of other popular (and recent) games, the rest of our tests today will focus on what’s been done in the past to help provide context for the GT60’s performance.
First up, it’s Just Cause 2:
It’s not difficult to spot the GT60 here, as it’s—once again—far in front of the runner-up (which happens to once again be Lenovo’s much more affordable Y500 gaming notebook). But the difference of roughly 19% between the two scores is significant.
Next, a quick look at StarCraft II:
This almost looks like a mistake. Yes, these results are while running at 1080p, Ultra, with Anti-Aliasing on. There’s no dancing around the point: this is one insanely powerful mobile GPU.
And finally, let’s see how Diablo III plays:
The GT60’s minimum is even greater than the Y500’s maximum, and the average frame rate is 39% higher than we recorded on the Y500. Everyone else is, once again, far behind—though the other scores in our database here are from two much weaker contenders.
Taking into consideration Ryan’s extensive testing of the GTX 780M and our further comparisons with recent contenders here, it’s probably quite obvious that this is the current machine to beat. We have never seen results this strong from a mobile gaming platform to date, and they’re not just better than other recent offerings—they’re leaps and bounds ahead in many cases.
It is true that (as detailed in our previous Cooling section) we witnessed what was presumably TDP-constrained throttling when both CPU and GPU were heavily stressed (near 100%), but to reiterate, these conditions are not likely to manifest themselves under any normal gaming circumstances. We can certainly say with confidence that we were unable to replicate them throughout any of our benchmarks at any rate.
Bottom line: if you want desktop-class gaming performance in a notebook, this is as close as it’s going to get to date.
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.