MSI GX660R Laptop Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI GX660R Laptop Review


Laptops have have had a very hard life as a product.

In the early days they were very slow when compared to desktops and hideously expensive. Gradually as time has moved on they've split into two very distinct types.

There are the "free with a large fries and coke" ones that are fine for net surfing and that's about it. Or, if you were willing to sell a kidney or two you could get a gaming laptop that has a battery life of about 3 minutes and would house a family of five.

For the former the modern smart phones are about the same price, but naturally much more useful and considerably smaller. Even a budget gaming rig will annihilate the latter for a nth of the money, and if you spend "gaming laptop" money on a desktop system you would probably end up with a solid gold case.

Enter MSI with their GX660 Laptop. Today in R guise. Available for right on the £1000 mark it promises a hell of a lot, being a good looking thing with a great spec-list and yet for about half the price of what a normal gaming-capable laptop would be.

So does that body write cheques that it can't cash, or will you soon be writing cheques that MSI can cash?

Technical Specifications

Popping across to the MSI site we can see the GX660R comes with a hefty set of specifications. Our review model has a Core i5-460M CPU running at 2.5 GHz. Coupled to the Mobile HD5870 it's certainly tasty on paper.

CPUIntel® Core™ i5 460M Processor
OSWindows® 7 Home Premium
ChipsetIntel® PM55
MemoryDDR3 1066/1333MHz Intel® Core™ i7 Processor supports max 3 SO-DIMMs (4GB x 3 slots) Intel® Core™ i5 Processor supports max 2 SO-DIMMs (4GB x 2 slots)  8GB
LCD Size15.6" FHD 1920*1080 TFT-LCD Display (LED Backlight)
GraphicsATi Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Graphics VRAMGDDR5 1GB
Optical DriveSuper-Multi / Blu-Ray
Audio2 Theater Class Speakers+1 Subwoofer
WebcamHD Webcam
Card ReaderXD/SD/MMC/MS
Wireless LAN802.11 b/g/n
D-Sub (VGA)1
USB 2.0 port2
USB 3.0 port2
Express Card1
Modem port1
Keyboard103 keys
AC Adapter120W
Dimension396 (L) x 269 (W) x 55 (H) mm
Weight (KG)3.5


Basic specifications would actually be enough to be able to stop right here. For the money, that's a good system. Of course things aren't that simple thankfully, so let's grab a look at the MSI close up.

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Most Recent Comments

04-03-2011, 20:32:57

Nice to see some laptop reviews on OC3D! And to kick it of with such a firecracker!Quote

04-03-2011, 20:36:37

that's a nice lappie.

the keybard is very similar to my two brothers' lappies.

they have a Sony VAIO F12 MOE/B Intel I7-740QM and a Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/BI Intel i7-2630QM.Quote

04-03-2011, 20:38:47

Thats a good looking laptop. When I first bought my Xps m170 i thought it was sexy as all hell. I'll never buy a big laptop again. That one looks huge, but what a great resolution.Quote

04-03-2011, 20:43:47

It's definietly better than the old Toshiba Satellite SPA40 I have lying around somewhere. The sound on the MSI one is impressive in the vid I don't think I have ever seen a laptop with that level of sound quality before. The gaming performance was good too, it was funny seeing Crysis on Gamer I have never seen it on that setting before, it looked like a PS2 game but still, for a laptop to run it at above 30fps is good.Quote

04-03-2011, 20:44:13

TBH fellas for £1000 theres nothing on the markets that comes close in all the areas this ones does tbh.

Its nothing short of epic IMHOQuote

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