MSI GX660R Laptop Review


MSI GX660R Laptop Review


Obviously if you look at the results from a strict performance for money vantage, taking into account desktops and similar, then it would be easy for you to dismiss it as a little bit of an under performer.

But you'd be wrong.

You need to remember this is a laptop which naturally incur larger production costs than a desktop thanks to the need to keep everything compact, cool, and energy efficient. As soon as you move from an average internet capable model into something as hard-rocking as the MSI GX660R then we really are into mega-buck territory, and also have to temper our expectations to the level of mobile computing.

With that done, how does the MSI GX660R fair?

We reckon, damn well. Starting with the results for the application end of things we're very impressed. This is a pocket powerhouse. It's why you need to not compare it to things that have gone across our testing table before, because this isn't a 4GHz 12-thread beast, but a little 2.5 GHz laptop. So to be seeing the results we are show that MSI really are getting the most out of the hardware available.

This is especially true when we reach the games. Of course we're not seeing mega results in terms of FPS, but you have to remember that we're dealing with a mobile GPU as well as a mobile CPU.

In fact across the board we get about half of what we see on our behemoth of a bench rig from a computer you can slip in a bag and costs a grand. How is that not impressive?

Special mention needs to be made of the audio which really is amazing. There is depth, clarity, volume and a lack of distortion. It's far beyond any "built into your tv/display" speakers and up there with a good set of desktop ones. If you've even a passing interest in having any form of audio you can enjoy without external equipment the MSI GX660R is the best laptop we've ever seen.

So it looks the boss, it is built like a tank, performs like a £2000 laptop but only costs a grand and comes from MSI who are great at customer service.

If you demand it to be part of your render farm or expect to blow Crysis 2 out the water, you might be disappointed. For everyone else this is a blinder. We love it and we're sorry to see it go. Every single member of the team wants one, MSI you have been warned, you may need some beefy Kensington locks!


Thanks to MSI for providing the GX660R for review. Discuss in our forums.

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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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