MSI's AMD powered $1200 gaming laptop, the GX60

Subject: Mobile | January 30, 2013 - 05:50 PM |
Tagged: msi, gx60, gaming laptop, amd, 7970m

If you want a gaming laptop and don't want to spend $2000+ then an AMD powered machine is a really good choice, even if you are attracted to Intel's more powerful CPUs.  Not only are the graphics on the A10-4600M better than Intel's offerings, the MSI GX60 comes with a discrete 7970M GPU with 2GB of dedicated RAM.  That will beat out all but the most expensive of Intel powered gaming laptops and in certain situations will prove more powerful than even the most expensive laptops.  If you opt to have a 128GB SSD installed in the GX60 it will bring the price to about $1500, you could most likely get a 256GB SSD separately instead if you are looking to save some cash.  Check out the performance at TechSpot.

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"Most people can’t afford to spend a few thousand on a notebook computer, even if it's on a solid gaming machine that doubles as a desktop replacement. To that end, today we'll be checking out a portable from MSI that aims to deliver a solid gaming experience without the excessive cost.

The MSI GX60 comes packed with a quad-core AMD A10-4600M CPU clocked at 2.3GHz alongside AMD Radeon HD 7970M discrete graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a 15.6-inch non-glare display operating at 1920x1080, 8GB of DDR3 memory in a 4GBx2 configuration, 128GB of flash storage used as the OS drive and a 750GB 7200RPM disk drive for storage."

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Source: TechSpot
January 31, 2013 | 07:14 AM - Posted by razor512

Seems like a rip off (Though less of a ripoff than other gaming laptops) as compared to other laptops without the GPU, they are adding $850 For just a GPU, higher res display and SSD

And for the SSD, it seems like they chose the cheapest triple level cell SSD they could find just so they could check off that SSD box.

While the 1080p display seems good, if you look at the replacement cost, 1080p displays tend to run about $20 more than 1366x768 displays.

Overall, a budget laptop (With budget CPU) with a better display, jacked up GPU and and astronomical profit margin.

January 31, 2013 | 11:29 AM - Posted by itbj2 (not verified)

Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about.

January 31, 2013 | 01:04 PM - Posted by razor512

Did you know that people who say
"Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about."
But forget the "and here's why" part, generally do not know what they are talking about?

January 31, 2013 | 02:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

you are a fucking moron, you are not going to find a portable laptop this powerful at that price, specially not an intel one, and besides the company has to make an income, it's called a business fucking moron.

January 31, 2013 | 03:17 PM - Posted by razor512

That is why I mentioned that it is not as much of a ripoff as other gaming laptops but it is still a ripoff for a gaming laptop.

Compared to non gaming laptops, gaming laptops tend to focus on having a significantly higher profit margin.

Another issue with that gaming laptops is that they are using a CPU that bottlenecks the GPU. Overall it is a poorly balanced laptop that causes (as shown in the review) some games to run at nearly half the speed as other laptops with a similar or same GPU but better CPU.

They could have gotten better performance overall (gaming and general use) by simply choosing a slightly lower end GPU and then investing in a better CPU, or accepting a lower profit margin (which would still be better than the profit margin of most standard non gaming laptops) and getting a significantly higher end CPU.

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