MSI's GX70 & GX60 Destroyer Notebooks with R9-M290X

Subject: General Tech, Storage, Mobile | January 20, 2014 - 05:28 PM |
Tagged: msi, gaming laptop

MSI is launching two new laptops, the GX70 Destroyer and the GX60 Destroyer, in their gaming lineup. Both are based on the AMD A10-5750M Richland APU and R9-M290X 2GB discrete graphics. MSI included the fastest AMD mobile graphics processor available which targets just above 30FPS in true 1080p Battlefield 4 on Ultra settings. Of course, this could change to some extent when Mantle appears. They also allow access to the APU's HD8650G graphics portion for power-saving while driving three monitors.

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The main difference between the two is that the GX70 houses a 17.3-inch 1080p screen while the GX60 contains a 15.6-inch 1080p display. Both contain the same processor, both can be configured with up to 16 GB of RAM, and both have the same aforementioned GPUs standard. They both even have BluRay writers for optical media (seemingly standard at that). They also have keyboards designed by SteelSeries and Ethernet ports designed by Qualcomm (Killer / BigFoot).

System Specifications
Model GX70 Destroyer GX60 Destroyer
Operating System Windows 8.1
CPU AMD A10-5750M 3.5GHz
Memory Up to 16GB DDR3-1600 (2 DIMMS)
Graphics AMD R9-M290X 2GB + HD8650G
Display 17.3-inch 1080p LED 15.6-inch 1080p LED
Video Out 1x mini Display-Port, 1x HDMI 1.4b, 1x VGA
  • 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • 802.11 B/G/N, Bluetooth 4.0, Killer LAN
  • SDXC Card Reader
Battery 9-Cell (7800mAH)

Still no word on pricing or availability.

Source: MSI

January 20, 2014 | 06:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Still Richland? Kaveri would have made this much better with it's significant performance increases in lower-power parts.
The older MSI all-AMD gaming laptops were a great value, but needed just a bit more CPU performance. This needs Kaveri a lot more than it needs a GPU upgrade.

January 20, 2014 | 06:07 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

It is possible that they couldn't wait until Mobile Kaveri. I did find it odd, myself, though.

January 20, 2014 | 10:09 PM - Posted by tbone8ty (not verified)

this is the same as the previous models? why? nothing is different

January 21, 2014 | 12:03 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

A few things changed, the one that MSI focuses on is the R9-M290X compared to the M8970M of the last generation.

January 21, 2014 | 03:46 PM - Posted by Jabbadap (not verified)

Heh r9-m290x is rebranded hd 8970M which is overclocked hd7970m, so still same ol pitcairn chip.

January 21, 2014 | 03:58 PM - Posted by Arc (not verified)

Still have my GT660 i7 /6gb /285gtx. Good little computer but the DC jack burned after three years and the plastic dried out becoming very brittle.
I'm still holding onto it with the hope of getting it fixed... in the meantime I'm using a sager which I am also happy with.

January 27, 2014 | 04:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Any releases date confirmed? Where's the best place to buy MSI products in the uk?
Anyone know on the MSI gx 70 destroyer page it says it can do three monitor support and the resolution will become 5760 x 1080p 3 x 1920, is this true?

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