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MSI GP60/GP70 Owners Lounge

Discussion in 'MSI' started by reese959599, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. reese959599

    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    GP60 Specifications:

    CPU: The latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
    OS: Windows 8
    Chipset: Intel HM86
    Memory: DDR3 ,up to 1600MHz, 2 Slots, max 16GB
    LCD Size: 15.6" HD (1366x768) /FHD(1920x1080) Anti-Glare
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT740M
    Graphics VRAM: 2G VRAM DDR3
    HDD (GB): Up to Hybrid 24GB Nand,1TB 5400rpm
    Optical Drive: BD Combo / DVD Super Multi
    Audio: Stereo
    Webcam: HD type (30fps@720p)
    Card Reader: SDXC
    LAN: Gigabit LAN
    Wireless LAN: 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.0
    D-Sub (VGA): 1
    HDMI: v1.4
    USB 2.0 port: 1
    USB 3.0 port: 2
    Mic-in/Headphone-out: 1 / 1
    Keyboard: Keyboard by SteelSeries
    AC Adapter: 90W or 120W
    Battery: 6-Cell Li-Ion(4400mAH)
    Power Management: Turbo Battery+
    Dimension: 383X249.5X32.3~37.6mm
    Weight (KG): 2.4Kg(W/battery)

    MSI global GP60 page: MSI Global GP60


    GP70 Specifications:

    CPU: The latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
    OS: Windows 8
    Chipset: Intel HM86
    Memory: DDR3 ,up to 1600MHz, 2 Slots, max 16GB
    LCD Size: 17.3" WHD+ (1600*900)/FHD(1920x1080)
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT740M
    Graphics VRAM: 2G VRAM DDR3
    HDD (GB): Up to Hybrid 24GB Nand,1TB 5400rpm
    Optical Drive: BD Combo / DVD Super Multi
    Audio: Stereo
    Webcam: HD type (30fps@720p)
    Card Reader: SDXC
    LAN: Gigabit LAN
    Wireless LAN: 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.0
    D-Sub (VGA): 1
    HDMI: v1.4
    USB 2.0 port: 2
    USB 3.0 port: 2
    Mic-in/Headphone-out: 1 / 1
    Keyboard: Keyboard by SteelSeries
    AC Adapter: 90W or 120W
    Battery: 6-Cell Li-Ion(4400mAH)
    Power Management: Turbo Battery+
    Dimension: 418x269.3x39mm
    Weight (KG): 2.7Kg(W/battery)

    MSI global GP70 page: MSI Global GP70


    Earlier versions of the gp60/70 came with windows 7, 750gb 7200rpm hdd, dvd combo drive

    It's not mentioned in the specs but these do have 2 available mSata expansion slots
     
  2. reese959599

    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    My review of the gp60: 4.5/5 stars. depending on what you use it for and how you use it the gp60 can be a lot of computer for the money. Its honestly not a killer gaming rig but what really is under $1000?

    The Pros:
    The screen is great, it has 4th gen i7, 7200rpm hdd, 2 mSata slots, 8gb ddr3l 1600mhz, its a lot for under $1000. out of the box its pretty fast but adding a mSata ssd as a primary OS drive would really make this thing fly, adding 16gb ddr3l wouldn't hurt either lol. A lot of people complain about the gt 740m gpu in this but if your not an extreme gamer then its more then enough. It runs very quite IMO but I haven't played games with it. while surfing the web and downloading some torrents it was still very quiet and runs pretty cool (doesn't burn your nuts off like my wife's older Toshiba). The fan boost button is pretty intense, when its on the fans are LOUD but you can feel it working. Speakers don't blow me away but they are pretty good for notebook speakers it has a full number pad.

    Cons:
    The body feels a little cheap/plasticy. no bac-klit keyboard, you have to void the warranty to make any upgrades but all MSI are like that. I've heard that they will work with you though as long as your mods were within reason. Battery life is almost 3hrs with constant web browsing which I don't think is bad but most people would consider it not great so I put it in cons. I was a bit sad that I got the DVD combo drive right before they changed it to a BD drive but its not a huge deal because I will probably swap it out for a large storage drive in a caddy. For my use an AMD gpu would have been better but most people would probably prefer the nVidia so that isn't much of a con either.

    Overall I think it's a great machine for sub $1000 but if you got the cash or parents/wives to buy you Xmas presents then I would strongly recommend adding an mSata ssd as your primary boot drive.
     
  3. Boncrek

    Boncrek Notebook Consultant

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    I actually just bought this laptop and I must agree that it is great bang for buck.
    Shaving off $100 USD made the difference of having a laptop now or waiting until January.
    I am a media student who needed a quad core machine for video editing with a dedicated GPU for CUDA acceleration in Premiere Pro.
    At these two requirements the GP60 does this well enough.
    Even though it is plastic it is the high quality stuff, hard and with no flex at all.
    I also wish the keyboard is backlit but otherwise it is a dream to use ;D
    I easily get 4 hours on wireless and the lowest brightness so that's good enough for me.

    It does not however have any msata slots. I opened it up tonight just be sure and def there is no slot for msata.
    I'm gonna swap the ODD for the HDD and put the SSD in the slot later in the year.
    Hope this helps clear some stuff.

    EDIT*
    Apparently there are two msata slots hidden underneath the wireless card. Hot diggity!
     
  4. reese959599

    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    all the customization sites I've seen allow you to add 2 mSata disks to this machine. I called my MSI customer support and the guy said yes the GP60 does has 2 mSata slots on top of the included HDD slot. perhaps you just didn't notice them? or they are in a inconspicuous location.
     
  5. _Allan_

    _Allan_ Notebook Consultant

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    I am picking this up tomorrow. After school, I'll do an "unboxing" of it, and we'll see.
    I checked Google, and Youtube, and NO ONE has yet to post a review anywhere.
     
  6. reese959599

    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I took the plunge and opened it up just now. mine is a 2OD-072US and the 2 mSata slots are under the wireless card. I'll add a few pics in just a little bit to show where its at.
     
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    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    msi 1.2.jpg msi 3.3.jpg msi 2.3.jpg

    the 2 slots are hidden under the wifi card ^^
     
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    _Allan_ Notebook Consultant

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    Ah ok. Guess I'm buyin' an optical bay conversion kit. I have a 120gb SSD + 500GB Momentus XT.
     
  9. reese959599

    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    you wont need the momentus xt it comes with a 750gb hdd. mSata are getting pretty affordable you can get a good 256gb under $200 or a 128gb for a little over $100
     
  10. Boncrek

    Boncrek Notebook Consultant

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    Oh ok thanks for the pics! I never would have looked under the wireless card! Thanks for saving me from wasting my lappy's space lol
     
  11. reese959599

    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Some people might find this interesting... my windows 7 gp60 came with a windows 8 keyboard. just keep that in mind if you ever try to replace your keyboards because it matters.
     
  12. Boncrek

    Boncrek Notebook Consultant

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    Yes I can confirm this as well.
     
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    Boncrek Notebook Consultant

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    reese959599 Notebook Enthusiast

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    some might find this interesting... my windows 7 gp60 came with a windows 8 keyboard. keep that in mind if you ever have to replace yours because it does matter. You should be able to use a replacement from a GT/GX/GE series 60/70 if you have to. Backlit replacements run about $120-$150... I want that backlit board pretty bad but not $150 bad :( hopefully drivers aren't a big issue if you do try the swap. It will probably be a while b4 anyone tries this but Id love to see the results
     
  15. _Allan_

    _Allan_ Notebook Consultant

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    How does a Win7 keyboard differ from a Win8 keyboard?
     
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    Hi all,
    mSATA ports are there but what about the hole needed to put the screw on the mSata SSD?
     
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    Boncrek Notebook Consultant

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    I was wondering about this too. Was wondering how lol any ideas?
     
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    Chantroi Newbie

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    Hi. I'm a newbie on notebookreview. I'm going to buy a gp60 in the next few days. so I need answer for some question:
    1. Does it has glossy or matte skin? Because I've heard that glossy skin is fingerprint magnet and it's very hard to clean
    2. Does it get too hot when ilde or playing demanding game like Shogun 2 or Civ 5?.What about the temperature of CPU/GPU/plastic case? I've read some review on notebookcheck and realize that MSI gaming laptops usually have heating problem, it's hotter when compare to ASUS G\ Sager or Alienware. Does it true?
    3. The GPU is 128 or 64bit, DDR3 (on many other sites) or GDDR5( on MSI site)?
    4. What about the screen's quality? (view angle, contrast ratio, brightness, color spectra...etc...)
    Thanks for help!
     
  19. Boncrek

    Boncrek Notebook Consultant

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    1. It has a glossy skin that does attract smudges but I guess it isn't so bad considering the overall package.
    The Keyboard area is less susceptible to this than the LCD lid though.

    2. It doesn't get hot at all, neither the case nor the internals as far as I can see. Nor is it loud when playing BF3 for example.
    I have even left this laptop rendering videos all night with the lid closed for my media classes.
    It is barely warm to the touch when I reach for it the next day.

    3. IDK to be honest but it plays BF3 quite well at full HD and at Medium Details. I could push it to High and still play at 30+ FPS

    4. Screen quality is excellent, with better-than-average viewing angles and it is matte (yay outdoors).
    Contrast is great too with the only nitpick being the brightness.
    IDK about the colour gamut though.

    Hope this helps yah
     
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    Chantroi Newbie

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    Thanks for answering!
    Can you use GPU-Z and take some pictures of GPU info(GPU clock, bandwidth, memory type)?
    What about the noise,speaker and battery life?
     

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