[REVIEW] MSI GT60 w/ GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5

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  1. pau1ow

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    GTX 780M 4GB UPGRADED in MSI GT60

    The 670MX/675MX/680M heatsink fits the card nicely as it has exactly the same layout as the latters. There are some heat enhancements that can be done (replacing thermal pads and TIM) and this will be done at a later stage.
    To install this bloody GPU, I had to install Windows 7 on my Windows 8 GT60 (turning off the Secure Boot and switching from UEFI to Legacy in the BIOS) in order to get the card fully operational - otherwise all the drivers I have tried in my Windows 8 partition made the card unstable or simply Windows 8 unbootable (black screen).

    Once Windows 7 installed, I only got the 320.14 drivers to work and get the laptop to switch from iGPU to dGPU and vice versa - I have not tried earlier versions but I tried some leaked drivers and they failed to get Optimus to switch to the dGPU.

    So here we go:
    [​IMG]

    The current setup includes:
    i7-3630QM - 16GB Vengeance PC12800 - 256GB M4 SSD - and originally fitted: GTX675MX 2GB GDDR5

    Benchmarks and extra analysis will come very soon - also plan to make some gaming comparisons with my MSI 16F2 equipped with the powaful 7970M.

    3dmark11 @ 771/2500
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor,Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MS-16F3 score: P7157 3DMarks

    3dmarkVantage @ 771/2500
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor,Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MS-16F3 score: P25133 3DMarks

    Unigine Valley is an AMD biased benchmark, however I used it as a comparison for the temps and power consumption vs. the 7970M installed in my 16F2 (cooling further optimized though with modded back panel and custom heatsink).
    I am using a 240W Dell PSU and Gelid Extreme thermal paste on both GPUs.
    [​IMG]

    The power consumption is very similar which is great - the temps are quite high though but as I said, the cooling is slightly improved on the 16F2.
     
  2. GenTechPC

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    which driver version are you using?
     
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    I had botched a 311.44 driver because one .dll was corrupted, this must be the culprit - will clean uninstall/reinstall HD4000/780M tonight with another driver!
     
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    311.48 is working fine. :)
     
  5. pau1ow

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    Hmmm is it a generic driver I could download, or a MSI modded one ?
     
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    What!
    How did you get a 780M? Amazing if it works.
     
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    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    Can`t wait for some benchmarks paul :D

    Especially temperature measurements vs 680M
     
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    I am also wondering how you got the 780m already
     
  9. pau1ow

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    I will carry on with the testing tonight and update this thread (yeah that's the point of creating one!) - hopefully everything should go fine, I have not spent enough time on it yet.
    If there're no news within the next 3 hours, that means I hung myself - alternative option: I fitted the GPU in my 16F2.
     
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    Unfortunately, I still didn't find a stable driver :( now downloading my last resort, otherwise I may just go back to Windows 7 for a try.
     
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