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alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews of MSI GT780DX-694NL. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and price. The design and screen also get good opinions. Views about the sound and keyboard are mixed. There are some negative views about the battery and size.

performance, screen, design, price, reliability

portability, durability, usability, size, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the MSI GT780DX-694NL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Konrad Schneid (

Review MSI GT780DX-i71691BLW7H Notebook


Gaming powerhouse. MSI sends another gaming notebook into the rac

Matt display; Full HD resolution; High brightness and good contrast; Strong system performance; Illuminated keyboard; Sufficiently cool; Good 2.1 sound system

High noise; No FireWire port or ExpressCard slot

That MSI uses a really high-end screen in the GT780DX. Exemplary.

Nov, 2011

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My expirience


purchased in 9/12 for 899$. I was alternating between this laptop and my desktop. Its the answer to the performance and portability that i needed. Gfx card performed like my stock gtx 260 of old with the exception of it being on a lappy. I did need to...

Good price at time ; gtx570m ; Fast ; Plays most game at decent settings ; Love the screen ; Love the Keyboard

hinge broke once, and i baby the laptop

Aug, 2014

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Solid laptop, few issues though


I clean the surfaces regularly with soft cloth wipes like for phones. Because of that, the laptop still looks brand new after months of use. Only insignificant gripe there is how particles get trapped in the seams. With the right configurations for...

LCD is perfect, keyboard and touchpad are perfect. Bright vibrant image. Fast big laptop. It's more of a conveniently portable computer than a laptop though. It has a graphics-boost button which I still haven't had the need for! Runs Tomb Raider 2013,...

1. Getting the audio drivers tweaked to work properly is impossible, and I still haven't figured it out and am left with a barely noticeable tinny sound when the volume peaks on movies, this happens with both the laptop speakers AND my HDMI TV speakers...

Jun, 2013

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Amazing Laptop


Amazingly fast, has a great gaming grade build and specs. I didn't have to spend much time tweaking it and yet the best thing is the single touch overclocking

Very large and very heavy, the power supply alone is huge so it makes it a little akward to carry around in normal laptop bags

May, 2013

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Great Laptop


It was an excellent value. I got it end of life when it was discontinued and got a great deal on Newegg. I use this laptop everyday. and while it does not completely replace my desktop for gaming, it does an excellent job.

very Fast ; Runs almost all games with more than acceptable settings and framerates ; Runs pretty cool for how powerful it is

Large so not super protable

Jan, 2013

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Most power for lowest price


I've heard that having 12GB of ram isn't great since having an odd number of sticks means it's not taken advantage of dual channel speed. I have no idea if this is true but heard you can fix this by removing or adding a stick. I heard this may void the...

It's really inexpensive and has the highest power per dollar I was able to find by far (as of 9/2012). Can run pretty much any game at the very high settings that I've tried so far (when plugged in and set to high performance mode) ; I hooked up some...

Not sure if this is actually a problem but the battery will pretty often indicate that it's "plugged in but not charging" sometimes but only when the laptop is at 90% charge or greater. I ran MSI's built in battery calibration tool (very good program...

Oct, 2012

Consumer review (

Great Laptop!


HUGE! BRIGHT! Great keyboard response

It is a little bit on the loud side due to the fan powering up this beast

Oct, 2012

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Just Awesome!


it is pretty big for people that are always on the go so you might want to get a 15 inch

super fast notebook ; very sexy ; great cooling system ; great display

none so far

Aug, 2012

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I have the gtx 570m overclocked past the gtx 670m card. I can play Skyrim on max, with around 60+ mods including the high res textures while being outside i get around 30-60 frames and inside i get 55-60 frames. Dead Space 2 I get 50-60 frames at all...

Very nice,bright,clear screen, can play any game i throw at it on max 30 fps-60 besides metro 2033 on max,speakers are nice, nice setup, feels pretty solid, not flimsy, overall good computer, the backlight keyboard feature is nice but youre able to see...

the touch buttons at the top of the keyboard are nice but sometimes take a couple presses to turn on, sometimes the keys dont hit right and you have to make sure you fully press them down or youll be missing a lot of letters when you type, every once...

Jul, 2012

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Whats with these generic mfr responses


Please someone from Dell\Alienware or Asus wake me from this dreaded nightmare. I just want what I paid my hard earn money for nothing more nothing less. Geez and please please if your gone respond to this MSI a little persoanlized attention would be...

That you care I guess idk

So msi you only response with a automatic generic message to people who rate your product a certain rating I'm assuming. I noticed you send the same message to everyone. We'll guess what buddy how are we gone send you our serial number if we don't have...

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dynaudio / THX TruStudio PRO
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Dynaudio


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 9


Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Video capturing speed:30


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:43.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:No / Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1.5
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard number of keys:102
Number of hot keys:102
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal Memory:12 / 16 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 3 x 4
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe:No / Yes
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Dynaudio / THX TruStudio PRO
Display:LCD / TFT
Display diagonal (metric):43.9
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA / nVidia
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Mouse included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: Yes
Mouse included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:180


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):22 / 25
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.5
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-2450M / I7-2670QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:PGA988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / J1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:53452 / 53470 / I5-2450M / I7-2675QM
Processor code:SR02S / SR04Z
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:N


Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, xD
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
HDD Capacity:500 / 750
HDD interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
HDD Size:2.5
HDD Speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:120 / 128
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:500 / 750 / 870 / 878

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:28.8 / 42.8
Height :5.5
Weight:3.5 / 3.9
Width:28.8 / 42.8