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Msi GX740

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews of Msi GX740. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the durability and portability are on the whole positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably. The size and battery get less positive views.

performance, price, design, portability, durability

keyboard, screen, usability, battery, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Msi GX740 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Msi GX740

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Msi GX740 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People really like the design and sound. The durability and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the image quality and screen, and reviews about the reliability and usability are different.

performance, portability, durability, sound, design

size, screen, image quality

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MSI GX740-079 17-Inch LaptopMSI GX740-079 17-Inch Laptop

Jan, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

MSI GX740

 

With Mobility Radeon HD5870 graphics for under £900, this 17in gaming laptop offers exceptional value!

MSI provides an awesome specification at an awesome price in an outdated chassis. If you're willing to put up with its somewhat garish looks, terrible battery life and a few other foibles, nothing for even close to the same money can touch this GX740...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

MSI GX740 review

 

MSI's latest gaming laptop promises big screen, big performance but a three-figure cost. Does it deliver?

Outstanding value for a high-performance games machine, made possible by some sensible spec compromises

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Tommy Melville (techradar.com)

MSI GX740 review

 

Can the Taiwanese manufacturer make play in the gaming market?

Price ; Design ; Graphical performance ; Low weight and form factor ; Usability

We'd have liked Core i7 power ; Lack of Blu-ray optical drive ; Lack of full HD screen ; Truly terrible battery life ; Sticker

The MSI GX740 is a gaming notebook, and is a very powerful machine featuring the Intel Core i5 processor and a high-end ATI graphics chip.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

MSI GX740 review

 

MSI's GX740 is a desktop replacement laptop, built with gaming – and little else - in mind. To this end, it's been kitted out with a moderately powerful Intel Core i5 430M processor, 4GB of RAM and, most impressively, a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics...

This chunky desktop replacement is great for playing games but is otherwise underpowered and has poor battery life.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Kat Orphanides (expertreviews.co.uk)

MSI GX740 (GX740-061Uk) review

 

This chunky desktop replacement is great for playing games but is otherwise underpowered and has poor battery life.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Paul Monckton (techadvisor.co.uk)

MSI GX740 review

 

Its bold red interior and retro-futuristic design let you know immediately that the MSI GX740 is a gaming machin, and a mighty powerful one at that.

The MSI GX740 laptop offers very good build quality, fantastic gaming performance and a good sound system. However, it’s a shame that its internal Blu-ray drive isn’t backed up by a full-HD screen.

May, 2010

Expert review by : Rob Kerr (theinquirer.net)

MSI GX740

 

An okay gaming netbook by MSI

Decent GPU, good game playing laptop

Needs a higher resolution screen, odd layout of DVD eject button, unusual placement of the function key

The MSI GX740 is a decent enough gaming notebook with a very good GPU and a good CPU that work well together in gameplay. What is stopping the GX740 from qualifying as a great gaming notebook is that its resolution could be higher to achieve the full...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

Review MSI GX740-i7247LW7P Gaming-Notebook

 

Some platforms are obviously dearly loved. This is also the case

High application and gaming performance; Top-quality surfance in brushed aluminum; Compact case; Smudge resistent; Extensive connection options; Good pointing stick

High noise level; Poorly illuminated display; Slightly limited case stability; High energy consumption; Short battery life

Once again: The keyboard. How does one just....?

May, 2010

Expert review by : adamclem (reviewboard.com)

MSI GX740 Gaming Laptop Review

 

Gaming is all about performance and design. The latter is often more important; no matter how decked out a machine's hardware, a good design can make or break the whole ...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Shane McGlaun (tweaktown.com)

MSI GX740 17-inch Gaming Notebook

 

The MSI GX740 offers a massive screen, lots of power and good looks. What's not to like?

Jul, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD Audio / HDA / SRS Premium Sound
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:4

Battery

Battery Capacity:7200
Number of battery cells:9

Design

Colour of product:Black, Red
Product colour:Black, Red

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:43.2
Display Resolution:1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050
Display Surface:Gloss

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 5850 / AMD Radeon HD 5870
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024
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:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics

Keyboard

Keyboard number of keys:103
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL

Other features

Audio system:HD Audio / HDA / SRS Premium Sound
Dimensions (WxDxH):395 x 278 x 39.5
Graphics adapter family:AMD
HDD user password: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/g/n / 802.11b/g/n

Packaging Content

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

Packaging Data

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

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

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: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:120 / 150

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1 / 21
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 800,1066
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066 / DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382 / 774
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2 / 2.0
Processing Die size:296 / 81
Processor boost frequency:2.53 / 2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Clarksfield
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.73 / 2.26 / 2.4 / 2.53
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor Model:I5-430M / I5-450M / I5-460M / I7-720QM / I7-740QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1288 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:B1 / C2 / K0
System bus rate:2.5 / 4.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

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:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor code:SLBLY / SLBPM / SLBQG / SLBTZ / SLC22
Processor package size:34 / 37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2 / SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection type:BIOS

Software

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

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, xD
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:500 / 640

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:27.8
Height (front):3.3
Height (rear):3.95
Weight:3.2
Width:39.5