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MSI GX660 Gaming Notebook Wired for Sound


MSI GX660 Gaming Notebook Wired for Sound

MSI has unveiled the GX660R notebook that’s designed to delight gamers with both sight and sound.

The Taiwanese company has said that it has worked with international audio specialist Dynaudio to optimise the placement of the four speakers in the GX660R, and that over 1,200 hours’ worth of testing went into tuning the sound. There’s no mention of speaker power output in the press release, but it does list DTS Surround Sensation – DTS’s own take on pseudo surround sound. With all that effort, one would hope that it sounds pretty good.

Graphically, the GX660R is kitted out with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, which is about as good as it gets for single chip portable gaming right now - and it’s what you’ll need to have anything like smooth frame rates if you want to game at native resolution on the large 15.6in 1,920 x 1080 display. There's no 3D shenanigans on offer here, but as befits a screen of this size and resolution a Blu-ray optical drive is fitted.

The Intel Core i7 720QM processor will do a good job of keeping things moving along nicely and you can fit up to 12G of DDR3 memory. It packs two 500GB hard disk drives in too, though setup in a rather pointless RAID 0 configuration – we rather see a single 1TB drive in there than run in RAID 0.

Naturally, that little lot will generate a fair bit of heat, so MSI offers its Cooler Booster technology, which as far as we can tell, turns on lots of fans when you press a button.

Connectivity wise you get N-Standard Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, an Express Card slot, a card reader and four USB ports – two of which are USB 3.0, so thumbs up there.

There’s a 9-cell battery, though we wouldn’t expect netbook-like staying power from it, and as it weighs 3.5Kg why would you want to carry it around anyway?

As long as you’re willing to part with £1,699 and don’t mind black faux carbon fibre with garish orange LEDs, then Micro Anvika will sell you one now.

Link: MSI GX660 page.


August 11, 2010, 6:27 pm

Nice spec - shame there's less Windows decent PC games around these days to play on the thing.

I take what you say about RAID 0 - but the setup does at least provide a relatively cost-effective way of boosting performance (compared to 1TB of SSD storage here in the year 2010) - and the extra weight of a second drive might help well-off gaming geeks work out a bit when lugging this toy to their next LAN party ;-)

Pity owners in the dark who assume RAID of any kind includes mirroring of data.

Tim Sutton

August 11, 2010, 6:59 pm

I'm with you on the turning-on-fan = 'Cooler Booster' ridiculousness. My milk comes with 'Phase Change Longevity Enhancement' when I put it in the fridge.

I'm still a bit confused about the whole non-portable gaming laptop thing. Why do people spend twice the money for less performance than you'd get from a gaming desktop?

If it's going to be taken to LAN parties (do they still exist?) then buy a Cryo Pico and spend some of the £800 you save on a beautiful monitor and 5.1 speaker setup.

I love my Vaio, but I'd never buy a laptop to game on, it just seems weird.


August 11, 2010, 7:20 pm

@Tim Sutton:

"My milk comes with 'Phase Change Longevity Enhancement' when I put it in the fridge." LOL, brilliant.

About the gaming laptop thing, 3.5kg is not that bad. If, for example, you don't own a car and go home from your student accommodation every week, I'd rather lug around a gaming laptop than a desktop PC (+ maybe monitor), and this is but one of many examples.


August 11, 2010, 8:11 pm

Does this run farmville?

Zero 1

August 11, 2010, 8:46 pm

"Does this run farmville?" Thats going to be an ask from the CPU or the GPU of this computer man LOL. Love your comment above


August 11, 2010, 9:11 pm


Like I told TechnicPuppet in the http://www.trustedreviews.com/... Cryo Nano comments, it will depend on the detail settings ;)

Tim Sutton

August 12, 2010, 5:14 am


Fair point. I just wouldn't feel like any laptop gave me £1800 worth of performance, particularly if I could never be more than 30 minutes from a power socket anyway.


Yes, but it'll be secretly crying inside all the time. As should you :P

Denis iii

August 12, 2010, 1:05 pm

a vast improvement looks wise compared to previous MSI laptops but my gawd what a minger!!!!!!

there must be alot of tasteless gamers aroudn buying these things else they'd of changed the look by now.

How can MSI make such good looking M/B's and Graphics cards and yet continue to produce such ugly laptops?!


August 12, 2010, 1:05 pm

@Tim Sutton:

Isn't that the truth, especially when you can buy/build an incredibly powerful desktop PC for that money.

"Yes, but it'll be secretly crying inside all the time. As should you :P" LOL again!


August 13, 2010, 3:37 am

I saw it in Micro Anvika today, I would actually seriously consider buying one if didn't look so bad. I think raid0 makes a lot of sense in terms of increasing performance. I don't think gamers really care about mirroring.

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