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MSI Refreshes GX Destroyer Laptops With AMD R9 M290X

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

MSI's GX Destroyer Series is now packed full of AMD goodness.

MSI Computer Corp. revealed on Wednesday that its GX Destroyer Series of gaming laptops, namely the GX70 and the GX60, now include AMD A10 processors, AMD Radeon R9-M290X graphics and a variety of gaming features. They're also the first gaming notebooks to feature the company's Dragon Gaming Center, which is easily accessed by touching a dedicated key.

"[Dragon Gaming Center is] designed to maximize performance and speed by performing full system check-ups, instantly configuring your machine to your preset gaming environment profile and closing unnecessary background applications to increase processing power," reads the company's press release.

According to the specs, both the GX70 and the GX60 feature AMD's A10-5750 clocked up to 3.5 GHz, Radeon R9-M290X (2 GB GDDR5) graphics, a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive, Killer E2200 game networking, an SD card reader, and audio ports.  They also both provide HDMI output, a 720p HD webcam, a SteelSeries gaming backlit keyboard and multi-touch capability, perfect for Windows 8.1. That's where the similarities stop.

The GX70 features a 17.3-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 12 GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, a Blu-ray optical drive (reader), Wireless N and Bluetooth connectivity (AW-NB114H), three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a weight of 8.6 pounds. The price for this laptop is $1,399.99.

The GX60 is cheaper, sporting a 15.6-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 8 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, a DVD Super Multi optical drive, and Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 networking (AW-NB100H). There are also three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a weight of 7.7 pounds. This laptop costs $1,299.99.

"There's plans to implement the SteelSeries Engine software to provide a deeper level of customization on the GX Destroyer series as well as the upcoming next gen G Series laptops. MSI plans to roll out the software within the next few months and will provide further information on how to obtain the software for current owners of the gaming notebooks once it becomes available," reads the press release.

For more information about the GX70 Destroyer or the GX60 Destroyer, head here.

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    Gigashadow , February 5, 2014 5:57 PM
    Oh, I get it! Another cracking joke about subpar 290x reference coolers! Excuse me while I strap my ribs back together after your sidesplittingly original take on this product.
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    Gigashadow , February 5, 2014 5:57 PM
    Oh, I get it! Another cracking joke about subpar 290x reference coolers! Excuse me while I strap my ribs back together after your sidesplittingly original take on this product.
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    ferooxidan , February 5, 2014 6:03 PM
    this again, good gpu, garbage procie...the only hope for this laptop is only Mantle being adopted by all dev. A10-5750 is waay too old and sucks big time. Now if only Asrock Vision X series will implement this gpu or r9-M280X my life will be complete (somehow or another manage to work on the cooling solution).
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    TheinsanegamerN , February 5, 2014 6:38 PM
    Given that kaveri is far superior CPU wise than richland, why didnt MSI wait for kaveri a10 mobile chips to come out, rather than using the old richland 5750m, which has already proven to be too weak to feed the 8970m, which is the same as the r290m.
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    xiinc37 , February 5, 2014 7:13 PM
    M290X: AKA underclocked Pitcairn for the 3rd generation in a row. Whereas Nvidia's flagship laptop GPU is basically a desktop 680/770. It would be neat if AMD would create an underclocked Tahiti with castrated DP (less wattage) for their laptop flagship. Because currently we have what is basically a R9 270X going head to head with a GTX 770. It makes AMD look weaker than they really are, hence all the pro-green fanboyism. I guess high end laptop isn't profitable enough? I suppose it makes sense that they'd focus on APUs exclusively.
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    alextheblue , February 5, 2014 7:28 PM
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    Given that kaveri is far superior CPU wise than richland, why didnt MSI wait for kaveri a10 mobile chips to come out, rather than using the old richland 5750m, which has already proven to be too weak to feed the 8970m, which is the same as the r290m.
    It depends on title, but yeah Richland isn't great when paired with a strong GPU. The only thing these laptops have going for them is a strong GPU and a low price (relatively speaking). Games with Mantle support will do much better though, for what it's worth.Either way, I'm sure they'll have a product refresh when Kaveri mobile comes out. Hopefully on the power-limited mobile end they'll have clocks closer to Richland than their desktop counterparts. The only question I have: Can you use the embedded TrueAudio DSP in the APU, even when you're relying on discrete graphics (which lack TrueAudio) in a non-Crossfire scenario? For example, these same laptops with Kaveri dropped in.
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    rwinches , February 5, 2014 8:15 PM
    Here is the correct link for MSI Gaming Notebooks Specs


    http://www.msimobile.com/level2_productlist.aspx?id=6
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    danwat1234 , February 6, 2014 2:36 AM
    I'd much rather get a GT60-2OD or GT60-2OC MSI laptop. more CPU horsepower with the option of upgrading the a 4940MX CPU down the road. Love the look of the backlit keyboard and the 12V fan I've heard is quite powerful.
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    silverblue , February 6, 2014 5:40 AM
    The 5750M is the top Richland model, but considering the awful performance of the previous model GX60 which uses the same processor coupled with the 7970M (the same graphics), there's no reason to believe this will perform any different.One has to wonder what MSI thinks it's doing here. It's practically the same product re-released a year later.
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    whyso , February 6, 2014 6:09 AM
    All that GPU and at that price only to be held back bigtime by the CPU.
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    airplanegeek , February 6, 2014 6:41 AM
    Quote:
    M290X: AKA underclocked Pitcairn for the 3rd generation in a row. Whereas Nvidia's flagship laptop GPU is basically a desktop 680/770. It would be neat if AMD would create an underclocked Tahiti with castrated DP (less wattage) for their laptop flagship. Because currently we have what is basically a R9 270X going head to head with a GTX 770. It makes AMD look weaker than they really are, hence all the pro-green fanboyism. I guess high end laptop isn't profitable enough? I suppose it makes sense that they'd focus on APUs exclusively.
    Actually the 780M is based off a GTX 670 and its just slightly more powerful than the 670
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    Exia00 , February 6, 2014 11:32 AM
    nice laptop like always but the problem is would have a hard time playing future games like Watch Dogs with that processor
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    antilycus , February 6, 2014 12:08 PM
    I believe that's 2.5 GHZ not 3.5 GHZ. there have a been a lot of misprints from websites.
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    xiinc37 , February 6, 2014 1:46 PM
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    Actually the 780M is based off a GTX 670 and its just slightly more powerful than the 670

    Nope. 780M is fully unlocked GK104. I believe you are thinking of the 680M, which was a desktop 670 (later replaced by the 680MX, which was a desktop 680).
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    airplanegeek , February 6, 2014 3:30 PM
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    Actually the 780M is based off a GTX 670 and its just slightly more powerful than the 670

    Nope. 780M is fully unlocked GK104. I believe you are thinking of the 680M, which was a desktop 670 (later replaced by the 680MX, which was a desktop 680).


    While it is full, the clock speeds and memory speeds are lowered a lot. So they actually perform like a OC'd 670
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    alextheblue , February 6, 2014 4:16 PM
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    I believe that's 2.5 GHZ not 3.5 GHZ. there have a been a lot of misprints from websites.
    Actually it says "clocked up to" 3.5Ghz, which is technically accurate. The base clock is 2.5, but the chip will turbo up to 3.5, and will probably reach and sustain high clocks more often than a model leaning on the integrated graphics. Especially given that this is Richland and not Trinity. But yes, it would be better for them to state the base clocks too.

    Oh, there is one other selling point for these laptops. They use Atheros-powered E2200 Killer NICs. They actually do aid reliability and performance a bit vs an el cheapo solution, even if it's perhaps mostly due to QoS type enhancements.
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    sjc1017 , March 24, 2014 1:54 PM
    Why don't they just stick a new mobile i3 or i5 in this and charge whatever the difference is? Would the new AMD processors really make such a difference to this, they aren't much better in single core performance anyway.
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    sjc1017 , March 24, 2014 1:56 PM
    Anyone know what nvidia GPU would give a similar level of performance to this with an i7 haswell?