Page 1:MSI GX60: Portable Power On A Budget
Page 2:Exterior: Design And Features
Page 3:Interior: Teardown Images And Components
Page 4:Keyboard And Trackpad
Page 5:Test Setup And Benchmark Suite
Page 6:Synthetic Benchmarks: 3DMark
Page 7:Productivity Benchmarks
Page 8:Black Ops II, Battlefield 3, And Sniper Elite V2
Page 9:Hitman: Absolution, DiRT, And Batman: Arkham City
Page 10:Mists Of Pandaria, Skyrim, And Shogun 2
Page 11:System Behavior And Throttle Testing
Page 12:Synthetic Heat Run
Page 13:Battery Life, AC Draw, And Charging Rate
Page 14:Storage And Audio Performance
Page 15:Software And System Restore
Page 16:Brightness, Contrast, Uniformity, And Gamma
Page 17:Color Gamut And Accuracy, Monitor Rating
Page 18:Thirty Days With The MSI GX60
Storage And Audio Performance
Our GX60 review unit is configured with two SanDisk SDSA5DK-064G 64 GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 for the primary system drive. It also contains a Western Digital WD7500BPKT-22PK4 750GB 7,200 RPM hard drive for secondary storage.
Running a quick test with CrystalDiskMark, the RAID 0 SSD array has read speeds as fast as most quality 2.5” SSDs on the market. However, write speeds are not so great, as we might expect from 64 GB repositories. Looking at the results purely from a gaming standpoint, performance should be good, since most gaming entails reading files.
Running CrystalDiskMark on the 750 GB hard drive yields predictable results.
Overall, storage performance of the GX60 is very good in daily use. The machine is very responsive and boots quickly. The SSDs would yield better results if they were larger, though that'd naturally drive price up as well.
Audio fed to external amplifiers via the analog headphone jack or digital HDMI port sounds good. We had no issues connecting to a digital receiver or multiple televisions via HDMI. Likewise, we didn’t hear any noise or pops when playing music through the analog output.
The GX60’s built-in speakers are nothing short of excellent. Among the best we’ve heard on a notebook, in fact. They have an excellent stereo image and tonal range, adding to the GX60’s gaming prowess. While the subwoofer on the bottom of the GX60 may be small, it still does a great job of filling in lower frequencies.
We listened to music via the headphone jack with several sets of IEM headphones. Through the very sensitive Etymotic HF3 in-ear earphones, we heard no noise and music playback sounded good. Into the slightly bass-heavy Bowers and Wilkins C5 in-ear earphones, the sound was also good, as was listening with the very detailed and slightly bass-shy Shure SE425 in-ear earphones.
We also listened to a couple of pairs of traditional over-the-ear headphones. The 32-ohm Grado SR125s sounded good and the GX60 was able to drive them without issues. With the Sennheiser HD600, the GX60 did what most notebooks can’t. The headphone-out drove the difficult 300-ohm load to decent listening levels. The sound through the HD600s was a little mid/bass-heavy and not as dynamic and detailed as dedicated headphone amps, but they still sounded fine.
The GX60 should have no problems driving any gaming headset.
- MSI GX60: Portable Power On A Budget
- Exterior: Design And Features
- Interior: Teardown Images And Components
- Keyboard And Trackpad
- Test Setup And Benchmark Suite
- Synthetic Benchmarks: 3DMark
- Productivity Benchmarks
- Black Ops II, Battlefield 3, And Sniper Elite V2
- Hitman: Absolution, DiRT, And Batman: Arkham City
- Mists Of Pandaria, Skyrim, And Shogun 2
- System Behavior And Throttle Testing
- Synthetic Heat Run
- Battery Life, AC Draw, And Charging Rate
- Storage And Audio Performance
- Software And System Restore
- Brightness, Contrast, Uniformity, And Gamma
- Color Gamut And Accuracy, Monitor Rating
- Thirty Days With The MSI GX60