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MSI GX60 Review: Radeon HD 7970M In A $1,200 Notebook!
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The MSI S-BarThe MSI S-Bar

The main piece of software that controls the GX60 is the MSI S-Bar. The lighter-colored icons on the far left are for configuring function keys, accessing the Windows Accessory programs, Windows Programs, and MSI’s We Care. The darker icons control the display, touchpad, P1 custom launcher, ECO engine, webcam, Wi-Fi, sleep, brightness, and volume.

The ECO engine helps control power usage by allowing the machine to be used in Movie, Game, Presentation, or Office modes. Should you wish, the ECO engine can also be disabled. 

The Killer Network ManagerThe Killer Network Manager

Likewise, the Atheros Killer Network Manager allows network traffic to be prioritized for gaming or video streaming.

MSI GX60 Installed SoftwareMSI GX60 Installed Software

The screenshot above is a full listing of everything installed on the MSI GX60 as it shipped to us. As usual, we uninstalled as much as we could. After all, this is a gaming machine, and in our opinion, the GX60 should have an efficient OS so that its already-anemic APU isn't dragged down by background tasks. 

The THX TruStudio Pro software is excellent if you also use the GX60 for entertainment. We also left the Atheros Killer software running. We left the S-bar installed, but disabled it from running at start-up. 

System Restore

The GX60 comes with one disc that includes drivers and utilities. To get the rest of the discs needed for a full system recovery, you need to burn them yourself using software that comes pre-installed.  

Restoring the system is very straightforward. At boot, just hit F3, tell the GX60 that you are completely sure that you want to restore the system, and then wait 45 minutes for the process to complete. After a couple of reboots, the system is back to its factory state. 

Yes, please recover.Yes, please recover.

Are you sure?Are you sure?

Are you really sure?Are you really sure?

Wait 45 minutes...Wait 45 minutes...

Reboot a couple of times...Reboot a couple of times...

Thankfully, you’re asked which software you want to install once the restore process completes. This lets you start out with a cleaner system than the shipping configuration. We wish that all system builders would include the stock Windows image for this very reason. 

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