Smaller, thinner and lighter the trend is much more mobile devices today, but super stylish design can not please everyone. By the multitude of games, remains a burning desire and performance desktop in a portable form factor laptopOver the years, the call has been answered by regular timeline notebook MSI GT780DXR gaming series and the company again in 2011 with its latest addition, the MSI GT780DXR. Priced at around £ 1,400 and is described in no uncertain terms by MSI as “gaming laptop most advanced ever made,” this powerful tool is armed with some of the latest components from Intel and NVIDIA. However, despite its obvious gaming pedigree, it looks like its gaming laptop every day.

Gone is the red rash adjustment is traditionally associated with the MSI Gaming Series machines, and there has been no attempt to make it look like a spaceship MSI GT780DXR or a sports car. You see, what we say, more like a laptop, and refined approach, in our opinion a step in the right direction.

The stylish black, brushed aluminum lid and backlit MSI logo combine to give the system a surprising sense of sophistication moderate. However, it could not be subjected to the ideal description, 428mm x 288mm and in 55mm x GT780DXR size is still a beast of a machine.Flip open the lid, and a couple of specific players immediately spring to the eye ingredients . Up top, a 17.3in anti-glare screen offers full HD 1080p and below, a keyboard, SteelSeries is on hand to offer “tuned” key size and location.

Presentation, again, is surprisingly elegant, build quality and feels good in everything. The chassis itself is strong, hinged rigid screen support, and weight of 3.9 kg of the machine helps to give a strong impression.

This is a relatively good looking, well built piece of equipment, but what lies beneath the skin that will arouse interest.


Within the UK model (GT780DXR-290UK), MSI central component is a second generation of Intel Sandy Bridge processors, Core i7-2630QM. The quad-core 2.0GHz Hyper-Threading provides a maximum frequency of 2.9GHz Turbo and is connected to a motherboard with 8 GB H67 (2 x 4 GB) of DDR3.

A solid foundation, and MSI applies a healthy portion of graphics performance with the addition of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M GPU. The graphics chip, released in June, is based on the GF114 “Fermi” architecture and offers a clock speed of 575MHz GPU, 336 CUDA cores clocked at 1150 MHz and an operational framework 1.5 GB in a buffer effective 3000 MHz through a 192 – bit bus.

These credentials make it one of the strongest NVIDIA mobile components, but you can expect performance on par with the similarly named desktop graphics card, the GeForce GTX 570. Unlike NVIDIA confusing nomenclature, specification of the mobile GTX 570M suggests that performance will be similar to a GeForce GTX desktop CPU and GPU 460.The however, combine to deliver exceptional performance (as demonstrated later in the review), but they are only the highlights offered here.

In other parts of the housing mammoth GT780DXR sports a pair of Western Digital Scorpio hard drives in a RAID 0 for increased performance. Our pre-production review sample is equipped with a pair of 500 GB drives, but MSI has confirmed that the distribution patterns of the UK will ship with 750 GB disks – resulting in a total capacity of 1.5 TB .

Some sub-£ 1,500 systems offer this level of specification, and MSI has been rounded GT780DXR with an assortment of delicacies. There is an integrated Blu-ray reader / DVD writer, speaker Dynaudio 2.1, HD webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eSATA, multi-card reader, and Wireless N, Bluetooth and Gigabit connectivity Ethernet.

HDMI and VGA outputs are also included, as is a high capacity 9-cell battery and a 64-bit installation of Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium.