MSI GP60 LEOPARD-009 Review


    Pros & Cons:

  • Intel Core i7-4700HQ
  • 750 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M
  • Cons:

  • No Blu-ray player
  • 5.3 lb.

If you are looking for a high powered gaming laptop for less than $1000, then you shoud consider the MSI GP60 LEOPARD-009. With advanced graphics capabilities, and enough power and RAM for hard core applications, you will find that this is a “can do” machine. Plus, it has a many features so that you can customize your gaming experience to suit your tastes.

The screen is a 15.6” Full HD Widescreen anti-reflective LED backlit display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The processor is the fourth generation Intel Core i7-4700HQ, a high end quad core processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture. It was released in June 2013. The four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel due to Hyperthreading. The base speed is 2.4 GHz, and it can increase to to 3.4 GHz through Turbo Boost.

The laptop comes with 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, which provides excellent multi-tasking performance. The graphics processor is the NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M with Optimus, GPU Boost 2.0, and 2 GB of dedicated graphics RAM. The GPU is a mid-level offering of NVIDIA graphics processors, and it offers excellent capabilities. The battery is a 6 cell lithium Ion battery pack.

There is a 750 GB 7200 RPM rotational hard drive which is 50% larger than what is typically found in laptops. It is also 33% faster than standard 5400 RPM drives. You could store up to 180 full length DVD movies on it (to watch in between gaming sessions.) For connecting devices, there are four USB ports, two of which are USB 3.0, which transfers data ten times faster than USB 2.0. With USB 3.0, you can transfer a 25 GB movie in just 70 seconds. There is Bluetooth, for connecting wireless peripherals. Inexplicably, however, the machine has a DVD drive, but not a Blu-ray player. The keyboard is from SteelSeries and has anti-ghosting capabilities. The laptop has Killer E2200 Game Networking to classify and prioritize network traffic so that you can optimize your gaming experience. For wireless networking, it uses Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3160. For sound, the laptop has Sound Blaster Cinema.

The MSI GP60 LEOPARD-009 is an incredible gaming laptop that will exceed your expectations. Although it is expensive, it is a package that packs a lot of powerful technology. If it fits in your budget, you won’t be disappointed.

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