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MSI overclocks and dissects notebook

MSI overclocks and dissects notebook

A thumbs up from MSI for the GX600.

MSI is touting its overclockable laptops again in Shanghai this week - it's something we got a glimpse of at this year's Computex, but it's well worth a revisit. The GX600 is a Santa Rosa notebook with a Turbo button that overclocks the CPU from 200MHz to 240MHz front side bus: that's a 20 percent core speed overclock from 2GHz to 2.4GHz.

MSI demonstrated that this equates to a 10fps increase in Half-Life 2 (at 800x600) which is not all that bad, but the Nvidia GeForce 8600M core isn't overclocked as well unfortunately. The notebook has useful and had quite a unique feature set of eSATA and HDMI (with HDCP) output, as well as the same design that we were initially none too sure about.

Those worried about power usage will be glad to know it's still all done within the same power envelope (TDP) as the CPU core voltage is not increased - this is simply free MHz. In addition, you can only use it while plugged in too.

In all honesty, the shiny plastic still feels tacky but the quality of product and finish was far greater than at Computex, however we still feel MSI is missing the mark a little. Maybe that's because of my personal taste for a certain level of subtlety and minimalism, but Apple does sell a lot of Macbooks and the U1F I'm writing this on is very nice.

After getting some play time today with F.E.A.R., I'm still not that overwhelmed. It's a niche feature that gives MSI an edge and while I can see the advantage of a gaming laptop for someone who wants something they can carry around, but not sacrifice features and performance, it's very much an overstatement in design.

Anyway, here's some shots of the insides just in case you were ever interested but too scared to void the warranty on your own. Enjoy!

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From top to bottom that's the Nvidia GeForce 8600M with 512MB of GDDR3, P965 Northbridge and Intel Core 2 Duo (Mobile) CPU

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wuyanxu 13th September 2007, 11:00 Quote
for a laptop, it seems like a good idea as long as the cooling is up for it. since it increases the battery life when not gaming.

but the MSI's graphics card turbo button, it's a completely waste, who the hell wants to reach to the back of their PC to get a good FPS? they'd leave it just running.
alastor 13th September 2007, 11:10 Quote
Looks nice.
mikeuk2004 13th September 2007, 13:15 Quote
I have not seen a turbo button since my 486. Thats when I could go from 33mhz to 66mhz at a push of a button, oh yeah baby thats fast.

Although at the time I did not understand or notice what it did :p
wharrad 13th September 2007, 16:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
I have not seen a turbo button since my 486. Thats when I could go from 33mhz to 66mhz at a push of a button, oh yeah baby thats fast.

Although at the time I did not understand or notice what it did :p

Doh! You beat me!

Yeah, although seem to remember the numbers being close to 8 and 12Mhz... Ach, did 186s go that slow?
Tulatin 13th September 2007, 16:32 Quote
That little gold connector next to the e-Sata port; is that a jack for external wifi antennas?
completemadness 13th September 2007, 20:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tulatin
That little gold connector next to the e-Sata port; is that a jack for external wifi antennas?
yes i believe so

is the topmost, right chip (the big one that looks like a NB) the GPU ? i thought they came on external cards these days ..
Nikumba 13th September 2007, 20:47 Quote
It could be for a built in GSM device maybe?
Bindibadgi 14th September 2007, 01:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by completemadness
yes i believe so

is the topmost, right chip (the big one that looks like a NB) the GPU ? i thought they came on external cards these days ..

Depends. Since MSI manufacture its own and there's only 1 mobo for the range then it's hard wired in this time around :)
Gravemind123 14th September 2007, 04:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
MSI's GX600 notebook has got a turbo button and funky case design - but is it what you really wanted?

Yes, actually, I have always wanted something with a turbo button. I just find them cool. I've always wanted to add one to my PC, even though it would do nothing. I just like the idea of a "turbo" mode, it amuses me. Yes, I'm easily amused
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