MSI GX60 Gaming Notebook



Company: MSI
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: March 10th, 2013

Memory & IO

Memory Performance

The MSI GX60 is equipped with 2x4GB DDR3-1600 modules, and Studio 1747 with 2x4GB DDR3-1333 modules. Click on the images below to see more of the sub-timings. We used AIDA64 to give memory bandwidth results for read, write and copy operations:

MSI GX-60 Memory Timings
Studio 1747 Memory Timings

Below you can see the percentile difference between the GX60 and the Studio 1747:

i7 720QM vs A10-4600M
Read -32%
Write -27
Copy +20%

Network

Both notebooks feature Wireless N, but the newer GX60 sustained much higher rates in our anecdotal basic file copy tests. Both integrated Gigabit Ethernet NICs were able to sustain wire speed copying large files to a fileserver. The biggest I/O difference is the USB connectivity; the GX60 has native USB 3.0 with SuperSpeed support which is faster than the USB 2.0 on the Studio, and also faster than the Studio's eSATA 2.0 port as well.

MSI GX-60 File Copy

Storage

Finally, we have the internal SSD RAID array, comprised of two SanDisk mSATA 64GB drives in RAID 0. Experientially the AMD system is fast and acceptably smooth but the benchmarks show a different tale, with write performance suffering above 64KB chunk size. The partitions were aligned correctly, meaning that this could be a problem with the RAID driver or the wear levelling on the SSDs.

AS SSD Test:

MSI GX-60
Studio 1747

ATTO Test:

MSI GX-60
Studio 1747

Crystal DiskMark:

MSI GX-60
Studio 1747

The results show that the mSATA SSD SuperRAID arrays strengths play to an OS drive use case, 4K through 64K sizes are fast, especially the read speeds. The write speeds take a hammering for large block sizes, meaning you'll not enjoy copying ISOs or movie rips onto the volume.