[align=center]MSI GT780DXR-298FR (English version)
[hr /]Test and feedback :Design :
(I'll talk about the keyboard later)
The general look is classy but not overly flashy. No LEDs everywhere, simply the MSI logo that shines like the Apple on macbooks. The casing is in aluminium and is pleasant to the touch. It's also on the heavy side and feels sturdy. I like its overall look and feel.
The inputs are well placed, with the VGA, HDMI and Ethernet inputs on the back so the cables aren't in the way. The plugs you mess with more often are easily accessible. There are more than enough inputs with the 5 USB plugs, and the 4 audio jacks to plug in a 5.1 or even 7.1 audio. However, it's impossible to use a 5.1 headset with a microphone. You either get stereo plus mic, or 5.1 on the headset. You'd have to use a Roccat Kave or similar and use the onboard microphone. Too bad.
Opening the laptop is really easy. There is only one large plate to remove from under the laptop to gain access to 2 hard drives, 2 ram slots, GPU and CPU.
To gain access to the wireless card, you'll have to remove the control panel on top of the keyboard with a flat screwdriver. I haven't tried removing the keyboard to gain access to the other two ram slots yet, but apparently there are a few more screws and things to unclapse in there.Intel Core i7-2670QMNVIDIA GeForce GTX 570MFrequencies of the 570M (core/shader/memory) :
Doing nothing : 51/101/135
1080p video playing : 74/147/324
3D without Turbo : 525/1050/1500
3D with Turbo : 575/1150/1500With original drivers (268.90) :
Crysis 1 "very high", VSync on, AA 16x : only 14 FPS ?!!
Crysis 1 "high", without VSync and without AA : between 31 and 42 FPSWith drivers and .INF of laptopvideo2go.com (285.27) :
After verification, the Turbo mode still works with the modified drivers from laptopvideo2go.com. It is however impossible to change the brightness...
When trying with the same settings that gave a Radeon HD 6970 an average of about 25FPS, I got an average of 22.5FPS.SSD Crucial M4 256 Go
With the Crucial M4 256gb I use, this laptop boots in 24 secs (from the moment I turn it on to the Google page loading in firefox).Steelseries Keyboard
The layout has been improved with gamers in mind. The Windows key on the left is gone, and the arrow keys aren't shrinked. However, the Enter key is on a single row, as is common on laptops but contrary to usualy keyboard layouts.
It does take a little while to get used to this keyboard layout outside of games. At first I often missed the Enter key, and I missed some keys to the right of the spacebar. But I really like the absence of a windows key on the left side.
As for the actual quality of the keys, I'd say that it feels a bit new and requires some adaptation, but it ends up feeling quite pleasant. The keys barely go down when you press them, and they come back up quickly. It is also surprisingly quiet.
After a week of use, I still miss the Enter key sometimes, but I really like it, and I actually type faster on it than even on my old regular keyboard.
As for the backlighting, it is pretty, and is actually useful when typing in the dark, considering you can also pick easier colors on the eyes if you're typing in the dark.
Finally, it's worth noting that the keyboard can register 10 simultaneous keypresses. This is a great feature for gamers.Dynaudio sound system :
To keep it short, this is really the best audio system I've ever heard from a laptop.Onboard microphone :
There had to be something subpar on this unit, and it is definitely the microphone. It is basically terrible. I tried different settings, to no avail. I sometimes have a ridiculous echo, or it picks up every small noise in the room. The DELL and HP laptops I had before were much better in this aspect, probably because they had two microphones on each side of the webcam. I haven't found a way to fix this yet.Temperature :
Desktop use (Internet browser and Word) :
After 30 minutes playing Crysis, high settings, with MSI Turbo and Cooler Boost on :
During all the tests, including a 2h Crysis session, the wrist rest has stayed cool to the touch. Even the bottom of the laptop, with the hard drives and gpu, didn't feel hot. Impressive!Noise :
Without any proper measuring tool, this is obviously subjective.
During normal use, it sounds really quiet. Only MacBooks or netbooks beat it.
Under a bit of stress, the fan can be heard, but it's still not as loud as the Asus G74.
Finally, after a long Crysis session, the fan spins at max speed (which you can also achieve through a single keypress), but it's not any louder than most gaming units.Battlefield 3 :
I tried the beta on the two available maps. The game is gorgeous, but the framerate wasn't quite tehre. I was using the default drivers, and not the modified drivers that could have improved performances considerably. Basically, in 1920x1080 on High settings, I had between 25 and 40 FPS. BF3 should thus be playable even on larger maps. We can expect better FPS with new drivers and and the actual release.
[hr /]Benchmarks : (with Turbo on)Windows :PC Mark 07 :http://3dmark.com/pc...7RmFXjnZMufupbW3D Mark 06 :http://3dmark.com/3d...nAnknj7dTBpbfrq3D Mark Vantage :http://3dmark.com/3d...4La7yTxhKQDjT4q3D Mark 11 :http://3dmark.com/3d...vws9vsvXucF5Hbmhttp://img220.imageshack.us/img220/7875/3dmark11y.th.pngPeacekeeper :http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/6439/ie9.th.pnghttp://img51.imageshack.us/img51/4791/firefox6.th.pnghttp://img684.imageshack.us/img684/5180/opera115.th.pnghttp://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5618/chrome14.th.png
[hr /]Overclocking :620/1240/1500 (580 default settings):http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/4642/afterburneroc.th.pnghttp://img202.imageshack.us/img202/2206/3dmark11oc.th.png
Max temp 60C during 3dMark11.650/1300/1600 :
Crisis, 1920x1080, High, 0xAA, no blur: Minimum 24FPS, average about 29, max temp 71C.750/1500/1950 :
Max allowed by AfterBurner.http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/8285/windowsocmax.th.pnghttp://img13.imageshack.us/img13/9076/3dmark11ocmax.th.png
Many visual artifacts, 63C in 3dMark11.725/1450/1500 :http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/7470/3dmark11oc2.th.png
Max temp 64C during 3dMark11.
A few visual artifacts.
700/1400/1500 will be good.
[hr /]Conclusion :
After looking at other available laptops, I have no regret.
The GT780DX has one of the best Matte screen, which I love, great sound, good inputs, quiet cooling and no apparent heating problems. The GPU is also impressive and can be easily overclocked, the keyboard feels good, and backlighting is a nice feature.
Even though it's not the best at everything, it's a great compromise of a laptop, and while your priorities may differ, I hope I answered most of your questions about this unit.Merci à SeriousBam de notebookreview.com pour la traduction
Modifié par Mateo0169, 30 septembre 2011 - 13:22.