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Pros: -Great Price vs Performance
-Optional Fan "on" mode is a great idea, allows you to turn on the fan on high for intense gaming. This helps prevent low framrates due to heat.
-Steelseries Keyboard is very nice to type on if you are used to Chiclet keyboards. And would rate it hight than my highend 17" Alien keyboard.
-Display is very bright and clear. I was looking for a glossy display, but this display has a tedancy to make you forget about the sharp colors of a glossy display quickly. The viewing angles are not the best, but more than acceptable for the price.
-Processor - Some might be concerned about an I5 as a gaming / heavy multimedia processor don't be. I have played WOW, BF3 etc all on high settings and it rarely jumps over 70% utilization. This is a great mobile processor, this is the place MSI save a few bucks without sacrificing overall performance of the laptops experience.
-Video - GTX 760- This video card does a great job not matter what you are playing. WOW Maxed out 35+ FPS.(Shadows off). BF3 - Everything on high or Ultra(shadows off) More than adequate to keep every game on high settings with a smooth framerate experience.
-Build Quality - It is a budget laptop, there is going to be plastic. Overall for the price, the build is good. Nothing to really complain about. Do not compare this laptop to other laptops that start $300 more and you will not be disappointed.
-Weight - Excellent, light wieght does not get heavy on the couch or where ever I take it to play or surf. And the power brick is not bulky either.
With MSATA card installed WEI 7.2 (Processor)
**If you have $1000 budget and need something in this size, need to game with a great experience, BUY IT.
Cons: -To upgrade to a MSATA card you will void the warranty. I will be in contact with MSI support to give them a heads up, this is simply not acceptable. why even put the expansion slots in it, if you can not upgrade it for over a year.
-MSATA is now my boot drive and the 750gb is the D. This laptop is very very fast now. Into Windows in 10-12 seconds or so.(depend on the Msata card you buy)
-Memory configuration - This is a double edged sword. Mine came with one 8gb stick, with one slot open. Good right? Well, in single channel mode the laptop runs fine. I happen to have a 8gb Kit(2 x 4gb), and changing it to the dual channel memory mode, and it is Very noticable. RAM upgrades also void your warranty.
-All in all, not worth taking any eggs off, I am a technician of many years, so this does not concern me.
Other Thoughts: You have a $1000 budget and need the most video horsepower possible in a 15", without the 6.5+Lbs wieght?
Buy This one.
Pros: *Excellent performance under load
- Vmware 3 VMs running rarely goes over 60%
- Gaming rarely goes over 70% in latest games
*PRICE vs Performance!
Cons: None, when you consider the price you are getting and the overall performance of the processor, there are truely none.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for the best bang for the buck in the $100-$130 price range. This processor is a must! And when you consider you can get a great AM3+ Socket Motherboard for under $100 this processor and inexpensive MB combo is very hard to beat for the money.
If you do heavy gaming and light to medium backround tasks, this processor will handle it, buy it.
Pros: AMD Llano A6 - 3650 with this video card is a great combo!
Windows 7 gaming score before this video card: 6.6
Windows 7 gaming score after this video card: 7.7
I played Battlefield 3 as a test game, and it plays on high settings with no lag. Like some of you I wasn't sure how the APU worked with adding an 6 series video card worked. It couldn't be any easier! Just install this card with an AMD APU and the motherboard automatically "crossfires" the two!
I have not been much of an AMD/ATI video card fan, but this APU/GPU combo has changed my mind.
This is an unbeatable deal for the money. If you are on a tight budget and want to play the latest games at high settings consider this video card.
Cons: None so far. (owned for 5 weeks now)READ FULL REVIEW