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Exclusive look at MSI GX600X TurboBook

By: John Freeman | Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: May 2, 2008 4:00 am

Benchmarks - Initial Findings


The GX600X TurboBook is a product designed for gaming. Although notebooks are traditionally not good for gaming, MSI believes they have overcome the traditional limitations by including very high-end capabilities, as well as a gaming mouse which will naturally be a better tool for gaming than the touchpad. If you spent any time going through the specifications, then you will be aware that the notebook has an Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 which runs standard at 2.4GHz.


What MSI have included on this product is a "Turbo" button for those times when you need a bit of extra horsepower to get through games like Halo 2 without getting snagged on the lagging frame rate. Supposedly up to 20% increase in performance should be expected when you push the button. We will put this claim to the test.


First up, we ran PCMark05 with the standard setting on the notebook and no overclocking at all.



Then we delved into the BIOS to see what mysteries they had in store, and surprisingly enough they had an "overclocking" section. Within the OC section there are three main settings you can adjust according to your needs. The FSB is adjustable from 120 MHz to 260MHz; just simply select manual settings and enter your number.



The higher the number is set, then the faster your system bus will be, giving your notebook a supercharged highway over which all the graphical and memory information can pass very quickly. The only governing factor is the settings you impose, and of course the "ever enemy" of overclocking; yep, you guessed it, heat!


The VGA OC setting offered a range of choices from 410 MHz in 10 MHz intervals up to 450MHz.



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