Most often, the gaming laptop is a large, 17-inch portable PC, to which in our time it is very difficult to use the word “portable” – due to the large weight and thickness. MSI GS60 2PC-077GB Ghost – the codename of which can be translated as “Ghost” – is a good compromise between power and size. The thickness of its body is from 19.9 to 23.8 mm, and inside the laptop, in addition to the quad-core Intel Haswell, the video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M hides. Not bad for a “patch” weighing about two kilograms!
The MSI GS60 Ghost package, of course, is not as generous as some Dominators but not as meager as most other notebooks.
In addition to the standard charger and a bundle of brochures, a convenient case can be found in the box.
The lid of the laptop is made of metal, as well as the “Dominator Pro” we reviewed recently. The Gaming Series logo is still glowing, fingerprints are accumulating quickly, and erasing them is still not easy. The course of the loops at the lid of the Ghost, in our opinion, turned out to be slightly easier than it should be.
The workspace, like the side panels, is also made of metal, and the stickers on it are surprisingly small. In general, an open laptop will look like a man, brutally, if you do not forget to erase from him ill-fated fingerprints. Alas, the metal coating of the working area is exactly the same as that of the lid, so you can not escape the eternal struggle with “fingers.”
If the usual “Dominator” above the keyboard had a number of touch multimedia keys, then the “Ghost” has only a power button and a trellis panel. Under the panel, not the speakers are hidden, as one might think, but two turbines of the cooling system.
In the lower right corner of the work area there are icons of LED indicators located on the front panel. This is another small violation of MSI traditions, which appeared in the GS series – before the gaming laptops of this manufacturer, the LEDs were located near the touchpad, at the front end.
The Ghost’s keyboard is also different from what we saw in the Dominator. First, it completely changed the fonts, and secondly, now to push the buttons will have to apply a little more effort than before. In this case the stroke of the buttons remained as small as that of other mobile “chicklet” keyboards. Problems with habituation can be felt only at first, and then they will be treated more to unusual fonts than to the progress of the keys. However, if you own the technique of blind printing or use the laptop keyboard for more than a year, then the new fonts should not be very inconvenient. In addition, because of the large and thick Latin letters Cyrillic was very small. In games, however, thick Latin letters will be very useful, if you are not going to often use a text chat in Russian. With the hardness of the keyboard backing, things are fine, but not perfect – it flexes slightly in the center.
Three-zone multi-colored illumination of the keys is also not lost anywhere – the Latin and Cyrillic letters are highlighted. At the same time the laptop has support for the SteelSeries Engine – an application that allows you to reassign buttons to the keyboard and attach custom macros to them. The highlight of the Power key deserves special mention: by default it shines blue, but as soon as the discrete adapter is used instead of the integrated adapter, its color will change to orange.
The touchpad of the hero of our review turned out to be large, its size is 105×75 mm. The area is enlarged in a way that has already become traditional: by getting rid of the allocated mouse buttons. Usually, in gaming laptops, the touch panel is made small because it is almost not needed anyway – 99% of the time the gaming laptop owner will use the mouse.
But our “Ghost” is another matter. This laptop is much lighter and smaller than many of its analogues, so it’s much easier to carry around. And in a cafe with Wi-Fi, a large touchpad that supports gestures will have to come in handy. The panel works perfectly well: we did not notice the problems inherent in most buttonless touchpads.
All laptop ports are located on the sides of the case. On the left, in addition to the anti-theft lock and the power connector, there is a pair of USB 3.0 ports and two audio connectors for connecting separate headphones and a microphone – the laptop did not react to the built-in microphone of the connected headset with a four-contact 3.5 mm jack.
On the right side there is another USB port of the third version, a memory card reader upside down by HDMI, as well as a normally installed Mini DisplayPort and an RJ-45 network connector.
At the front end there is nothing but LEDs, and the rear end is almost entirely given to the ventilation grilles.
By the way, these holes are on the laptop almost from all sides, except for the front face. In theory, such an approach should have a good effect on cooling, but whether it is so or not, we’ll find out in the “Testing” section, but for now, let’s look at the specifications and internal device of the laptop.
⇡ # Specifications
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|Intel Core i7-4700HQ; 2.4 GHz (up to 3.4 GHz in Turbo Boost mode);
6 MB L3;
Four computing cores, TDP 47 W
|The chipset set||Intel Lynx Point HM87|
|The graphic controller||Intel HD 4600;
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (2 GB GDDR5, Kepler architecture);
Automatic switching between adapters
|The screen of the||15.6 inches;
the resolution is 1920×1080, the type of the matrix is PLS;
Frosted cover, LED-backlighting
|Operational memory||16 GB DDR3L-1600 (two expansion slots, two 8 GB modules are installed)|
|Hard drive||RAID-0 of 256 GB (actually – 238 GB) is made up of two mSATA SSDs;
HDD 1 TB (HGST HTS721010A9E630)
The form factor is 2.5 “, the thickness is 9.5 mm
|Interfaces||1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Ethernet
1 x headphone output (mini-jack 3.5 mm)
1 x Microphone input (Mini-jack 3,5 mm)
|Wi-Fi||802.11b / g / n, 1×1, 2.4GHz, (Realtek RTL8723BE)|
|The network adapter||10/100/1000 Mbps (Qualcomm Killer e2200)|
|The connector of the flash-card||SD (SDHC / SDXC)|
|The sound of the||Four speakers, two microphones|
|The battery||Built-in, 52 W · h (4640 mAh, 11.1 V), 6 cells|
|The power supply unit||150 W (19.5 V, 7.7 A)|
|The size of the||390х266х19,9-23,8|
|The operating system||Windows 8.1 (single-language version)|
|The recommended price, rubles||67,990|
Inside our MSI GS60 Ghost we installed a quad-core Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor with a frequency of 2.4 GHz (up to 3.4 GHz in Turbo Boost mode) and a 6 MB L3 cache. We already met a similar processor both in gaming and multimedia notebooks.
RAM in our experimental set to 16 GB. Unfortunately, changing the memory size yourself will be very difficult for two reasons. First, you have to disassemble the laptop to the last cog, because under the service panel there are no slots for RAM. And secondly, to remove the bottoms will have to open the service seal – it is true, representatives of MSI argue that the external seal can be torn safely. But if you damage one of the seals inside the laptop – then you can really say goodbye to the warranty.
We already spoke about the video adapter of the laptop, this NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with the GK104 chip, created on the Kepler architecture. Usually we do not specify the graphics chip used in notebook reviews, but in the case of the GTX 860M, an exception should be made. In this video card can be used not only the chip GK104, but also the chip GM107, which is built on the new architecture Maxwell . While we do not have exact data on the modification of the MSI GS60 Ghost equipped with an 860M video card with the new architecture, it is likely that such a modification may appear in the near future.
The chips GK104 and GM107 will differ not only in architecture, but also in frequencies. Their base frequencies will be 797 and 1029 MHz, respectively. It’s true that the GM107 does not have to be particularly happy with the frequency increase: there are only 5 streaming multiprocessors inside it, whereas the old chip has six of them.
In addition to discrete graphics, our Ghost has a graphics core built into the processor, Intel HD Graphics 4600, which we meet not for the first time. Of course, graphics can automatically switch from integrated to discrete.
The disk subsystem is represented by two solid-state drives of mSATA format, united in RAID-0 with the size of 238 real gigabytes. A hard drive with a capacity of 1 TB is installed in the notebook in a couple of solid state arrays. In general, the owner of MSI GS60 Ghost should not suffer from a lack of free space.
The laptop battery is built-in, with a capacity of 52 Wh / h (4640 mAh, 11.1 V), and it consists of 6 cells. The usual battery for the “spot”.
The power of the Ghost power supply is 150 W (19.5 V, 7.5 A), and its dimensions and weight are slightly less than those of other power supplies that come with gaming laptops.
But MSI GS60 2PC Ghost costs as much as any gaming laptop. At the time of writing this article for him will have to pay about 67,990 rubles. For a thin and light gaming laptop, this price does not seem very large. But if you want to save money, you can search the stores for the model MSI GS60 2OC Ghost, which will cost about 57 thousand rubles. In this modification, there is no RAID array from SSD and a quad-core processor – it uses a dual-core Intel Core i5-4200H, but the video card is the same.
Separately want to say about the most expensive modification of the “Ghost”, MSI GS60 2Pe Ghost Pro. This notebook will have the most powerful – for the GS60 series – graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, IPS-screen with a resolution of 3K (2680×1620 pixels) and 16 GB of RAM. Cost such a modification will be much more, almost 88 thousand rubles. However, if you want to buy a laptop with a 3K-screen, but do not want to overpay, you can save and look for a modification of the “Ghost Pro” version with 8 GB of RAM and one SSD-drive instead of two. The cost of such a laptop will be a little cheaper, about 79 thousand rubles.
In addition, it is worthwhile to know about another important thing. The SteelSeries keyboard, which can be swapped with buttons and customized macros in the SteelSeries Engine application, will only be installed on laptops with GTX 860M graphics.
⇡ # The internal device
The metal bottom of the laptop is held on several screws, which can be unscrewed using a Phillips screwdriver. Also on the bottom are three stickers, which the manufacturer decided to remove from the working area of the laptop.
MSI GS60 Ghost is designed in the best traditions of ultrabooks.
If you still decide to disassemble the laptop, then “within reach” will only be a hard drive glued to the laptop’s case. Therefore, even in the unlikely event of a disk failure, the user will have to look for the nearest MSI service.
In addition to the “tightly” installed hard drive is worth noting two turbines of the cooling system and four speakers. Two are located in the left and right parts of the laptop, closer to the user, and the other two are in the back, on a small slant.
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