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MSI FX600 review

MSI FX600 - Making Multimedia Sense

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Overall rating 8/10
Design:
7.5
Features:
8.5
Performance:
7.5
Value:
7.5
Mobility:
8
THE GOOD
Decent sound system
Full HD screen
Very affordable
THE BAD
Raw performance and trackpad could be better


Performance Benchmarking

Performance Benchmarking

The MSI FX600 seems to have pretty average hardware, and we'll be pitting this notebook against similarly specced notebooks using the Intel Core i5 series of processors. This should give a good indication on just where the notebook stands on the performance side of things. One more point to note is that the MSI FX600 has a Turbo Mode function, which usually overclocks the system  by a small degree. We've tested its performance as well, so expect to see two performance scores for this notebook in our benchmarking graphs.

Specifications / Notebook MSI FX600 Acer Timeline X 5820TG Toshiba QOSMIO F60
Processor Intel Core i5-460M
(2.53GHz, Turbo: 2.8GHz)
Intel Core i5-430M
(2.26GHz, Turbo: 2.53GHz)
Intel Core i5-560M
(2.66GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)
Chipset Intel HM55 Intel HM55 Intel HM55
Memory 4GB DDR3 2GB DDR3 8GB DDR3
HDD 640GB SATA (5400 RPM) 500GB SATA
(5400 RPM)
500GB SATA
(5400 RPM)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

 

PCMark Vantage

Between the three notebooks using an Intel i5-processor, the MSI FX600 scores the lowest, even when using their included Turbo Drive mode. Turbo Drive doesn't seem to be doing much for the notebook; in fact, it seems to have lowered the scores! Then again, while the performance is the lowest of the compared notebooks, it's not off by much.

 

FutureMark 3DMark06

Packing an NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M means the MSI FX600 should deliver pretty average performance in the 3D graphics department, and while the scores show that even in Turbo Drive mode, the FX600 scored the lowest among the notebooks mentioned here. Note that Turbo Drive didn't really give the unit any boost in the 3D performance area, so you may be better off leaving it off to save on power consumption.

 

Far Cry 2 Game

With not so impressive results from the 3DMark06 test, we expect pretty middling performance, but the game should still be playable at medium settings. As can be seen from our performance graphs, the FX600 still retains the lowest score. While the notebook does have a full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) screen, chances are you won't be playing games at that resolution. Rather, the high resolution screen is more handy for watching movies.