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    Default High-end NB for Gaming and Movies - MSI GT683R notebook

    Notebooks are always a good solution to instead of desktop PCs for most users.
    Years ago I always heard my family or friends said that they want to build up new PCs, but in recent years, that voice often become which notebook is better for them to choose.
    If users are not demanding on usually upgrade hardware, notebooks always a better solution with higher mobility and better convenience.

    The main usage of notebooks comes with 2 types, you might need to analysis your usage before you buy your own laptop.
    The first one is business or long time trip, which will need longer battery life and light weight, performance will not be in the high priority.
    The second usage is to replace PCs, most because of only have a small room, or long time stay at home or school but need to carry to different places.

    This type is more performance oriented demand; users will be more focus on features of higher level CPU, graphics performance, bigger LCD size and high quality speakers.


    MSI already building their business for years and now they have 5 different segment of their notebook product lines.
    This time I would like to share the 2nd type of notebook, it positioning on Gaming Series, the MSI GT683R.
    MSI did have GT680/GT680R in early 2011, so this GT683R should be the upgrade version.


    Take a look on the outlooks; GT683R is same as GT680R, built in orange color LED with 7 parts.
    The A side cover design is special compare with normal notebooks; itís more like Alianware and gives a racing car speedy style.


    GT683R is black based design, built with latest Sandy Bridge platform with higher performance.
    The MSI logo shows white light when boot up, and the silver bar below the logo will show orange color light as well.
    The dimension of GT683R is 396mm*265mm*55mm


    Accessories:
    Bundled gaming mouse in GT683R is good to put your hands on and very sensitive feedback.


    Adaptor is 150W normal version with bigger size, it will show green light when power on, and the temperature is not hot when full loading, hands on will only feel warmer.


    The adaptor was made by DELTA, the well known power/ adaptor brand from Taiwan, so the quality is good and reliable, it comes with 4 pads for protection to prevent damage and helpful on reduce
    The gaming mouse resolution is 3200DPI, could switch the DPI with the light below the scroll key, also have the page-up/page-down key on the left side, and its light with only 50g weight.


    The bottom of the notebook comes with several pad protection, the battery is on down left side, other placement parts are CPU, GPU, HDD, DDR3 and thermal module.
    DDR3 comes with 4DIMM design and up to 32GB for users to install, this GT683R comes with 4GBx4 overall 16GB.
    Built in with 2 SATA slot supports SATA3 and RAID 0, this is unique for higher storage performance.


    Used 9 Cell batteries with 7800mAH, could apply more heavy loading usage for longer time. Remove the battery could see the mechanical detail and Windows sticker.

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    C side design
    The whole cover used the glossy painting with honeycomb surface design and sleek touch feeling.
    Regular chiclet keyboard design, use big size placement and independent number keys section, itís good for most of gaming usages.
    The design tone is closer to glossy metallic style, if want to have higher level feeling it might need matted surface treatment with metallic materials.


    The pad is good on design and touch feeling, very sensitive and easy to handle, 2 keys use brushed looks and feels like metallic, but itís plastic material.
    The light signal on the bottom from left to right is Bluetooth, Wireless, Battery, Sleep mode and HDD.


    The shield icon in the middle is power button, will show white light when turn on.
    Control panel used touch sensor design, with 8 features to turn on and off.
    Left 2: Turbo is the GPU overclock function, will enhance 3D gaming performance, for the stability,
    MSI will not make overclock range high, but enable Turbo key will unlock the limitation and users could use software to overclock as well.


    One of the most important features of gaming is sound effect.
    MSI use Sound by Dynaudio 2.1 channel HD speaker system, it present good sound quality as their advantage.


    The hinge design is very solid; the open angles almost reach flat 180 degrees.


    15.6 inch glossy LED back light panel with 1920x1080 full HD resolutions, MSI adjust on character size to fit this resolution for users.
    Built in HD WebCam comes with 30fps 1280x720 video recording and 1280x1024 photo resolution.


    Left side:
    Start from left, 1x USB2.0\ multi card reader\ 2x USB 3.0\ heat release holes.


    Start from right, Blu-Ray Combo\1x USB2.0\Line out\ Line in\ Mic in\ Headphone out

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    The back side
    Start from left, 1x HDMI\ 1x eSATA\ 1x D-Sub\ 1x RJ-45 LAN\ AC in


    There is another heat release hole in the back, high performance notebooks really take it serious on thermal solution.


    The image comes with small subwoofer, this is unusual design, and it really helps on better low frequency sound quality.


    9Cell battery comes with 481g.


    The weight of GT683R is 3436g with battery, lighter than formal number 3.5kg,
    if we take a look on the version with single 750GB HDD and 2 DIMM DDR3 4GBx2, it could be lighter around 3.3kg, itís really not heavy as a gaming laptop.


    Special designed MSI logo, will show white light when turn on power, it increase the sense of quality.


    MSI GT683R based on Intel Sandy Bridge platform, use Core i7-2630QM, frequency is 100x20 = 2GHz, L2 = 6MB, 4 Cores with HT technology.
    TurboBoost 2.0 technology could increase the frequency up to 2.9GHz, built with HM67 chipset.
    Compare with last generation Core i platform, it comes with better performance and newer technologies.

    Performance test
    Built in with Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit version OS
    This version of GT683R is high level version; some region might be selling with lower spec. combination.
    HDD is 500GB x2 by RAID 0, 4GB x4 overall 16GB DDR3 and Blu-Ray Combo drive.


    Already installed with MSI software, the desk image shows GT683R is great on performance.


    System performance tests
    Super PI 32M => 22m 31.850s
    CPUMARK99 => 439

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    Nuclearus Multi Core => 17201
    Fritz Chess Benchmark => 20.03/9614


    CrystalMark 2004R3 => 227107


    CINEBENCH 11.5
    OpenGL 40.03 fps
    CPU 4.82 pts
    CPU (Single Core) 1.10 pts


    PCMark Vantage => 9297


    Windows7 benchmark


    GT683 built in with Core i7-2630QM, the performance almost 2x of i5-2410M which I did share the benchmark in one of my other review last time.
    The performance of Core i7 is really excellent on single or multi tasks, also the only Quad Core CPU segment of Intel platform.
    Normally Core i7-2630QM is 2GHz, but through TurboBoost 2.0 technology, it will mostly run at 2.4~2.6GHz, this performance level already great enough for a gaming notebook.

    SATA performance tests
    HDD used WD5000BPKT black label with RAID 0. Format is 2.5Ē SATA3; seek time 12.0ms, 16MB buffer
    HD Tune Pro 4.61 Benchmark
    Read - Average 162.0 MB/s Access Time 16.0ms
    CrystalDiskMark Seq - 173.3 MB/s Write - 184.3 MB/s


    HD Tune Pro 4.61 Benchmark
    File Benchmark highest write in speed close to 175MB/s
    ATTO DISK Benchmark will reach 197/3MB/s reading speed when over 64k data tests, and writing speed is 200.3MB/s


    BootRacer
    Time to Logon 18 seconds
    Time to Desktop 34 seconds


    Because of dual SATA3 design, a great advantage of 15.6Ē GT683R, normally we only see dual HDD design on 17Ē or higher size notebooks.
    If users what bigger capacities and higher performance at same time, use 2 same capacity HDD become RAID 0 is good solution.
    It will make HDD performance up to 2x speed and also with 2x HDD capacities. MSI already built in some software and present fast boot up into Windows7 quickly.

    2 SATA3 port is very flexible for HDD or SSD combination, I take over the bottom cover to take a look the inside design.
    2 WD HDD is on up left and down right side, only with 2 DIMM slot, guess another 2 DIMM is under keyboard.

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    Here comes with big size thermal module design for whole system
    Used 2 heatpipes for CPU to pass the heat from Intel Core i7 2630QM, nVIDIA GeForce GTX560M used 3 heatpipes to pass the heat.


    The MXM VGA card is nVIDIA GeForce GTX560M under the heatsink, if the MXM card comes with same format and size, it seems still have some room for upgrade?
    The highest temperature of whole system is GTX560M, after burning test, I use hand to touch CPU heatsink could stay over 5sec,
    but to touch the heatsink on GPU I cannot stay over 3sec, temperature always a priority topic from nVIDIA and needs to make some improvement.


    The second way to improve the performance is to use 1 SSD become system disk and keep 1 HDD as data disk.
    CORSAIR Force GT series support SATA3, with much higher performance than SATA2 SSDs.


    Formal data shows this SSD could reach 555MB/s reading speed, 515MB/s of writing speed (Used ATTO DISK Benchmark).
    CORSAIR Force GT Series used red shield looks; MTBF is 150k hours, 3 years warranty.


    Installed the Force GT SSD into GT683R, this combines greater performance and still keep most capacities.




    HD Tune Pro 4.61 Benchmark
    Read - Average 429.1 MB/s Access Time 0.221ms
    CrystalDiskMark Seq
    <All 0x00, 0Fill> 471.1 MB/s Write - 450.1 MB/s
    <All 0xFF, 1Fill> 472.5 MB/s Write - 448.7 MB/s


    HD Tune Pro 4.61 Benchmark
    File Benchmark highest reading performance over 520MB/s
    ATTO DISK Benchmark test will over 554.1MB/s reading speed when test data over 256k, and highest writing speed over 510MB/s.


    BootRacer
    Time to Logon 8 seconds
    Time to Desktop 15 seconds


    After installed SSD with SATA3 interface, it totally presents great performance of native SATA3 on Sandy Bridge platform. Itís over 2x faster than HDD RAID 0.
    If users want extreme speed, could try to use 2x SSD RAID 0 to reach the top.
    Most of the test items comes with 450~470MB/s speed, ATTO DISK test is very close to formal data speed, boot up speed is much faster with shorter time,
    SSD is indeed the fastest weapon to increase system access performance.
    Compare CORSAIR Force GT performance on PC desktop, most performance is 10% faster than GT683R.
    This happened on many notebooks of SATA3 performance, since SATA3 still new, hope MSI could enhance their BIOS to raise the SATA3 performance.

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    Most notebooks in the market only come with GT540M, a friendly price on standard notebooks.
    GT683R equipped with GeForce GTX560M graphics from nVIDIA, and built in 1.5GB DDR5 with higher performance.

    GPU 813/GDDR5 1250 MHz
    3DMark Vantage - P10090


    StreetFighter IV Benchmark
    1024 X 720 => 220.70 FPS


    1920 X 1080 => 128.96 FPS


    DEVIL MAY CRY4
    DX10 1920 X 1080 => 104.66/86.98/111.92/73.50 fps


    FINAL FANTASY XIV
    1920 X 1080 => 1921


    Monster Hunter Frontier 1920 X 1080 => 5081


    Built in GTX560M graphics present great performance on 3D benchmark, of course the 3D and gaming performance is the key benefit of a gaming notebook.
    Under 1920x1080 resolution, most games run smoothly, even with highest detail still could run most heavy games over 24~30fps.
    These benchmark was tested on AC mode with adaptor, MSI designed with ECO mode and GTX560M also have power saving feature,
    so the performance will drop a lot when on battery mode to save more power.
    Touch the Turbo key on top of keyboard will unlock the GPU frequency limitation, and will overclock GPU around 5% to make 3D Mark Vantage over P10400 score.

    GTX560M overclock to 870MHz/1625MHz test
    Turn on Turbo function and use MSI Afterburner software to overclock.

    3DMark Vantage - P11639


    StreetFighter IV Benchmark
    1920 X 1080 => 149.32 FPS


    FINAL FANTASY XIV
    1920 X 1080 => 2181


    After overclocked, it will get around 15% gaming performance increase, P11639 score is really high of notebook platform.
    If you sense the GPU is hot after overclock, you could press the fan icon on left side of the control panel;
    this will increase the fan speed to 110% and reduce some system temperatures.
    MSI GT683R apply unique Turbo feature, actually the GTX560M already got high performance for a notebook,
    enable Turbo and use Afterburner software to adjust the frequency, itís great help on 3D gaming performance.

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