MSI's GP Series Laptops Get You in the Game Starting at $900

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legionera

Whoever you are out there, reading this, DO NOT EVER BUY ANY MSI PRODUCTS! Those stuff overheat a lot!

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chinomon

I'd rather get one of Lenovos y series Laptops, Levovo always sells the y series laptops around $800 and up with awesome promo codes in there website like the y510p, with a higher resolution screen and a better 750 video card and the ability to swap a second gpu for SLI when you get more money later on. =)

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vrmlbasic

With that crap screen this computer might allow MSI to make its point about budget gaming clear but it, tragically, doesn't make actual gaming on this machine crystal clear.

My 2008 macbook pro has a screen that beats this pitiful excuse for a screen silly. That is a travesty.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

i know its a budget model, but i wouldnt call a laptop with a 5400 rpm drive a gaming laptop.

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jbitzer

Hard drive access is not really a bottleneck to gaming.

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vrmlbasic

It is a real bottleneck. Longer load times between levels and, for the console ports, longer time for textures to load in. A normal laptop HDD offers little improvement over console gaming regarding load times (versus installed games).

My 2008 macbook pro has an Agility 4 SSD in it (running at 1.5 Gbps thanks to Intel being run by cheap, sadistic bastards). It always loads games and textures much faster than does my bro's more powerful APU-based laptop. If we were playing competitive gaming against each other, it would be an issue. As it is, in Borderlands Coop he cannot drive the vehicles as the other players have to wait in the car for his long load times at each of the (many; Gearbox lied) level transitions.

In the sorry excuse of a game that is Mechwarrior Online his computer often doesn't load the game until after the match has started. Which is just awkward.

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jbitzer

Then maybe I'm not playing the right games, I never have issues outside of load times, and if you're loading that slow on any system, you shouldn't be playing that game on it.

RAM is always king, have more ram = fewer HDD loads.

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vrmlbasic

Sadly that doesn't apply in poorly ported console games that try and stream data rather than loading it (and have tiny levels so that even if it were loaded it wouldn't really matter as it would have to be unloaded rapidly).

In Borderlands 1 & 2 all the audio is not preloaded so when, for example, the first shot is fired by the enemy the game will "hang" for a moment as it finally streams it (Gearbox has some incompetent programmers). With the laptop HDD, that moment lasts so long that it can be fatal.

There's a certain shame when, in playing RTSes, my crappy netbook (redundant) loads far faster than a vastly more powerful APU notebook. The only difference is the hard drive. Having a hard drive instead of an SSD leaves a more powerful machine eating the dust of both an Intel-gimped Macbook and a (again, Intel-gimped...) netbook. Talk about shame.

Cooperative RPG/FPS hybrids, competitive FPSes, RTSes, RPGs...in all of them, the laptop HDD blows. At least for this MSI laptop a buyer can throw in a better drive. They can't upgrade that piece-of-crap screen. 1080 is low res.

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jbitzer

I wasn't aware they even made laptops higher than 1080. 1366x768 seemed to be the standard forever.

My gaming monitors on my desktop are only 1080p you're making me feel inadequate.

But then, I really don't want to pony up the almost triple price for a higher res in the same size of monitor either. I'm still trying to convince my wife to let me drop the cash on a third 1080p monitor so I can triple screen game. I might have to steal hers.

I do believe you about gearbox being crap though. I got awful stuttering and terrible screen lag on BL1 when I tried to 3 screen it with my fairly fast 660ti rig, Glad to know it's their crap programming and not me buying a card that wasn't powerful enough.