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First Laptop with 4.16GHz Clock Speed Unveiled - MSI GT780DX


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Oct 9, 2007
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Have you ever seen a high-performance notebook computer packing Intel's top-of-the-line Core i7 Extreme Edition with overclocking that blazes along at more than 4GHz? Have you ever experienced the superfast performance of a quad core gaming laptop that transfers files in less than half the time? Only the MSI GT780DX laptop, on display for a limited time, supports the Core i7 Extreme Edition, the fastest in the industry, to give you extreme system performance and cooling capabilities.

World-record smashing 4.16GHz clock speed
During Europe's Dreamhack late last year, MSI held its "Beat It!" video gaming competition and computer exhibition. MSI showed a number of MSI GT780DX gaming laptops all packing Intel's smoking limited edition Core i7-2920XM Extreme Edition processor. In this, the first dynamic demonstration of the processor in notebook computers on the market, these top-end laptops broke the 4GHz overclocking barrier. With Dreamhack over, MSI's GT780DX with Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition can be seen in activities spotlighting laptops organized by Intel and MSI in other countries.

Not only does the limited edition GT780DX zip along at 4.16GHz, when you compare it to notebooks with Core i7-2630QM, tests show that CPU performance increases by at least 43%. The CPU calculates "Super PI 32MB" a minimum of 52% faster which is very helpful for decimal number and complex multifunction calculations. For example, the time required to compress a 1GB file drops from 3 minutes 6 seconds to 2 minutes 9 seconds—44% less time. Performance speeds of various applications are markedly improved and calculation times reduced for a tremendous enhancement in overall system performance, underscoring the superior stability and cooling performance of MSI notebook designs.

GT780DX features unparalleled hardware and cooling capabilities
In the world of notebook computers, there's generally a direct ratio between the size and weight of a computer and its performance, because the CPU and Graphics, the two components that make the biggest difference in terms of performance and power consumption, use over 65% more power in high performance laptops than in their regular notebook computer counterparts. High performance 17-inch laptop designs, therefore, generally require a very large cooling system and a high capacity power supply design, making the NB so big that it’s very difficult to actually lug around.

The GT780DX, MSI's most advanced 17-inch gaming laptop, has overcome these problems. It is the most efficient and most powerful large-size gaming NB on the market today. In addition to featuring a metal chassis and a number of details designed with the serious gamer in mind, it also supports the advanced Intel Core i7-2920XM Extreme Edition limited edition Quad Core processor.

In addition, the GT780DX comes with the high-performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX570M discrete graphics card and 3GB GDDR5 display memory. It racked up over 12,300 points on 3D Mark Vantage and boasts full HD gaming performance that surpasses the GTX560M display card used in other NB computer brands by over 20%, offering extreme gamers and professional graphics artists a top-end notebook computer that strikes the perfect balance between power and efficiency.

It's also the only laptop in its category that weighs less than four kilograms. With two hard drives, four memory units, and a 9-cell battery, the GT780DX tips the scales at just 3.85KG—much lighter than the 4.5-plus kilograms of most 17- and 18-inch gaming NBs currently found on the market.

Not only does the exterior design meet the needs of both gamers and graphics designers alike, the excellent cooling system design keep the GT780DX's processor and discrete graphics card working at below 80℃, keeping the machine stable even when overclocking for long periods of time, so that you can play games or using drawing programs without worrying about stability problems. All MSI gaming laptops employ cooling systems with the highest standards in the industry, so they are more than equipped to deal with the heat produced by the graphics cards when overclocking—even when overclocking at over 4GHz. When you turn on the exclusive Cooler Boost overclocking heat dispersion system, it throttles up fan speeds to super fast speeds, reducing chip temps to 5~10℃, so when it's used for regular processors, like the Intel Core i7-2670QM, overall temps are even lower, maintaining high stability even under the harshest environments.

The MSI GT780DX gaming computer also has other exclusive features, such as a 2.1 channel sound system built in cooperation with world leader in professional sound system designs Dynaudio of Denmark. The high quality stereo sound remains crisp and clear within a 10-meter radius and the cinema-grade THX control software allows you to tweak the acoustics to meet the purpose at hand. The entire series of gaming laptops also sport high brightness, high clarity full HD screens to provide users of all types the best possible sounds and visuals.
Oct 2, 2005
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Processor FX-8320@ 4.2Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte 970A-UD3
Cooling Xigmatek S1283
Memory 2x4Gb Corsair 1600 9-9-9-24
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Power Supply Silverstone DA750
Software Win10 pro 64bit
Knowing Msi and laptop mfg's in general that thing will be clogged with dust within 4 months at best, overheat then die.They can always throw a 4ghz cpu in but putting a working dust filter or a capable HSF assembly on a laptop is like asking for icewater in hell.
Apr 21, 2008
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System Name MASTER
Processor Core i7 3930k run at 4.4ghz
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Cooling Corsair H100i
Memory 4x4G kingston hyperx beast 2400mhz
Video Card(s) 2X EVGA GTX680
Storage 2X Crusial M4 256g raid0, 1TbWD g, 2x500 WD B
Display(s) Samsung 27' 1080P LED 3D monitior 2ms
Case CoolerMaster Chosmos II
Audio Device(s) Creative sound blaster X-FI Titanum champion,Creative speakers 7.1 T7900
Power Supply Corsair 1200i, Logitch G500 Mouse, headset Corsair vengeance 1500
Software Win7 64bit Ultimate
Benchmark Scores 3d mark 2011: testing
that's most crazy laptop thing i hear it.
Mar 27, 2008
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Zagreb, Croatia
Processor C2D E8400@3.9GHz (488x8, 1.4v :( )
Motherboard Abit IP35-E
Cooling Thermaltake Sonic Tower+120mm fan
Memory 2GB kingmax ddr1066@976MHz 5-5-5-15
Video Card(s) Radeon X1800GTO @700/1400MHz with Accelero S1+Glacialtech fancard
Storage 2xSeagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster 793s... just you laugh...
Case some Aplus case
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC888
Power Supply Chieftec 450W
Software Win7 x64
i guess this is a nice desktop replacement if you travel constantly, don't see much use for it otherwise.


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Jan 28, 2012
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Video Card(s) MSI AMD Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8GB @ PCI-E 3.0
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Case Antec 1200
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek® ALC898 8-Channel High Definition Audio
Power Supply Seasonic 1000-watt 80 PLUS Platinum
Mouse Logitech G602
Keyboard Rosewill RK-9100
Software Ubuntu 17.10
Benchmark Scores Benchmarks aren't everything.
Definitely a desktop replacement. However I'm a little surprised with the 2.1 surround, even my 4 year old Dell Studio 1735 can do 5.1 surround. I'm not sure if I would want to be lugging that around and I can only imagine how much heat and power this CPU uses when stressed. Nice find, though. :)


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Interesting model from MSI. Great overclock for a laptop. With all the 'great' specs I wonder why there is no mention of 'warranty' period. :rolleyes:


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Sep 6, 2009
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Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair 750TX | Enermax Liberty 500W
Mouse MX518 | MX502
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Software Windows 10 Pro on both
When I think of this laptop, I think of this when it gets crammed with dust!

Sep 1, 2007
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Cooling Thermaltake PW 850i Liquid Cooler and loads of Case Fans
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Video Card(s) Powercolor R9 285
Storage Corsair BX100 250GB + 2 x Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB
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Case NZXT Hades Mid Tower Case
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC892
Power Supply Antec Earthwatts 650W
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In must make a horrendous noise with a tiny fan cooling that and a gpu!
Jan 2, 2008
3,248 (0.89/day)
System Name Thakk
Processor i7 6700k @ 4.5Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte G1 Z170N ITX
Cooling Deepcool Maelstrom 120k / H55
Memory 16GB Corsair LPX DDR4 2400
Video Card(s) GTX1080ti Founders Ed. AIO Cooled
Storage Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD / Intel 250GB SSD / Samsung Pro 512 SSD / 3TB Seagate SV32
Display(s) Acer Predator X34 100hz IPS Gsync / HTC Vive
Case Cougar QBX mini itx
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC1150 > Creative Gigaworks T40 > AKG Q701
Power Supply Thermaltake 600w 140mm
Mouse Logitech G900
Keyboard Ducky Shine TKL MX Blue + Vortex PBT Doubleshots
Software Windows 10 64bit
Benchmark Scores http://www.3dmark.com/fs/12108888
Battery life 4.16 minutes.
Nov 27, 2005
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Look behind you!!
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Processor Intel 4770 non-K
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Memory 16gb Muskin
Video Card(s) XFX 380X 4gb
Storage Sandisk 120gb plus WD blue 1tb
Display(s) AOC 23.5 LED bl
Audio Device(s) motherboard
Power Supply Cooler Master 500

That damn thing will idle at 80c with only that cooling the cpu and gpu (at least thats what it looks like to me)


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Dec 5, 2004
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Motherboard Gigabyte.
Cooling air.
Memory 4gb kingston
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Man that is sweet. The thing they should come up with is a liquid cooling solution for laptops, Some thing small and light that would utilize or integrate the air cooling with the power of liquid cooling. But never the less some one that has this would need to keep tons of caned air on hand and clean that thing every day! Just to be sure. I know I would! GOD I would love to own that!
Dec 28, 2007
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Case HAF932
Power Supply Corsair 750w
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I'm past high performance laptops, constantly need cleaning and dusting. A cooling pad is almost a must. I had a quad core when they were new with an sli 7900gs go series. It lasted about a year and it was well taken care of and used mostly on desktop surfaces
Apr 5, 2011
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Memory Gskill Ripjaws 8GB dual channel 1600MHz
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Storage PLextor M5S 128GB + WDC Black 1TB Sata3
Display(s) Samsung 32" LED TV 32D5000
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar DG
Power Supply Seasonic M12-II 620W
Software Windows 7 64 bit
what a fantastic idea :toast:
Nov 13, 2009
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Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 680 CLASSIEFIED @ 1250 Core
Storage 2 Samsung 830 256 GB (Raid 0) 1 Hitachi 4 TB
Display(s) 1 Dell 30U11 30"
Case BIT FENIX Prodigy
Audio Device(s) none
Power Supply SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular
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Benchmark Scores 2017 Unigine Heaven :: P37239 3D Mark Vantage
I kinda want one
Apr 7, 2008
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Motherboard Asus Prime X299 Deluxe (XSPC Watercooled) - Custom Heatsinks
Cooling XSPC Custom Water Cooling + Custom Air Cooling (From Delta 120's TFB1212GHE to Spal 30101504&5)
Memory 8x 8Gb Corsair Dominator Platinum 3400MHz @ 3667Mhz (CMU32GX4M4C3466C16)
Video Card(s) 3x Asus GTX1080 Ti (Lapped) With Customised EK Waterblock (Lapped) + Custom heatsinks (Lapped)
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Display(s) 6x Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ
Case Aerocool Strike X (Modified)
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Power Supply 2x Corsair AX1500i With Custom Sheilding, Custom Switching Unit. Braided Cables.
Mouse Razer Copperhead + R.A.T 9
Keyboard Ideazon Zboard + Optimus Maximus. Logitech G13.
Software w10 Pro x64.
Benchmark Scores pppft, gotta see it to believe it. . .
The dust factor would be present in all systems with a fan.

I personally have never had an issue with any of my highend notebooks, probably because i take care of them and am concious of the dust factor.

Do i have to mention that cleaning the fan and heatsink is something everyone should do regardless ?

The machine is backed by the standard 1 year international warranty. If it does melt within the first 12 months because you used the machine to its extreme potential, then MSi would replace the entire machine or the faulty component(s).

The battery life would be rather low on such a highend system but we all know that will be the case with awesome power!

Fantastic and solid product from MSi, always good to hear someone pushing the commercial boundries.
Jan 2, 2008
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System Name Thakk
Processor i7 6700k @ 4.5Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte G1 Z170N ITX
Cooling Deepcool Maelstrom 120k / H55
Memory 16GB Corsair LPX DDR4 2400
Video Card(s) GTX1080ti Founders Ed. AIO Cooled
Storage Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD / Intel 250GB SSD / Samsung Pro 512 SSD / 3TB Seagate SV32
Display(s) Acer Predator X34 100hz IPS Gsync / HTC Vive
Case Cougar QBX mini itx
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC1150 > Creative Gigaworks T40 > AKG Q701
Power Supply Thermaltake 600w 140mm
Mouse Logitech G900
Keyboard Ducky Shine TKL MX Blue + Vortex PBT Doubleshots
Software Windows 10 64bit
Benchmark Scores http://www.3dmark.com/fs/12108888
Dust factor is inevitable. What they need to do is to make maintenance less pita.