Thanks to the fast 7,200 rpm hard drive, the machine takes around 1 minute to boot up into Windows 7.
On first boot, MSI offer a variety of system installs. The install is fairly clean, however there was no way to disable the BING toolbar or the Norton Security suite. This would need to be deinstalled after the install is finished.
Above, we can see the hardware ‘insides’ of the MSI system, it is based around the Intel i7-2630QM processor, which is a quad core design with Hyperthreading (4 physical & 4 logical). This operates at 2ghz, but can turbo up to 2.9ghz.
It is built on 32nm architecture, has a maximum TDP rating of 45watts with 6 megabytes of Level 3 cache onboard. The motherboard is an MSI design with an American Megatrends bios. Memory is running at 1333mhz with 9-9-9-24 timings @ 1T.
The laptop has both Intel GT2 onboard graphics and Nvidia Geforce GT540M – operating at 672mhz core and 900mhz from the GDDR3 memory (connected to a 128 bit memory interface).
System validation is available over here.
Comparison Systems (for specific synthetic test compares):
MSI CX640 (featuring Core i5 2410M)
Cinebench 11.5 64 bit
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra 11
HQV Benchmark V2
Alien V Predator
Dead Space 2
Resident Evil 5
Technical Monitoring and Test Equipment:
Asus BluRay Drive
Lacie 730 Monitor (Image Quality testing)
Raytek Laser Temp Gun 3i LSRC/MT4 Mini Temp
Extech digital sound level meter & SkyTronic DSL 2 Digital Sound Level Meter
Kill A Watt Meter
Nikon D3X with R1C1 Kit (4 flashes), Nikon 24-70MM lens.