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MSI GT780DXR 17.3″ Laptop review

We measure from a distance of around 2 foot from the chassis with our Extech digital sound level meter to mirror a real world situation.

KitGuru noise guide
10dBA – Normal Breathing/Rustling Leaves
20-25dBA – Whisper
30dBA – High Quality Computer fan
40dBA – A Bubbling Brook, or a Refridgerator
50dBA – Normal Conversation
60dBA – Laughter
70dBA – Vacuum Cleaner or Hairdryer
80dBA – City Traffic or a Garbage Disposal
90dBA – Motorcycle or Lawnmower
100dBA – MP3 player at maximum output
110dBA – Orchestra
120dBA – Front row rock concert/Jet Engine
130dBA – Threshold of Pain
140dBA – Military Jet takeoff/Gunshot (close range)
160dBA – Instant Perforation of eardrum

The GT780DXR system is quiet when idle, with some minor fan noise audible when watching a bluray movie. The fan speed quickly rises when gaming, becoming clearly audible, rating at around 35 dBa. Maximum fan noise under synthetic stress conditions hits almost 38 dBa, which is quite annoying. It is not as quiet as the Asus G74SX and a lot of hot air is forced under the machine due to the vent system.

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