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MSI GX60 Gaming Laptop Review (A10-4600M/HD7970M)

Max Payne 3 is a third-person shooter in which the player assumes the role of its titular character, Max Payne. Max Payne 3 features a similar over-the-shoulder camera as its predecessors, with the addition of a cover mechanic, while also retaining much of the same run-and-gun style of gameplay. Max Payne 3 also marks the return of bullet-time in action sequences, for which the franchise is notable. In bullet-time it is possible to see every bullet strike an enemy in detail. New to the series is a “Last Stand” mechanic, which gives the player a grace period after losing all health during which time the player may kill the enemy that wounded them in order to continue playing, however this mechanic is only usable if the player has one or more bottles of painkillers in their possession.

We configured a high series of settings in the graphics panel of Max Payne 3, with a little MSAA (2x). The overall demand was 924MB.

The first time we played this game we noticed that performance was very poor and after checking in Catalyst Control Center, we realised that the driver had defaulted the graphics to onboard 7660G.

We manually forced Max Payne 3 to use the ‘High Performance' setting as shown above and the overall results were very good, averaging 37 frames per second for a perfectly playable long term gaming experience.

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