The MSI GT663R posted very impressive results in our volley of tests. It bested both the ASUS laptops in both synthetic and real world tests as and in games as well. But that was to be expected, partly due to a slightly better processor as well as the ‘Turbo’ feature we spoke of earlier.
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Both the Processor and GPU were upto the task and we were able to play Call of Duty Black Ops at an average of 48 FPS, while Mafia 2 ran smoothly at 33 FPS. The only place it failed to deliver was when we tried to max out Metro 2033 - the GT663R managed a single digit score of 8 FPS. But do keep in mind that the game brings even the fastest hardware down to its knees when you crank up the settings. Games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 which are very CPU intensive ran at an average of 29 FPS, which is very good considering the maxed out graphical settings.
The GT663R also has superb sound thanks to the two built-in Dynaudio speakers which are placed at the top left and right side of the keyboard. The audio is clear and crisp and is loud enough for when you want to watch movies with a couple of friends.
Heat, Sound and Battery Life
The people at MSI have done well when it comes to heat dissipation. At full load, things do get quite hot (literally), but thanks to the large vents at sides, the heat is pushed out rather well. The only little niggle is that the bottom does get a bit warm, so keeping it on your lap will may feel a tad uncomfortable after a few hours of use.
The GT663R is rather quiet as it completes the day to day mundane tasks. But fire up your favourite game and you will hear the the fan whining as it moves into high gear. This was very noticeable when we were running our 3DMark Vantage and PC Vantage tests. You might not give it too much attention in the beginning while you kill the aliens attacking Earth but as time moves on, you definitely will notice it.
Being a Gaming laptop, there is no point in expecting six to eight hours of battery life. But even so, the MSI GT663R fares decently with its nine cell, 7800 mAh battery. At full charge, the battery will last you a good hour and 10 minutes under intensive gaming conditions and over 3 hours under low load while you surf the web or send emails.
The MSI GT663R is a great gaming laptop and tears through almost anything that you throw at it. Priced at Rs. 1,49,999, it does provide the performance it promises and is a great buy for those who want a gaming machine on the go. The only downsides are the bad touchpad and the noisy fan at full load. Another thing that worried me was the weight - at 3.5Kgs, lugging the notebook around will be quite tiring. But that is just a small price to pay for that kinda horsepower it delivers.