We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Laptops Reviews
15,650 Reviews

MSI GX610-008UK laptop PC

£679 inc VAT

Manufacturer: MSI

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The MSI GX610-008UK is a rare example of an AMD-powered laptop in an Intel world.

The MSI GX610-008UK is a rare example of an AMD-powered laptop in an Intel world.

Browse through some of the top buys in a high-street store such as PC World, and you'll probably see a fair few desktop machines running AMD processors. Switch to the laptops section, however, and the picture looks remarkably different - almost every notebook sports an Intel chip.

While AMD has managed to get some success (even if it is fading) in the desktop PC scene, it's still largely left out by laptop makers.

See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

The Better By Design program launched over a year ago set out to change all that - and the MSI GX610-008UK is one such example that AMD is hoping will tempt you away from Centrino. With Centrino, manufactures are limited to Intel chipsets and wireless cards, Better By Design, however, offers greater choice, featuring wireless chips from different vendors, for example.

According to AMD this results in better performance, although the MSI GX610-008UK largely failed to showcase any great advances over Centrino.

The MSI GX610-008UK's 1.9GHz Turion 64X2 TL-58 chip and 2GB of RAM manages a respectable WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 62, but it's certainly nothing to get excited about.

Graphics performance from the ATI HD2600 chip with 256MB of DDR3 RAM is pretty impressive, though, managing to achieve 27 frames per second (fps) in our FEAR test. The MSI GX610-008UK's battery performance was also decent at 146 minutes, but not exactly earth shattering.

Visit Business Advisor for reviews of the best IT products for your business.

MSI GX610-008UK Expert Verdict »
AMD Turion 64 X2 TL56 1.8GHz 1M L2 Cache
ATI RX690 +SB 600
2GB DDR2 533/667 RAM
Windows Vista Home Premium
120GB SATA 5,400rpm hard drive
ATi HD2600 graphics processor, 256MB DDR3 VRAM
built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Modem Module, built-in 802.11b/g WLAN Card/optional Bluetooth
15.4 WSXGA+/WXGA ACV display
DVD Super Multi/HD DVD drive
Li-Ion battery
4x USB 2.0
PCI Express Card
HDMI
S-Video
1.3Mp webcam
5-in-1 Card Reader, XD/SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro
358x259x27mm
2.6kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The MSI GX610-008UK's asking price of £679 is pretty low, so if you're a gamer on a budget then it may just suffice, but in most other areas its performance is adequate rather than exemplary. The keyboard is also very cramped to use and it would be much better if the space dedicated to the numeric keypad was redistributed to the main keyboard.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • MSI GX740 review

    MSI GX740

    The striking design of the MSI GX740 laptop isn’t about style, sophistication or elegance – it’s about power, speed and excitement.

  • MSI GX700-204UK review

    MSI GX700-204UK

    The MSI GX700-204UK is a good laptop if you're looking for performance on a budget.

  • MSI GX620 review

    MSI GX620

    The MSI GX620 is a mid-range 15.4in gaming laptop - and it sure looks like it's built for gamers. It has brushed aluminium panels and a red trim, touch-sensitive multimedia shortcut buttons and a number pad.

  • MSI Wind U210-075UK review

    MSI Wind U210-075UK

    MSI has kept the ‘Wind’ moniker for its new U210-075UK netbook but, besides the familiar curvy body, almost everything has changed.

  • MSI FX600-007UK review

    MSI FX600-007UK

    This MSI FX600-007UK laptop includes a 15.6in screen, Intel Core i3 processor and useful nVidia GeForce 325M graphics card for Windows games.


IDG UK Sites

Windows 9 release date, price, features: Microsoft teases new OS ahead of 30 September unveiling

IDG UK Sites

From the iPhone 6 to the iWatch and a new Apple TV we look at the products Apple is set to launch...

IDG UK Sites

September 2014 creative trends: 5 things you must see

IDG UK Sites

What to expect from Apple in autumn/winter 2014: iPhone 6, iPhone Air, iWatch, iPad 6, new Apple...