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One press from the "Turbo" button overclocks the Core 2 Duo T7200 by 20%.
MSI GX-600 notebook reintroduces the turbo button

Earlier today MSI demonstrated the new GX600 gaming notebook at Computex 2007. The GX600 packs quite a few features into its welterweight 5.7lb package. But arguably the best feature on the GX600 is the Turbo Drive Engine technology.

When the GX600 is plugged in with AC power, the push of the turbo button automatically turns on Acceleration Mode. Acceleration Mode increases the processor’s front-side bus and raises the overall clock speed by 20%. A quick press of the button a second time returns the processor back to stock clock speeds. 

Intel’s recently announced Santa Rosa platform forms the base of the MSI GX600. The MSI GX600 features Intel’s PM965 Express chipset, a Core 2 Duo processor and 802.11n wireless networking technology.

A GeForce 8600M GT graphics card delivers DirectX 10 compatible graphics. MSI equips the GeForce 8600M GT mobile graphics with 512MB of video memory. MSI pairs the GeForce 8600M GT with a 15.4” WXGA widescreen display. The MSI GX600 also features HDMI and S-video outputs for external display connectivity.

Other notable features of the GX600 include an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera, Gigabit LAN, optional Bluetooth, PCMCIA Type II expansion and a separate NUMPAD on the keyboard.



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is it to save battery power?
By noxipoo on 6/6/2007 11:20:44 AM , Rating: 0
but then this is a gaming laptop, who games on battery power? and why not just leave it at its fastest setting and let the bios clock down things when its on battery?...




RE: is it to save battery power?
By FITCamaro on 6/6/2007 11:44:56 AM , Rating: 3
Because if you're working with it plugged in and not gaming, why stress the system more and create more heat and noise?

It makes sense to do this. Personally I like the system where you have two graphics chips on the laptop. An integrated one and a discrete one. You flip a switch to change between them when the laptop is off. That way you can have battery life when not plugged in, and performance when you are.


By blaster5k on 6/6/2007 12:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed (on the two graphics chips). My Sony SZ series laptop has that feature and it's been pretty useful. The battery lasts around a half hour longer with integrated graphics.


RE: is it to save battery power?
By noxipoo on 6/6/2007 2:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
so computers already do that, you don't need a turbo button.


By Christopher1 on 6/7/2007 4:59:04 PM , Rating: 2
Vista already has this function built-in on notebooks. When you click on the power icon in the system tray, it comes up with settings labeled: Balanced (balance between speed and power consumption), Power Saver (Emphasis is on power consumption and slows down the processor a lot) and High Performance (turns everything on full blast and runs at top speeds).

Personally, 99% of the time I keep my computer in "Power Saver" mode. The only time I switch to Balance or High Performance is when I am playing emulated games or regular PC games.


By Anh Huynh on 6/7/2007 2:12:23 AM , Rating: 2
This doesn't conserve power at all. The Turbo button overclocks the processor.

The processor in the notebook is a 2 GHz Core 2 Duo with an 800 MHz front-side bus. When you press the Turbo button, it raises the front-side bus 20% to 960 MHz for 2.4 GHz.

It's not a bad idea if you're on the go a lot, but want a little more CPU power when the system is plugged in. The difference between a Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.0 GHz) and T7600 (2.33 GHz) is $425 (Dell upgrade option on XPS).


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