MSI X460DX 14" Core i5 Notebook Review

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To start things off, we fired up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads, stressing various system subsets in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here, and most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.

 

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance


The X460DX qualifies as a daily workhorse able to tackle a variety of tasks, a point that's underscored in our PCMark Vantage testing. It's not going to blow you away in any particular area, but the system boasts a solid foundation with a Core i5 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and a 7200RPM hard drive. It's sort of a Jack-of-all-trades, and master of none. But sometimes that's perfectly okay, and we get the impression that this machine was designed to be as good as possible at as many tasks as possible. Here's the full score:



Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

 


Futuremark 3DMark11

Futuremark's PCMark 7 combines more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, Web browsing, and gaming. It's specifically designed to cover the full range of PC hardware, from netbooks and tablets, to notebooks and desktops, making it a great testing tool for virtually any system.


Futuremark only recently introduced its PCMark 7 suite, the successor to PCMark Vantage. As time goes on, we'll have a bigger sampling of scores to compare systems with, but in the meantime, we'll be posting individual screenshots, as we've done above. Using the default Entry settings, the X460DX managed a respectable 2225 overall score. If we break this down, we can see the rig excels in computational heavy tasks -- no doubt thanks to the Core i5 2410QM processor -- but gives up some performance in the storage subsystem due to its reliance on a mechanical hard drive as opposed to a solid state drive. It should be noted that our test system continually failed this benchmark in "Performance" mode; it would only complete it on "Entry."

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