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MSI CR61 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.6GHz 8GB 1TB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.6GHz 8GB Apr 2015
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CPU performance has increased by 3%~7%, while the overall platform is 15% more powerful, and GPU performance is even more noteworthy, with an average increase of over 30%.In terms of 2D and 3D... More
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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The MSI CR61 has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the portable PCs of a similar type and age to the CR61. Most of the portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the CR61 only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this portable PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The maximum internal memory supported by processors of portable PCs that have been available for more than a year range from 8GB to 32GB. At 32 gigabytes, the MSI CR61 has a fairly big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

The PCI Express slot versions of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CR61 range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.1. With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the MSI CR61 has one of the newer PCI Express slot versions amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Portable PCs of this age and type have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 100MHz and 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 290MHz. When compared to other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the CR61 that we have assessed, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the MSI CR61 of 400 megahertz is one of the fastest.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Notebook PCs of this type and age have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 750MHz and 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 950MHz. At 1,150 megahertz, the MSI CR61 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CR61.

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MSI Has Good Notebook PC Reviews

MSI has good average reviews for its medium processor core notebook PCs as well as across its entire portable PC range.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

Across all the notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CR61 the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz. The MSI CR61 has one of the fastest processor clock speeds (2.6 gigahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

Other 2.6GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the ThinkPad X250, or the ThinkPad T440 (£791.53) both from Lenovo or the HP Probook 650 G1.

If this medium processor core notebook PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to consider the Latitude 3540 (2.7GHz), or the Precision M2800 (2.7GHz) both from DELL or the Panasonic Toughbook 53 (2.7GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago the total storage capacity range from 16GB to 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 550GB. With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the MSI CR61 has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the CR61.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 1TB total storage capacity laptops currently available including the 15, or the ZBook 14 both from HP or the DELL Inspiron 5558 which has better reviews.

If this MSI laptop total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo Z51-70 (1TB), the Toshiba Satellite L50-C (1TB), or the Acer Aspire VN7-571G (1.1TB) which is also higher rated.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The MSI CR61 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to it. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the CR61 the worst memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CR61 have internal memory of between 2GB and 16GB. At 8 gigabytes, the MSI CR61 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 8GB internal memory portable PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the MSI PX60 2QD, the HP EliteBook 840 (£300.00), or the Lenovo ThinkPad T440 (£791.53).

Notebook PCs with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the T450 (12GB), or the T450 (12GB) both from Lenovo or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 (£1,156.63) (12GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The MSI CR61 has an Intel Core i5 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago the best processor family is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is AMD E.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the CR61 the screen sizes range from 11" to 18". The MSI CR61 has a fairly big screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the CR61.

We compared all the other 15.6" notebook PCs to this notebook PC and we think the ProBook 450 (£464.58), and the ZBook 15u G2 (£1,800.35) both from HP or the MSI CX61 (£630.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this portable PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the CX70 (17.3" and higher rated), or the GP72 2QD (£795.28) (17.3" and higher rated) both from MSI or the HP Pavilion 17-g023ng (17.3" and higher rated).

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Has a Front Camera

The MSI CR61 has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops that have been around for more than a year.

We compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs with a front camera and we think the Asus S200E, the LG 14Z950, and the DELL Latitude E5540 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.2 gigahertz, the MSI CR61 has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the CR61 is 1.8GHz and the fastest is 3.7GHz.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the MSI CR61 has a fairly big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago. The smallest hard drive capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the CR61 is 5GB and the biggest is 2TB.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The MSI CR61 has a quite big maximum internal memory (32,768 megabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. Similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the CR61 have maximum internal memories of between 8.1GB and 33GB.

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Six Battery Cells

Most notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the CR61 have between two and eight battery cells, including the MSI CR61 which has six battery cells.

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10 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

This laptop received an expert rating of 65 out of 100 from Chip.de.

Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this laptop is Not supported, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 1.74 gigabytes, the MSI CR61 has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the CR61 range from 1.7GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 11GB.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The MSI CR61 does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year do have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard that you might want to consider including the Asus S200E, the DELL Latitude 15 E5550, or the Acer Travelmate TMP455-M.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

Most notebook PCs of this age and type have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the MSI CR61 which has two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

We compared this portable PC to all the other laptops that have an HDD storage media and we think because of it's better review score, the Asus S200E, the Lenovo T450s, and the HP ProBook 455 G2 is also worth considering.

If the storage medium of this MSI notebook PC is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo T540p (SSD), the DELL Latitude 12 E7250 (SSD), or the HP Elitebook Folio 1020 G1 (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Heavy

At 2.4 kilograms, the MSI CR61 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the CR61. Across all the laptops of this age and spec the weights range from 940g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2kg.

There are a number of other 2.4kg heavy portable PCs currently available that you might also want to consider including the MSI CX61 (£630.00), the Acer Aspire VN7, or the Fujitsu LifeBook A544 which has better reviews.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago do not have a touch sensitive screen. The MSI CR61 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

It is worth also looking at other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen including the Latitude 15 5000, or the Latitude 12 7000 both from DELL or the Asus S200E which is also higher rated.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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1 Other reason to consider the MSI CR61

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when MSI released the CR61.

Specification

Design
Form Factor
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Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
3D Compatible
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel TSX-NI
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
Video Compression Format

Expert Reviews

(5)
31 July 2014

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12 March 2014

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1 March 2014

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2 August 2013

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14 December 2013

Das MSI CR61-i5U45FHDW7 (0016GP-SKU3) überrascht im Test positiv mit seinem 15,6-Zoll-Display. Selten hatten wir ein so perfekt entspiegeltes und mit so guten Messwerten punktendes TN-Panel im...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cr612mi51
Barcodes 04719072396695

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