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MSI CX640MX

MSI CX640MX 2 Core Intel Core I3-2xxx 2.1GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I3-2xxx 2.1GHz 4GB Jun 2014
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(MSI recommends upgrade to Genuine Windows 7 Professional) Inspired by top-of-the-line luxury sedans and a design concept integrating external quality and internal performance, MSI created the... More
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11 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including Techradar and techradar.com/au/ the average expert rating of this portable PC is 80 out of 100.

Good Battery Life

One person wrote that this laptop had a good battery life. Techradar scored it 4 stars and said in their review of this laptop four years ago “Acceptable battery life”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CX640MX range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. The CX640MX has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (650 megahertz) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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MSI Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

MSI medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings on average and across all laptops MSI is one of the superior brands.

Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops that have been available for around the same time as the CX640MX, the CX640MX has a front camera.

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1,066MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The CX640MX supports a 1,066MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The best memory clock speeds supported by processor of all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 1,600MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

With a front camera resolution of 1.3 megapixels, the MSI CX640MX has one of the higher front camera resolutions amongst similar spec laptops of this age. The lowest front camera resolution of portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the CX640MX is 0.3MP and the highest is 1,300MP.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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18 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One person said in their reviews that it was not heavy. Techradar mentioned “Fairly hefty” although they still rated this laptop 80 out of 100.

Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 0.51GB to 4GB. When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the CX640MX's discrete graphics adapter memory of only 0.512 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

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Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

The slowest maximum processor memory bandwidth of laptops that were launched around the same time as the CX640MX is 17GB/s and the fastest is 32GB/s. The MSI CX640MX has a quite slow maximum processor memory bandwidth (only 21.3 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for a similar time to the CX640MX.

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Only Two Displays Supported by On-Board Grap

Most comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the CX640MX use two displays supported by on-board grap, including the CX640MX which uses two displays supported by on-board grap.

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Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most laptops of a similar age and spec to the CX640MX have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the CX640MX which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the CX640MX is 23GB. The CX640MX has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The CX640MX does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the CX640MX.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type. 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.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the T420s[pl_48433_price] (SSD), or the X1 Carbon[pl_2432329_price] (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

Across all the laptops of this spec and age the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.3GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the MSI CX640MX has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Intel Core I3-2xxx Processor Family

The CX640MX has a better processor family than most similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i3-2xxx processor family, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i5 processor family. Across all comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the CX640MX the processor family ranges from AMD C (worst) to Intel Core i7-3xxx (best).

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Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the CX640MX, the discrete graphics adapter memory of the MSI CX640MX of only 512 megabytes is one of the smallest. The discrete graphics adapter memory of laptops of a similar age and spec to the CX640MX range from 510MB to 4.1GB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the CX640MX has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age. The slowest memory clock speed of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1,000MHz, the fastest is 1,800MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The CX640MX does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth noting that most of the other portable PCs that have been available for more than two years also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Heavy

Portable PCs of this age and spec have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg. With a weight of 2.6 kilograms, the CX640MX is one of the heavier medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the CX640MX amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The CX640MX has a quite small maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the CX640MX. The smallest maximum internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CX640MX is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

At only 500 gigabytes, the MSI CX640MX has a fairly small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. The hard drive capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the CX640MX range from 180GB to 1.5TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 590GB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the MSI CX640MX

Released Over Two Years Ago

MSI released the CX640MX over two years ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.1 gigahertz, the CX640MX has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the Toshiba Satellite C55[plb_2566805_price] (2.13GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

The CX640MX has a fairly typical screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the CX640MX.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The CX640MX has a relatively average total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the CX640MX.

If you want a laptop with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_2843836_price] (512GB).

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Colour
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
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
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
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
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 2.0 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 My WiFi 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
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Cell Count
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

Expert Reviews

(2)
9 August 2012

The MSI CX640MX may only be a sub-£400 laptop, but it manages to get the formula exactly right. Hitting the balance between style, performance and usability, this feels like it should cost at... Read more…

Good performance
Acceptable battery life
Good usability
Small touchpad
Fairly hefty
9 August 2012

The MSI CX640MX may only be a sub-£400 laptop, but it manages to get the formula exactly right. Hitting the balance between style, performance and usability, this feels like it should cost at... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cx640mx232, cx640mx232u, cx640mx232uk
Barcodes 04719072216252

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2 core Intel Core i7-4xxx 1.5GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 14"
MSI CX640MX
2 core Intel Core i3-2xxx 2.1GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6"
£ 2,116.07
1.3kg Lighter
Eleven More PCI Express Lanes (max)
50% Bigger Internal Memory
Three Displays Supported by On-Board Grap
3x Slower On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
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ThinkPad X1 Carbon vs CX640MX

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon vs MSI CX640MX
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
2 core Intel Core i7-4xxx 2.1GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 14"
MSI CX640MX
2 core Intel Core i3-2xxx 2.1GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6"
£ 2,116.07
1.3kg Lighter
12 PCI Express Lanes (max)
4GB Bigger Internal Memory
One More Display Supported by On-Board Grap
3x Slower On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Hugely Lower Expert Review Score

Lenovo ThinkPad T540 vs MSI CX640MX

Lenovo ThinkPad T540 vs MSI CX640MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T540
2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6"
MSI CX640MX
2 core Intel Core i3-2xxx 2.1GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6"
£ 1,048.87
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16GB Bigger Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Bigger Maximum Internal Memory
Nine Battery Cells
Significantly Slower On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
A Lot Lower Front Camera Resolution
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