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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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13 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including Techradar and techradar.com/au/ the average expert rating of this medium processor cores notebook 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 Modes

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most frequently supported processor operating modes on medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 650 megahertz, the CX640MX has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the CX640MX. Comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the CX640MX have on-board graphics adapter base frequencys of between 200MHz and 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 360MHz.

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MSI Laptops Have Good Reviews

We checked 625 expert and owner reviews for MSI laptops and found that on average MSI has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that MSI has good ratings specifically for its medium processor cores notebook PCs.

Quite Big Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago is 10" and the biggest is 18". With a display diagonal of 15.6 inches, the MSI CX640MX has a quite big display diagonal compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the CX640MX.

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1,066MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The MSI CX640MX supports a 1,066MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most notebook PCs of this age and type. In addition, this MSI notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all laptops of a similar spec and age to the CX640MX the worst memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz and the best is 1,600MHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The MSI CX640MX has a front camera, as do most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most commonly found wi-Fi standards on similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable type and age to it.

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Six Number of Battery Cellss

The CX640MX is a six number of battery cells laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the CX640MX have between one and eight number of battery cellss.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution (numeric)

The CX640MX has one of the higher front camera resolution (numeric)s (1.3 megapixels) amongst notebook PCs of this age. The front camera resolution (numeric)s of notebook PCs of this spec and age range from 0.3MP to 1,300MP, and the average front camera resolution (numeric) is 2.9MP.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slots, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable age and type 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

With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 0.512 gigabytes, the MSI CX640MX has a very small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the medium processor cores notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CX640MX the discrete graphics adapter memorys range from 0.51GB to 4GB.

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Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

With a maximum processor memory bandwidth of only 21.3 gigabytes per second, the CX640MX has a quite slow maximum processor memory bandwidth compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the CX640MX. The average maximum processor memory bandwidth of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the CX640MX is 25GB/s.

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Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this notebook PC is Not supported, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable type and age to it.

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Only Two Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)s

The CX640MX is a laptop that uses two number of displays supported (on-board graphics)s. Most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago use two number of displays supported (on-board graphics)s.

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Only One Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes

The CX640MX is a one maximum number of PCI Express lanes laptop.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The MSI CX640MX has one of the smaller maximum internal memory supported by processors (only 16 gigabytes) amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age. The maximum internal memory supported by processors of comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CX640MX range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The MSI CX640MX does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the CX640MX also do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Only HDD Storage Media

This notebook PC has an HDD storage media, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and spec to 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.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of laptops that are a similar age to the CX640MX is 5.5GB, and the internal memorys range from 1GB to 16GB. With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the CX640MX has one of the smaller internal memorys amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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Only Intel Core I3-2xxx Processor Family

The MSI CX640MX has an Intel Core i3-2xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most medium processor cores notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago. The worst processor family of all medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is AMD C and the best is Intel Core i7-3xxx.

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Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CX640MX the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 510MB to 4.1GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 1.7GB. When compared to other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the CX640MX that we have assessed, the discrete graphics adapter memory of the MSI CX640MX of only 512 megabytes is one of the smallest.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

Portable PCs of this spec and age have memory clock speeds of between 800MHz and 1,800MHz. At only 1,333 megahertz, the CX640MX has a fairly slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This portable PC ethernet LAN data rates, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data rates on comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as it.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Most portable PCs of this age and type do not have a touchscreen. The MSI CX640MX is no exception to this as it too does not have a touchscreen.

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Heavy

The CX640MX is one of the heavier laptops of a comparable type and age to the CX640MX (2.6 kilograms) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The lightest notebook PC of this spec and age is 300g heavy and the heaviest is 3.8kg.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

The smallest hard drive capacity of notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the CX640MX is 250GB and the biggest is 1.5TB. The CX640MX has one of the smaller hard drive capacitys (only 500 gigabytes) amongst laptops of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the MSI CX640MX

Released Over Two Years Ago

This portable PC was released over two years ago.

Average Processor Frequency

The CX640MX has a fairly standard processor frequency (2.1 gigahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the CX640MX.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the CX640MX has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
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
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Aspect Ratio
3D
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
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
Camera
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Number of Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
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
Number of Battery Cells
Power
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height (front)
Depth
Height (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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