GX740

MSI recommends Windows® 7.

Overview

 

 
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 
 

The Latest Intel® Core™ i5 Processor

The GX740 uses the most advanced Intel Core i5 processor, and is the world’s performance leader among gaming laptops, giving users the ultimate experience in speed.
The description of Intel® Core™ i5 processor is from http://www.intel.com.

 

 

 MSI's exclusive ECO Engine power management system

The GX740 takes advantage of the ECO Engine power management system, allowing users to select from five different usage scenarios—text processing, gaming, movie viewing, presentations, and Turbo Battery modes—and instantly obtain optimized settings for screen brightness and sleep, automatic system sleep activation, and processor performance.

 

 

 

 

Exclusive Cinema Pro Technology

Cinema Pro Technology offers consumers the finest movie viewing experience. With a simple touch of the exclusive Cinema Pro button; you may immediately switch to Movie Mode. The quality on screen will be more detailed, the richness in sound and the bass as well as SRS Premium Sound™ will be activated, providing the finest sensory of the theaters. Furthermore, the embedded high performance subwoofer design can create shocking effects.

 

 

Sleek brushed-metal design    
Housing combines aluminum alloy construction and brushed metal texturing   Contoured touch-style hotkeys

The GX740 weighs just 3.2 kilograms (including battery), making it easier to carry than other 17” gaming notebooks in the market. 

 

The GX740 uses all-new touch-sensitive hotkeys, with a housing sheathed in a glossy black finish, and no extraneous ornaments to clutter its sleek looks.

 

 

 

 

Highlighted W, A, S, D keys made for gaming

Gamers can find the direction keys as quickly as possible when the action gets hot and heavy, giving them an edge when fractions of a second matter.

Futuristic surround-sound high-fidelity speakers
The GX740 uses a special metal burnishing treatment to bring out the futuristic feel of the 3D surround-sound speakers and create visual impact.

 

 

Enjoy sight and sound like you’re there as it happens


High-end ATi Radeon HD5870 3D graphics card (with GDDR5 1GB VRAM) 

By drawing on its ATi Radeon HD5870 3D graphics card (with GDDR5 1GB VRAM), the GX740 gets unrivalled visual quality and intense performance. ATi Radeon HD5870 3Dgraphics card is the first to deliver full support for Microsoft DirectX® 11, and these GPUs enable rich, realistic visuals and explosive HD gaming performance so you can dominate the competition.

Prepare to experience a riveting high-definition gaming experience with ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics processors.
 
  


 
 

Theater-class 5 high- quality speakers 
The GX740 incorporates five SRS Premium Sound™ -certified high-fidelity speakers, ensuring that you can enjoy the most immersive, like-it’s-live aural experience when gaming, viewing movies or TV, or listening to music.

Digital/analog 7.1-channel S/PDIF output 
The SRS Premium Sound™-certified audio performance, and built-in digital/analog 7.1-channel S/PDIF output ensure you get an utterly captivating aural experience.

 

 

Rich multimedia entertainment

High-Definition Multimedia Interface 
The GX740‘s HDMI output not only delivers super-fast 5GB per second data rates, but it also reduces cable clutter, while ensuring the best possible video quality. By taking advantage of HDMI, the GX740 can render game scenes with spectacular clarity and realism, making it a great choice for the next generation of both PC and online games.

 

 

 

Newest E-SATA port

With E-SATA you can quickly and easily back up treasured photos, video, and other content to an external storage device.

 

 

Built-in 2.0 M webcam  

With a 2.0M webcam built right into the GX740, you can enjoy video-enriched communications without worrying about cables and having to connect a separate device. 

 


Independent numerical keypad 

The GX740 features a numerical keypad that provides a desktop-quality typing experience. For users often needing to key in numbers, the GX740’s keyboard is a huge boon. 

Convenient wireless networking 

With its 802.11b/g/n(draft) wireless LAN and Bluetooth networking interfaces, the GX740 provides a versatile way to connect to, browse, and retrieve data on both your own devices and the online universe.

 


Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Core, and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. For more information about the Intel processor feature rating, please refer to www.intel.com/go/rating. 

 

MSI Reminds You...
1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specifications with your local dealers.
2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

Specifications

CPU Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
OS Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Chipset Intel® HM55
Memory DDR3 1066MHz, 2 slots, Max: 8GB
LCD Size 17" TFT-LCD Display
Graphics ATI® Radeon HD5870 Graphic Card
Graphics VRAM GDDR5 1GB
HDD (GB) 2.5" 250GB/320GB/500GB SATA
Optical Drive Super-Multi/ Blu-ray
Audio 4 Speakers + 1 Subwoofer
Webcam 2.0M
Card Reader XD/SD/MMC/MS
LAN 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/draft n
Bluetooth optional
D-Sub (VGA) 1
HDMI 1
USB 2.0 port 3
eSATA/USB Combo 1
Mic-in/Headphone-out

1/1

Express Card 1
Modem port 1
Keyboard 103 keys
AC Adapter 150W
Battery 6/9 cells
Dimension 395 x 278 x 33~39.5 mm
Weight (KG) 3.2

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Awards

Overall Rating: 4,5 out of 5 Stars Award  - SHPIL Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Overall Rating: 4,5 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: -
Media: SHPIL Magazine
Country: Ukraine
msi-award
Date: 2010-00
Title: Overall Scores: 8 out of 10
Review: >Open
Media: Pocket-lint.com
Country: United States
Recommended Award - TrustedReviews.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Recommended Award
Review: >Open
Media: TrustedReviews.com
Country: United States
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award - CNET
Date: 2010-00
Title: Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: CNET
Country: United States
Editor's Choice Award - PC Gamer Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Editor's Choice Award
Review: -
Media: PC Gamer Magazine
Country: United States
Hot Buy Award - Stuff TV Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Hot Buy Award
Review: -
Media: Stuff TV Magazine
Country: United States
Editor's Choice Award - pchs.it
Date: 2010-00
Title: Editor's Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: pchs.it
Country: Jamaica
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award - About.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: About.com
Country: United States Minor Outlying Islands
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award - TechRadar
Date: 2010-00
Title: Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: TechRadar
Country: United States
Must Have Editor's Choice Award - TweakTown.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Must Have Editor's Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: TweakTown.com
Country: Australia
Gold Award - Hardware.Info Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Gold Award
Review: -
Media: Hardware.Info Magazine
Country: Netherlands Antilles
Best Choice Award - Ferra
Date: 2010-00
Title: Best Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: Ferra
Country: Russia
Technical Perfection Award - Mobile Digital Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Technical Perfection Award
Review: -
Media: Mobile Digital Magazine
Country: Russia
Recommended Buy - amdclub.ru
Date: 2010-00
Title: Recommended Buy
Review: >Open
Media: amdclub.ru
Country: Russia
Good (Total Rating: 82%) - NotebookCheck.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Good (Total Rating: 82%)
Review: >Open
Media: NotebookCheck.com
Country: Germany
4 out of 5 Stars Award - PC Advisor
Date: 2010-00
Title: 4 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: PC Advisor
Country: United States
Good - Notebookjournal.de
Date: 2010-00
Title: Good
Review: >Open
Media: Notebookjournal.de
Country: Germany

BIOS

!Special Note:

The BIOS files provided here are exclusive only for MSI-branded Notebook PCs and not compatible with any MSI Whitebook/Whitebrand barebones. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage caused by improper use or lack of technical expertise.

!Attention:

Users who download BIOS from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the BIOS update. To avoid BIOS update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.

- If the notebook you purchased has Win7 Bios installed, please DON'T attempt to update using Windows 8 bios (or vice versa). Failure to abide may result in bricking your system.

- Although there's a bios detection program written to protect user from cross flashing the bios (Win7 to Win8 bios or vice versa), still DON'T experiment. Failure to abide may result in breaking your system.

For Windows 8:

1. To know how to update BIOS under EFI BIOS utility, please click here.
2. To know about how to update win8 BIOS under EFI Shell mode, please click here.


For Windows 7 / VISTA / XP:
a. 1) To know about how to update BIOS Firmware under DOS mode, please click here
2) Please execute "flash.bat" file after unpack the compressed file for upgrade BIOS Firmware.

b. To know about how to update BIOS under windows 7, please click here (Only for CR640 / CX640 / CX640MX / CX480)


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Description Fix system will stop about 20 seconds during POST if some USB mouse attached.
Version 1.0F
Type AMI BIOS Release Date 2011-06-28
Download download File Size 1.2 MB
Note

Driver

Win7 64,Win7 32

!Special Note:

The Drivers provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.

To enjoy MSI notebook technology, please install MSI System Control Manager or S-Bar to enable MSI exclusive hotkey function. MSI System Control Manager and S-Bar can be downloaded from Utility web page under Download menu. The utility for each notebook will vary between different models. Please install the utility dedicated for your notebook.


For WindPad:

1)Driver SOP explanation


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
msi Bluetooth_3801/3870/3871
Description Application Version: 3.0.2.280
Version 3.0.2.280
Type Driver Release Date 2011-04-06
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 0 MB
Realtek HD Audio
Description with HDMI 2.38
Version 6.0.1.5995
Type Audio Release Date 2010-09-20
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 84.48 MB
Realtek HD Audio
Description with HDMI 2.38
Version 6.0.1.5995
Type Audio Release Date 2010-09-20
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 84.48 MB
Intel(R) 5 Series Chipset
Description The Intel® Chipset Device Software contains support for the following Intel Chipsets:

Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset, 965 Express Chipset, 4 Series Express Chipset and 5 Series Chipset Family
Version 9.1.1.1027
Type Chipset Release Date 2009-11-11
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 2.33 MB
Intel(R) 5 Series Chipset
Description The Intel® Chipset Device Software contains support for the following Intel Chipsets:

Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset, 965 Express Chipset, 4 Series Express Chipset and 5 Series Chipset Family
Version 9.1.1.1027
Type Chipset Release Date 2009-11-11
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 2.33 MB
msi Bluetooth_3801/3870/3871
Description Application Version: 3.0.2.280
Version 3.0.2.280
Type Bluetooth Release Date 2011-04-06
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 67.95 MB
JMicron Card Reader
Description
Version 1.00.45.00
Type Card Reader Release Date 2010-08-18
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 1.12 MB
JMicron Card Reader
Description
Version 1.00.45.00
Type Card Reader Release Date 2010-08-18
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 1.12 MB
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Description
Version 8.732.0.0000
Type VGA Release Date 2010-06-28
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 197.59 MB
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Description
Version 8.732.0.0000
Type VGA Release Date 2010-06-28
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 197.59 MB
Realtek LAN
Description
Version 7.011.1127.2009
Type LAN Release Date 2010-02-26
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 5.33 MB
Realtek LAN
Description
Version 7.011.1127.2009
Type LAN Release Date 2009-12-09
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 5.33 MB
Agere Modem
Description
Version 2.2.98.0
Type Modem Release Date 2010-07-29
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 1.45 MB
Agere Modem
Description
Version 2.2.98.0
Type Modem Release Date 2010-07-01
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 1.45 MB
Motorola Modem
Description
Version 6.12.25.5
Type Modem Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 2.94 MB
Motorola Modem
Description
Version 6.12.25.5
Type Modem Release Date 2009-09-22
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 2.94 MB
Touchpad
Description This device uses the native driver bundled in operating system.
Version
Type TouchPad Release Date 2010-02-25
OS Win7 64
Download N/A File Size 0 MB
TouchPad
Description This device uses the native driver bundled in operating system.
Version
Type TouchPad Release Date 2010-02-08
OS Win7 32
Download N/A File Size 0 MB
Atheros Wireless Lan
Description You can identify the type of WLAN module being used from the document provided below:
http://www.msi.com/html/pdf/wireless_note.pdf
Version 9.2.0.458
Type Wireless LAN Release Date 2012-01-17
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 17.58 MB
Atheros Wireless Lan
Description You can identify the type of WLAN module being used from the document provided below:
http://www.msi.com/html/pdf/wireless_note.pdf
Version 9.2.0.458
Type Wireless LAN Release Date 2012-01-17
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 17.58 MB
msi Wireless Lan_6891
Description You can identify the type of WLAN module being used from the document provided below:
http://www.msi.com/html/pdf/wireless_note.pdf
Version 3.1.8.1
Type Wireless LAN Release Date 2010-09-30
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 1.58 MB
msi Wireless Lan_6890/6891
Description You can identify the type of WLAN module being used from the document provided below:
http://www.msi.com/html/pdf/wireless_note.pdf
Version 3.1.8.1
Type Wireless LAN Release Date 2010-09-30
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 1.58 MB
Intel Wireless Lan
Description You can identify the type of WLAN module being used from the document provided below:
http://www.msi.com/html/pdf/wireless_note.pdf
Version 13.0.0.107
Type Wireless LAN Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 380.94 MB
Intel Wireless Lan
Description You can identify the type of WLAN module being used from the document provided below:
http://www.msi.com/html/pdf/wireless_note.pdf
Version 13.0.0.107
Type Wireless LAN Release Date 2009-10-21
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 380.94 MB
Kworld TV Tuner_Digital M810
Description
Version 9.603.1.0630
Type TV Tuner Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 1.12 MB
Kworld TV Tuner_Digital M810
Description
Version 9.603.1.0630
Type TV Tuner Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 1.12 MB
Consumer Infrared (CIR)
Description
Version 2.7.4.0
Type CIR Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 0.75 MB
Consumer Infrared (CIR)
Description
Version 2.7.4.0
Type CIR Release Date 2009-09-22
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 0.75 MB
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Description
Version 11.1.0.1006
Type Intel Rapid Storage Technology Release Date 2012-05-04
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 11.33 MB
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Description
Version 11.1.0.1006
Type Intel Rapid Storage Technology Release Date 2012-05-04
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 11.33 MB
Camera
Description This device uses the native driver bundled in operating system.
Version
Type Camera Release Date 2010-06-24
OS Win7 32
Download N/A File Size 0 MB
Camera
Description This device uses the native driver bundled in operating system.
Version
Type Camera Release Date 2010-06-01
OS Win7 64
Download N/A File Size 0 MB
JMicron IEEE 1394
Description
Version 1.0.6.0
Type IEEE 1394 Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 64
Download download File Size 0.65 MB
JMicron IEEE 1394
Description
Version 1.0.6.0
Type IEEE 1394 Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 0.65 MB

Utility

Win7 64,Win7 32,XP 32

!Special Note:

The Utilities provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Corel WinDVD2010(W7 3264,1005830)
Description
Version 10.0.5.830
Type Utility Release Date 2011-04-18
OS Win7 64, Win7 32
Download download File Size 138.67 MB
Note
System Control Manager (SCM)
Description System Control Manager
Version 2.209.1204.006.01
Type Utility Release Date 2010-01-26
OS Win7 64, Win7 32
Download download File Size 5.38 MB
Note
System Control Manager (SCM)
Description System Control Manager
Version 2.209.1204.006.01
Type Utility Release Date 2010-01-26
OS XP 32
Download N/A File Size 0 MB
Note
Simple Camera Application (Win7 32)
Description Webcam Application
Version 1.0.909.0801
Type Utility Release Date 2009-12-09
OS Win7 32
Download download File Size 0.76 MB
Note

Manual

!Special Note:

MSI™ provides user manuals (in PDF format) here for download. You can use Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adobe's WEB Site) to open them.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.

Asia

Eastern Europe

Global / America

Western Europe

Firmware

!Special Note:

The DEVICE FIRMWARES contained here are exclusively for MSI product only. MSI assumes no responsibility for any damages resulting from improper use or lack of technical expertise.

!Attention:

Users who download firmware from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the firmware update. To avoid firmware update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.


Update firmware will wipe all data on tablet. MSI strongly recommends that user should prepare a backup before proceeding with firmware upgrade.
- If the notebook has Windows 7 EC firmware installed, please DON'T attempt to update your EC firmware to Windows 8 version since it will cause some function keys (Fn) and hotkeys to work abnormally. If in case you flash your system EC to Win8 version, then kindly revert back to Win7 EC version.

For Windows 8:
To know about how to update win8 EC under windows mode, please click here.

For Windows 7 / VISTA / XP:
1) To know about how to update EC Firmware under DOS mode, please click here.
2) Please execute "ecall.bat" file after unpack the compressed file for upgrade EC Firmware.
We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
NB VGA Firmware
Description GX740 VBIOS
Version 0.31
Type Firmware Release Date 2011-05-16
Download download File Size 0.59 MB
Note
NB EC Firmware
Description Fix SCM icon does not pop up properly in Windows XP while plug in/out AC.
Version
Type Firmware Release Date 2010-08-03
Download download File Size 0.05 MB
Note

FAQ

Release Date Title
Common FAQ
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 If static electricity is produced when user and notebook are in contact. How do we prevent and avoid electrostatic discharge damage?
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 When I am using the system built-in microphone for sound recording, sometimes I cannot even hear the playback.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 What kind of adaptor is used to connect S/PDIF-Out?
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 How to install Windows XP when AHCI is enabled?
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 After install device drivers from MSI Vista driver CD, you may be prompted to activate Windows Vista on a computer on which Windows Vista activation was not previously required.
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 On Windows 7 32/64 bit with external display, Windows Taskbar may show on the Primary display while desktop icons show on the extended screen.
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 Sometimes it takes more than 3 minutes to enter or leave Windows 7 OS.
Tue, 08 Dec 2009 After letting the machine sit idle for 10 or more minutes, you may notice that the task-bar does not pop up when moving the mouse to the bottom of the screen, or the start menu does not appear when using the windows key. After approximately 30 seconds, Windows will return to normal operation. The scenario happens in Windows 7 with following settings: Task-bar set to auto-hide, Turn off the display power option is set to 1 minute, Put the computer to sleep power option is set to never, No open windows on the desktop.
Tue, 16 Mar 2010 My notebook has preload hard disk image. When my system hard disk encounters non-recoverable problems, how can I perform the F3 System Recovery Function?(Windows 7)
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 Immediately after you log on to Windows 7, you will see the following Windows Activation window: Windows is not genuine Your computer might not be running a counterfeit copy of Windows. 0x80070005 You may also notice the following symptoms: The computer desktop background is black, and you receive the following error message on the bottom right corner of the screen: “This copy of Windows is not genuine” You receive the following error message when you view the System Properties: (Control Panel / System and Security / System) “You must activate today. Activate Windows now” If you try to use slmgr.vbs /dlv to view the licensing status, you receive the following message: Error: 0x80070005 Access denied: the requested action requires elevated privileges Note: This error message may also occur when a command that is being executed requires an elevated command prompt and is unrelated to the issue discussed here.
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