MSI Prestige PX60 Review (GTX 950M GDDR5)

Overall good machine, but a hard sale and not what you think when you hear "prestige"

Table of Contents (in short):

++ Main reason to consider:

Really, if lower weight and a bit smaller frame is a must, then you might want to consider it.

-- Main reason to avoid:

Not very good performance/price and value/price ratio. Competition is too hard in almost every aspect and for lower price, especially if the 0.5kg in weight are not that important. Keyboard, or screen and more, are all not exceptional, nor the combination, while the price is around $1200-$1300.



Pro : + More power efficient Broadwell I7-5700HQ CPU
+ Good 1080p IPS display
+ Good gaming performance with Broadwell I7 and the GTX 950M GDDR5, though not the fastest
+ Backlit Keyboard is relatively good and comfortable with good spacing, keys feedback, nice textures and travel depth
+ Relatively low weight for a 15.6" gaming laptop, at around 0.5kg less than others
+ Touchpad surface is pleasant to the fingers.
+ Relatively low weight of around 2.1kg
+ DisplayPort connection, alongside HDMI
+ 4.0 speakers with a somewhat pleasant sound
+ Rather modern looks
+ M.2 connection port
+ Defaults with 16GB RAM
Con : - Performance price ratio is considerably lower than many other laptops
- Build quality is average. Not a con by itself, but I'm trying to negate the "prestige" marketing
- Bad touchpad positioning/implementation results in annoying typing experience as the left hand touches the pad
- CPU might hit 96C under full load (Prime95 + Furmark), but it's solvable with ThrottleStop
- The speakers, although not bad, don't sound great either
- Keyboard has issues - keys 'stiffness', unequal experience across keys, resistance in some parts is lacking or behaving strangely (but the keyboard is rather good overall)
- Some keyboard areas get rather hot to a point of being unpleasant, under high load (like gaming)
- No USB 3.1 (some laptops has it and more will have it soon)
- Bad battery performance, topping 3 hours more or less, probably some bios/EC thing, like it was in the MSI GE40
- Plasticy looks and finish is not high end
- Maintenance is not easy with RAM access being rather hard


ModelMSI Prestige PX60 2QD
PriceBasic version: ~$1200
CPUI7-5700HQ (2.7GHZ-3.5GHZ, 47W)
GPUNvidia Geforce GTX 950M 2GB GDDR5, GM107 (Maxwell I), 640 shaders, core@915-928MHZ, GDDR5@1252MHZ, 128-bit bus

In my unit - revision A2
Motherboard & ChipsetMS-16H6, Intel HM97
RAMKingston 2x8GB DDR3@1600MHZ
2 banks of memory available, totally
StorageHDD : 1TB HGST HTS721010A9E630 (non SSHD), 7200RPM, 32MB cache
2xM.2 slots
LCD PanelIn review: 1080p IPS Samsung Display 15.6" 156HL01-102 / SAMSUNG SDC324C
Weight / Dimensions2.1kg (~4.63 Lbs.), PSU around 500-600 grams
390 x 266 x 20.5 mm
15.35" x 10.47" x 0.81" (highest)
(w x d x h)
KeyboardWhite backlit (4 levels including off)
Connection Portsright side: RJ-45, mini DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, card reader, 1xUSB 3.0
Left: 1xLexington key, power-in, 2XUSB 3.0, microphone, headphone
WiFi / EthernetWiFi: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 AC 2x2 HMC WiFi Adapter (802.11ac)
Ethernet: Qualcomm/Atheros e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Speakers / Audio4.0 DynaAudio speakers
Bios / EC version (test unit)E16H6IMS.10E (05/28/2015) /
Extra features
more details

MSI Prestige PX60 Review. The PX60 is MSI’s high end and high style multimedia/gaming laptop. It incorporates several qualities like a very good 1080p IPS display, good keyboard, low weight, small frame, mDP connection port and 4.0 Dynaudio speakers. The Prestige line is supposed to deliver the feeling of professionality alongside high 3D power, as I see it.

This specific Prestige model, PX60, comes with a Broadwell I7-5700HQ, Nvidia GTX 950M GDDR5, 16GB RAM, 1080p IPS display, 1TB 7200RPM, relatively low weight for a 15.6″ gaming laptop (only around 2.1kg) and less than 20mm in height. The PX60 also has an eDP connection as mentioned before, and two M.2 connection ports. Please note, that the GTX 950M is the GDDR5 version and not the DDR3 version which is much slower, like the one found in the Asus K501LX, HP Envy 15t, MSI’s own GP60 and more and difference can be around 25-35% in 3D performance easily.

The GTX 950M GDDR5, however, is nothing new. It’s the same GTX 850M GDDR5 that was in use in older models, like the MSI GE40 (that disappeared mysteriously). The expected performance is close to the GTX 860M from below (around 10-15% below). So, for $1200 it’s a hard sale for gamers obviously. The PX60 is aimed more towards those who appreciate the lower weight, lower frame and (supposedly) high end features.

We’ll see in this review if indeed the PX60 can live up for its name!

Build quality, Case, design and looks

Build quality is common for a $1000 gaming laptop. Parts of the cassis will yield under pressure, like th bottom and the front edges and generally, the cassis isn’t very firm, but it’s not like it will break or something. Hinges are also average and seem ok to me. Screen’s outer lid is not firm enough in my opinion, but again – on the same level as some other laptops like the Lenovo Y50. The cassis is all made of plastic.


The MSI PX60 tries to look stylish and has a mild success only. It still looks too plasticy and not too sophisticated for my taste. I wouldn’t ditch a laptop for that, but that’s hardly “prestige”, yet again.

Maintenance and inner parts

Opening the back panel requires removing something like 10 screws and using some card or knife to pull the bottom plate as it’s not easy with just bare hands. You’ll have to be careful and disconnect some cable upon opening the back panel. Discovered are two fans and the 2.5″ bay with the 1TB HDD. The M.2 slot is located at the motherboard corner, more or less in the middle of the laptop but on the other side of the motherboard. Accessing the RAM and M.2 slot requires to unscrew some internal screws and disconnecting some ore cables to pull the motherboard out. The RAM slots are located under some kind of cooling plate and the M.2 slot at the corner.

MSI PX60 Review - motherboard back RAM and M.2

MSI PX60 Review - motherboard and battery

Two fans are taking care of the heat, taking air from below and blowing to the left and right. The two heatpipes are shared between the CPU and the GPU. This cooling system is inferior to the much better GT72 system, for example, that has more heatpipes but also smarter configuration with dedicated and shared heatpipes.

Connection ports 3xUSB 3.0, HDMI and DisplayPort are the best highlights here. This is a bit lacking set of ports for a high end gaming laptop really.

Keyboard and touchpad

Keyboard. Keyboard. I’ve been using it for few days now and it’s not bad at all. The keys has generally good resistance, feedback, surface texture and clear pressure points. Travel depth is also good. However, they feel a little “stiff” as in resisting too much until the feedback point. Afterwards, strangely the resistance decreases and it confuses and not too comfortable. Also, the typing experience is not equal for all parts of the keyboard. But, it is not something you can’t get used to, so I wouldn’t say that it makes the keyboard uncomfortable.

Touchpad. Gentle surface texture, nice to touch, in this large touchpad. The buttons are integrated under the pad which is not comfortable for those who want to click both buttons at the same time. However, it doesn’t happen a lot and each button is easily clicked. I found myself mistakenly touching the touchpad with my left hand which is very very annoying and really hurts the productivity (which is already very low in my case), maybe it should been positioned more to the right.

Sound & Speakers

Undecided. Which really means I cannot convince myself these are really higher end speakers or more precisely, that the listening experience is that good. Yes, the speakers have some strengths. The four speakers produce rich sound in some aspects which subjectively sound to me like the mids or mid-lows are the strong part and generally, they sound pleasant for many kinds of music. However, the speakers don’t sound accurate to me and the lows (bass) sometimes sound strange – I couldn’t pin point what I feel. At all times, the sound is “boxy” and although it can be expected from speakers that are housed in a plastic shell, some other speakers do not sound like that.

Also, the sound sounded to me muffled or “squashed” in the sense that it was hard to separate the different sounds one from each other, so the result was annoying in many instances.

I’m sorry, but the speakers are probably something like average+ at most, only because most other laptop speakers are not as good, but I didn’t feel the prestige. Maybe I am decided.

General subjective performance experience

The PX60 comes with 1TB 7200RPM HDD, the same one that is used in many other laptops – the HGST HTS721010A9E630. Common everyday operations feel ok, like with other machines with a 7200RPM HDD, but an SSHD + small SSD would be better.

Here are GPU-Z and CPU-Z screenshots


Gaming Performance

Test Methods & Drivers

OS is Windows 8.1 fully updated and drivers in use are the Nvidia 353.62. All games were tested on 1080p resolution and I’m sorry for no more than 1080p tests, I just don’t have suitable external monitor. GPU throttled somewhat while running Furmark, but under gaming situation it was only throttled a bit, not reaching it’s boost clocks (927MHZ). Throttling is a little issue for gaming performance because of heat.


Summarized gaming performance

Benchmarks summary for 1080p, all highest settings, except title that say otherwise: MSI PX60 review - benchmarks The results are very similar to the GTX 850M GDDR5 (which was utilized in the MSI GE30, for example) and the GTX 860M. This is the same chip.

Crysis 3

We already know the performance of the GTX 860M/960M in Crysis 3 and the GTX 950M GDDR5 is the same with very similar results. On highest settings with SMAAx2TX, the average is around 19FPS.

Crysis 3 Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review


Skyrim Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review


Thief Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Bioshock Infinite

The Bioshock Infinite benchmark shows a little advantage for the GTX 860M which has around 45FPS in this built-in benchmark.

Bioshock Infinite Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Civilization : Beyond Earth

Civilization Beyond Earth Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Total War : Rome II

Total War Rome II Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Total War : Attila

The new iteration of Total War : Rome II, Attila is a much more demanding game and FPSs are much lower.

Total War Attila Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Metro : Last Light

Metro : Last Light is a very demanding game with AO and tessellation taking a lot of the GPU juice. It might be a matter of optimization too.

Metro Last Light Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 ReviewMetro Last Light Benchmark 1366x768 - MSI PX60 Review

Battlefield 4 Campaign

BF4 campaign benchmark

Battlefield 4 Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Alien : Isolation

Alien Isolation Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

World of Tanks

World of Tanks runs smoothly on highest settings. Lately, the WoT team added two new AA modes – TSSAA-LQ and TSSAA-HQ. The LQ looks better than the FXAA, but the HQ differences are more subtle and I can’t say I felt anything just from playing.

Added here is a comparison between these modes. TSSAA-LQ requires a lot more than the FXAA, but it might look nice in your opinion. Just try it.

World Of Tanks Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 ReviewWorld Of Tanks FXAA vs TSSAA-LQ vs TSSAA-HQ 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Elite : Dangerous

The benchmark consisted on a traveling inside and out the Cleve Hub space port which is a taxing graphical environment compared to this game.

Elite Dangerous Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Cities : Skylines

This is a new “sim” game only new and much more fancy (link to steam) with vastly positive reviews from people (10/10 on Steam, for example). I run the Los Angeles premade city (download here) and run with the camera from the airport to the hills with almost maximal zoom.

Finally, the FPSs are not limited (like in my previous benchmarks). Don’t know if it’s a game thing or something with Nvidia. Gameplay was very smooth. This is version 1.1.0b.

Cities Skylines Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Shadow Of Mordor

Not more than “High” graphics preset in Shadow of Mordor. However, disabling Tessellation and AO will add a lot to the FPSs.

Shadow Of Mordor Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Dragon Age : Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Dota 2 Reborn

The new version of Dota 2, still in beta stage. Dota 2 Reborn is built on the new Source 2 3D Engine which also compatible with the Vulkan API (OpenGL DX12 alternative).

Performance is very good.

Dota 2 Reborn Benchmark 1920x1080 - MSI PX60 Review

Thermals, Throttling & Noise handling

Stress tests and throttling behavior

As described before, the GPU and CPU cooling consists of two dedicated heatpipes and one shared with the GPU having one dedicated. Cool air sucked from the bottom of the machine (hence, it’s important to keep its bottom above the sitting surface) and is thrown from th rear ventilation holes.

Four tests:

1. Idle, power saver mode

2. Gaming : Crysis 3 gameplay. “Very High” settings with SMAAx2 For Crysis 3, “High performance” power mode.

3. Prime95 torture test. “High performance” power mode.

4. Prime95 + Furmark on 1366×768 test, AAx2. “High performance” power mode.

MSI PX60 Review - temperatures

As you can see, the MSI PX60 cooling system doesn’t handle the heat well, at least with Prime95 on. The CPU cooling part doesn’t work well. It seems to me like the fans should have higher speed limit. It also seems like the engineering target clocks were lower (or they simply didn’t think about it). Disabling Turbo Boost (via ThrottleStop 8.00), which means clocks are on 2.7GHZ more or less, results in much much lower temperatures. I guess you could use ThrottleStop 8.00 to set the clocks to a little higher frequency.

Under Furmark + Prime95 load, the MSI PX60 does throttle a bit but not by a lot. However, the CPU does get really hot. Disabling the Turbo boost will cost only 300MHZ (~10%) compared to the clocks under lengthy high load, but will result in much lower temperatures.


When running Furmark + Prime95, the GPU does throttle to around 780MHZ which is around 11-12% less than its maximal performance. Don’t worry, however, because it didn’t occur in games, for me.


Under light load, the shell remains at the reasonable range of temperatures, but as soon as the system is loaded considerably (like in gaming), the cassis start warming significantly until a point when it becomes unpleasant in some areas, including the keyboard left part. It’s far from being optimal for gamers and although it’s not that bad either, the keyboard and palm rests temperatures is annoying under load. That’s with a cooling pad.


Under light/common load (browsing the web and stuff), the PX60 is quite quiet but with “high performance” power mode the fans is audible. Under high load, if you set the fans speed to “gaming”, it will be audible but not too annoying.

Screen & Screen quality

The SAMSUNG 156HL01-102 IPS display is a good 15.6″ IPS matte display with good measurements in other reviews too : very good viewing angles (though not perfect) and good colors.


subjectively, the colors and contrast are good and I never hit the maximal brightness level while sitting in my room which has good sunlight access. Outdoors use might be more problematic in terms of brightness, but in a non-direct sunlight it should be ok.

I’m not sure my Spyder4Elite measurements are good, as it seems like I get lower results than other sites consistently, so till I figure it out, take it with a grain of salt.

SAMSUNG 156HL01-102 calibration file

ContrastBrightnessBlack levels
590 241 0.41
88 68 63

Battery Performance

Strange. Battery performance is not good and power consumption is high even with “power saver” power mode on. Something is wrong here, like it was with the MSI GE40 (check). Maybe the update to windows 10 will change stuff, but I haven’t checked it yet.

MSI PX60 Review - battery performance


  • Mostly, the touchpad positioning or implementation result in a lot of annoying problems when working/typing. The cursor jumps from place to place and tabs are changing. That’s because the left hand touches part of the touchpad. If it was possible to configure the touchpad active zone it would be great
  • Battery performance under Windows 8.1 seems to suffer from some kind of a bug or bad implementation, just like the MSI GE40

Competing gaming laptops / Alternatives

  • Well, given the fact that the current pricing is $1200-$1300 at the lowest, many laptops are more powerful than the PX60 for gaming. The Clevo P650SE with a GTX 970M has twice the gaming performance and has better feature/quality sets that, really, what can be said. Laptops with the same gaming performance like the Y50 and VN7-591G are selling sometimes for $800-$900 new with a GTX 960M, Haswell I7 and an IPS and something like 0.5kg more.

    Just as an example, the previous generation Gigabyte P34Gv2 with a GTX 860M, 1080p AHVA display, SSD + HDD, 1.5-1.6kg was selling for $1000-$1100 not long ago (not available anymore). And there are more options.


Well. The new MSI Prestige PX60 is aimed at a very specific and narrow audience – people who are looking for a more stylish or “prestigious” gaming/multimedia laptop with higher quality features but also slimmer and more light weight. The PX60 delivers that with some good features like good 3D performance (GTX 950M GDDR5, Broadwell I7), good 1080p IPS display, 16GB RAM, not bad 4.0 speakers, relatively good keyboard and lower weight and frame size.

But, the sting is the price. For $1200-$1300, the PX60 isn’t exceptional and doesn’t really offer anything too tempting. The 3D performance, while being good, is half of what can be bought for such a price or $300-$400 more than other laptops like the Lenovo Y50 and Acer VN7-591G – and these are previous generation laptops. Moreover, the laptop is not really prestigious. The looks aren’t that great, the keyboard is nice but certainly not excellent with some issues, the touchpad positioning and implementation sometimes interfere with the typing, the speakers aren’t top notch and build quality is average. Add to that bad battery performance, at least in Windows 8.1, and the fact that under high load, some keyboard areas and the palm rests temperature reach such a level that it becomes unpleasant.

A variety of options is available if you are willing to carry another 0.5kg in weight or if you are willing to go with a smaller laptop like the Clevo W230SD or Gigabyte P34Gv2/v3/v4 (upcoming). And that’s previous generation talk. With the release of Skylake, we’ll probably see the refresh of many models, like the Y50 and VN7-591G.

So, bottom line, it’s hard to justify the MSI PX60 for such a price. $900? yes, maybe it’s worth considering, but for it’s current price, there are no good justifications to buy it or significant advantages over the competition.


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Great review!
I have the exact model, I’m looking into installing a SSD in the m.2 sata. would you say such task fit to a commoner non-tech savvy


Hi & thanks!

Well, it depends on you really. It’s not hard if you can use a screwdriver and do stuff slow. Anyway, you can start and try and let us know if and at what point you’re stuck

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

Hi Junky, I’m currenly undecided between a mid-end laptop and been looking at the xps 15 for a while but can’t decide between that one and this msi. What are your thoughts between the 2? I mostly play dota 2 and wanted something more portable for going out to the Uni … my actual asus rog g75vw has been great this past years but it’s been too bulky to travel around. Thanks in advance!


Santiago! Will you wait for the new wave of laptops?

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

I probabbly won’t be able to… I’m going to NYC on mid june and that’s when I’m going to buy.. unfortunately these kind of laptops won’t reach my country so this is the time I have :/ if you have any comment on a future one I can try to get it through friends, but that’s most probabbly not the case. Thanks for your response!


Well, it seems like the new GPUs will deliver much higher performance for the same price, so you would be able to pick a laptop with a lower GPU (and lower price) but you’ll get the same performance as a laptop with a GTX 950M/960M, for example

Currently, I’d probably say you better go with a 7559 refurbished like this:

It has official Dell warranty

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

Is there any estimate on when are these laptops going to arrive?

That dell looks amazing, the price is unmatched but it doesn’t have discrete graphic card.. Hmmm will it be enough?


well, not after the end of the year – probably quite before. If previous years are an indication, then you could expect new models as soon as september-october


Oh, damn! I thought it was the model with the GTX 960M – I’m really sorry

Can you find anything else with a 950M or 960M?

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

Hmm not much.. Maybe this one

But for this thin but decent laptops I have to pay around 400$ just for the portability.. But that’s what I need. There’s also some better asus gaming laptops but double the size and weight.
Only thing I’m worried is about the thermals of these

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

Looks amazing, the price is incredible! I have to take a deeper look at the dimensions but seems to be very good. Only downside is as you mentioned the speed, coming down from de 6700hq to this one is a lot of difference, what do you think? Also do you know anything about its thermals?


not that amazing acutally.. but a little less than the others. It is sometimes sold for $550

You can also get this one:
But the screen is awful and you might want to replace it (not that hard)

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

Hmmm.. I ‘d prefer the first one for the 100$ difference. do you feel like the i5 5200U 2.2ghz is more than enough? The one I’m using right now has an i7 3630 2.4ghz. But judgin from the price I was looking for in the XPS 15 this one is half the price, it’s a lot of money lol


Well, it will be enough for gaming with a 950m..
Let’s give it another week. I’ll try to find something better. Don’t be afraid to remind me!

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

Alright! Thank you so much for your help, I’ve been lucky to find you. Just so you know, Dota 2 is the most graphic ”’intensive”’ game I play, 60fps is probabbly a must. But apart from that I do some photoshop edits and some FL studio music production, but both casually and not very intensive. What really matters to me is the portability and the future-proof as I’m probabbly not going to have the ability to buy for a couple years. If the price is as low as the acer I want to make sure I can trust it to… Read more »

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

Looks great! its really tempting comparing it with the XPS 15… the specs are pretty close, the size is about as small but the price is half! Hmmm I wonder if the portability is worth half the price


Get the 7559! more cost effective! In a year, you can resell it!
Also, I see there is a $700 deal now. Maybe you should take it

Santiago Davel
Santiago Davel

I’m going to buy this one. Have been thinking about it for a long time and as you said it’s so cost effective it has no competitor and would serve my needs very well. Also the upgradeability with the m.2 ssd slot (which I might buy one), the drive slot and the free ram slot makes it really future proof for the price. Lastly I heard some bad reviews about its wireless drivers and maybe some other software issues but easily solved with a clean windows install + driver update utility. Again, thank you so much for your help! you… Read more »


How is the laptop? I will be getting it. I’m just scared because there are a lot of bad reviews but when watching some videos on it, it seems not that bad.


Depends on the price. I didn’t like it for its usual price..
What will you be paying for it?


About $1000, which is the max I would pay for a laptop. I wanted the MSI GS60 but it’s way too expensive for what I can afford. I’m just a casual gamer that mainly plays MOBA’s. I’m also thinking about Acer Nitro VN7-592G but the weight is heavy for a small person like me to carry around university. Take away the price, would you recommend this laptop?


1. The PX60 is only a bit more lightweight than the VN7-592G
2. How about 13.3″ laptops?
3. I don’t like the PX60 that much – really, I won’t suggest it
4. Are we talking about the US?


13.3” laptops are good too but haven’t found one that I really like. I currently have a MacBook Pro in that size. And yes, in the US.


And what are your needs? gaming? video editing? anything specific?
Refurbished/used too?
OS pre-installed is a must?


Casual gaming during the school year and hard core gaming during vacations. Watching videos, browsing the web, and being able to do homework at the same time. I rather it be new, no refurbished or used laptops. And yes, I would like an OS pre-installed, preferably Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. I really want to get a nice laptop that is light weight (highest weight would be 4.5 lbs), able to play games well without any visual lag on medium settings, and to be able to load games fast. Currently it takes me a couple minutes to load into a… Read more »


1. If you are a student, you’ll get 10% off on the Eurocom M4 (Clevo W230SD/SS):,249,0)ec
2. Another option is the Alienware 13 (previous version with Broadwell CPU) – you can chat with dell outlet salesperson and get something refurbished with 1 year warranty, 1080p IPS display (not the 720p/768p display!), GTX 960M, 8GB RAM


Thanks! I will check those out!