MSI GT70 Gaming Laptop Review

By on May 21, 2012
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A monstrous package.

Good: Brilliant performance in games, latest hardware inside, SSDs are incredibly fast, impressive keyboard and speakers, Killer E2200 LAN card and 3x USB 3.0 ports.
Bad: Graphics card is just an overclocked version of last year's GTX 570M, a proper (Kepler based) GTX 680M is due in a few months and 47% of the SSDs are filled with bloatware.
Price: AED 8,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The MSI GT70 packs the quad-core Core i7-3610QM which runs at 2.3GHz base speed, TurboBoosting up to 3.3GHz when push comes to shove. The GPU isn’t as interesting as the CPU, though. The GTX 670M is just a rebranded GTX 570M, which is basically the 2 year old 40nm Fermi architecture.

The GTX 670M has the exact same number or CUDA cores and transistors, differing only with slightly higher clock speeds. To see the new 28nm Kepler architecture on a high-end mobile GPU, you’ll have to wait till the GTX 680M is released (GX 67M is a rebranded GTX 580M).

Still, that’s not to say that the GTX 670M is a slouch; at 1080p it gave playable settings on all games, with respectable graphical settings.

For comparison I have used the MSI GT780R during benchmarking sessions.

First let’s have a look at the computing benchmarks, which will show how much of an improvement the new Ivy Bridge CPU has over the previous generation Sandy Bridge processor. Furthermore the two SSDs in RAID mode also give the GT70 a significant boost over the GT780R.

For Passmark we see some interesting analysis. The CPU itself has seen a 28% increase in performance, while the SSDs have improved the performance by a whopping 115%!

Over here we see both Geekbench and PCMark 7 fully taking advantage of the new CPU, SSDs and upgraded GPU to give a higher score by 20% and a massive 48% respectively.

While WinRAR sees a rather modest improvement of 9%, 7-zip sees a massive 27% improvement in processing power.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Barath Baskaranathan

    Do we get the smaller spec’ed version of this in UAE? It would be awesome to find one under 7k without SSD :)

    • Amthasneem

      Yes you can find it, GT780dx or GT683, any of Grand Stores, Plug ins show rooms you may find it.It is am awsome gaming computer.

  • djinn123

    I checked at Grand Stores DCC and learned they have GT70 in stock but they are still waiting for their pricing. I had a peek at the clerk’s computer and found GTX 675M in the specs. Awesome! I hope that’s for real! 

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