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.