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So what about actual performance? Well the graphs can be found below however the key findings were that the CPU used here offers very similar performance to the i7-4800MQ. Memory performance has not changed since the last generation of gaming laptops and MSI have a decent choice of drives which offer excellent read speeds on the RAID SSDs, decent writes and industry standard speeds on the mechanical drive. Gaming? Well on that front things are very good. 3DMark shows a significant improvement over the 780M and 880M GTX cards but real world gaming is what we care about. In that scenario the only disappointment was The Evil Within. Brand new, interesting but horribly optimised by the developer and so we had to run at low detail/resolution. At the opposite end of the spectrum are games like Alien Isolation and Grid Autosport which run exceptionally well with 1920×1080 and maximum detail. Total War: Rome 2 required very high but by the time we moved to DOTA 2 we were back up at maximum detail, meaning this could be the ideal system for LAN/eSports gamers.

So that brings us to value where the quality of build, components used and 2-year warranty mean we have a well balanced offering which has an RRP of £1499.

Summary: A great gaming laptop which offers high end specifications in a compact quality chassis.

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Stuart Davidson

19 Comments

  1. wsitumn

    Under what % load for the temp?

    • HI, clarification added. It was taken during a 30m gaming session. Often in the past we have gone for 100% however now feel it is more useful, as with the fps themselves, to give a real world example.

      • Vince

        I wonder if this temp is with the stock thermal paste? Because I heard you could get a lot of improvement with IC diamond.
        I’m going to buy this laptop soon, by looking at the temp it has improved a lot from the 870M generation.

  2. rakute

    Sorry i overlooked the temps chart. Thanks for that.
    But what about fan noise during internet surfing and gaming usage? How is the fan spin characteristic in idle time? This was a huge problem with the old gs70 with GTX 870m due to the thin case and lots heat. Thanks for any insights on this.

    • Hi, I would say its a little quieter, no doubt assisted by the alternate CPU and new maxwell GPU. Can it get loud, yes. That tends to be only when gaming though. Other than the odd spin up here and there, normal use was very quiet.

  3. rakute

    Thanks. I will just wait for an review of the ASUS G751 with the GTX970M before buying into the new generation of those gaming machines. The ASUS will probably be more silent when gaming in comparsion. But i like the case of the GS70 more. Tough one 🙂

  4. frea74

    Hi Stuart, thanks for the helpful review!
    Just one question: did you get the chance to perform any battery run-time checks?
    I’m mainly interested in its max battery time for everyday tasks (e.g. browsing under Wifi, Office tasks etc), not any CPU/GPU-intensive tasks. (No-one would ever dare game on battery I suppose, anyhow! 😉
    Thanks in advance!

  5. frea74

    Many thanks for the prompt answer! I was about to invest in a high-end Aspire VN7 Nitro, but I confess I’m thoroughly impressed by the 970M and this MSI laptop in particular, given its quite slim form (for its specs). Once more, thanks and have nice evening! 🙂

  6. m. Stuart

    Nice review. I’m tempted by this notebook since it’s the closest I’ve found to what I want. The drawback is the SSD Raid which doesn’t really make sense imho, and that adds a lot to the cost of the notebook for little benefit.

    • You could always buy it then take out the RAID drives, sell them and put a standard SSD config in… and the spare money in your pocket. Win win 🙂

      • m. Stuart

        Thanks for your answer, not a bad idea. I’ve also seen now that MSI is also selling a version with 1x128GB SSD for £1399 which is not too bad. Ideally, I’d get it with just the 1TB HDD and replace it with a SATA SSD 256GB that I’ve already got, but it’s an imperfect world 🙂

    • Ethos Evoss

      Why Raid 0 is useless? It is faster..
      Am planning to make Quad RAID 0
      That will fly then !

  7. I don’t know if it would work with any other laptop, but I may as well ask. Would an external video capturing device work with this by plugging it to the hdmi out of this laptop while also plugging a monitor to the laptop through the dp? So that you play watching the dp monitor while the device captures the signal through the hdmi out?

  8. Mathias Thorp

    Did you registrer the surface and bottom temperatures during gaming?

  9. heeeb

    i have the GS 60 4K, when i play Black Ops III at 1080p the Gpu reach 86 °C…

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