We start the performance section of this review with a look at some of the key system performance aspects of the MSI system and in doing so will be comparing it to a system based on the Ultrabook concept, Dells XPS 13 in its base configuration. This allows us to see how this gaming notebook compares with the latest design in non CPU/GPU tests.
Starting with PCMark we see that the MSI system has strong performance in the CPU and GPU based tests with drive performance also good for a mobile system, though not up to the level of those using SSDs. The RAID0 configuration does however double the speed we would expect from 7200RPM drives, hitting approx. 175-200MB/s in Atto. Memory bandwidth on the GT683DXR is also good, squeezing a little extra performance out of the DDR3-1333 setup with USB 3.0 performance also good.