|Screen Size||17.3 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x1080|
|Processor||2.7 GHz Intel Core i7|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3L SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||1 TB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||3000 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
MSI GT70 Dominator-895 9S7-1763A2-895 17.3-Inch Laptop with nvidia 870m
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Windows 8.1. The 4th generation Intel Core i7 Processor. 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080) anti-glare LCD in LED backlight. Enthusiast level NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics card provides great performance and ultra image quality. SteelSeries Engine to customize every key and devices for personalizing your play style. XSplit Gamecaster for easily recording gaming moments, broadcasting and sharing live gameplay sessions to YouTube, Twitch, UStream and more. Exclusive Super RAID 2 with 3 SSD RAID0 gives over 1500MB/s reading speed! Exclusive Cooler Boost 2 technology improves 15% cooling performance with lower noise. Killer DoubleShot combines high-performance Ethernet and Wi-Fi for superior speed and lower latency of online gaming and streaming. Keyboard by SteelSeries with full color LED back light and solid feedback design. Sound by Dynaudio for authentic fidelity audio performance. Matrix display with max 4 displays to expend the vision for extreme gaming experience or multi tasks.
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Well, I'm going to get down to the nitty gritty. It's going to be a very indepth review, so if you're not for that, skip to the bottom for my verdict.
Having previously owned high end gaming laptops (ASUS G75VX), I'm happy to say that this one makes the cut.
Processor: i7-4180MQ Quad core with a base clock @ 2.8GHz and a boost clock @ 3.6GHz makes short work of everything you can toss at it. Worrying about the processor being a bottleneck to the laptop is like crying about spilled milk.
RAM: 8GB, nothing special to note here.
Hard Drive: The 7200RPM 1TB drive is, again, nothing special. I must note that I'm sad that such a high end computer doesn't sport a stock SSD or hybrid drive. There is, however, an empty SATA (NOTE: Not mSATA!) bay for the installation of a second hard drive.
GPU: Ah, what everyone here is wondering the most about. The 870m, compared to other graphics cards, is a shot above the rest. 35FPS BF4 maxed out is an incredible feat for a laptop graphics card, not to mention a few single desktop GPUs. This card will have little difficulty playing anything pre 2014 at a fluid framerates. (refer to http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-870M.107792.0.html for a full benchmarking of the 870m).
Mousepad: It's a mousepad and it does mousepad things. It's on par with the mousepads I've used on various other laptops. Nothing special to note.
Keyboard: This laptop boasts one of the only laptop keyboards made by Steelseries, and it's a shame because this keyboard is absolutely lovely. Having access to the full hexadecimal color spectrum, you can pick and choose what color you what your keyboard to be, if not make it three colors all at once. The keys are very responsive. For those of you who own mechanical keyboards, they're just like those keyboards, but with less resistance and not a lot of click. It's a very good middle ground between normal keyboard and mechanical keyboard. After owning this laptop for two weeks, the keyboard has grown on me even more. It's INCREDIBLY nice to type on.
Sound: The laptop, sadly, only has two speakers and no subwoofer, which is a disappointment to me at such a high price point with many other great features. The laptop, however, does make great use of these two speakers, blasting clear sound high enough to barely fill a room. The sound it blasts is well above your normal laptop speakers, however falls short of what can be done with a two speaker and subwoofer combo. It is, however, a... strange setup. For example, it felt like I had a 5.1 surround sound array with only these two speakers.
Screen: I actually have to make a note in this section because I have owned other laptops with non-glossy, matte screens before, and I must say that I am impressed. The screen is incredibly vibrant, making it very easy to watch movies, play games, even photoshop with little to no difficulty discerning colors. No washed out colors so far, very impressed.
Heat: The laptop, unfortunately, only boasts one fan, which I'm incredibly disappointed with, considering quite a few laptop manufacturers have swapped in favor of a dual fan system to keep their systems cooler and quieter. While I can say the fan does its job effectively, I can also say that it does it loudly, as well as blow out the heat at alarming temperatures. The laptop itself, however, does stay cool to the touch, making it comfortable to game with on your lap for long periods of time.
Weight: Shocking to me, the laptop is incredibly light. I had no issue with just letting it rest on my lap for several hours. Paying no attention to it, I forgot I even had it on my lap. It can easily be picked up with one hand.
Misc. Features: This laptop supports a one touch button array towards the power button, which is more useful than I thought it would be. It allows me to switch power modes, turn off the backlight keys, go into airplane mode, turn off the screen, launch certain programs, and even flip the fans into overdrive. Turning the fans to overdrive, however, does make the laptop sounds like it's taking off. It's incredibly loud. The power button changes colors according to whether or not you're using the dedicated or integrated GPU; a feature I like. The logo on the lid of the laptop lights up, a nice touch.
Misc. Continuted: This laptop is a fingerprint magnet, however easy to clean with a damp cloth. The MSI reinstallation disc that was included with the laptop was disappointing, as it only served me well to be able to reinstall the drivers for the WLAN to be able to download all the missing drivers. The Double Shot E2200 is all talk and no game; it performs like any other wireless A card will.
Verdict: While the laptop has a few drawbacks, such as the harddrive, ram, and sound, it makes up for in the areas that count most; being able to run games like no tomorrow. I would purchase this laptop again, and I recommend those of you who are looking for a gaming laptop look no further.
Unfortunatelyl the first one I got was faulty and had to be returned as it randomly locked up whenever the video card was ran even moderately hard no matter the game or drivers used. Luckily Amazon shipped a replacement immediately and this one has been a beast. So far I have thrown Age of Wonders 3, Company of Heroes 2, Planetside 2, and Dawn of War 2 (a lot of sequels!) with max settings and still get above 50fps. While none of these are bleeding edge games designed to push your card to the limits I am very satisfied with the performance on a mobile platform with modern games especially Planetside where things get hectic in large firefights.
The sound is pretty great (I have never had a sub-woofer inside a laptop before), the keyboard is nice on the hands while being responsive and I especially like the amount of control you have over the back lit keyboard colors even if it is minor in the grand scheme of things. The touchpad kind of sucks but that's because they blow in general and there isn't much help for that. It does however automatically disable whenever it detects another pointing device which can be overridden by a handy physical key near the pad. The screen is high-resolution and looks great out of the box and I haven't had to adjust anything yet. I find the casing aesthetically pleasing, solid, and a bit flashy which a gaming rig aught to be. The only 'downside' I have found so far is as a 17.3" gaming laptop this thing is not light or small, and the power brick is the size of my foot. If you find those characteristics unacceptable then you're shopping for the wrong laptop.
Given the performance you get for the price I find the MSI GT70 to be an outstanding bargain.
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