MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Review
Like so many hardware items, laptops have split into two very distinct camps. On one side of the fence we have the kind of models that appear in adverts on the television, shouting loudly about their 1GHz processors and whopping 50GB of storage space at only £500 for the 12" version.
On the other hand, and definitely in the camp that today's review falls into, we have the behemoths. The gaming monsters. Stuffed to the gills with extraordinary power and truly blurring the lines between the performance of a desktop and a laptop.
MSI have quietly been producing some seriously high specification laptops and it's about time we put one through the OC3D tests and discovered if it's possible to move from the desk to the train without losing gaming performance. Thanks to some extremely competitive pricing we've gone straight to the top-of-the-range model, the GT70 Dragon Edition, available for a very acceptable £1700.
The specifications read like a who's who of high-end mobile hardware. The Core i7-3630QM is a quad-core running at a standard 2.4GHz but with a serious overclock available, which we'll get to soon enough. The screen is a full HD 1080 number, and the eye-candy is provided by the nVidia GTX675MX GPU.
There are loads of storage options available, and our test system comes with 2x64GB SSD's in RAID, along with a big storage drive for all your media. THX Dynaudio sound keeps everything sounding amazing, and the inclusion of a Killer DoubleShot network and wireless solution ensures that you never get the dreaded death by ping.
|CPU||3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Processor|
|Memory||DDR3 1600MHz, SO-DIMM x 4 slots, Max: 32GB (8GB x 4)|
|LCD Size||17.3" full HD (1920x1080) LED backlit, Anti-glare|
|Graphics||nVIDIA Geforce GTX675MX 3D Graphic Card|
|Graphics VRAM||4GB GDDR5|
|HDD (GB)||2x64GB SSD in RAID0 + 750GB SATA|
|Optical Drive||BD Writer / Blu-ray / DVD Super Multi|
|Audio||Sound by Dynaudio, Channel: 7.1|
|LAN||Killer™ DoubleShot configuration (Killer™ Wireless-N 1202 paired with Killer™ E2200)|
|Wireless LAN||802.11 b/g/n|
|USB 2.0 port||2|
|USB 3.0 port||3|
|Dimension||428 x 288 x 55mm|