MSI is set to change all of that with their new MSI GT70 gaming notebook, which not only packs top-of-the-line processing capabilities like utilizing the latest Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz) Ivy Bridge processor.
MSI GT70 is also eqquiped by Intel HM77 chipset, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M GPU with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM (which is so new that its desktop counterpart hasn’t even been released yet) and 16GB of RAM, but also crams in a whole host of third-party, pro-gaming grade upgrades including Killer Gaming’s Bigfoot E2200 network card and a SteelSeries designed keyboard. Perhaps best of all is the inclusion of two 64GB SSD drives in a RAID 0 configuration, with a 750GB 7200RPM HDD for storage.
MSI GT70 also includes a tray-loading Blu-ray burner, twin speakers and a built-in subwoofer system by Dynaudio. Surprisingly, its 17.3-inch, full HD resolution screen is the non-reflective type and that surely adds on to its brownie points. You can’t imagine how often we’ve complained of glaring screens that sometimes spoil the usability of the notebook, more so in gaming.
MSI GT70 has also incorporated their usual Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) software technology found on their gaming series of notebooks, which provides one button instant overclocking. We benchmarked this feature first on their GT660 model in 2010 if you’re interested to know more. Something new this time round is Cooler Boost, which revs up fan speed at the touch of a button, for extra cooling when required.
MSI GT70 Price Based on Configurations
It will cost you $ 2,000, netting them Ivy Bridge Core i7-3610QM processor running at 2.3GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M with 3GB GDDR5, dual 64GB SSD RAID 0 configured with a separate 750GB 7200rpm HDD, 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray rewritable optical drive, 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 LED display, and, of course, two year warranty.
If you do not want (or can afford) to the GT70’s leading configurations, MSI is happy to trim a few glasses to save a buck. Dropping Rig is DDR3 RAM up to 12GB and securing their dual SSD drives in a 128GB unit brings the MSRP to $ 1,850, while kicking off the second $ 150 sticker price will cost you 250 GB of hard disk space and step down on the DVD multi drive.
If you can haggle to MSI GT70 lower-end configurations, you’ll be left with an interesting choice: more storage space, or more real estate? Of course, the higher the better, but in what context? This choice represents a model change. $1.550GT70 variant is almost identical to his brother $ 1,700, but without the SSD drive and a little larger hard drive (750GB). GT60, on the other hand, throws two inches off the MSI GT70 screen size and almost half a pound of weight, together with a USB 2.0 connectors and gold out of their audio ports. Trade off? it has twin 500GB 7200rpm HDD. As much as I like the MSI GT70, lighter-weight rig rocking the same specs is definitely worth considering. Hard drives and RAM can always be upgraded, after all.
MSI GT70 Specifications
|Operation System and Processor||Operation System||Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium|
|CPU||Intel® Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)|
|Main Chipset||Intel Chipset|
|Display||Screen Size||17.3″ HD|
|Memory||System Memory||DDR3 1600MHz, 4 slots, Max: 16GB|
|Graphic Memory||GDDR5 3GB|
|Graphic Processor||nVIDIA Geforce GTX670M 3D Graphic Card|
|Web Cam||HD Webcam|
|Communication||Wired Ethernet LAN||802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 (Optional)|
|Input||Keyboard Type||103 keys|
|Design||Dimension (W x D x H mm)||428x288x55 mm|
|Power||Standard Battery||9 cells|
Try to read our review of MSI GX60, gaming laptop powered by Radeon HD 7970M and a Trinity A10-4600M APU.