MSI GS70 Stealth review

Is this the perfect gaming notebook?

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The MSI GS70 has a quad-core i7 processor, and it's one of Intel's new Haswell chips - so it benefits from a minor performance bump as well as architectural improvements designed to boost battery life when compared to last year's Ivy Bridge parts.

The Core i7-4700HQ comes from Intel's mobile range, and it's got four Hyper-Threaded cores clocked to 2.4GHz. That's higher raw speed than the 2.1GHz chip inside the Asus Zenbook U500 and the 2.2GHz core used by Razer inside its Blade Pro.

The MSI GS70 gets off to a good start with one of Intel's latest chips, but it's unable to match the Schenker XMG P703, which has a Core i7-4800MQ - it's also a quad-core Haswell part, but it's clocked 500MHz higher than the processor inside the MSI.

Graphics grunt comes from the GeForce GTX 765M. It's one of Nvidia's top-end mobile GPUs, and it's based on the desktop range's GTX 660 card. It's a 28nm part that boasts 768 stream processors inside a dozen clusters, and it's clocked to 850MHz. It also has 2GB of 4,000MHz GDDR5 memory that's accessed using a 128-bit bus.

MSI GS70 Stealth review

It's a good GPU, but it's unable to compete with the GTX 770M that's included with the Schenker system. The XMG P703's core includes 960 stream processors clocked to 811MHz alongside 3GB of RAM.

The storage is worth a mention: it's created by fusing two 128GB SSDs together in a RAID 0 array. The two SSDs provide 237GB of usable capacity as well as a speed boost thanks to the striped array used.

Elsewhere, there's a 1TB hard disk, Killer DoubleShot networking and 8GB of RAM - which MSI has doubled in the model that's available for sale. A decent port selection is littered around the GS70's edges: four USB 3 ports, two mini-DisplayPort connectors, HDMI and D-SUB display ports and an SD card slot. Understandably, there's no room for an optical drive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 765M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
eSATANo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyGS70 2OD
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700HQ
ColourBrushed Aluminum Gray
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameMSI
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, ErP
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM87 Express
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height21.6 mm
Width418.3 mm
Depth286.8 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesGS70 2OD
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelGS70 2OD-002US
Product NameGS70 2OD-002US Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number9S7-177114-002
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

Thinnest & Lightest 17" Gaming Notebook

Introducing the world's thinnest and lightest 17" gaming notebook measuring at less than 0.86 inch and weighing in at a mere 6 lbs.The extremely lightweight, ultra form factor machine is the pinnacle of portable gaming at the palm of your hands. With designs inspired by the F22 Raptor stealth fighter, the simple yet streamlined brush aluminum chassis is a reflection of speed, aggression, and power.

Latest 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor

Packing speed and power under the hood, the GS70 features the latest 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. Boost your performance and processing speed from 2.4 - 3.4GHz with Intel Boost 2.0

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • GS70 2OD-002US Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter