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MSI GT70 2PC Dominator review

A monster gaming laptop with a factory-fresh GPU

MSI's latest gaming laptop has got it where it counts, with stunning benchmark results from its brand-new graphics card and premium processor. The GT70 impresses elsewhere, too, with a screen that's got the punch and depth for high-end games. Its speakers and keyboard are good, too, but this machine also suffers from many of the issues that afflict other gaming machines – a high weight and a short battery life.

We liked

There's no disputing the MSI's sheer power, as no other machine could touch the GT70's results in our games tests thanks to Nvidia's latest high-end mobile GPU. If you want a laptop to play the latest games without quality compromises, this is the machine to buy.

It blitzed our processing benchmarks, too, and the screen is good: it's got the right resolution for games, it's got huge contrast, top-quality brightness and a deep black level.

The GT70 has punchy, powerful audio, a good keyboard, and responsive trackpad buttons that aren't short of the feedback and speed of dedicated gaming mice.

We disliked

There are no game-breaking issues here; instead, the MSI is affected by several smaller problems.

The trackpad is a little small for our tastes, especially for gaming, and the SSD isn't the best – its read speeds are good, but its write pace is merely average – and it could be a little larger.

The battery life isn't great, either, although we anticipate poor longevity from gaming laptops. Similarly, the MSI GT70 is huge – fine for lugging between rooms or taking to LAN parties, but not truly portable. This machine also creates plenty of noise, although that's not a problem if you're wearing headphones.

None of these problems are enough to dissuade us from recommending this machine, but they're worth bearing in mind depending on how you're going to use this machine.

Verdict

The GT70 is the fastest gaming laptop we've ever seen but, despite its speed, it's no pricier than the competition: its £1,299 price is in the same ballpark as the Asus, it's barely more than the slimline GS70, and it's cheaper than the Gigabyte and Toshiba laptops.

None of the MSI's rivals address all of the minor issues that affect the GT70, and all of them are slower. If you need a brutish gaming machine and you're more concerned with benchmarks than batteries, then this is the best gaming notebook on the market.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 670M, HD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyGT70 0NC
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-3610QM
ColourBrush Aluminum Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameMSI
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.90 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM77 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports5
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height55.1 mm
Width428 mm
Depth290.3 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesGT70 0NC
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelGT70 0NC-011US
Product NameGT70 0NC-011US Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number9S7-176212-011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

Priority Online Gaming-Lead the Way

The GT70 represent the first time that MSI has incorporated Big foot Gaming LAN (Killer Gaming Networking)- Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking into its notebooks, endowing them awesome online speeds. The Advanced Game Detect technology recognizes online game data packs and processes them first, accelerating them in the process. The best weapon against stuttering characters, freeze-ups, and lagging, it vastly improves the prowess of online gamers. Now, whether FPS or MMO gaming is your cup of tea, you'll have that extra edge you need to be victorious.

Game data will be defined as 1st priority and accelerate the package delivering

Audio boost design for greatly enhance headphone performance and faithfully reproduce each acoustic detail

The MSI Audio Boost design enhances sound output by 30%. The gold flash audio jack provides stable sound transmission (reduced obstruction) and works in conjunction with the optimized AMP (Audio Power Amplifier) design, characterized by low noise and low distortion, to greatly enhance headphone performance and faithfully reproduce each acoustic detail.

Detail is everything! Hear any sound in game! Response faster!!

Maximum Memory32 GB
Limited Warranty2 Year