MSI GT70 20D
Undisputed Gaming Notebook
In the world of gaming notebooks, powerful models are often heavy, bulky, and cost a truckload of cash. The MSI GT70 20D is no exception, but we believe that this particular model is worth every sen. Find out why in the next few paragraphs.
The MSI GT70 20D is among the top offerings in this manufacturer’s gaming notebook series. In terms of where it stands in the performance charts, it’s second only to the MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Extreme. The variant that arrived in our lab was equipped with 16GB of RAM and three SSDs in what MSI calls the Super RAID 2 configuration. Graphics is handled by none other than NVIDIA’s most powerful mobile graphics card, the GeForce GTX 780M.
Other notable features include a backlit keyboard that’s designed by SteelSeries, speakers by Dynaudio and a networking chip called the Killer DoubleShot Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters. The Killer Doubleshot allows both the Wi-Fi and LAN adapters to prioritize gaming-related bandwidth for lesser lag during online gaming.
What’s great about this notebook PC is that it is also integrated with the latest technology from MSI. This includes NOS and Cooler Boost 2. NOS is a rather interesting feature, whereby the notebook automatically detects when it is connected to the power supply and delivers more performance via the use of both NVIDIA’s GPU Boost and Intel’s CPU Boost technology. Cooler Boost 2, on the other hand, is the inclusion of a “thermal bridge” between the CPU and GPU. This allows the heat to be evenly spread among these two components and also allows for more efficient cooling.
If you had any doubt about the performance of this machine, the benchmarks are here to dispel any and all doubts. In PCMark 7, this notebook PC scored a mighty 6,665. In PCMark 8, similarly impressive results were obtained, with the system attaining a score of 4025.
When it comes to gaming, this notebook PC managed a score of 5,039 in 3DMark’s FireStrike and 2,533 in FireStrike Extreme, while nabbing a score of P7677 in 3DMark 11. As for Unigine’s Heaven, set at 4x AA and Normal tessellation, this notebook PC managed to run at a steady 58 frames per second.
We then installed a couple of games to see just how well it handles real-world gaming. In Batman: Arkham Origins, set at maxed out visual settings, Low TXAA and no PhysX, the game ran at 56 frames per second. We then ran Crysis 3, set at Very High, where the game ran at a smooth 30 frames per second.
Overall, the MSI GT70 20D is a very impressive gaming notebook. With performance that matches mid-range gaming rigs, this notebook PC is truly a desktop replacement system in every sense of the word. This level of performance doesn’t come cheap though, with a price tag of close to RM14,000. That being said, we can almost guarantee you that if you have the money to spare for this notebook, you’ll have a grin on your face every time you game.
Like its other siblings, the keyboard found on the MSI GT70 20D has backlighting.