MSI GT70 20D

Undis­puted Gam­ing Note­book

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TexT // Bryan Chan

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.

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