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MSI GS30 Series

MSI GS30 2M-034PLProcessor: Intel Core i7 4870HQ
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Display: 13.30 inch
Weight: 1.2kg, 1.3kg
Price: 1500, 1840 euro
Average Score: 75.57% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 94%, features: 75%, display: 89%, mobility: 84%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 61%

 

MSI GS30 2M-016UK

MSI has been coming up with amazing gaming laptops over the years. The MSI GS30 2M 016UK is second to none in its range with the nVidiaGeforce GTX 980, 4 GB GDDR5 graphics card which is on the supplied MSI Gaming Dock. This graphic card can handle the latest date graphically demanding games on at least high quality. The gaming laptop is powered by the Intel Core i7-4870HQ quad core processor, which has an integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 and is adequate to play games at medium settings while being mobile. The 13.3" Full HD display is suitable to play games while on the go. The storage on-board is a 512 GB SSD and a 16 GB DDR3 RAM to effectively handle multi-tasking. The light weight laptop of 1.2 kg ships with pre-installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit. In terms of connectivity, there are two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. There is also a card reader, however there is no optical drive as this gaming laptop was meant to be thin and light. The battery life is rated to be 4 hours with power management switched on. Finally the included Gaming Dock features the mentioned GTX 980 Desktop Graphics card, an additional four USB 3.0 and two HDMI ports. There is also the 2.1 audio system and various other features.

Specifications

MSI GS30 2M-016UKNotebook: MSI GS30 2M-016UK
Processor: Intel Core i7 4870HQ
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section
 GS30 2M-016UK (Model)

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Average Score: 82.5% - good

Average of 2 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

Reviews

85% A gaming transformer for work and play
Source: T Break English Archive.org version
I used to bring the GS30 to work for editorial purposes. And while at home, I could play with the multi-functional dock, or to continue working from where I left off on a bigger display. However, the price seems to be very steep at a hefty pricetag of 10,499AED. With this kind of money, you can definitely fetch an amazing gaming rig.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/28/2015
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 80% performance: 85% features: 90% workmanship: 85%
80% MSI GS30 Shadow with Gaming Dock Review
Source: Kitguru English Archive.org version
Having said all that the selling price is the major sticking point as £2,195 sounds like a huge amount of money. The price needs to drop below £2,000 and ideally around £1,800, however we’ll have to wait and see how that shakes out over the coming months. Our final thought on the subject is that the MSI GS30 Shadow and GamingDock looks like a poor deal compared to a combination of MSI GT72 Dominator (Core i7 and GTX 980M) for £1,500 for gaming and a GE60 Apache (Core i5 and GTX 850M) at £700 for day-to-day duties.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/05/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
MSI GS30 Shadow with GamingDock
Source: Trusted Reviews English Archive.org version
A system that allows you to a take a thin and light ultraportable laptop and plug it into some sort of desktop dock that contains a powerful graphics card has long been the holy grail of mobile computing. Plenty of companies have tried their hand at a solution, but they’ve either never made it to market or been too expensive and rare to get any traction. The latest company to give it a try is MSI, with its GS30 Shadow and GamingDock combination.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/04/2015
MSI GS30 Shadow with GamingDock
Source: Hexus English Archive.org version
The MSI GS30 Shadow is further proof that laptop docking stations have plenty to offer. Transforming a thin-and-light 13.3in laptop, the bundled GamingDock opens the door to greater storage, better connectivity, improved audio and a far superior graphics experience.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/13/2015

Foreign Reviews

MSI GS30 2M-030JP Shadowの実機レビュー(PR)
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/20/2015

 

MSI GS30 Shadow

The MSI GS30 Shadow is laptop with GamingDock, which can turn the device into powerful gaming machine. The GamingDock can house any GPU in order to improve the GS30's performance and allows to run most if not all the hottest games in the market now at highest graphic details. The Shadow is designed to be small and light since it doesn't have a discreet graphics card. It has a 13.3 inch matte anti-glare display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels . It runs on the Intel Core i7 processor with a maximum of 16GB of DDR3 RAM. The GamingDock is the size of a small printer and was designed to hold a full-sized desktop graphics card. It connects to the gaming laptop with a 16-pin PCI Express connector and requires a self-owned GPU to be fitted in, in order to acquire the best performance of this extremely powerful combination. The GamingDock also features a sound system with a 2.1 speaker setup, a 450-watt power supply, and an extra 3.5 inch compartment for an extra hard drive. Additionally, it also has an Ethernet port and four USB 3.0 ports adding on to the laptop's own two USB 3.0 ports.

Specifications

MSI GS30 ShadowNotebook: MSI GS30 Shadow
Processor: Intel Core i7 4870HQ
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1840 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 70.5% - average

Average of 4 scores (from 8 reviews)

 

Reviews

82% MSI GS30 Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
Transformation. Compact subnotebook or fully fledged desktop replacement: The MSI GS30 wants to be both at the same time. Our review will reveal whether the GamingDock model does so successfully or whether it sits on the fence.
60% MSI GS30
Source: Comp Reviews English Archive.org version
The MSI GS30 Shadow on paper offers an amazing combination of extremely small size and impressive performance. That performance comes at a very high literal price and with some major caveats. Battery life is very poor and gaming requires using with the Gaming Dock. This makes it a less than perfect choice for the mobile gamer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% MSI GS30
Source: Comp Reviews English Archive.org version
The MSI GS30 Shadow on paper offers an amazing combination of extremely small size and impressive performance. That performance comes at a very high literal price and with some major caveats. Battery life is very poor and gaming requires using with the Gaming Dock. This makes it a less than perfect choice for the mobile gamer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%

Foreign Reviews

81% MSI GS30 Shadow
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 60%
81% MSI GS30 Shadow
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 60%
MSI GS30 2M Shadow – Стратегическое Оружие Геймера
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size; powerful gaming dock. Negative: Expensive; poor noisy cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2015
MSI GS30 2M Shadow – Стратегическое Оружие Геймера
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size; powerful gaming dock. Negative: Expensive; poor noisy cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2015
Комплект MSI GS30 Shadow
Source: Ixbt RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size and light weight; very good performance; matte display. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/14/2015
Комплект MSI GS30 Shadow
Source: Ixbt RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size and light weight; very good performance; matte display. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/14/2015

 

MSI GS30 2M-034PL

Specifications

MSI GS30 2M-034PLNotebook: MSI GS30 2M-034PL
Processor: Intel Core i7 4870HQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Reviews

MSI GS30 Shadow Review - A Notebook and GPU GamingDock
Source: PC Perspective English Archive.org version
That doesn't mean the GS30 Shadow is without an upside! The GS30 Shadow combines a laptop and discrete, external GPU with a full bandwidth PCI Express connection, preventing any complaints about bottlenecks or performance penalties. If you have a need for a laptop but don't require extended time away from a wall outlet, the GS30 might still fit the bill, even allowing for some impressive mainstream gaming performance when utilizing the integrated Iris Pro graphics. And when you get home and lock into place on the GamingDock, you are free to dive into the most hardcore of PC games at as high of image quality settings as your discrete GPU selection will allow.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/09/2015

Foreign Reviews

Laptop z... desktopowym GPU
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Very high performance; great keyboard; very good display; good battery life. Negative: Very noisy; hot under load; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/24/2015
Обзор MSI GS30 2M Shadow: ультрабук + GTX 970 = ?
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good keyboard and touchpad; very good display; good performance; Negative: Noisy fan; expensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/06/2015

 

Comment

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI) was founded in 1986 in Taiwan. MSI is especially known as a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards for PCs, but also offers computer accessories, complete systems, motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktop PCs, monitors and other components. However, the Microstar brand name in Germany belongs to the Medion company. MSI is known for its gaming products and has developed a wide range of gaming laptops and desktop PCs. The company is also active in workstations, servers and industrial automation. MSI has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.


Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200:

Integrated graphics (GT3 + eDRAM) as found on certain Haswell CPUs. It is the fastest version in its family.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M:

Second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

4870HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.7 GHz. Offers an integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


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75.57%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

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Stefan Hinum, 2015-02-24 (Update: 2015-02-24)