Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
Black, red, silver. MSI's slim gamer GS70 gets an update. The new generation is now equipped with the GeForce GTX 970M, and MSI has also thought of striking colors for the chassis. However, the fan noise and temperatures are striking as well – our review tells you why.
If anything you could consider the MSI GS70 2QE Stealth Pro to be a slightly strange laptop. It sports a large 17in screen and isn't particularly portable, yet MSI has focussed intently on reducing its profile. If we were making a 17in laptop, we'd probably not consider thickness and weight as important factors - at least not compared to 15in and 14in models.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 80% performance: 83%
Source: Expert Reviews
Overall, we're impressed with the MSI GS70 2QE Stealth Pro. It's supremely powerful thanks to Nvidia's latest graphics chip but manages to maintain its elegance with its slim and relatively light chassis. Like any early adopter, you do have to pay a premium for this. We'd say the investment is probably worth it, because you're likely to be able to run the latest games on higher settings for longer, and a laptop like this is a long-term investment.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Starting with the design and build quality of the GS70 2QE, or Stealth pro, we have a system which uses a familiar design. The all metal casing feels good quality, something which is enhanced by the brushed lid and we like that the branding is minimal. At less than 2cm thick it also means that despite this being a large 17.3″ system it is very portable (helped by the weight) and so it is nice that MSI offer the protective case.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/16/2014
Model: The MSI GS70 is another example of gaming laptops of the new generation moving towards being lighter and slimmer. The MSI GS70 comes in a conservative MSI design with a matte black aluminum casing, but also is available in red and silver. It weighs 2.7 kg and is 0.86 inch (2.18 cm) thick. This mediocre compared to the average laptop, but impressive considering the hardware that is being packed into this slim body. At 17.3 inch wide, the MSI GS70 also boast a 1080p HD LED monitor which looks sharp and has a high color accuracy.
As a gaming laptop, it is no surprise that the MSI GS70 is packing top of the line quad core Intel i7 processor and a GeForce GTX 970M graphics card optimized for gaming. It can also pack up to two SSDs in RAID 0 (256 GB), which further enhances its speed. While the storage solution is silent, the constant noise from the fan during heavy load can get rather annoying. The MSI GS70 also heats up rather fast during heavy use such as gaming or rendering. Furthermore, battery life is an issue, lasting anywhere from 1 to 5 hours depending on the use.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M:
Second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
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.
4720HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
82%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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