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MSI GT70 2OC-017US vs. ASUS G750JX-DB71

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August 18, 2013 10:23:17 PM

Both systems have the follwoing same components:

Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ 2.4 - 3.4GHz, Intel® HM87, 17.3" Full HD Matte LED, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770M 3GB, Windows 8 64-bit

with the following component differences:

MSI
24GB DDR3, 2x 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, BD Burner

ASUS
16GB DDR3, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, DWD±RW

They are pretty comparable in price, ASUS being about $100 more. I've heard good things about both and overall I like the MSI but I've read of 1 major issue that I was hoping to get some first-hand response on: the MSI runs hotter than the ASUS.

I'm a gamer but I don't upgrade as often as some people. I'm looking for a system that will last and heat is a killer. Can anyone provide some insight on the cooling prowess of either (or both) systems? Maybe even if the MSI is a better system in spite of the cooling? Thanks for any info.
August 18, 2013 10:34:40 PM

I have the asus g73jh and from photos the case is very similar if not nearly identical to the g750jx. I had heat problems, like sent it back 3 times heat problems. Its not so much that it cant handle the heat its more that after say 6 months maybe a little more, it had sucked in enough dust to start making heat an issue. After sending it away I would get it back and it would work flawlessly again and the only thing they would have done was clean it out and reapply thermal paste to be overly cautious.

Dunno if that really helps, but cant hurt to have more info.

On a seperate note, I woud go the asus based on the bigger SSD. 16GB is beasty and personally I would prefer the SSD space
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August 19, 2013 12:19:30 AM

nevilence said:

On a seperate note, I woud go the asus based on the bigger SSD. 16GB is beasty and personally I would prefer the SSD space


The MSI has 2 x 128 in a RAID 0 configuration so they both have 256GB of SSD space, only the MSI should theoretically be faster as the drives are RAIDed.
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August 19, 2013 2:01:19 PM

Trkkr19 said:
nevilence said:

On a seperate note, I woud go the asus based on the bigger SSD. 16GB is beasty and personally I would prefer the SSD space


The MSI has 2 x 128 in a RAID 0 configuration so they both have 256GB of SSD space, only the MSI should theoretically be faster as the drives are RAIDed.


lol missed that =P my bad
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August 20, 2013 12:34:56 AM

byogamingpc said:
I'd go with the ASUS G750JX-DB71 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COQIKKA/ref=as_li_q... for three reasons. 1. it's cheaper 2. ASUS is a better quality manufacturer and 3. the important specs are the same in both


Your link doesn't work for me.

I had it narrowed down to those 2 brands because of what I've read at various sites. However, it's been narrowed down a bit more; I think I want to go GTX 780M as it is reportedly ~30% faster than the 770M. ASUS does not have ANY 780M models.

Does anyone know of any other reputable manufacturers with a good track record? I looked at Alienware but their 17.3" 780M models start at $2,899!
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August 30, 2013 6:50:50 AM

Wish I had known some things about the MSI a week ago, specifically it thermal exhaust, which is single and to the side compared to other notebooks like Alienware and ASUS, which are dual and to the rear. I got a MSI GT70 2OD-064US and apparently because the CPU and GPU are sharing a single fan, with the GPU getting air first, the CPU is basically baking all the time. In games the system freezes for about 1-2 seconds every 20 seconds or so, audio works but the system will not accept any keyboard or mouse inputs.

Here is a great article at ANANDTECH for anyone considering any MSI GT70. It covers the Dragon version but the case design and thermal venting is the same throughout all their models. My philosophy now is be wary of manufacturers who sell less with more - something was done on the cheap to make up for the lower price.
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