Yup, as for high dollar gaming laptops, I don't think theres a single person that could argue with those above facts. Biggest battle is around the $1400-1800 usd department. In which MSI gives more performance in given price range. Anything above $2000 usd is all equal and that's where the laptop quality and everything come into play.
In which why I say Asus is winner, Alien ware is exceptional, but sli graphics uses more power and doesn't always work, and more often not even needed. Plus 17lbs, that's huge. MSI is great, but ASUS just a bit better. Asus, it takes a while until you get your 880m, $2200 price point, but once your they're its just a overall great quality beast capable of ground pounding out some ultra graphics.