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Torn Between MSI and GIGABYTE Gaming Laptop

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June 28, 2014 9:35:47 AM

I would like a high-end gaming laptop for the price of around $1300, and I have narrowed my search down to the two laptops below.

I need help deciding!

MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 ($1299)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE P27Gv2-CF1 ($1299)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What do you think is the best laptop and why?

I've heard the MSI Apache Pro series has 1.5 hour shorter battery life while idle, and gets a fair bit hotter and has worse workmanship.
The Gigabyte is slightly thicker whilst surpassing the Apache in the above categories.

However, battery-life and heat doesn't exactly matter in my opinion; what I care about is over-all performance and reliability.

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June 28, 2014 9:40:56 AM

They both have very similar specs, but the MSI one looks better, so I would pick that
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June 28, 2014 9:46:07 AM

Well, if what you say about battery life is true (I can't confirm) then that's a point to Gigabyte, but in addition, Gigabyte gets another point because its CPU is significantly stronger (same architecture, 17% higher clock speed). However, in most games that probably wouldn't make a very noticeable difference unless you're playing something like Total War or other super CPU-bound games.

The only advantage I can give to the MSI laptop from initial glance is the lower weight (6 lbs vs 7 lbs). If you're buying this for flexible portability, i.e. school or something, then I can't say I'd recommend either of them but the MSI has an advantage there. If you're not going to be moving this around too much (but hopefully enough to justify not building a desktop instead haha) and you don't care about the weight all too much either, than the Gigabyte is your winner.
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June 28, 2014 9:46:31 AM

I would pick the gigabyte.
1. the cpu is a tad stronger.
2. 8gb of ram is sufficient.
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June 28, 2014 9:47:32 AM

The Gigabyte has a slightly faster CPU. The MSI has more ram. In gaming the faster cpu will help more than more ram.
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June 28, 2014 11:12:48 AM

Deus Gladiorum said:
Well, if what you say about battery life is true (I can't confirm) then that's a point to Gigabyte, but in addition, Gigabyte gets another point because its CPU is significantly stronger (same architecture, 17% higher clock speed). However, in most games that probably wouldn't make a very noticeable difference unless you're playing something like Total War or other super CPU-bound games.

The only advantage I can give to the MSI laptop from initial glance is the lower weight (6 lbs vs 7 lbs). If you're buying this for flexible portability, i.e. school or something, then I can't say I'd recommend either of them but the MSI has an advantage there. If you're not going to be moving this around too much (but hopefully enough to justify not building a desktop instead haha) and you don't care about the weight all too much either, than the Gigabyte is your winner.


Thank you for your explanation; I will be using the laptop for both school and gaming, but I will probably be stationary while using it for both.
I'm planning on playing games like Starcraft, Minecraft, Smite, Guild Wars, DayZ, and Garry's Mod.

Do you think the MSI would perform well with these games? If it can, than I will probably choose the MSI because it is slightly more portable.
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June 28, 2014 11:16:06 AM

The MSI one is great for showing off with its RGB backlit keyboard. Swag wins all.
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