Hey all I need help with this decision between an MSI GT-70 or a Nomad 17. Below you'll find the configurations for both, and I am set on the configurations, I am just wondering if anyone has had any experiences with Maingear Laptop's or heard anything about them. Any input would be greatly appreciated on this decision, cause its been driving me crazy!! Thanks in advance! Also, I think that the main difference between the two is the processor, do you think I would actually see any performance increase with the bigger processor?
MAINGEAR NOMAD 17 CONFIGURATION:
Chassis: Nomad 17 Performance Chassis with sound by DynAudio (Stereo sound with subwoofer) and backlit keyboard
Display: 17.3" FullHD 16:9 LED Display (1080p) matte screen
Thanks for your interest in MAINGEAR! Spec for spec we're about the same price but we include an automotive paint job for free. It's hand done, applied in our facilities, and we only use the finest Glasurit paints found on super cars.
But one other thing that sets us apart is that our SuperRAID array uses dual Crucial M4 drives (1000MB/s in RAID 0) vs the SanDisk drives in the MSI shell, which would be 880MB/s in RAID 0.
Mind if i ask for the durability / lifetime longevity of both MSI GT70 and MAINGEAR NOMAD 17? cause i had many friends using Dell laptop and many of their laptop die after a year they bought. And i've also had a Compac laptop before it die after nearly 2 years. But my Toshiba last for more than 3 years and it still very healthy
MSI makes very well-made laptops. The Maingear one looks like it is custom-built off the MSI whitebox, so its essentially the same as the MSI one from xotic with a few creature features on either side of the fence.
Those two are premium laptops and you should expect premium service and warranty for that price.
Both of those are very nice, but you added so many goodies that you pushed it into the price range of a 680m SLI setup (Sager/Clevo or Alienware) which would bury both of those if you sacrificed the Raid0 SSDs (down to single Crucial 128GB SSD boot drive and 500GB 7200rpm data drive), and made due with 8GB and an i7 3630QM.
Yes, you'd give up some storage performance and a little less CPU and RAM, but you'd have SLI 680m, and still only pay around $2758 with Holiday and cash discounts. The Clevo has a lesser speaker set, but at this price range, you likely will be hooking it into a 7.1 system anyway.
If processor is that important, you could still bump it to the 3740QM and be down only 100MHz and 2MB of cache on the CPU while keeping it under $3000.
If gaming is the point, (and it should be if you are sporting a 680m) the SLI rig gives up so very little and gains so much that these two maxed-out single-GPU units make less sense IMHO.