Results: Far Cry 3
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 870 ducks in just under 30 FPS at 4800x900, with or without Battery Boost enabled. At lower resolutions, the technology effectively modulates performance to save power when the notebook is unplugged. At higher resolutions, the framerates are too low to play anyway. Then again, nobody would bother to plug in three external monitors without also connecting the notebook’s power adapter.
That’s why we’re showing framerate-over-time at a resolution gamers will use while traveling. At 1920x1080, the GT60 2PC’s GeForce GTX 870M is perfectly content to maintain 30 FPS by jumping from low-power to high-frequency settings as needed.
Unfortunately, Far Cry 3’s Ultra Quality preset pushes the graphics load beyond where Battery Boost can help. With framerates generally under 30, you need a faster GPU to crank up the details this high.
Unable to maintain 30 FPS at 1920x1080, even plugged into the wall, the only thing we can say with certainty is that the new notebook pushes higher unplayable frame rates compared to the one it replaces.
These are settings that demand desktop hardware.
Once burned, twice shy MSI.
The fan in this laptop is awesome. MSI is the only company I know of that puts a 12 volt fan in their laptop. This single fan can move about 25cfm of air (source; http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gt70-dragon-edition-2-core-i7-4930mx-laptop,3545-5.html)
which may be more air flow than the Asus G750 can supply, who knows.
The CPU in this laptop is socketed and fully supports all the way up to a 4940MX Extreme CPU 3.1/4GHZ and supports overclocking via Intel XTU.
The CPU in the G750 cannot be upgraded so it is just a gaming laptop whereas this can be a workstation laptop.
The screen can tilt back significantly more than the G750 (both the GT60 and GT70 MSI laptops) and weighs less with the same computing hardware.
The 180w AC adapter limitation and the NOS crutch can be annoying if you are fully taxing the extreme CPU and the GPU for long periods of time, it may dip into the battery. Once the battery goes down to 30%, it'll stop sucking from the battery and throttle.
Luckily I don't think NOS ever really activates unless you have an extreme CPU in it and everything fully taxed and may be quite hard to activate since this model isn't the -2PE model with the 880m.
The new MSI GT72 has a 220w AC adapter so I guess they've figured that they need more power headroom).
You can set other FPS targets but I left it at the 30FPS default to get the best battery benefit.
Then you're not going to find a notebook you can game on...anywhere.
I LOL'd at this. Well-said Crashman. I don't know how anyone that has ever used a laptop even for light gaming (I'm referring to something as simple as League Of Legends) could say something like "a laptop must be silent and cool or its pointless". The fact is: performance = heat = adequate cooling = noise. The amount of each of these is dependent on the other...as well as the build (obviously), but the confined space in MOBILE COMPUTERS (aka notebooks/laptops) will always be a challenge until technology can convert the effects of energy used into cold, instead of heat.