Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Sandra tells us much more about individual component performance without necessarily indicating how those differences impact our real-world benchmarks. We do generate the theoretical information to help with our performance analysis, though.
The desktop’s cheap dual-core processor lags far behind in Sandra's Arithmetic module, so it's possible that the notebooks will demonstrate better than expected value in threaded metrics.
Despite fewer cores, the AES-accelerated Encoding/Decoding test looks a lot faster on the $750 System Builder Marathon configuration. That's because Paul Henningsen is meticulous about fully utilizing a platform's features, one of which is a dual-channel memory controller. MSI isn't as careful about this, so it's single DDR3 DIMM cannot feed data to the processor quickly enough. As a consequence of that bandwidth shortage, a faster Core i7-4800MQ barely outpaces the previous -4700MQ.
And here we see the direct correlation. Memory bandwidth is the Achilles heel of MSI’s value-seeking shortcuts. Choosing a single module doesn’t make performance sense in a system that holds four SO-DIMMs and supports dual-channel mode.
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.