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MSI GT60 2PC Dominator Review: A Fast Notebook With Battery Boost

Comparing MSI's GT60 Using Tom's Hardware's Benchmarks

Test Hardware Configurations
MSI GT60-2PC-424USMSI GT60-2OC-022USSBM $750 Gaming PC
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4800MQ, 2.7 - 3.7 GHzIntel Core i7-4700MQ, 2.4 - 3.4 GHzIntel Core i3-4130: 3.40 GHz, Two Physical Cores
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 870M: 941-967 MHz, 3 GB GDDR5-5000Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M: 706-797 MHz, 3 GB GDDR5-4008Nvidia GeForce GTX 770: 1098 MHz, GDDR5-7010(O/C: 1283 MHz, GDDR5-7610)
Memory8 GB Kingston DDR3-1600 CAS 11-11-11-28 (single-channel)8 GB Kingston DDR3-1600 CAS 11-11-11-28 (single-channel)8 GB Adata DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-24 (dual-channel)
MotherboardMS-16F4: Intel FCPGA946, HM87 ExpressMS-16F4: Intel FCPGA946, HM87 ExpressAsus H81M-K: LGA 1150, Intel H81 Express
CaseMSI GT60MSI GT60Rosewill Line-M
CPU CoolerMSI GT60MSI GT60Intel Core i3 boxed cooler
Hard DriveHGST HTS721010A9E630: 1 TB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB cacheHGST HTS721010A9E630: 1 TB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB cacheWestern Digital WD10EZEX: 1 TB, 7200 RPM, 64 MB cache
PowerDelta ADP-180NB: 180 W ExternalDelta ADP-180NB: 180 W ExternalRosewill Capstone-450-M: 450 W Semi-Modular, 80 PLUS Gold
OSMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro x64Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64
GraphicsNvidia ForceWare 337.5 WHQLNvidia ForceWare 337.5 WHQLNvidia ForceWare 332.21 WHQL
ChipsetIntel INF INF INF

We're comparing the GT60-2PC Dominator to its most closely-matched predecessor in both hardware and price. Intel’s Core i7-4800MQ replaces its earlier Core i7-4700MQ, and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 870M replaces the GeForce GTX 770M. Both models use the same power supply, and both are equipped with the same storage and memory.

Since these are gaming-oriented notebooks, we decided to throw in some tougher titles compared to previous models. But the relatively high-end CPUs also open these up to desktop-like work environments, allowing owners to work and play from the same machine. Our System Builder Marathon benchmark suite targets the same kind of performance flexibility, and using it allows me to include one of our previously-tested machines as another point of reference.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Battlefield 4Version, DirectX 11, 100-sec. Fraps "Tashgar" Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA, 4X AF, SSAO Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset,  4X MSAA, 16X AF, HBAO
Grid 2Steam Version, In-Game Test Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
Metro: Last LightSteam version, Built-In Benchmark, "Frontline" SceneTest Set 1: DX11, Med Quality, 4x AF, Low Blur, No SSAA, No Tesselation, No PhysXTest Set 2: DX11, High Quality, 16x AF, Normal Blur, SSAA, Tesselation Normal, No PhysX
Far Cry 3V. 1.04, DirectX 11, 50-sec. FRAPS "Amanaki Outpost" Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA, Standard ATC., SSAO Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, Enhanced ATC, HDAO
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe After Effects CCVersion Create Video which includes 3 Streams, 210 Frames, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneosly
Adobe Photoshop CCVersion 14.0 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Adobe Premeire Pro CCVersion 7.0.0 (342), 6.61 GB MXF Project to H.264 to H.264 Blu-ray, Output 1920x1080, Maximum Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format
LAME MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.99: Video from Canon Eos 7D (1920x1080, 25 FPS) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, two-channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)
TotalCode Studio 2.5Version: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, two-channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
ABBYY FineReaderVersion Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Adobe Acrobat 11Version Print PDF from 115 Page PowerPoint, 128-bit RC4 Encryption
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013Version 15.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
BlenderVersion: 2.68A, Cycles Engine, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, 1920x1080, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Render THG.blend frame 1
Visual Studio 2010Version 10.0, Compile Google Chrome, Scripted
File Compression
WinZipVersion 18.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 5.0: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.30 alpha (64-bit): THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version:, Benchmark Only
3DMark ProfessionalVersion: (64-bit), Fire Strike Benchmark
PCMark 8Version: 1.0.0 x64, Full Test
SiSoftware SandraVersion 2014.02.20.10, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia / Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth Benchmarks
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.