Excerpt: Last week NVIDIA launched their latest mobile GPU, based on their Maxwell architecture which powers the likes of their high end GTX 980. Today in our MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Review (GS70 2QE) we take a look at a laptop which uses the new GTX 970M in games such as Alien Isolation and The Enemy Within.
Excerpt: The MSI GS70 Stealth is a slim, yet powerful, gaming laptop. It has a HDD/SSD combo and a high-performing i7 CPU that won't slow down. It does lack a touch screen, however, despite the high cost.
Excerpt: With a large 17-inch frame, the MSI GS70 Stealth is remarkably thin and light at 21.8mm and 2.6KG. Packed flat inside the laptop is a Core i7 4700HQ CPU and GTX860M – a higher end mid-range GPU that gives a good balance between power and efficiency. You also get 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1TB secondary HDD. The 17-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD isn’t IPS, but colour reproduction is reasonable and the image is clear and bright.
Excerpt: This 2014 refresh of the MSI GS70 Stealth follows much the same formula as the upgraded Gigabyte P34G — the major new addition is a GPU based on Nvidia’s new Maxwell design. In the battle against last year’s model, this isn’t quite as fair a fight as between the two Gigabytes — MSI provided us with the top-end $2,899 model of the Stealth, which uses a GeForce GTX 870M.
Summary: Once again, MSI has proven that a powerful notebook doesn't necessarily have to be a hulking behemoth. The $2,099 GS70 Stealth Pro houses a Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M processor in a 0.85-inch-thick chassis. It's a highly successful pairing of portability and power. In addition, the notebook offers a blistering SSD, a matte 1080p display and software to record your best moves.
Conclusion: The Stealth has some gaming chops, too, as our experience with BioShock Infinite shows; you just shouldn't expect it to blow away bigger and heavier gaming laptops. Think of it as the 17-inch version of MSI's 14-inch GE40—a notebook for users who want above-average portability along with their entertainment, rather than a killer rig for hardcore gamers.
Pros: Slim design, Relatively light weight, Great display
Cons: Runs hot, Mediocre Webcam, Power cord placement interferes with mousing
The MSI GS70 Stealth is a light gaming laptop that packs a punch
10 January 2014
Summary: Making small performance trade-offs to fit into a slim, attractive 17-inch body, the MSI GS70 Stealth is a gaming laptop for those who hate the look of gaming laptops.
Pros: The MSI GS70 Stealth looks great, for a gaming laptop, and combines powerful hardware and a generous HDD/SSD combo into a slim body.
Cons: Gaming performance is a step down from the very top of the line, despite the high price. The lack of a touch screen makes it harder to use as an everyday Windows 8 laptop. Despite loud fans, the GS70 gets very hot when gaming.
Conclusion: It's rare that I'm legitimately sad to have to send back a review unit, but sure enough, that's where I'm at with the iBuyPower Battalion M1771 (nee MSI GS70.) This notebook practically exists on the opposite side of the spectrum as the MSI GT70 Dragon Edition I reviewed; where the Dragon Edition was almost all disappointment, the M1771 is a sleek and (mostly) efficient piece of gaming kit that I would only be too happy to cart with me to LAN parties.