Conclusion: The GT60's performance situation is complex. First, the good news -- this laptop has the best overall performance of any mobile solution we've ever tested. Even with the throttling issues, the MSI GT60 Dominator Pro is well ahead of its AMD counterpart, but even that performance isn't high enough to deliver playable frame rates at high detail when running 2880x1620.
Pros: Best display we've ever seen on a PC, Excellent port configuration, High overall performance, Battery Boost does boost battery life
Cons: Bloatware, Can't handle its own heat output, No mobile GPU can push 3K gaming at high detail levels
Conclusion: The MSI GT60 Dominator Pro is heavy, looks gaudy, and runs hot, but the hardware is absolutely fantastic. The processor is quick, the GTX 880M can outrun mid-range gaming desktops, and the 3K display looks great when it’s used for gaming. The GT60 may seem outdated at first glance, but what’s inside is cutting-edge. Unfortunately, the 3K display hinders the GT60 as much as it helps it.
Pros: Great keyboard, Sharp 3K display, Extremely powerful hardware, Respectable battery life
Cons: Connectivity could be better, Tiny touchpad, Can’t handle some games at 3K resolution, Fan can be very loud at times
Summary: The $2,399 MSI GT60 Dominator Pro 3K-475 gives gamers the powerful graphics and performance we've come to expect from MSI in an imposing chassis. While having the world's fastest GPU is nice, where the GT60 stands out is its stunning 3K display. The addition of the SteelSeries software and XSplit Gamecaster video capture software is the cherry on an already stacked cake.
Pros: Light for a gaming rig, Stunning 3K display, Powerful graphics and performance, XSplit Gamecaster software pre-loaded
Cons: Quiet speakers, Fan gets really loud, Small touchpad
Conclusion: With this system here being an engineering sample, stating a price is not so easy and the specification that is seen is not necessarily going to be the same as the systems that can be brought from various vendors. Instead of displaying a chart with comparable prices, I am going to list the different SKUs that are available in each region with their individual price tags.
Pros: Rapid SSD array with over 1.5GB/s read speed on tap, Optional QXHD+ 3K IPS Panel, Up to 32GB of ram to support even the biggest workloads, Up to 1TB of secondary storage
Cons: Not the lightest or slimmest option on the market, Heavy price tag for a system with top-level specifications right through
Excerpt: If the MSI GT60 looks familiar, that might be because it’s identical to our zero-point gaming notebook , which we first reviewed in our December 2012 issue. While the laptop uses the same chassis, the refreshed unit comes with shiny new parts that include Intel ’s Haswell CPU and a new top-tier 700-series GPU from Nvidia . In terms of design, the refreshed GT60 features the same brushed-aluminum 15.5x10.5x2-inch chassis as its predecessor.
Pros: Excellent battery life; good CPU; great GPU.
Cons: Not cheap; TN panel; same old chunky chassis.
Excerpt: MSI GT60 20D Laptop Performance Review (3k Resolution Screen) A few years ago MSI decided to take on the gaming laptop marketplace in a serious way. They had been producing mobile gaming systems for a while but this was a revised, more...
Excerpt: A few years ago MSI decided to take on the gaming laptop marketplace in a serious way. They had been producing mobile gaming systems for a while but this was a revised, more determined focus. One of the first systems we saw from them in this area was the GX660R with a branch off in design more recently in the form of the GS70 Stealth and on each occasion the systems offered a decent level of features and performance, often having a key aspect which made them stand out in...
Summary: Work(station) zone! MSI makes a foray into the realm of professional workstations and challenges the well-established brands with a vivid Full-HD display, SSD RAID, Nvidia Quadro K2000M GPU, and Intel quad-core CPU. The notebook looks like a pretty compelling package - but can it threaten the workstation-elite?
Pros: Very good display, Very good keyboard, Decent port selection and distribution, Good CAD performance, Very good overall performance, Sturdy chassis, The vivid display, the successful combination of SSDs and conventional hard drive, the keyboard, and the expandability of the system.
Cons: Visual appearance not very business-like, Business features are lacking, Fan is always on, Large and heavy, Small touchpad, A more efficient cooling system, a visually more appropriate chassis with a more business-oriented port selection, and the (supposedly available) IPS display.