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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop Review - Gaming Performance

By: Trace Hagan | Gaming Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: MSI

3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0

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3DMark Vantage tests both processor and graphics performance and is a good indication of how systems compare. The results are generally more repeatable and consistent than other forms of benchmarking. Vantage uses DirectX 10 and can handle multi-core CPUs.




We received some interesting scores when comparing the GT70 Dragon Edition 2 to the recently reviewed ASUS ROG G750. The GT70, despite having a better GPU and more RAM, produced a lower score in Vantage. It produced a combined score of 18531.


Looking at the individual scores, the MSI GT70 fell behind the ASUS in both CPU and GPU scores, though not by much. Despite retesting the system, the score didn't change. It's not immediately obvious why the system failed to produce a higher score.



3DMark 11


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3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.




Due to our updating of the 3DMark 11 benchmark, previous scores have been archived.


Once again, the MSI fell behind the ASUS G750 despite having a theoretically better performing GPU. It managed to produce a respectable combined score of 5101. This puts it in third place when compared to the archived results that aren't directly comparable.



3DMark - Cloud Gate Test


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0

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Cloud Gate is a new test that is designed for Windows notebooks and typical home PCs. Cloud Gate includes two graphics tests and a physics test. Cloud Gate uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 10 making it suitable for testing DirectX 10 compatible hardware. Cloud Gate will only be available in the Windows editions of 3DMark initially.




The MSI GT70 continues to place third, behind the Eon 17-S and ASUS G750. It produced a combined score of 11248. There is still no explanation as to why the GTX 780M is producing lower scores than the GTX 770M in the ASUS G750.



Battlefield 3


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Battlefield 3 is one of the most requested benchmarks, so we have finally added it. Frame rates are recorded for 60 seconds starting in the first part of campaign when the character picks up the gun and is played through until just after the train explodes. The game is played three times in that manner with the results being averaged together and reported.


Settings are 1920x1080 for the resolution with the "Graphics Quality" set to Ultra.




Interestingly enough, the real-world tests show that the GTX 780M is better than the GTX 770M. The MSI GT70 produced an average frame rate of 57.5 FPS, well above the 30 FPS minimum required.



Crysis 3


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Crysis 3 is run at 1920 x 1080 resolution with the graphics specifications set to "Very High." No anti-aliasing is used. See picture above for full details. The test is ran three times due to higher variability than the other benchmarks. FRAPS is used to record 60 seconds worth of FPS data and recording starts at the start of the campaign and finishes most of the way up the tower. The game is played in a similar manner each time.




Crysis 3 is also playable on the MSI GT70, though the frame rates did drop as low as 23 FPS during at least one point. The GT70 produced an average frame rate of 30.1 FPS. You'd probably want to turn down a couple of settings to ensure smooth gameplay.

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