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Recensione Breve del portatile MSI GE70 Apache

Sangue del Dragone. Sebbene il GE70 non abbia la scheda grafica più potente, questo dispositivo da 17 pollici ha prestazioni più che attraenti. Diversamente da altri esperti di laptop, MSI utilizza la GDDR5 piuttosto che la DDR3 VRAM per il modello GTX 850M. Il nostro report dimostra quali sono le differenze di prestazioni nell'utilizzo pratico.
Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum,

For the original German review, see here.

As typical for MSI, the powerful premium laptop is available in several versions. Besides the operating system (Windows 7, Windows 8 or no OS), and the working memory capacity (8 - 16 GB DDR3), the hard drive capacity also varies. Either a 500 - 1000 GB HDD or an array comprised of a magnetic storage and mSATA SSD/s are installed.

MSI relies on a dual or quad-core processor from Intel's Haswell generation. While the Core i5 4200H clocks with 2.8 - 3.4 GHz, it is as much as 2.4 to 3.4 GHz in the Core i7 4700HQ. The manufacturer also announced a few models featuring the 100 MHz faster Core i7 4710HQ shortly before releasing the product.

The specifications of our GE70-2PCi785 review sample costs just under 1100 Euros, which is midfield. The quad-core processor is accompanied by a 500 GB HDD and GeForce GTX 850M. MSI installs a GeForce GTX 860M in the pricier models. We have already tested this GPU several times in 2014, for example in the single reviews of MSI's GE60, Nexoc's G728II, Schenker's XMG P304, Schenker's XMG A504, etc.) or in the extensive Maxwell/Kepler comparison.

The choice of screen is not very surprising: a matte Full HD screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels has been standard for a while.

Case

Stylish looks
Stylish looks

MSI takes a big step forward in casing. Although barely any modifications are visible on the base unit, the lid looks considerably more high-quality owing to the brushed aluminum. The previous generation had to be satisfied with a glossy finish that was also extremely susceptible for grime and scratches.

The surfaces stay fairly neat (with exception of dust) when clean and dry fingers are used on the GE70. However, it is too bad that MSI did not switch to a matte finish for the keyboard bed. A lot of dirt accumulates between the keys in the course of time. 

We deem the visual design successful. The laptop's red border adds a certain zing to the otherwise black device. The same is true for the dragon logo on the cover. The GE70's build is neither thick nor extremely slim with a height of 39 millimeters. For example, MSI's GT70 has a height of almost six centimeters (27 millimeters @ GS70). 3.0 kilograms is also an acceptable weight for a 17-inch chassis.

Acceptable also describes the stability. The stiffness can compete with the contenders when we bracket out the display, keyboard and touchpad (quite pliable in several areas). Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement.

The hinges are - like known from most laptops - not quite ideal. Surface vibrations let the display wobble strongly. Besides that, both hands are needed for opening the GE70. Overall, the chassis reaps in "Satisfactory".

Connectivity

Interfaces

The connectivity has been adopted to 100% from the precursor. MSI acts in accordance with the binding program for multimedia/gaming, and installs two audio jacks, two video outs, and four USB ports (2 are 3.0 standard). There is also an SD card reader, an RJ45 port, and a Kensington lock slot. The user will not find FireWire, eSATA, Thunderbolt ports or an ExpressCard slot. However, the 17-inch Clevo contenders W670SJQ and W370SS do not offer much more either.

We have to note the GE70's interface distribution negatively - at least on the left. Mouse users will have to count with limited elbow room when many cords are connected.

Communication

Unlike the GT70, only some of the communication equipment comes from Qualcomm Atheros. Although the GE70 also sports the Killer e2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller, the Killer Wireless-N 1202 wireless module has now been replaced by Intel's Wireless-AC 3160 card.

The adapter do not differ much in terms of range, and Intel even does a marginally better job. An average of 2 - 4 bars were displayed when the laptop had to transmit through several walls and a distance of 10 - 15 meters. The biggest advantage of Intel's product is the support for the brand new AC standard (2.4 & 5.0 GHz). Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 are also on the feature list.

Left: Kensington lock, AC-in, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 2x audio, card reader
Left: Kensington lock, AC-in, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 2x audio, card reader
Right: USB 2.0, optical drive, USB 2.0, VGA, RJ45 LAN
Right: USB 2.0, optical drive, USB 2.0, VGA, RJ45 LAN

Maintenance

Unfortunately, we could not take a look at the innards because our review sample is a shop device with warranty stickers. The maintenance cover's size and the vents suggest that not only the working memory and hard drive can be accessed, but also the cooling system, processor, and graphics card. In case a CPU and GPU upgrade is being considered: Both chips are mounted directly on the motherboard, which prevents exchanging them.

Software

We have to criticize the software configuration a bit. When a notebook builder opts for a 5400 rpm HDD, the extras should be kept within limits. MSI apparently sees this differently, and stuffs the hard drive full of tools. Consequently, the system responds extremely sluggishly after booting (can be seen well in the task manager that displays a HDD capacity of 100% for several minutes).

The main "culprits" are, among others, the Dragon Gaming Center (system monitor), the SteelSeries Engine (keyboard configuration), the Killer Network Manager, and Norton's Security Suite. Windows first feels fairly swift after a thorough cleaning-up and deleting. The laptop makes a decade old impression in state of delivery. In a nutshell: We would recommend buying the SSD model.

Initial start
Initial start
Dragon Gaming Center
Dragon Gaming Center
Killer Network Manager
Killer Network Manager
System Control Manager
System Control Manager

Accessories

Although there is no recovery DVD, which most manufacturers have rationalized, the accessories are useful. For example, we find a driver DVD, quick start guide, and warranty documents. Praise is due for the fact that there are no stoppers on the battery making it unneeded for stability reasons. The included 120 watt power supply is also quite handy owing to its low height (~2.5 centimeters).

Warranty

MSI includes the traditional 24 month warranty, which is custom in the laptop industry.

Input Devices

Multicolored lighting
Multicolored lighting

Keyboard

The keyboard makes a mixed impression. In particular, the backlight has to be highlighted positively. It is separated in three zones and can be disabled.

The wireless adapter, webcam, sound, and touchpad can also be disabled via an FN key combination. The brightness and volume's control positioning seem especially handy to us. Their implementation on the arrow keys is easy to reach. The dedicated number pad is another plus point.

There is room for improvement in the typing behavior because the keyboard tends to yield. Key strokes make a slightly unclear and spongy impression. Other laptops offer a much "crisper" keyboard. The unusual layout does not make getting used to it easier either. As can be seen on the screenshot below, MSI has relocated several keys, and given the Enter a single-row design.

Touchpad

One of the GE70's major weakness is its touch... sorry, ClickPad. Despite its generous size of 10.5 x 7.0 centimeters, using it is not much fun.

One reason is its moderate accuracy. We had the feeling that the mouse cursor moved quite inaccurately over the desktop during the test. Another problem was the detection of right and left clicks. The corresponding areas only responded sporadically to pressure, which would hardly be the case with dedicated keys. Not for nothing do ClickPad have a bad reputation in the gaming community until now. We had to reproach the reliability in other gaming laptops as well (for comparison, see e.g. Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p).

As expected, the mouse replacement can boast with multi-touch support, which functions quite accurately, and also allows using several gestures (zoom, scroll & rotate). Regardless of that, we would like to see a conventional touchpad with "real" keys in the next generation.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The name Chi Mei N173HGE-L11 will likely sound familiar to some readers. No wonder since this screen is used in a vast amount of 17-inch laptops. Although the illuminaiton of 83% and the finish (coarse texture) are reason for deducting points, the non-glare screen achieves a good grade.

While other screens only manage a brightness of 200 - 300 cd/m², we ascertained excellent 325 cd/m² in our review sample. This is accompanied by a relatively low black level. 0.28 cd/m² are more than decent in a gaming laptop. Both rates add up to a contrast of 1200:1 in the GE70. The Chi Mei N173HGE normally achieves between 800 and 1100:1.

323
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
Distribuzione della luminosità
Chi Mei N173HGE-L11 (CMO1720)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Massima: 354 cd/m² Media: 325 cd/m²
Distribuzione della luminosità: 83 %
Al centro con la batteria: 341 cd/m²
Contrasto: 1218:1 (Nero: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.16 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9
ΔE Greyscale 11.26 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
54% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.47

Nevertheless, the laptop is hardly suitable for professional image and video editing. Besides the second-rate sRGB and AdobeRGB coverage (73/54%), the color management would have to be mentioned here. According to the CalMAN software that we also use to assess the grayscale, RGB balance and degree of saturation (see screenshots), the Chi Mei N173HGE exhibits enormous deficits that can only be lessened to an extent by calibration. The laptop-typical bluish cast will unlikely bother most gamers though. The image makes a vivid and multimedia-suitable impression subjectively.

MSI GE70-2PCi785 vs. sRGB (grid)
MSI GE70-2PCi785 vs. sRGB (grid)
MSI GE70-2PCi785 vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
MSI GE70-2PCi785 vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
CalMan: Grayscale
CalMan: Grayscale
CalMan: Color Management
CalMan: Color Management
CalMan: Saturation Sweeps
CalMan: Saturation Sweeps
CalMan: ColorChecker
CalMan: ColorChecker

The screen's matte surface earns kudos. Screens are considerably less reflective without a glossy finish, and that is especially noticed in outdoor use. Our screenshots taken in lightly overcast conditions confirm the GE70's good legibility. Viewing issues could only evolve on very bright days in in/direct sunlight.

MSI GE70-2PCi785 outdoors
MSI GE70-2PCi785 outdoors
MSI GE70-2PCi785 outdoors

Many TN screens have problems with the viewing angle stability. Deviations are soon noticed particularly on the vertical plane. This is also the case in the GE70. However, the majority of TN contenders do a worse job. Users who put value on the highest possible image stability should take a laptop with an IPS screen (e.g. Schenker M504).

Viewing angles: MSI GE70
Viewing angles: MSI GE70

Performance

Haswell
Haswell

Processor

The review sample sports a quad-core that clocks with 2.4 - 3.4 GHz. Like its Haswell siblings, the Core i7 4700HQ is built in the 22 nm process, which points to good energy efficiency.

The CPU not only has the clock rate, but also the L3 cache in common with the Core i7 4700MQ. 6 MB are twice as much as most dual-cores have. Owing to the Hyper Threading technology, the i7 4700HQ can simultaneously process up to eight threads.

Another feature is the integrated DirectX 11 chip. Intel's HD Graphics 4600 does not calculate exceedingly fast, but it ensures a moderate power consumption in basic applications (office, video, Internet, etc.). Nvidia's Optimus technology creates the foundation for this. It enables the GeForce GPU only in 3D operation (power button lights up in orange).

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ Memory
System info CPUZ SPD
System info GPUZ (HD 4600)
System info GPUZ (GTX 850M)
System info HWiNFO
System info HDTune
System info Latency
System information: MSI GE70-2PCi785

Turbo Boost

There were no irregularities noticed with the automatic CPU overclocking. 2.3 - 3.4 GHz in single-core scenarios, and 3.2 GHz in multi-core scenarios roughly correspond to the limit that Intel specifies. In Temperature we will find out whether Turbo Boost is active under extreme conditions with simultaneous GPU load.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
CPU & GPU load
CPU & GPU load

CPU Performance

Cinebench R15's multi-CPU test proves that four cores can be quite worthwhile. The Core i7 4700HQ rushes past the Core i5 4310M dual-core by almost 100% with 642 points to 325 in Schenker's M504 with a similar clock rate as the Core i5 4200H. Having identical specs, the Core i7 4700MQ supplies an equal performance (643 points @ One K56-4N). There are generally barely any differences among the family members in the single-CPU test where only one core is loaded. All three samples achieve around 130 points here.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (ordina per valore)
Core i7-4700HQ
MSI GE70 Apache
131 Points ∼58%
Core i5-4310M
Schenker M504
128 Points ∼57% -2%
Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-4N
132 Points ∼59% +1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (ordina per valore)
Core i7-4700HQ
MSI GE70 Apache
642 Points ∼15%
Core i5-4310M
Schenker M504
325 Points ∼7% -49%
Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-4N
643 Points ∼15% 0%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (ordina per valore)
Core i7-4700HQ
MSI GE70 Apache
1.5 Points ∼59%
Core i5-4310M
Schenker M504
1.47 Points ∼57% -2%
Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-4N
1.51 Points ∼59% +1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (ordina per valore)
Core i7-4700HQ
MSI GE70 Apache
6.94 Points ∼16%
Core i5-4310M
Schenker M504
3.56 Points ∼8% -49%
Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-4N
6.94 Points ∼16% 0%
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.5 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
56.09 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
131 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
642 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
86.28 fps
Aiuto

Graphics Card

GPU info
GPU info

To retrieve the maximum from the GeForce GTX 850M, MSI does not use a DDR3 but a GDDR5 version instead. Although the first has a higher core rate (maximum of 1084 rather than 954 MHz), the GDDR5 model calculates faster in total because the narrow 128 Bit does not have such a negative effect.

Regarding its 640 Unified Shaders and a 2048 MB memory, the GTX 850M is strongly related to the pricier GTX 860M Maxwell unit that overclocks up to 1097 MHz under load. The GeForce 800 generation is built in the 28 nm process.

MSI does not tinker around with the driver. The ForceWare 332.35 is currently installed in countless Nvidia laptops.

GPU Performance

Quite a bit of progress has been made technically compared with the GeForce 700 generation. The cooling and power consumption as well as the speed benefit from the change from the Kepler to the Maxwell architecture (does not apply to all new GPUs).

The difference to the direct precursor is especially impressive. 3596 points in the Fire Strike test of 3DMark 11 is just over 80% more than the GeForce GT 750M GDDR5 achieved (2015 points @ Dell XPS 15). The DDR3 version of the GTX 850M is also defeated, although the difference is noticeably smaller (3082 points @ Nexoc M731). The performance level is not enough to compete with a GTX 860M. The Maxwell version runs approximately 10% faster due to its higher clock (3947 points @ Nexoc G728II).

The Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark underpins this ranking. With 45.6 fps, the GTX 850M is right in between the GTX 850M DDR3 (41.8 fps) and the GTX 860M (49.5 fps).

Unigine Heaven 3.0 - 1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
45.6 fps ∼15%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
41.8 fps ∼14% -8%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.60)
Nexoc G728II
49.5 fps ∼16% +9%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
3596 Points ∼9%
GeForce GT 750M GDDR5 (326.80)
Dell XPS 15
2015 Points ∼5% -44%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
3082 Points ∼8% -14%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.60)
Nexoc G728II
3947 Points ∼10% +10%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
4476 Points ∼9%
GeForce GT 750M GDDR5 (326.80)
Dell XPS 15
2736 Points ∼5% -39%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
4458 Points ∼9% 0%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.60)
Nexoc G728II
4969 Points ∼10% +11%
3DMark Vantage - 1280x1024 P GPU no PhysX (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
16943 Points ∼19%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
14102 Points ∼15% -17%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.60)
Nexoc G728II
18345 Points ∼20% +8%
3DMark Vantage P Result
17663 punti
3DMark 11 Performance
4716 punti
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
100649 punti
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14681 punti
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3404 punti
Aiuto

Storage Devices

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

A 500 GB HDD with 5400 rpm is no longer state-of-the-art for a gaming laptop - price/performance ratio or not. The operating system responds very sluggishly particularly in multitasking, which is often seen in the boot, load, and installation times. Windows routine would be smoother with a solid state drive, like installed some GE70 models.

MSI installs Western Digital's Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX in the review sample. An average of 80 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark and 75 MB/s in HDTune are everything but awesome. Larger 5400 rpm HDDs, such as the Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (Asus N56JR, Aorus X7, etc.) frequently surpass the 100 MB limit in sequential read and write processes.

In the writer's opinion, MSI should preferably invest the resources in a small SSD rather than in dozens of additional features that are not really essential, and primarily serve marketing (Audio Boost, Cooler Boost, Matrix Display, etc.).

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Valore Minimo di trasferimento: 1.7 MB/s
Valore Massimo di trasferimento: 102.1 MB/s
Valore Medio di trasferimento: 74.5 MB/s
Tempi di accesso: 20.3 ms
Burst Rate: 177.1 MB/s
Utilizzo CPU: 2.2 %

System Performance

The absence of a solid state drive especially takes revenge in system performance. Many premium laptop can only smile wearily about 2995 points in PCMark 7 (e.g. One K73-4N, Schenker XMG P704, Asus G750JZ). The test configuration of the GT60 Dominator that featured a 1000 GB, 7200 rpm HDD achieved as much as 3425 points.

PCMark 7 Score
2995 punti
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3217 punti
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4398 punti
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3882 punti
Aiuto

Gaming Performance

(Ultra) high details are not always playable.
(Ultra) high details are not always playable.

The GDDR5 video memory often decides between "still consumable" and "too jerky" in the native resolution. While only 5 of 17 games ran smoothly in maximum details and enabled anti-aliasing on the Schenker M504 (>30 fps), MSI's laptop at least still decently rendered 8 tracks.

The user will only be forced to reduce the graphic options and lower the anti-aliasing level in extremely computing-intensive cases, such as Crysis 3, Far Cry 3 or Metro: Last Light. High details are no problem with no or 2x AA.

The GTX 850M has a lead of almost 20% over its DDR3 counterpart, and lags 10% behind the GTX 860M when all ultra-benchmarks are summed up (chart below Verdict)

basso medio alto ultra
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 100.6 51.9 26.8 fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 54.5 51.6 45.2 22.8 fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 94.9 83.9 55.9 20.9 fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 112.1 72.2 47.5 17.8 fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 269.2 147.5 90.2 41.3 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 169.1 114.6 102 39.6 fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 76.1 70.4 49.4 25.9 fps
GRID 2 (2013) 112.6 87.3 79.5 42.7 fps
Dota 2 (2013) 112 93.6 72.6 fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 61.7 55.4 47 30.2 fps
F1 2013 (2013) 116 101 93 74 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 108.9 84.2 65.1 26.2 fps
Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013) 78.4 70.6 46.1 28.9 fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 89.4 44.6 25 14.5 fps
Thief (2014) 47.5 42.9 40 22 fps
Titanfall (2014) 60 60 58.8 43.9 fps
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) 70.1 66.7 57 38.6 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The user should not have too high expectations on noise development. MSI's new product line attracts attention already in idle mode. It does not matter much whether it is 34 - 35 dB(A) from the GT60 and GT70, or 34 - 36 dB(A) from the GE70. The just as swift Clevo W670SJQ (30 - 33 dB) and W370SS (29 - 32 dB) barebones are not as loud here.

The opposite situation can be observed during load. The MSI produces a lower noise than the named 17-inch laptops (average: 47 dB) with a 3DMark 06 rate of 45.8 dB(A). We could tickle out up to 48 dB(A) from the GE70 in the stress test. Although that is loud, it is still tolerable when using a headset.

All in all, we found the fan characteristic of the GT line more pleasant. Since the cooling is quite dynamic, the speed changes are not as present as in the Clevo contenders. On the other hand, MSI should optimize the idle level. A few extra degrees will unlikely harm the components.

Rumorosità

Idle
34.4 / 34.8 / 36.4 dB(A)
DVD
39 / dB(A)
Sotto carico
45.8 / 48.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silenzioso
40 dB(A)
udibile
50 dB(A)
rumoroso
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm di distanza)

Temperature

Furmark + Prime
Furmark + Prime
Crysis 3
Crysis 3

The cooling comes close to its limits in 3D operation. Both the GeForce GTX 850M and the Core i7 47HQ heat up to over 90°C after 60 minutes of stress testing using the tools Furmark and Prime95 - and that although the GPU strongly throttles to ~600 MHz, and the CPU moderately throttles to ~2.0 GHz. However, throttling only occurred in unrealistic scenarios. The clock rates were normal even after 30 minutes in Crysis 3 (right screenshot).

Now we look at the chassis that also gets quite hot during load. Up to 48°C in the WASD zone, and 44°C in the wrist rest area are not reached by the 17-inch brother. Sensitive gamers should preferably look for an alternative. The upper side of Nexoc's G728II was almost 10°C cooler in the stress test.

The laptop will unlikely provide much reason for complaint in undemanding tasks. The GE70 performed our idle assessments with an average of 28°C.

Carico massimo
 47.3 °C47 °C33.2 °C 
 47.6 °C46.8 °C34.3 °C 
 44.1 °C44.4 °C33.1 °C 
Massima: 47.6 °C
Media: 42 °C
27.8 °C38.1 °C57.7 °C
29 °C38.3 °C54.2 °C
29.2 °C37.4 °C32.5 °C
Massima: 57.7 °C
Media: 38.2 °C
Alimentazione (max)  53.8 °C | Temperatura della stanza 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-550
(-) La temperatura media del lato superiore sotto carico massimo e' di 42 °C / 108 F, rispetto alla media di 33.2 °C / 92 F per i dispositivi di questa classe Gaming.
(-) La temperatura massima sul lato superiore è di 47.6 °C / 118 F, rispetto alla media di 39.7 °C / 103 F, che varia da 21.6 a 68.8 °C per questa classe Gaming.
(-) Il lato inferiore si riscalda fino ad un massimo di 57.7 °C / 136 F, rispetto alla media di 42.5 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle, la temperatura media del lato superiore è di 28.3 °C / 83 F, rispetto alla media deld ispositivo di 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(-) I poggiapolsi e il touchpad possono diventare molto caldi al tatto con un massimo di 44.4 °C / 111.9 F.
(-) La temperatura media della zona del palmo della mano di dispositivi simili e'stata di 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-15.6 °C / -28.1 F).

Speakers

Sound Blaster Cinema
Sound Blaster Cinema

No one will really be surprised that the sound does not quite connect to the quality of the GT line. Nevertheless, it is impressive what MSI manages to tickle out of the limited space.

Despite the lack of a subwoofer, and the small speakers (two speakers above the keyboard, two speakers in the front area), audio files are rendered decently though not top notch. Generally, the buyer should not overdo it with the level because the sound gets tinny and distorts.

The feasible overall performance is not only due to the cooperation with Dynaudio, but also the Sound Blaster Cinema technology from Creative. The enhancements can be adapted quickly to the current scenario via the software (music, videos, games). The laptop can even adequately fill larger rooms with sound owing to the good maximum volume.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

As mentioned, the graphics switching ensures an acceptable power consumption. 11 - 28 watts in idle mode could also be from the precursor that we tested with a Core i7 4700MQ and a GeForce GTX 765M.

The results of 3DMark 06 proves that Maxwell is more energy efficient than Kepler. Although the GeForce GTX 850M clearly has a higher performance, the new GE70 consumes less power (90 vs. 97 watts). In return, the maximum consumption of approximately 120 watts is very similar.

Consumo di corrente
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 10.6 / 17.5 / 28.3 Watt
Sotto carico midlight 90 / 121.6 Watt
 color bar
Leggenda: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Maximum battery runtime (Reader's Test)
Reader's Test
Minimum battery runtime (Classic Test)
Classic Test

Every manufacturer tries to cut costs somewhere. MSI opted for the battery that is relatively weak with 49 Wh (4400mAh). The battery runtimes are thus no revelation like the comparison of contending devices confirms.

Nexoc's M731 (62 Wh) and Nexoc's G728II (77 Wh) both surpass two hours of DVD playback using maximum brightness, and almost 2.5 hours of Internet browsing in medium brightness by at least half an hour. 4.5 hours of idling and one hour of gaming (~50% performance loss) are not exciting either. In other words: The next generation should feature a stronger battery.

Autonomia della batteria
Idle (senza WLAN, min luminosità)
4ore 31minuti
Navigazione WiFi
2ore 40minuti
DVD
2ore 02minuti
Sotto carico (max luminosità)
1ore 02minuti

Verdict

By the power of GDDR5
By the power of GDDR5

Gli aspetti positivi e quelli negativi si bilanciano nel GE70-2PCi785. Oltre ad aspetti fastidiosi come la batteria limitata e l'hard drive lento, il ClickPad è al primo posto tra gli aspetti negativi. MSI avrebbe dovuto accorgersi durante lo sviluppo che non funziona in modo soddisfacente. Il produttore Taiwanese tuttavia non è l'unico ad avere questo problema: è il destino di molti altri ClickPads.

Oltre questo, gli utenti si ritroveranno con temperature e rumorsità elevati, ma difficilmente i portatili gaming sono silenziosi. La distribuzione delle interfacce dovrebbe essere migliorata.

Tuttavia, profondi miglioramenti si notano nel case. MSI ha apparentemente ascoltato i feedback, ed ha usato per il GE70 una cover in alluminio nettamente superiore alla vecchia plastica lucida. hat is very superior to the old, glossy plastic. L'aspetto è molto stiloso adesso, ed arriva quali al livello di design del GS70.

Altri assets sono le dimensioni moderate ed il peso non eccessivo. Difficilmente un altro portatile da 17-pollici può essere portato in giro comodamente (ed anche l'alimentatore è sottile). La qualità di immagine e suono giustificano il prezzo. Lo schermo con contrasto elevato, non-glare soddisfa quanto le casse combo della Dynaudio.

MSI non scende a compromessi per le opzioni di manutenzione e scheda grafica. Stando ai nostri benchmarks, la GTX 850M beneficia in modo decisivo della VRAM GDDR5. Il pacchetto è completato dalla tastiera retroilluminata.

Nota: si tratta di una recensione breve, con alcune sezioni non tradotte, per la versione integrale in inglese guardate qui.

MSI GE70 now available for $1269

For Comparison

The Elder Scrolls Online - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:On (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
38.6 fps ∼54%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
33.7 fps ∼47% -13%
Titanfall - 1920x1080 (Very) High AA:4xMS AF:16x (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
43.9 fps ∼73%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
32.9 fps ∼55% -25%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
42.4 fps ∼71% -3%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
22 fps ∼16%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
18.1 fps ∼13% -18%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
24.9 fps ∼18% +13%
X-Plane 10.25 - 1920x1080 ultra (fps_test=4) test_flight_c4 (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
14.5 fps ∼53%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
17 fps ∼62% +17%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
17.2 fps ∼63% +19%
Call of Duty: Ghosts - 1920x1080 Extra / High / HBAO+ / No dynamic fur AA:4x MS (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
28.9 fps ∼32%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
21 fps ∼23% -27%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
31.1 fps ∼34% +8%
Battlefield 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
26.2 fps ∼13%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
20.7 fps ∼10% -21%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
28.9 fps ∼14% +10%
F1 2013 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
74 fps ∼65%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
69 fps ∼61% -7%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
84 fps ∼74% +14%
Saints Row IV - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:8x MS AF:16x (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
30.2 fps ∼32%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
23.1 fps ∼25% -24%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
34.6 fps ∼37% +15%
Dota 2 - 1920x1080 High / On, Render Quality: 100 % (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
72.6 fps ∼61%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
68.4 fps ∼57% -6%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
83.1 fps ∼69% +14%
GRID 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
42.7 fps ∼33%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
36.8 fps ∼28% -14%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
46.2 fps ∼36% +8%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
25.9 fps ∼15%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
21.7 fps ∼13% -16%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
28.6 fps ∼17% +10%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
39.6 fps ∼15%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
28.4 fps ∼11% -28%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
42.7 fps ∼16% +8%
Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
41.3 fps ∼13%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
31.6 fps ∼10% -23%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
44.8 fps ∼14% +8%
Crysis 3 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:2xSM AF:16x (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
17.8 fps ∼15%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
13 fps ∼11% -27%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
19 fps ∼16% +7%
Far Cry 3 - 1920x1080 DX11 Ultra Preset (HDAO, Enhanced Alpha To Coverage) AA:4x MS (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
20.9 fps ∼28%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
16.1 fps ∼22% -23%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
23 fps ∼31% +10%
Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
22.8 fps ∼24%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
14.3 fps ∼15% -37%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
24 fps ∼25% +5%
Guild Wars 2 - 1920x1080 All Maximum / On AA:FX (ordina per valore)
GeForce GTX 850M GDDR5 (332.35)
MSI GE70 Apache
26.8 fps ∼29%
GeForce GTX 850M DDR3 (332.35)
Nexoc M731
23.8 fps ∼26% -11%
GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell (332.35)
Schenker XMG P304
29.7 fps ∼32% +11%
In Review: MSI GE70 Apache. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
In Review: MSI GE70 Apache. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
MSI GE70 now available for $1269

Specifiche tecniche

MSI GE70-2PCi785 (GE70 Serie)
Processore
Intel Core i7-4700HQ 4 x 2.4 - 3.4 GHz, Haswell
Scheda grafica
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M - 2048 MB, Core: 876-954 MHz, Memoria: 2500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 332.35, Optimus
Memoria
8192 MB 
, SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 1 slot 2 occupato, max. 16 GB
Schermo
17.3 pollici 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, Chi Mei N173HGE-L11 (CMO1720), TN LED, Full HD, lucido: no
Scheda madre
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Harddisk
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 2.5"
Scheda audio
Realtek ALC892 @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Porte di connessione
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Connessioni Audio: cuffie e microfono, Lettore schede: SD,SDHC,SDXC
Rete
Qualcomm Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Drive ottico
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GTA0N
Dimensioni
altezza x larghezza x profondità (in mm): 39 x 418 x 269
Batteria
49 Wh ioni di litio, 4400 mAh, 11.1V, BTY-S14, 6 celle, 294 grammi
Sistema Operativo
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (30 fps @ 720p)
Altre caratteristiche
Casse: 4.0 (Dynaudio, Sound Blaster Cinema), Tastiera: chiclet by SteelSeries, Illuminazione Tastiera: si, alimentatore: 120 watts, garanzia, guida recovery, guida rapida, fogli informativi, driver DVD, CyberLink PowerDVD 10. Magix MX Suite, Microsoft Office 365 Trial, Norton Security Paket, Windows Essentials 2012, altri tools , 24 Mesi Garanzia
Peso
2.976 kg, Alimentazione: 462 gr
Prezzo
1100 Euro

 

Il GE70 è molto più sottile del GT70.
Il GE70 è molto più sottile del GT70.
Ci sono migliorie nel design.
Ci sono migliorie nel design.
Le opzioni di manutenzione sono buone.
Le opzioni di manutenzione sono buone.
Lo chassis è alto quattro centimetri.
Lo chassis è alto quattro centimetri.
Angolo di apertura di 135°.
Angolo di apertura di 135°.
Superfici in metallo eleganti.
Superfici in metallo eleganti.
Il GE70 non rinuncia completamente alla plastica.
Il GE70 non rinuncia completamente alla plastica.
Diversamente dal precursore, la cover è matta.
Diversamente dal precursore, la cover è matta.
La tastiera attrae la polvere.
La tastiera attrae la polvere.
Il laptop è anche sensibile alle ditate.
Il laptop è anche sensibile alle ditate.
Il lato inferiore resite invece resiste allo sporco.
Il lato inferiore resite invece resiste allo sporco.
Il dragone sulla cover suggerisce componenti interni potenti.
Il dragone sulla cover suggerisce componenti interni potenti.
Il nome sul case MS-1759.
Il nome sul case MS-1759.
Adesivo garanzia che copre una vite.
Adesivo garanzia che copre una vite.
Due delle quattro casse sul lato frontale.
Due delle quattro casse sul lato frontale.
Eccellente: la batteria non ha blocchi.
Eccellente: la batteria non ha blocchi.
49 Wh non bastano per un livello premium.
49 Wh non bastano per un livello premium.
Stando al produttore, la the webcam registra a 30 fps.
Stando al produttore, la the webcam registra a 30 fps.
La scheda grafica ha una memoria video GDDR5.
La scheda grafica ha una memoria video GDDR5.
Il sound system è della Dynaudio.
Il sound system è della Dynaudio.
La tastiera è stata sviluppata con SteelSeries.
La tastiera è stata sviluppata con SteelSeries.
Il Sound Blaster Cinema migliora la qualienhances the sound quality.
Il Sound Blaster Cinema migliora la qualienhances the sound quality.
MSI predilige i colori scuri.
MSI predilige i colori scuri.
La tastiera può essere illuminata in tre zone.
La tastiera può essere illuminata in tre zone.
Buona idea: controllo del volume e luminosità sui tasti direzionali.
Buona idea: controllo del volume e luminosità sui tasti direzionali.
Il ClickPad è disabilitato quando si collega un mouse esterno.
Il ClickPad è disabilitato quando si collega un mouse esterno.
Come drive ottico c'è un masterizzatore DVD.
Come drive ottico c'è un masterizzatore DVD.
E' presente la VGA per i monitors più vecchi.
E' presente la VGA per i monitors più vecchi.
La ventola si trova al centro del lato sinistro.
La ventola si trova al centro del lato sinistro.
Ci saranno vari pareri sulla distribuzione delle interfacce.
Ci saranno vari pareri sulla distribuzione delle interfacce.
Il GE70 pesa circa 2.7 kg senza la batteria.
Il GE70 pesa circa 2.7 kg senza la batteria.
L'alimentatore si può portare tranquillamente in giro.
L'alimentatore si può portare tranquillamente in giro.

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Pro

+Schermo Full HD matto e con contrasto elevato
+Chassis non eccessivamente pesante o ingombrante
+Buone opzioni per la manutenzione
+GTX 850 con VRAM GDDR5
+Alluminio spazzolato
+Tastiera retroilluminata
+Suono decente
+Alimentatore sottile
+Aspetto stiloso
 

Contro

-Precisione del ClickPad inaffidabile
-Temperature per operazioni 3D
-Distribuzione delle interfacce
-Throttling sotto carico massimo full load
-Rumorosità elevata
-Autonomia limitata
-HDD lento
-Bloatware

Sintesi

Cosa abbiamo apprezzato

Il GTX 850M con VRAM GDDR5 resta appena dietro alla GTX 860M.

Cosa avremmo voluto vedere

Il portatile è rallentato dall'assenza di un SSD. Una batteria più potente sarebbe stata ideale.

Cosa ci ha sorpreso

MSI finalmente rinnovato la cover. Addio plastica!

La concorrenza

Portatili premium da 17-pollici Asus G750, Alienware 17, Nexoc G728II, MSI GT70One K73-4N o Schenker XMG P704.

Punteggio

MSI GE70-2PCi785 - 05/14/2014 v4(old)
Florian Glaser

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Tastiera
73%
Dispositivo di puntamento
56%
Connettività
67 / 81 → 83%
Peso
57 / 10-66 → 84%
Batteria
72%
Display
82%
Prestazioni di gioco
92%
Prestazioni Applicazioni
80%
Temperatura
72 / 95 → 76%
Rumorosità
60 / 90 → 67%
Audio
70%
Media
71%
78%
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