MSI is just about the first laptop manufacturer to show a method run by AMD’s yet-to-launch Richland APUs, together with the recently-introduced Radeon HD 8970m devoted graphics card. Because the bigger brother towards the GX60 we examined earlier around, the GX70 will quickly become MSI’s most effective AMD-powered laptop. We’ve got an earlier consider the system earlier this year, and may now provide you with our hands-on impressions.
With similar hulking black chassis and keyboard developed together with Steelseries, the GX70 looks virtually just like the GX60, although having a bigger 17.3in Full HD display as opposed to a 15in model. With your large dimensions (428x288x55mm) it shojuld not be a surprise that there are lots of ports and connections – three USB3 ports, two USB2s, High-definition multimedia interface, VGA and small DisplayPort video results, three 3.5mm audio jacks, Gigabit Ethernet run by a gaming-optimized KillerNIC network card along with a Blu-ray optical drive.
Inside, you will find as much as 1TB of mechanical storage, together with the potential of fitting another hard disk drive or SSD, as much as 32GB of DDR3 memory split between two DIMM slots, the 8970M GPU as well as an as-yet un named Richland APU. Regrettably, once we were proven the machine in an AMD event, we can not get into further particulars about Richland – you will need to check in June once the embargo lifts – however the GPU is impressive on its lonesome.
We could play Crysis 3 running at its maximum configurations with an exterior monitor at 1080p, with two other 1080p shows connected within an EyeFinity setup simultaneously. Obtaining the experience in a combat-heavy part of the overall game, the frame rate was mostly smooth, with simply a couple of minor installments of downturn – certainly impressive for this type of graphically-intensive game.
Although we were not proven them for action, AMD created a graph recommending the GX70 may have little difficulty playing the kind of Skyrim, Deus Ex and Tomb Raider easily (30fps or greater) at 1080p resolutions.
The very best news will certainly be cost – although MSI has yet to verify just how much the GX70 will definitely cost within the United kingdom, it will likely be available in america for $1,000 – roughly £650 before florida sales tax and VAT are taken into consideration. That helps it to be considerably less costly compared to Apple/Nvidia alternative if this launches later around.