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Originally Posted by bawjawsWhat's the point of paying through the nose for a 3K screen on a gaming laptop if it doesn't have enough grunt to provide playable framerates at native resolution?
Originally Posted by xaser04The gaming performance here is interesting. Based on the 880M specs and the rated clock speed it should perform better than what is being shown here. Heck a ~950Mhz 1536SP Kepler GPU coupled with a fast (enough) CPU should perform closer to the GTX670 rather than the much slower 660...
The CPU will be a slight bottleneck, but in something like Crysis 3 the 8 threads at 3.2Ghz should be more than enough for the single GPU.
Did you notice the 880M throttling at any point? Anandtech had issues with a 780M throttling in the GT70 chassis thanks to the single fan cooling setup them employ.
I am tempted to run the Crysis 3 benchmark on my 780M equipped laptop tonight to get a comparison (well as close as possible). From what I remember when completing it I was hitting a rock solid 60FPS at "high" settings with textures set to "Very high". Very high is obviously more demanding but to basically halve the framerate?!
Out of interest what 3DMark11 score does it achieve?
Originally Posted by MeanmotionIt's an 870M, not an 880M. Will get back to you on 3DMark11.
Originally Posted by GuinevereHow does this laptop get 81%?
It's huge, ugly and expensive.
It's poorly specced (No top spec WiFi, 3 drive Raid 0 thus reducing MTBF. Rubbish trackpad - which is typical for non Apple really.)
It's not an absolute beast when it comes to performance and the battery life is awful.
It's such a poorly thought out configuration. No twitch gamer needs a retina grade screen, but the design and steelseries bling makes it appear that's what it's being aimed at. Anyone after a mobile workstation isn't going to want to risk their life to a three drive raid0, or want all the I'M A GAMER bling.
So who is it really at? Why would ANYONE consider buying this compared to either a Razer Blade (Pro) or a Retina Macbook Pro?
But... it's is MSI so what did I expect. Razer are the hip new movers and shakers when it comes to gaming laptops and Apple have been raising the bar when it comes to design, battery life and screen quality.
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