A good old-fashioned laptop, that's what the MSI GT70 feels and looks like. This is a massive 17.3-inch gaming machine, weighing in at 3.85 kg it's basically as heavy as a stack of Ultrabooks or high-end tablets. On the other hand, a stack of those doesn't get close to the impressive specifications of this MSI notebook.
The sample we tested is called the MSI GT70 0NE-245NL, which has been replaced by the MSI GT70 0NE-640NL. The only difference between the two versions is that the Intel Core i7-3610QM was replaced by a slightly more powerful Intel Core i7-3630QM. They're both quad-core processors, with 6 MB of memory and HyperThreading. The 3610QM runs at 2.3 GHz with a turbo of 3.3 GHz, while the Intel Core i7-3630QM is 100 MHz faster. The newer version also comes with Windows 8 instead of Windows 7 Home Premium.
The two models have enough in common to make it worth testing the version that's no longer available. You can see that this is a true gaming laptop, and designed to fit a large fan and powerful graphics card. In addition to the powerful processor, there's an impressive graphics card on the MXM module. It's an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M, one of the high-end mobile cards, equipped with 1344 CUDA cores, running at 771 MHz and featuring 4 GB of 1.8 GHz GDDR5 video memory. It's a graphics card that will run most demanding games without having to tinker with the settings too much. The display is a Full HD TN display. IPS would have looked better, but TN has much better response times.