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Thoughts on MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Gaming Notebook

MSI is a leading manufacturer of high-end computer hardware with military grade components and latest technology. The company has its fair share in the laptop industry as well which is largely dominated by Dell, HP, Alienware, Razer, Eurocom and many other manufacturers. MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 is an ultimate gaming notebook designed to take on the meanest gaming machines in the world. It comes with top of the line hardware packaged in sleek design.

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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Specifications

CPU 4th Generation Intel Core i7
OS Windows 8.1
Chipset Intel HM87
Memory DDR3L up to 1600 MHz, 4 Slots, Max 32 GB
LCD Size 17.3″Inch Full HD (1920 x 1080), Anti-glare
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
Graphics VRAM GDDR5 4 GB
Hard Drive (GB) Upto 384 GB Super RAID 2 + 750 GB HDD 7200 RPM
Optical Drive BD Writer/BD Combo/DVD Super Multi
Audio Audio Boost, 2 x 2W Speakers, 1 subwoofer
Webcam HD Type (30 FPS @ 720p)
Card Reader SD (XC/HC)
LAN Killer Doubleshot
Wireless LAN Killer Doubleshot
Bluetooth 4.0
Display Outputs VGA, HDMI 1.4, mini-DisplayPort
USB Ports 3 x USB 3.0 + 2 x USB 2.0
Mic-in/Headphone-out 1/1
AC Adapter 180W
Battery 9 Cell
Dimensions 428 x 288 x 55 mm
Weight (kg) 3.9
Price Starting $1999

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Overview

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 comes with mouth watering specifications enough to take on any game or application in this era. Apart from the beastly hardware, it comes equipped with several MSI exclusive technologies. One of the most interesting one is the Super RAID 2 capability of the notebook, up to 3 128 GB SSDs configured in RAID give over 1500 MB/s storage speed which is three times more than any SATA III SSD. Next up is the MSI exclusive NOS feature which makes use of a Hybrid Power Design combing Intel’s CPU Boost, NVIDIA’s GPU Boost and MSI’s Cooler Boost 2. This feature will increase the performance of the 4th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 780M by more than 10% . It works the same way as new Boost technologies from Intel, NVIDIA and AMD do. When the notebook is under full -load, NOS will atomatically supply more power to the GPU and the CPU for increased performance while on the other hand when the battery power is less than 30% then NOS will be turned off.

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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 (DE2) needs superior cooling to keep all the hardware well under comfortable temperature. MSI has covered that part quiet efficiently as well with the new Cooler Boost 2 design. Cooler Boost 2 uses a thermal bridge to connect the CPU and the GPU together. When one of the components gets hotter compared to the other then the bridge transfers the heat to other side faster increasing the cooling performance. Cooler Boost 2 is 15% more efficient and generates 25% lower noise compared to other cooling solutions.

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The GT70 DE2 supports up to 3 external displays. The trend of surround screen setup is growing everyday and now with GT70 Dragon Edition 2 users can make use of NVIDIA Surround without the need of a high-end desktop PC. The laptop comes with VGA, HDMI 1.4 and mini-DisplayPort 1.2 ports which are capable of delivering Full HD resolutions to external displays. A total of 4 screen setup is possible including the notebook’s 17.3″ Full HD LCD.

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Other exclusive features include Killer Doubleshot WiFi and Ethernet adapter built for superior linking speed and low pings during multiplayer gaming. The speakers are designed by Dynaudio in Denmark coupled with Creative Sound Blaster audio chipset delivering crystal clear and crisp stereo sound quality better than any other notebook available in the market right now. Last but not the least, MSI took the help of the pioneer in gaming peripherals, SteelSeries, to develop the keyboard for MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 notebook. The keyboard is designed to fulfil the need of every gamer with an ergonomic design and intelligent placement of keys. The windows key has been shifted to the other side of the keyboard for hassle free gaming and lastly the keyboard comes with LED backlight which can be managed through the bundled software.

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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Performance

MSI obviously developed all the above mentioned technologies to maximize the performance of the Gt70 Dragon Edition 2. It is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M featuring 1536 CUDA Cores, GPU Boost 2.0 and higher clock speeds compared to the GTX 680M. It performs 50% faster than its predecessor and 10-15% faster than its competition. The Intel Core i7 Haswell processor is the latest CPU in the mobile industry with approximately 15% performance improvement over 3rd generation Ivy Bridge. The storage performance is already accelerated by a huge margin along with superior cooling. MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 will be a delight for any gamer out there.

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Pricing and Availability

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 notebook is available worldwide in different configurations. You can choose the configuration that fits your needs but if someone wants the top of the line configuration then it will set you back around $2300. It is also available in Pakistan through partnered resellers, Shophive, for Rs.266,999.

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For more information, please visit the product page and for any queries head over to MSI Pakistan’s Facebook page.

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