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The MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro has such a high-end configuration, that there is not much to tell about its performance. The Core i7-4810HQ has four physical cores, and thanks to the Hyper-Threading technology, it is detected as an eight-core CPU by the operating system. The default clock rate is 2.8 GHz (3.8 GHz in Turbo Boost mode).

As a gamer laptop, the video card is also one of the highlights of the GT70 Dominator pro. The GeForce GTX 880M with 8 GiB of GDDR5 memory is one of the most powerful mobile GPUs available, and it should run any recent game in high quality settings. Just for you to have an idea and compare with your own machine, in 3DMark it scored 5,578 in the Fire Strike benchmark and 20,031 in the Cloud Gate benchmark.

Thanks to the configuration with not “only” two, but three SSDs in RAID 0, it is very fast in any disk-intensive tasks. We tested the boot drive with DiskSpeed32, and it measured an average read speed of 1,525 MiB/s, which is impressive. In real life, this means faster loading times for programs and games, not to mention the time it takes to load the operating system.

The Blu-Ray burner is what we expected in such a high-end laptop.

The audio system is excellent, with Dynaudio speakers and Creative Sound Blaster Cinema software.

The Full HD (1080p, i.e. 1920 x 1080) resolution screen is excellent for both work and gaming.

The only issue about the GT70 is regarding mobility: it is big and heavy, but it is expected for this kind of laptop, which is focused on performance and not on mobility.

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.