MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K General Performance

Where the GE60 was lacking in general performance (thanks to the lack of any SSD storage on the unit we reviewed), the GS60 has no such problems. Below you can see our results for PCMark 7 and 8, with CPU performance and WiFi results as well.

PCMark 8 - Home

PCMark 8 - Creative

PCMark 8 - Work

PCMark 8 - Storage

PCMark 7 (2013)

Cinebench R11.5 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R11.5 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

x264 HD 5.x

x264 HD 5.x

WiFi Performance - UDP

There's nothing shocking here: i7-4710HQ is a fast chip, and all the other components are up to par as well. For general use, the GS70 can handle pretty much anything you might want to throw at it. Including dual-band 802.11ac WiFi is also a plus, with transfer rates topping 380 Mbps on 5GHz connections thanks to the 2x2:2 antenna configuration. As for 3DMark, I include these charts mostly as a point of reference; it's far more useful to look at the performance of games you actually care about, but the results from 3DMark are more or less in agreement with our gaming scores.

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark 11

MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Gaming Performance MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Stress Testing and Temperatures
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  • JarredWalton - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - link

    Sorry -- I reuse the HTML table from article to article, and I apparently missed updating the "matte" label. It's glossy.
  • larspehrsson - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - link

    What a shame. I was really hoping that it was matte. Why would anyone want a glossy screen? Sure its colors are more "vibrant" but you can't see them anyway if the room is a little bright.
  • larspehrsson - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - link

    PC Pro did a survey in 2011 where they asked if their users wanted matte or glossy screens. Unfortunately the did not write how many that did respond, but a majority wanted matte screens. At the same time, none of the ultra-value laptops came with matte screens.
    There are HD matte screens available, but all UHD/QHD+ I could find are with glossy screens.
  • Morawka - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - link

    all apple's Entire product line is glossy LCD. It can be done, you just have to use anti reflective coatings.
  • Solandri - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - link

    I had the 1080p version of this laptop for a week (returned it because moving the Windows key meant I kept hitting space instead of alt when I tried to use alt-key combos).

    - Are you sure it's 2x mSATA SSDs? The disassembly videos I've seen of the 1080p version of this laptop shows two M.2 ports. Unfortunately they are the SATA type M.2, not the PCIe type, so no speed advantage.

    - You didn't comment on the size. While it's thin, its length and width are almost as big as a 17" notebook. This was my secondary reason for returning it - it didn't fit in my bag designed for 15.6" notebooks. For such a large case, you'd think they could've squeezed in a bigger battery, which makes the poor battery life all the more painful.

    Right now, I am waiting to see how the Asus GX500 does in the reviews. It's expected out in late September, 4k display, 100% NTSC color space, Maxwell 860M GPU, and 96 Wh battery.
  • JarredWalton - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    You're right -- SATA-based M.2. That's my main gripe: PCIe-based M.2 offers substantially more throughput potential. I've updated the text to clarify this.
  • Death666Angel - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    The first picture made me go "dat bezel".... it seems huge!

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