Features & Test Setup
Apart from its slim and lightweight design, the other key features of MSI's GE40 lie in its specifications. We have already talked about its new fourth generation Intel Core processor, but apart from that, it has NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 760M GPU and a blazing fast storage configuration: dual 64GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0.
The GeForce GTX 760M was only recent launched and it uses NVIDIA’s new Kepler architecture - not a rebadged Fermi GPU. The new GeForce 760M fills the gap between the old GeForce GTX 660M and 670MX and it packs 768 CUDA cores, which makes it one of NVIDIA’s more powerful mobile GPUs. Additionally, it also has NVIDIA’s new GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically raises the GPU’s clock speeds based on its power draw and thermal conditions to ensure maximum gaming performance.
That aside, users would be most excited about its storage configuration. As if having an SSD alone is not enough, MSI has gone out and given the MSI GE40 two mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. Although 128GB is not a lot, it should be sufficient for most users to install their OS and performance-sensitive applications. On top of that, the MSI GE40 also packs an additional 750GB HDD for storing other content such as music, videos and photos. This combo should be more than sufficient for most users.
Despite the slim form factor, the MSI GE40 2OC Dragon Eyes has a healthy selection of output connectivity in the form of two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 ports, the aforementioned HDMI and VGA outputs, an Ethernet jack, audio jacks and a memory card reader. Thanks to its Matrix Display technology, the notebook is able to output via its HDMI and VGA ports simultaneously, which means users can run a total of three displays (including its own) all at once.
Audio-wise, the MSI GE40 features MSI’s own Audio Boost technology which claims to enhance sound detail and sound stage. Additionally, the notebook also comes with Sound Blaster Cinema technology and gold-plated headphones jack. The notebook speakers sound decent enough, but suffer from the same problems that plague most other notebook speakers, namely lack of bass and crackling at high volumes.
To test the MSI GE40, we will be putting it through our usual benchmarks. You will find the full list below. As for comparison, the MSI GE40 will be pitted against the gaming notebooks that we have tested recently, namely the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500, Razer Blade, Alienware M17X R4 and MSI GT70 0NE.
This is the full list of benchmarks used:
- SYSmark 2012
- PCMark 7
- PCMark 8
- 3DMark 11
- 3DMark 2013
- Far Cry 2
- Crysis 2