Performance Benchmarking (3DMark 2013, 3DMark 11, Far Cry 2, Crysis 2)
Since 3DMark 11’s Extreme Preset runs in full-HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, we hooked the MSI GE40 up to an external display to ensure it was tested fairly. It managed 3563 and 1112 on the Performance and Extreme presets respectively, which is about on a par with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 when it is in dual-GPU mode and also the Dell Alienware M17X R4. The MSI GT70 0NE, thanks to its powerful GeForce GTX 680M GPU, was the top performer. Still, the GE40's brand new GeForce GTX 760M is plenty powerful that it can match the SLI configuration on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 machine.
3DMark 2013 is the latest graphics benchmarking utility from FutureMark and we will be gauging the systems’ performance using the Cloud Gate benchmark, which was designed to measure the performance of integrated and entry-level GPUs, as well as mobile GPUs. Since the MSI GE40 has been positioned as a gaming notebook, we are also including results from the more intensive Fire Strike benchmark.
Unfortunately since 3DMark 2013 is a new benchmark, we have not had the chance to test it on the older gaming notebooks. However, we have included selected results from our AMD Kabini preview article to demonstrate the difference between integrated graphics and discrete graphics on a notebook platform.
Unsurprisingly, the MSI GE40 easily trumped the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500, thanks to its superior discrete graphics chip. Note that results of IdeaPad Y500 in SLI mode was low because of some incompatibility with the benchmark. Finally, we can also see the gulf in performance between discrete graphics such as the MSI GE40’s GeForce GTX 760M and integrated graphics such as those found on our AMD Kabini reference notebook and the ASUS Vivobook.
Far Cry 2
Moving on to real-world gaming benchmarks, the MSI GE40 did reasonably well as it saw off the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 and Razer Blade (2012). However, it was no match for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 when in SLI mode and also the Dell Alienware M17X R4 and MSI GT70 0NE.
Additionally, we can see that while using the MSI GE40’s native resolution of 1600 x 900 as opposed to 1920 x 1080, we can expect to get about 15% bump in frame rates.
The MSI GE40 ran Crysis 2 comfortably even in full HD and stuttered only when we upped the settings to "Ultra". Although its performance was about on a par with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 in SLI mode, we found that it recorded lower frame rates than both the Dell Alienware M17X R4 and MSI GT70 0NE.
To add, running Crysis 2 on the MSI GE40’s own display and at its native resolution of 1600 x 900 would net us about a 30% increase in frame rates.