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MSI GE40 2OC Dragon Eyes review

MSI GE40 2OC Dragon Eyes - Affordable, Svelte & Powerful

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
7.5
Features:
8.5
Performance:
8.5
Value:
9
Mobility:
8.5
THE GOOD
Good performance
Awesome battery life
Relatively compact and lightweight
THE BAD
Build quality not fantastic
No Full HD IPS display


Performance Benchmarking (SYSmark 2012, PCMark 7, PCMark 8)

SYSmark 2012

Last year, BAPco recently released SYSMark 2012, the latest edition of their popular benchmarking software. SYSMark 2012 puts the system through a rigorous series of various workloads ranging from office productivity, data analysis, media creation and 3D modeling.

Since SYSmark 2012 is still a relatively new benchmark, we haven’t had the opportunity to recall the other gaming notebooks for a re-evaluation, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 also could not complete the benchmark, hence we will be comparing the MSI GE40 against some of the AIOs that we have tested recently. The MSI GE40 did well scoring an overall score of 178, which puts it just about on a par with the Apple iMac, which was a speedy machine. However, the ASUS ET2300INTI was the top performer here thanks to its beefy Core i7-3770 processor, which has the highest clock speeds and largest L3 cache.


 


PCMark 7

On PCMark 7, the MSI GE40 managed an overall score of 5048, which is the highest score among the notebooks we've put together for comparison. Looking at the score breakdown, we can see that it did exceptionally well on the Creativity and Computation workloads, and this can be attributed to its powerful new GeForce GTX 760M GPU.

 

PCMark 8

PCMark 8 is the latest benchmarking utility from Futuremark and was designed to measure the performance of Windows 8 systems. We will be testing the system using four different scenarios, Home, Creative, Work and Storage, which simulates different workloads that a user might subject the system to.

Since PCMark 8 is still new and we could not recall the rest of the notebooks for re-evaluation, we will only be looking at the results of both the MSI GE40 and Lenovo Y500. However, rest assured we will be populating this list moving forwards in future reviews.

Looking at the graph, we can see the MSI GE40 was superior in most of the workloads. It lost out only on the "Home" workload, which is made of low computation tasks such as web browsing and word processing. Unsurprisingly, thanks to its SSD, the MSI GE40’s biggest margin of victory came in the Storage workload as opposed to the Lenovo machine not using an SSD drive.