Nvidia graphics card generation Pascal has reached the portable format, and now it is time to test 3 machines who got Pascal under the hood, and machines that will show that portable playing no longer requires compromises.
When testing portable machines, it is good to stick to the theme of “good – for being portable.” The portable game machines have been too weak to judge by the same yardstick as desktop gaming computers. But the portable gaming PCs with chips from Nvidia’s latest graphics generation Pascal sits for the first time in both desktop and laptop computers.
3 Laptops with Desktop Gaming Performance
This means that a Geforce GTX 1070 in a notebook is the same circuit as a graphics card with the same name on your desktop computer. In this article, you can read about three portable game machines in the 17-inch class with just 1070 GTX graphics card to see if the promise of desktop gaming performance in a laptop is real or not.
The laptops (or brands) tested are; Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte. In terms of the components, all the laptops are on the verge of the same on the inside. Each and every uses a variant of Intel’s fastest quad-core mobile Core i7 processor of the sixth-generation cut, where the real difference is that Gigabyte computer’s processor is not an unlocked so-called K-model, which means that it can be overclocked manually.
All computers have ample amount of main memory, 16 or 32 GB DDR4, and a combination of SSD and mechanical hard drive as primary and secondary storage. The main difference is in the display panels. Although everyone has a size of 17.3 inches and IPS panel offers different refresh rate, resolution and synchronization technology. MSI provides test Richest resolution with full 3840 x 2160 pixel, or 4K as it is also called, and the screen can sync photo update with the graphics card via the G-sync.
Picture updates in the MSI model are locked to 60 Hz, but there are configurations with picture panels that reach 120 Hz. Asus and Gigabyte offer both image panels with 1080p resolution, but of the two, only the Asus offering photo synchronization via G-sync, and Asus panel can be intimidated up to 110 Hz refresh through manual overclocking. Gigabyte stops the unsynchronized 1080p at 60 Hz.
To keep the impressive components cool requires a chassis with proper cooling. The Gigabyte laptop should in this context be viewed as the “minor one” with a match weight of only three kilograms and a thickness of fewer than three centimeters.
Asus and MSI fighting for the title, however at least towed mastodon, where MSI Computer undoubtedly sees the greatest and worst out. But Asus ‘win’ heavyweight match with a total weight of just under 4.4 kg. In terms of the range of ports offer all computers a set of USB ports of modern design, including a USB Type-C, and various video outputs.
The three computers are equipped with a backlit keyboard. And in line with the products otherwise, Gigabyte computer only a simple backlighting in two stages while Asus and MSI Go Big with full RGB lighting that can be customized in the associated software. The same focus on additional functionality in general. Gigabyte has no extra features completely, while Asus and MSI both offer to stream of your games via XSplit, overclocking the processor and graphics card, the configuration of the sound experience, and more
Asus and MSI provide shortcuts to some of these additional features physical buttons on the computer. Asus choose to provide macro buttons whose function the user can decide, while MSI chooses to give you shortcuts to enable overclocking of the video card, pushing off the fan in the jumbo jet mode and activation of macro mode. MSI win when it comes to most of all, but software is something unstable on our test systems.
As the hardware, for the most part, is the same as the different performance-related earnings ethylene not care for that much between the three combatants. In all the tests succeed MSI Computer grabbing for anything better results than competitors. At 1080p resolution and high graphic settings reaches MSI computer 64 fps in Grand Theft Auto V, 89 fps in Rise of the Tomb Raider, 137 fps in Doom and 99 fps in Total War: Warhammer.
Competitors remain relatively close, with the exception of the 2016 edition of Doom where MSI beats Asus in the fingers with the 13 frames per second and 22 full frames per second more than Gigabyte. Interestingly, MSI gets noticeably better performance when running games with DirectX 12 graphics interfaces and the Volcano, which may be attributed to the larger amount of memory compared to the competition.
MSI is the only laptop with a single screen panel with 4K resolution, and the results show nice enough to Nvidia Pascal generation has enough horsepower to drive this high resolution with high graphics settings just as good (or bad) as an equivalent desktop computer . In GTA V the result is 53 fps and the Tomb Raider reached 43 fps – well given the circumstances. In Doom and Total War: Warhammer ports computer stumbling close to the magic 60 fps. This result shows that it is no longer necessary to distinguish between stationary and portable gaming performance.
As mentioned earlier, the computers from Asus and MSI are equipped with processors that can be overclocked, which also applies to the graphics chip. Both computers have overclocked processors from the start, but you can choose to manually overclock. But the software in the Asus computer does not want to cooperate, which means that we have not been able to test the manual overclocking.
This is done on the MSI laptop with a good result, but the result is the performance gains that do not justify the increased noise from the fans. As a rule reached 3-5 fps higher refresh with overclocking, but to achieve this you need the fans continue booming, creating an unsustainably high level. But in ordinary use to impress how MSI’s cooler solution manages to keep noise levels low. We note a maximum level of 61 dB as standard, compared with 73 dB of Asus and blatant 82dB of Gigabyte. By comparison, the MSI reaches only 80 dB at full overclocking, that not even as loud as Gigabyte computer in standard condition. The air that is pushed out of the MSI computer fans is not very hot, otherwise a common problem in portable performance monster.
With the potent graphics, performance computers will also be able to manage VR, really good even. MSI boasts that their computer is “optimized for HTC Vive,” which just means that the daemons shut down and power-saving mode is turned off. We tried to play the various VR experiences with the editorial HTC Vive and the experience was just as sharp as it is on a desktop PC with a GTX 1070 under the hood.
Of the three machines is the MSI that impresses most, though there are some flaws with errant software and somewhat weak picture quality. It both Asus and MSI has in common is that they are in a price range that does not learn to be reasonable for a large part of the target audience. Gigabyte computer has a more affordable price level, weight, and size for a game machine in this performance segment, but lacks many of the extra features that competitors brag. The choice of VGA port instead of the mini-DisplayPort is strange, but the greatest error that makes a recommendation impossible is that the noise level is unsustainably high when the computer is under heavy load.
In summary, we would say that these laptops prove that Pascal-based graphics card makes portable gaming a pleasurable experience, and now we are waiting for the technology to finds its way into computers at a more reasonable price level.
+ Desktop rated performance
+ G-sync and overclocking of the screen
+ Possible overclocking on the performance
– Heavy enough to anchor an aircraft carrier
– Hot exhaust
– Buggy software
MSI GT73VR 6RE Titanium
+ Best performance in test
+ 4K resolution and performance to match
+ Very efficient and low-key cooling
+ 4K and G-sync in a beautiful symbiosis
– The screen is updated only at 60 Hz
Gigabyte P57X V6
+ Thin and light in the performance class
+ Virtual performance
+ More budget friendly than competitors
– No photo sync
– Only 60 Hz and 1080p
– Loud Cooling System