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Pros: Great gaming system. Beautiful 17" display. 2x 2.5" drive bays for future expansion. The installed 1TB drive is 7200 rpm instead of the slower 5400 rpm drives so many manufacturers use. Came with BD-RE drive for creating Blu-ray movies standard. I can now play Company of Heroes 2 on high settings instead of medium without any lag. Fan is relatively quiet, much more so than the GE60 it replaced. $100 rebate was promptly processed and tracking provided.
Cons: As nice as the system is there are a few gotchas you should be aware of. 1.) the included ram is mounted under the keyboard and requires a bit of surgery to get to. 2.) the 2 free ram slots that are available once you remove the bottom access panel are obstructed by the heatpipe for the GPU/CPU. You get one module in without removing the pipe but that's it. 3.) There are no mSATA slots. This was particularly disappointing since I was coming from a MSI GE60 which had 2x mSATA slots in addition to the single 2.5" drive bay. The GT70 only include mSATA if you but it configured with mSATA drives. This lack of easy expansion in such a thick laptop was puzzling.
Other Thoughts: I was able to take my 1TB mSATA drive from the GE60 and install it into a 2.5" adapter and have it boot immediately. Once I used a USB stick to copy over drivers from the different WiFi card and was able to get online to update any other drivers the system was up and running and the original HDD was filed away until I put it back in for eventual sale next year when I upgrade . All in all a nice machine but really wished the various components could be more easily accessed and that mSATA was included as a standard.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-MTE1T0BW mSATA TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Simple to install and works perfectly out of the package. Whether installed in my MSI gaming rig or an external mSATA USB3 enclosure this little drive is perfect for systems that have mSATA slots in addition to traditional 2.5" hard drive bays. This is particularly true given the propensity of laptop vendors toward using cheap 5400 rpm 1TB drives in the latest gaming rigs.
Cons: Still a bit expensive but getting better every day.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-MTE500BW mSATA TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Small, stable and reliable mSATA drive with a large enough capacity to handle boot functions of Windows 8 and installation of all my games. Frees the 2.5" drive bay to house a larger spinning disk for data or alternative OS.
Cons: IMO, all SSD drives are too expensive. Other than that this drive has worked perfectly since it was installed.READ FULL REVIEW