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MSI 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 120fps in Overwatch max settings. Most of the laptop has a very high quality feel to it. Awesome performance for the price. This thing's screen has G-SYNC but the product page doesn't list it! Has a serious gd cooling system and stays very cool. Very nice temps on the cpu and gpu. Room for OC.

Cons: Plastic lower body feels kinda cheap if you tap it, but it's honestly nbd, just mentioning it here. That's something you won't find in the Alienware, although you'll pay much much more and imo that's not worth it. The bottom panel sorta clings on and you gotta pry it off which isn't great, but again, whatever. One thing I'm not crazy about is the keyboard. It seems a bit on the small side and the arrow key cluster could be more... defined? Idk how to describe it. Also, the "0" key in the numpad section is below the "2" and isn't a double-wide key like on a normal kb. Also, the "home" and "end" keys are secondary by default, meaning you gotta hit "fn" to access em. You can change this within the steelseries kb management software tho. The kb is good enough and the keys have a nice feel to them. I'm able to game comfortably and even play competitive Overbutts.

Other Thoughts: I would absolutely buy this laptop again and highly recommend it. I had actually ordered an Alienware but they f'd up my order and I just said "bye" to them. Went with this and couldn't be more pleased. Keep the factory-installed nvidia drivers. I updated the drivers and my performance in Overbutt fell. I picked up a Samsung 500 GB M.2 SATA 6 Gb/s for $134 and popped that in. You "void" the warranty when you take off the bottom cover but I've heard that MSI support is flexible if you're just doing simple stuff like installing an SSD.

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Acer XB270HU bprz Black 27'' 144 Hz WQHD G-SYNC Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 350 cd/m2 1,000:1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: G-sync, 144hz, 4ms, no ghosting, low input lag, great ppi, excellent colors.

Cons: Price, but as usual, you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I had zero dead pixels and the backlight bleed was nothing I wasn't expecting. There's nothing wrong with the stand. It's not AAA quality like the ROG Swift, but there's really nothing wrong with it. I upgraded from a Dell U3011 @ 60hz and it is simply amazing! The colors on my Dell are incredible, so I was shocked when I saw just how good the colors on the Acer were. It's hard to overstate just how much of a difference this monitor has made over my Dell. It's like night and day. With the Dell I would get ghosting, input lag, and stutter when my fps dropped below 60 (with vsync enabled). Not anymore! G-sync is absolutely incredible! I was wary, seeing as this is the first 144hz IPS panel to market, not to mention it has G-sync. The way this monitor turned out, you wouldn't believe it's the first of its kind to-market. I was inspired by another reviewer here who purchased newegg premier specifically for his monitor-buying process, so if I didn't like it, I'd be out $20 instead of $120 (15%) restocking fee (also free 3-day shipping is nice). Luckily, my monitor was perfect the first go-around and I'm definitely keeping it! If you've already invested in other expensive components and want a monitor that is worthy of your rig, you've found it.

P.S. If anything happens in the near future that would change my rating, I'll report back here and let you guys know.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-2986-KR 4GB FTW GAMING w/ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling Graphics Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Boost clock is actually 1405Mhz on my pair (sli). Very quiet fans. They do not spin until gpu reaches 60C, for silent operation. Very aesthetically pleasing. I like the white led lettering on the side which is visible thru my window. All 4GB of vram is accessible at full speed, unlike the 970. Worth the price ($580).

Cons: Wish it had more than 4GB of vram, but it honestly doesn't matter.

Other Thoughts: I waited and waited for news about the 980 ti but I couldn't wait any longer. I have no regrets. I was worried that 4GB of vram wasn't going to be very future-proof, but I'm not convinced anymore. There are plenty of benchmarks you can read which detail vram usage, and in some instances certain games will use more than 4GB, but it doesn't have any perceptible impact. For instance, I monitored vram usage when playing Evolve at maxed settings at 2560x1600. After the initial match loading had finished and I had actually started playing, vram was between 3-3.5GB. During the course of the match, the game gradually kept loading textures or whatever into vram memory and eventually used it up. To me, it appears the game used all the vram because, well, why not? It certainly didn't need to because the match started at 3-3.5GB. It couldn't hurt to use all the vram, so it did, I guess. My point is if you're worried about 4GB not being enough for 1440p gaming, it's definitely enough. I can't speak for 4K, but honestly, you'd need sli'd titans for that if you wanna turn settings all the way up (that might not even be enough!). If you want to game at 1080p, one 980 is plenty. For 1440p, I recommend 980 sli. One titanx isn't gonna be enough to max* all settings at 1440p, and a pair of 980's will be slightly more expensive but ultimately prove more powerful (it doesn't take a genius to know the titan cards are beyond all reasonable performance per dollar). This was my first foray into buying the flagship X80 card instead of the X70 card, and I'm glad I did. Beyond that, I'm REALLY glad I waited for the evga ftw variant, and will be buying this variant from now on.

* When I say "max", I'm excluding msaa and things like variable max draw distance in certain games. Msaa makes fps take a HUGE hit in almost every game I play, and at 1440p, ppi is high to begin with and fxaa which is cpu-intensive is plenty good imo. Re the max draw distance comment, I'm referring in particular to gta v, where benchmark results can be swung in wide directions by simply changing this one setting.

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Nathaniel M.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathaniel M.

Date Joined: 01/31/05

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 08/25/10
  • Last Review: 12/14/16
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