MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780Mby Dustin Sklavos on June 18, 2013 12:01 AM EST
Even if it's enjoying NVIDIA's Optimus, the MSI GT70 Dragon Edition is still a gaming notebook with a 47W quad-core processor at its heart along with a 17.3" 1080p display. That means that battery life is going to be better than the old days of the battery being a glorified UPS, but still nowhere near competitive with smaller and sleeker notebooks.
Haswell is doing wonders on the ultrabook side, but for any kind of performance system, it's basically a wash. The i7-4700MQ isn't offering any better battery life than the outgoing i7-3630QM. There shouldn't be any major surprises here; Haswell has been more or less a bust for desktop enthusiasts. Notebooks like these just don't see the benefits of what Haswell was geared for, and at most just enjoy slightly better IPC.