MSI GS30 2M Shadow and G-Dock Review

Few days back MSI GS30 2M Shadow with G-Dock was launched. The concept is very similar to what we saw in the Sony Vaio Z 2011 model where the company installed the powerful discrete GPU in a separate power media dock.

MSI GS30 2M Shadow and G-Dock Review

MSI GS30 2M Shadow is a 13.3 inch gaming laptop packing an octa core 8 thread Intel Core i7 4870HQ 2.5 GHz processor backed by Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 and whopping 16GB (8GB x 2) RAM.

The MSI GS30 2M Shadow is very fast not only due to super fast processor but also 256GB SSD configured in RAID 0 configuration. There is no optical drive in the unit.

The display that measures 13.3 inches diagonally packs full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It has been given matte coating but lacks touch panel. The viewing angles on the MSI GS30 2M Shadow are very wide. On the top of the display is a 1.3 megapixel web cam that can also capture video at 30 FPS. It measures 320 × 227 × 19.88mm (width × depth × thickness) and weighs 1.2 kilograms.

MSI G-Dock review

The MSI GS30 2M Shadow is quite thin given the fact that it features the large Intel Core i7-4870HQ with whopping TDP 47W. Keyboard is chiclet type and have white backlight. It has key pitch of 19 mm and stroke of about 1.5 mm. The touchpad is integrated and handles multi touch gestures perfectly. However we wish there were separate left and right click buttons.

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MSI G-Dock review

The G-Dock comes with built in power supply of 450 watts and converts the MSI GS30 2M Shadow into a powerful desktop PC. The G-Dock adds a lot of functionality other than adding a dedicated Radeon R9 290X GPU such as 3.5 inches hard disk bay, USB 3.0 port × 4 and a voice input / output jack.

Benchmark tests

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“PCMark 8 v2.3.293”, “PCMark 7 v1.4.0”, “CINEBENCH R15”, “3DMark v1.4.828” tests were carried out on the MSI GS30 2M Shadow laptop.

PCMark 8 v2.3.293:
Home    3769
Creative    4785
Work    4656

PCMark7 v1.40
PCMark score    6393
Lightweight score    6257
Productivity score    5461
Entertainment score    5210
Creativity score    11455
Computation score    20808
System storage score    5723
Raw system storage score    8341

OpenGL (fps)    53.06
CPU    605
CPU (Single Core)    141

3DMark v1.4.828 – Fire Strike
Fire Strike Score 1351    9777
Graphics Score    1414    11 658
Physics Score    9007    9616
Combined Score    519    4476

3DMark v1.4.828 – Sky Diver
Sky Diver Score    5766    24567
Graphics Score    5490    38767
Physics Score    8065    8911
Combined Score    5495    22101

3DMark v1.4.828 – Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate Score 10519    23412
Graphics Score    13011    74 769
Physics Score    6298    6878

Passmark benchmark score of Core i7-4870HQ 2.5GHz / 4 core 8 threads is 9113. The MSI GS30 2M Shadow has excellent CPU performance and by attaching the dock, you can play practically any game out there. The laptop is perfect for home and gaming use.