MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Review
Windows 8 - Storage Speed
Windows 8 was clearly designed primarily for the touch-screen/social-network/share-my-life-online generation and not for anyone who actually uses their computer. There is a tendency to go to the "they've changed it, so it sucks" cupboard, but Windows 8 unquestionably follows the Microsoft trend of following an incredible OS with a truly risible one. Everything that was awesome about Windows 7 .. isn't. In fact we'd prefer to go back to Vista if we were forced to change from 7.
Let's give one example then we'll go back to the Dragon Edition. See that People icon? What does it do? Let's click it and find out. Ahh it's for connecting your Live account to the computer. Okay we don't want to do that, so click cancel. What happens? Do you return to the Start screen? Nope. You go to a "you need to sign in" screen in which your options are "Try again". That's it. That's your options. Alt+F4 has never been used as much as it was testing this.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, the speed of the built in RAID array is outstanding. Very nearly 1GB/s. You wont be left hanging around waiting for anything to happen on the MSI GT70 that's for sure.
As well as coming with a beefy i7-3630QM CPU which runs at 2.4GHz at standard, you can hit the Turbo button and gain a whopping overclock, with the CPU topping out just shy of 3.2GHz. Hugely impressive, and nearly as impressive is this doesn't affect the temperature of the Dragon Edition very much, but obviously has an impact on the battery life. Alongside the mighty CPU is 16GB of DDR3 running at 1600MHz. This doesn't lack for horsepower.