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Review: PC Specialist Vortex GT

by Parm Mann on 16 June 2014, 18:00

Tags: PC Specialist

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops

System Name MSI GS60 2PC-005UK PC Specialist Vortex GT
CPU Intel Core i7-4700HQ @ up to 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-4710MQ @ up to 3.5GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 8
Memory 8GB DDR3 (1x8GB) 8GB DDR3 (1x8GB)
Memory Speed 1,600MHz at 11-11-11-28-1T 1,600MHz at 9-9-9-27-1T
Integrated GPU Intel HD 4600 Intel HD 4600
Dedicated GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M 6GB
Display 15.6in SDC324C Full-HD LCD (1,920x1,080) 15.6in CMN15B1 Full-HD LCD (1,920x1,080)
Battery 52.89Wh Lithium Polymer 76.96Wh Lithium Ion
Wireless Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Intel Centrino Wireless-N 135
Network Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Primary Storage 128GB Toshiba THNSNH128G8NT M.2 SSD 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K 2.5in SSD
Secondary Storage 1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD 1TB Seagate Laptop 2.5in SSHD
Optical Drive - -
Power Supply 150W External 180W External
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Dimensions 390mm x 266mm x 19.95mm 376mm x 256mm x 35-43mm
Weight 1.96kg 3.20kg
Standard Warranty Two years Three years
Approx. System Cost £1,150 £999

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

System and Gaming Benchmarks

PCMark 8 System-wide examination that uses the Home preset, run with OpenCL acceleration.
3DMark DX11, run at the Firestrike default test.
Aliens vs. Predator 1,920x1,080 resolution, 2xAA, 4xAF, medium quality.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.


Our new benchmark suite for PC systems has been migrated to laptop computers. The first two tested using the new suite are the MSI GS60 2PC Ghost and the PC Specialist Vortex GT. Note that benchmark results can now be directly compared against an array of desktop systems.