It has an i7-4700MQ, Nvidia GTX 870M graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD (7200 RPM), and a 15.6" 1080p display.
It also has a custom backlit keyboard by Steelseries, Dynaudio premium sound with subwoofer, Killer Doubleshot networking, and multiple high res display support with a 1,2 DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, and a VGA port.
It's going to give you the most for the price range.
Late answer but still, I am thinking of buying GT60 but there is a huge problem I have with it, it's freaking huge!
Do you have it? or can you give me a good review for it? Because from what I see the portability will be a huge problem with GT60 Dominator 424.
I cant help you out with the msi, but ive gone through asus g750 with 770m, returned and got Samsung ativ book 8, returned and got the apple MacBook pro retina, returned and just got lastnight the newer g750 with 860m.
I don't game much, I use laptop for video editing, 3d rendering, maya, autocad, sony vegas, programs like that. I needed a portable desktop, but im always on the go. I know you cant have both, but that's probably why I went through so many in the last month. But here is my take:
The original asus with 770m, I loved it and always love asus rog quality, its great. Performance wise it was everything I needed, but....weighed 10lbs which I wasn't used to, and large so not very portable at all. Battery was good but not what I wanted. But ultimately it just wasn't portable enough, which I thought the Samsung ativ book could be.
Samsung ativ book 8, quad core i7, amd 8870 graphics 2gb ddr5, 5lbs 8 hours battery at least. This thing was perfect. Light weight, 15", could game on medium settings no problem, high on some. It was great. But. it couldn't handle the heat of full cpu/gpu load on hours at a time. It would restart after thermal shutdown protection, id loose everything I had been working on. Otherwise it was awesome.
Then, MacBook pro. I had to get the top model in order to get the graphics card, so it was far more expensive than the rest. Very portable, but kind of felt like the Samsung yet not even as good as the Samsung. I had to bootcamp windows, and still...it just wasn't as easy as the Samsung, yet was just like the Samsung, yet for double the price. And final draw, heating was more of an issue at double the price with the mac vs the Samsung.
So took it back, got the new asus refresh with 860m, the 870m isn't out yet, and I really don't game so don't want to spend $2000 or more if I don't need to. The asus, except for easy throw under arm on in normal 15" backpack portable, is the only thing that gives me the performance and can keep the performance. It's huge, don't get me wrong, but its still portable. Its like tablet vs laptop. Yes laptop is easily portable, but tablet so much so more, yet just doesn't offer everything that the laptop does.
So, I love my asus, keyboard, cooling, 2 hhd drives (got 1tb Samsung evo in each bay), really solid construction with absolutely no flex in keyboard (which Samsung keyboard sucks but I was willing to overlook that), but asus just awesome. I haven't seen the msi so cant really give any personal experience with that, but as far as big bulky laptops, the msi looks smaller than the asus and the asus is just fine for portability, just need to spend $200 to get a backpack that fits it.
Hope that helps, best buy must hate me yet I spend $5k+ every year there after returns are taken into consideration.
If you have anything else I can help you out with just ask.