MSI has a solid reputation in the gaming laptop space: its laptops are generally fairly powerful, heinous monstrosities that get the job done at a fair price. The MSI GT70 fits the mold quite nicely. While it isn’t quite as garish as its forbears, it ticks all of the appropriate “gaming desktop replacement” boxes: heavy, loud, and stuffed to its plastic grilles with performance oriented goodies.

The GT70 I reviewed packs a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M GPU, and a pair of SSDs in RAID 0, to start. All that for a mere $2,000 — not cheap, but actually not a bad deal. Is it worth the price? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.