MSI GS70 Stealth Pro vs Razer Blade Pro 2014 – Which One Should You Get?

Published on April 6th, 2014 | by Peter Paul

Previously we compared the latest Razer Blade 2014 and the MSI GS60 Ghost, both are 14-inch and 15.6-inch ultra-thin gaming notebooks armed with the next generation GeForce GTX 800M series discrete graphics processor. Now it’s time to compare the big boys or their 17-inch counterpart – the new Razer Blade Pro 2014 vs the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro. Both gaming laptops features a huge 17-inch display, also features an ultra-thin body design, and are also armed with the latest next generation GeForce GTX 870M and 860M discrete graphics processor. Let’s compare this two gaming machines and find out which one is better or which one should you get.

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msi gs70 stealth pro vs razer blade pro 2014

Razer Blade Pro 2014 vs MSI GS70 Stealth Pro

Processor and Memory
Both the new MSI GS70 Stealth Pro and Razer Blade Pro 2014 are powered with a 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad Core Haswell processor with a base clock of 2.4GHz and a Turbo clock speed of 3.4GHz. It has 4 cores and 8 threads and features Intel Hyper Threading Technology. Although these two gaming machines have their respective discrete graphics processor, the Core i7-4700HQ has a built-in Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics processor which is very useful if you are not playing any games or running graphics intensive applications, thus saving energy.

The processor is paired with a 16GB DDR3L memory with a clock speed of 1600MHz. When it comes to processing power and memory capacity, it’s just a tie.

msi gs70 stealth pro with geforce gtx 870m razer blade pro 2014 with geforce gtx 860m

Display and Graphics Card
Both the Razer Blade Pro 2014 and MSI GS70 Stealth Pro have a 17.3-inch Full HD display at 1920×1080 resolution. The Razer Blade Pro 2014 is powered with the latest next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M discrete graphics processor with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory. This is the same GPU that is powering the smaller MSI GS60 Ghost. However the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro is armed with a more powerful GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB GDDR5 dedicated memory. This gives the GS70 another advantage over the Razer Blade Pro 2014.

msi gs70 stealth pro steelseries keyboard razer blade pro keyboard with switchblade ui

razer blade pro 2014 vs msi gs70 stealth proStorage
Another advantage of the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro is that it has more room for storage. The GS70 Stealth Pro-024 model comes with a 128GB mSATA SSD plus a 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD. It also features Super RAID 2 where you can install up to three mSATA SSD and configure it to RAID 0 for a total of 768GB with maximum read write speeds. Meanwhile the Razer Blade Pro 2014 comes in 256GB or 512GB SSD capacities only.

Other Features
Aside from the processing power and lots of storage option, the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro features the SteelSeries programmable full color backlit keyboard, Xsplit GameCaster and Dynaudio premium stereo speakers. It also features Killer E2200 LAN connectivity which gives priority to gaming connections, very useful when playing online or network games.

Meanwhile, the new Razer Blade 2014 features the Razer Switchblade User Interface a multi-touch LCD track panel and acts as a secondary display screen. The Switchblade can be used to quickly launch apps via its 10 tactile keys, it can be used to monitor system status and many more. Its body looks like it’s made of plastic, but it’s actually made of aluminum. And I have to admit, the Razer Blade Pro 2014 looks and feels better than the MSI GS70. Check out the specifications table below for more information.

razer blade pro switchblade ui

Specifications Compared

SpecificationsMSI GS70 Stealth Pro-024Razer Blade Pro 2014
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 64-bitWindows 8.1 64-bit
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4700HQ with HT 2.4 GHz - 3.4GHzIntel Core i7-4700HQ with HT 2.4 GHz - 3.4GHz
Memory16GB DDR3L 1600MHz16GB DDR3L 1600MHz
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA Geforce GTX870M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAMNVIDIA Geforce GTX860M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus Technology
Display17.3" Full HD Anti-Reflective, 1920x1080 (16:9)17.3” Full HD 16:9 Ratio, 1920x1080 LED Backlit
Storage128GB SSD mSATA + 1TB HDD SATA (7200RPM)256GB / 512GB SSD SATA III
WebcamFHD type (30fps@1080p)Built-in HD webcam (2.0MP)
Card ReaderSD4.0 (XC/HC)None
LANKiller E2200 LANRJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Port
WirelessIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 , Bluetooth 4.0Intel Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11 ac + Bluetooth 4.0)
PortsHDMI 1.4
4x USB 3.0
2x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1x Mic-in, 1x Headphone out, 1x SPDIF
HDMI 1.4a
3x USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed)
3.5mm microphone/headphone combo port
Dimensions418.5mm x 287mm x 21.8mm427mm x 277mm x 22.4mm
Weight2.66Kg (w/ Battery)2.97kg
Battery6-Cell Li-Polymer (5400mAh 60Wh)Built-in 74Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
FeaturesSteelSeries Programmable Full Color Backlit
Aluminum Body
Xsplit Gamecaster
Dynaudio Premium Speakers
Dual fan thermal cooling system
Super RAID 2
Matrix Display
Razer™ Switchblade User Interface
Razer Synapse 2.0
Backlit anti-ghosting keyboard
Built-in microphone
Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
Edition 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)

razer blade pro 2014 specifications

msi gs70 stealth pro specifications

Price and Where to Buy

The Razer Blade Pro 2014 is currently priced at $2,499.99 for the 256GB variant and $2,799.99 for the 512GB variant at the time I posted this article. You can check out its latest best price and order one here. Meanwhile, the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro-024 that comes with a 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD has a much lower price of $1,799.99. See its latest and best price and order one here.

For UK customers, you can order the Razer Blade Pro 2014 here, or the newer MSI GS70 2QE with GTX 970M here.

Again, the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro, not only wins in terms of specs and features, but it is also the more affordable ultra-thin gaming laptop between the two. I guess you have to pay more for the “Premium-ness” that the Razer Blade gaming laptop has to offer.

MSI GS70 Stealth Pro vs Razer Blade Pro 2014: Conclusion

Which ultra-thin gaming laptop do you think is for you? Which one do you think is the winner? Well, it’s really hard to say that this particular gaming laptop is the winner. It depends on the person who will be using it. The MSI GS70 Stealth Pro is slightly more powerful in terms of graphics processing, and has lots of storage options as well as connectivity options. Meanwhile the even though the Razer Blade Pro 2014 is somewhat limited in storage and connectivity options compared to the GS70 SP, it has the unique Razer SwitchBlade UI that can be useful in different scenarios. And you can’t deny that the Razer Blade Pro 2014 looks better than the MSI GS70 SP. I’m not saying that the GS70 SP is ugly or has a poor design, it looks great as well, but in terms of looks I’ll go with Razer.

However the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro is much cheaper and more affordable compared to Razer’s gaming machine. I guess it really comes down to personal preference in the end. Most people would prefer the MSI GS70 since it fits their budget, has more connectivity option and storage is upgradable. However other people would prefer the Razer Blade Pro 2014 because of the SwitchBlade UI, has longer battery life and because it’s “Razer”.

So which one do you think is the best for you?


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5 Responses to MSI GS70 Stealth Pro vs Razer Blade Pro 2014 – Which One Should You Get?

  1. mike says:

    i gotta say this review sounds a little biased. According to the conclusion, its a near tie because the razor blade “looks better” and has the crappy second screen that doesn’t work with anything? it doesn’t work as a track pad and screen at the same time so you have to switch between the two when you want to move the mouse or look at the screen. The widgets for it are limited and crash often. Not only is the msi cheaper, its lighter, has a better anti reflective screen, steel series keyboard, better storage, better gpu, better lan, more usb 3.0 ports, and if you look at the “newer” $2000 msi gs70 stealth pro, it comes with 3 128gb ssd and a 1tb hdd in raid 0 with 6gb of gddr5 and a 4710 intel processor. I’m sorry but the razor blade got crushed by the gs70…

    • Peter Paul says:

      Like I said it’s a case to case basis. Personally, between the two, I would also choose the MSI as well. Since you get more features for the money that you paid for. IMHO Razer’s laptop does look better, but it doesn’t mean that there laptops are generally better. Yes, those switch thingy sure looks great but can be faulty as well. Still there are some people who are willing to spend more just to buy a Razer gaming machine.

  2. Benj Tan says:

    The reviewer is probably hesitant because the manufacturer might react negatively. But based on the concluaion, MSI stealth pro is the better machine. Its cheaper, it has more powerful graphics processor, more connectivity and storage options. Those should be priority when it comes to gaming laptops.

  3. Nate says:

    What you failed to notice is that the MSI can receive serious upgrades from a place like HID evolution, while the Razor blade has little room for improvement and most 3rd party distributors don’t offer upgrades. Go to HIDevolution.com, max out all the customization options for the MSI, and you will see that you can get a MUCH more powerful machine for the same price as the Razer. Not to mention, the stealth pro can now be bought with the latest Nvidia GTW 970 graphics card while the Razerblade hasn’t made the jump from the 870 yet. Conclusion, MSI rapes Razer up the butt, no contest.

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