MSI WT70 2OL 17.3-inch Workstation Laptop – Best Laptop for CAD and 3D Modelling


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The MSI WT70 2OL is one of the company’s latest mobile workstation laptop, powered with the latest Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Haswell processor, and paired with a high-performance NVIDIA Quadro K4100 discrete graphics processor. This is not a gaming machine but it is rather geared towards professional content creators and animators who require a powerful machine in a mobile form factor. The company claims that their MSI WT70 2OL is the best laptop for CAD and 3D modeling applications. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, price and where to buy below.

MSI WT70 2OL Workstation Laptop Features

The MSI WT70 2OL is a high-performance workstation laptop featuring a nice 17.3-inch display at 1920×1080 Full HD resolution. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and the screen features an anti-reflective matte finish to help reduce glare and help you focus on your work. It features a SteelSeries backlit keyboard with 10-key numeric pad. The outer design and aesthetic look and feel very similar to their gaming laptops except that they differ in purpose and what’s under their hood.

Speaking of what’s under the hood, the MSI WT70 (specifically the 2OL-1614US model) is powered by a 4th gen. Intel Core i7-4810MQ quad-core Haswell processor paired with a 16GB of DDR3L RAM running on 1600MHz clock speed. The laptop’s motherboard is based on an Intel HM87 chipset, and the memory can be upgraded up to 32GB.

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What separates the MSI WT70 from a high-end gaming laptop is its discrete graphics processor. The MSI WT70 2OL is powered by a high-end NVIDIA Quadro K4100M graphics processor featuring 1152 CUDA Cores, 4GB GDDR5 memory running on a 256-bit memory interface and 102.4GB/s bandwidth speed. The K4100M also provides the NVIDIA Kepler architecture, which introduces the concept of bindless textures and enables the GPU to reference textures directly from memory. This effectively eliminates the limit on the number of unique textures that can be used to render a scene and reduce CPU overhead to improve performance. Fast approximate anti-aliasing (FXAA) and temporal anti-aliasing (TXAA) film-style techniques give high image quality for content creation without compromising the interactive experience. You’ll also gain access to NIVIDA CUDA, SMX, GPU tessellation with Shader Model 5.0, 16K texture and render processing, multi-display support, and more.

Another great feature about the MSI WT70 2OL is the Super RAID2 feature where 3 SSD can be configured to run in RAID 0 giving read speeds of up to 1500MB/s. The SSDs can also be configured in RAID 5 to prevent your data from being destroyed by a single drive failure.

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The MSI WT70 2OL is designed with exclusive networking optimizations, Killer™ DoubleShot offers up to 5x better latency than the competition and has the horsepower to handle multiple data streams at once. With Visual Bandwidth Control™, you’ll see what those streams are doing in real-time for superior control over your precious bandwidth. Killer™ DoubleShot gives you unequaled hardware and software technology for your notebook Wi-Fi® and Ethernet connections.

There are also HDMI 1.4 out, VGA out and mini DisplayPort at the back of the WT70 workstation laptop that features multi-display support to make multi-task even easier. It’s compatible with sRGB to ensure color accuracy and consistency. Finally, it features Cooler Boost 2 technology improves 15% cooling performance with lower fan noise, and Shortcut Manager to simplify the long command into one key with a set of optimized shortcuts.

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MSI WT70 2OL Workstation Laptop Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional or 8.1
ProcessorIntel Core i7 Quad-Core Haswell Processor
ChipsetIntel HM87
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR3L SO-DIMM 4x slots
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA Quadro K4100M with 4GB GDDR5
Display17.3-inch 1920×1080 Full HD LED Backlight with Anti Glare
StorageUp to 1TB HDD
64GB / 128GB SSDx3 Super RAID 2
Optical DriveTray-in DVD Super Multi/ BluRay Combo / BluRay Writer
AudioRealtek ALC892-CG
7.1 Channel (2 x HiFi speakers + 1 Subwoofer ) SPDIF output
Exclusive Audio Boost with Dynaudio sound support
Internal Microphone
Audio PortsMic-in/ Headphone-out
Line-in/ Line-out
NetworkingIntel 802.11 ac WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0
Qualcomm Killer Gigabit LAN
I/O Ports3 x USB 3.0 , 2x USB 2.0
HDMI, VGA, mini DisplayPort
SD(XC/HC) card reader
WebcamHD Webcam (30FPS/720P)
Operating, Storage Temperature10 – 40°C, -20 – 65° C
Operating, Storage Humidity0-20 %
Regulatory ComplianceUL, TUV, TUV-CB, FCC, BSMI, CE, C-tick
Power RequirementsAC: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Consumption: 180 W
Dimensions428mm x 288mm x 55mm
16.9 x 2.8 x 11.3″ / 42.9 x 7.1 x 28.7 cm
Weight8.6 lb / 3.90 kg

Software included: Microsoft Office 2013 (Trial 30days), Windows Essential 2012, MSI System Control Manager, Battery Calibration, Sound Blaster Cinema, Norton Online Backup(Trial 30days), Adobe Reader, Flash Player, WinZIP, Norton Internet Security (Trial 60days), Symantec Norton AntiTheft(Trial 30days), Cyberlink PowerDVD, Shortcut Manager

Price and Where to Buy

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The MSI WT70 2OL-1614US 17.3-inch Mobile Workstation is available now. Currently, it has a retail price of $3,199.00 USD. At the time I posted this article, B&H is offering an instant $100 savings lowering the price to $3,099.00 USD. Inside the box you get an AC adapter, power cord, and 9-cell battery. You also get a 2-year limited warranty which includes a 1-year limited global warranty. I would suggest you get an additional 2 or 3-year protection plan when you buy this laptop, or any laptop.