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Published on Oct 14, 2016
Lisa Gade reviews the MSI GT72VR Dominator Pro 17.3” gaming laptop with NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1070 graphics and a quad Core 45 watt Core i7-6700HQ CPU. The refreshed Dominator is still one of our top picks for powerful 17” gaming laptops— MSI packs excellent cooling and a lot of tech inside for the price. Our 015 model lists for $1,999 with a 1920 x 1080 matte IPS G-Sync display, SteelSeries programmable backlit RGB keyboard, Killer DoubleShot WiFi + Ethernet, a boot 128 gig M.2 SATA SSD, 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD and a DVD drive.
Our review loaner came from XoticPC.com and they did a few upgrades for RAM and SSD, so we’re not quite running stock. The stock 015 model has a SATA M.2 SSD rather than the very fast Samsung 950 Pro PCIe NVMe SSD in ours, and the stock config has 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM while ours is maxed out at 64 gigs. The laptop weighs 8.33 lbs. (3.78kg) and is 1.88” (48mm )thick. It has a 9 cell battery and a 230 watt charger. Other goodies include USB-C 3.1 Gen. 2, ESS Sabre HiFi audio DAC with SPDIF optical out and powerful stereo speakers with a subwoofer.
For those who prefer a smallified version, the MSI GT62VR is the 15.6” equivalent. If you want to go even higher end there’s the MSI GT73VR Titan with Intel Core i7-6280HK overclockable CPU and GTX 1080 options and the GT83VR Titan SLI 18.4” model with SLI GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 graphics cards. The GT72VR is also available with a 120Hz wide color gamut display (not G-Sync).