- Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i7 6820HK
- Graphics: Geforce GTX 980M
- Memory: 16GB DDR4
- Storage: 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD
- Dimensions: 428 x 294 x 48mm
- Weight: 3.78kg
- Loud fans
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark Work: 3,284 points
- PCMark Home: 3,836 points
- PCMark Creative: 4,450 points
- 3DMark Fire Strike: 8,277 points
- 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 4,334 points
- 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,310 points
Prepare To Dominate
Kicking it back during the weekends having LAN parties with friends used to be a thing, but once you’re all grown up it becomes somewhat of hassle to disassemble your PC’s, just for a night’s worth of gaming. But thanks to the advancements in graphic card technology, we are able to stuff more performance into graphic cards while having lower power consumption. In light of this, gaming on a mobile platform is now viable more than ever and that’s where gaming laptops come in.
MSI has been one of the brands that have been constantly pushing the limits, and make some of the best gaming laptops on the market. This time they’re back again with the MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G that sports some of the latest hardware with blazing fast performance and stability. Although not too portable, this laptop can replace a desktop and even give it a run for its money albeit at a higher price point.
The laptop definitely catches the eye with its large size and brushed aluminium look, and sports a red and black themed motif. The keyboard is well laid out and features a multicolour backlight. The keys also have a silver lining print which is a nice addition and accentuates the keys, making it easier to see at night. While taking a look at the specs, we can easily tell that the laptop definitely packs a punch that could rival Bruce Lee.
Benchmarks for the graphics card shows that it has roughly the same performance as the R9 380X that we also reviewed this month, which should give you a rough idea on how powerful this laptop can perform. But as benchmarks don’t really tell the whole story, we put it to the test with some of the latest games such as Star Wars Battlefront and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. At 1080p resolutions, the GT72S should be able to play most triple AAA titles with ease.
Aside from performance, the laptop has a few nice features such as a “gear Shift” function, which lets you overclock the laptop at the tap of a button. If you need that bit more of FPS, that’s your ticket to getting it. At times, the fans can be really loud because its working really hard to keep the laptop cool, sporting a dual-fan design the fans does it job but at the cost of loud fans.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G performs like a dream, allowing gamers to replace a bulky PC with a laptop. Features wise the overclock function is a great addition and makes this laptop all the more special.
(previously published in issue February 2016)