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***The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (GTX-880M) Owner's Lounge***

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  1. -=$tR|k3r=-

    -=$tR|k3r=- Notebook Virtuoso

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    ***The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro..... a GTX-880M POWERHOUSE..... and it's awesomely SEXY too!***

    Welcome to the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (GTX-880M) Owner’s Lounge! Available Now..... Order Yours Today, and Prepare to Dominate!

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    MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Models, Specifications, and Product Links:

    Specifications

    GT72 Dominator Pro-010 | MSRP: $2,599., Now $2,499.

    GT72 Dominator Pro-007 | MSRP: $2,999., Now $2,899.

    GT72 Dominator Pro Product Pages:

    MSI U.S.

    MSI Notebook

    MSI Gaming - Dragon Army HQ

    MSI Global

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    Where To Buy Your New MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Notebook:

    Friendly, reputable, and highly respected resellers, who freely volunteer their support to forum members:

    1.) GenTech PC | Website | MSI 17" notebook site page | Tel#: 1-800-990-7945 | email: service@gentechpc.com | Contact: Ken Lee

    2.) PowerNotebooks | Website | MSI notebook site page | Tel#: 1-877-711-1777 | email: Sales@PowerNotebooks.com | Contact: Donald Stratton

    3.) Xotic PC | Website | MSI notebook site page | Tel#: 1-877-289-9684 | email: sales@xoticpc.com | Contact: Justin Nolte

    4.) RK Computers | Website | MSI notebook site page | Tel#: 1-866-760-4998 | email: sales@rkcomputer.net | Contact: Rob M

    Where To Buy MSI Notebooks (U.S. & Canada) | Global

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    MSI Helpful Links:

    MSI Gaming

    MSI AfterBurner

    MSI Dragon Army Forum

    MSI HQ User Support Forum

    MSI Customer Service | Global

    MSI Notebook Warranty Information

    MSI Notebook Product Registration | Global

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    Official MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Product News

    17 July 2014: MSI Unveils GT72 Dominator Pro, the Benchmark Breaking Desktop Replacement

    22 July 2014: Evolution of the ultimate GTX's gaming laptop MSI GT72 Dominator/Pro Gaming NB, brand new design and unique features with latest NVIDIA GTX graphics:

    29 July 2014: GT72 Dominator Pro Receives Best of Computex 2014

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    Official MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Downloads:

    Bios

    Drivers

    Firmware

    Utilities

    Manual

    Gaming Mouse Driver

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    Other Downloads:

    NVIDIA GeForce Final Release Drivers

    NVIDIA GeForce Beta Release Drivers

    NVIDIA Control Panel User's Guide

    Latest NVFLASH for Windows & DOS

    MEMTEST86 Free Download

    MSI AfterBurner

    CPU-Z

    GPU-Z

    NVidia Inspector

    HWMonitor

    FutureMark's 3DMark & PCMark8

    AIDA64 - System auditing, diagnostics, monitoring, and benchmarks too!

    Atto Disk Benchmark

    HD Tune

    Svet's Fermi / Kepler VBIOS/EC Tuner Version (2.86e) and now supports the GTX-880M! PLUS, GT72 EC/FW Editor support has been added! :D

    Treexy Driver Fusion ( .....replaces the ever popular, Phyxion 'Driver Sweeper')

    Piriform 'CCleaner'

    Magical Jelly Bean (product key finder)

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    GT72 Dominator Pro Factory 'Stock' Hardware Info ***May vary and subject to change***

    CPU: The 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ

    GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 880M (Kepler GK104M) | Intel® HD Graphics 4600

    Chipset: Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset

    Wireless: Qualcomm Killer N1525 Wireless-AC | driver download

    Ethernet: Qualcomm Killer™ E2200 Game Networking | driver download

    Bluetooth: Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4 Bluetooth 4.0

    Screen Panel: Innolux Corporation | Chi Mei, ID: CMN1735 | Model: N173HGE-E11, Matte | Product Specification

    HDD: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, HTS721010A9E6300 = 1TB | Travelstar 7K1000, 7200 RPM, SATA III

    SSD: Toshiba, THNSNJ128G8NU, 128 GB M.2 | Firmware

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    Optical Drive: LG Electronics, HL-DT-ST-BD-RE-BU20N

    Memory Modules: Kingston, DDR3L 1600MHz, MSI16D3LS1KFG/8G

    Webcam: Suyin Corporation, USB 2.0, 1080p

    Touchpad: Synaptics | MSI : Which touchpad is in my notebook & drivers?

    Keyboard: SteelSeries

    Speakers: Dynaudio | Dynaudio and MSI

    Card Reader: Realtek RT55249

    USB 3.0 Host Controller: Intel (HM87 Express Chipset) | USB 3.0 Specification

    Thermal Paste: MX-2

    AC Power Adapter: Delta Electronics Inc., Model: ADP-230EB T, Output: 19.5V DC, 230W Input: 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz universal

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    Videos:





    MSI GT72 Dominator Pro, system boot time, temps and noise levels, with and without Cooler Booster - GenTech PC

    MSI GT72 Dominator Pro - 007 - Reviewed by Xotic PC

    GT72 Disassembly


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    How To's:

    Are 'start-up' screens too fast to enter bios? This is how to enter the Legacy / UEFI BIOS.

    Unsatisfied with audio sound quality? Try THIS!

    Windows 8 Tutorials, Quick Reference Index

    Guide on how to install the NVIDIA Display Driver under Windows 7/Windows Vista

    NVIDIA Driver Rollback/Removal Instructions

    Clean install of Nvidia drivers, NVIDIA Forums> Graphics Technology> GeForce GTX & ION Drivers

    MSI GT72 Disassembly


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    User Benchmark Test Results:


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    Other GT72 Thoughts: (please PM if you have other suggestions.)

    Suggested Backpacks or Cases:

    1.) The Everki Beacon Backpack..... a perfect fit! | At NewEgg | NewEgg Product Tour | At Amazon |

    2.) The Targus 17” XL Backpack | At NewEgg | At Amazon |

    3.) The Everki Lunar Laptop Bag | Everki Lunar Video | At NewEgg | At Amazon |

    4.) The Wenger 17" SwissGear Ibex Backpack | At NewEgg | At Amazon |

    Other Cool Tools or Helpful Additions:

    1.) The Steelseries Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse | At Newegg | At Amazon

    2.) The Steelseries H Wireless Gaming Headset | At Newegg | At Amazon

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    Considerably improved over the GT70, purchased from Ken at GenTech PC, I am one of the first official GT72 owners on the planet. ;)

    So, what improvements does the GT72 bring to the table?

    1. Improved chassis design.
    2. Larger touchpad, smooth and seamless with the palm rest.
    3. A large, cool to the touch, glass-like polymer palm rest.
    4. More USB 3.0 ports.
    5. A 230W PA.
    6. A 1080p webcam
    7. Revised Steelseries keyboard, flex-free, with brighter back-lighting.
    8. Dual fan cooling solution, with improved chassis vent design, a better fan control profile, ergo.....
    9. Better overall temps, with quieter operation.
    10. Re-designed chassis, and finally a new model designation.
    11. Gone is the problematic capacitance touch bar, replaced with positive touch switches.
    12. Gone is finicky Optimus switching, replaced with a simple dedicated GPU switch.
    13. mSATA SuperRAID 2, is replaced with M.2 SuperRAID 3, increasing speed, and the capacity of the RAID set. ( M.2 should improve significantly with the Intel 9-Series chipset)
    14. Killer Doubleshot Pro, wherein Ethernet and Wireless can be used independently, or simultaneously for improved bandwidth.
    15. And finally, due to the overall re-design, a more intuitive gaming experience.

    Who amongst you dares to Dominate with the next great 'Weapon Of Mass Destruction'? Join me! Gear Up! Git ur' battle-kit squared away, and I'll see ya on the battlefield!

    ENJOY!

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  2. -=$tR|k3r=-

    -=$tR|k3r=- Notebook Virtuoso

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    Initial GT72 Dominator Pro thoughts......

    Well, here it is..... the MSI GT72-2PE Dominator Pro-007US, and the photos below do not do it justice. It's Bold, it's Bad, it's Fast, it's Powerful, and honestly, there is not much, not to like about this notebook. If there is one thing I feel could have been better, it would be the display. The Chi Mei CMN1735 has good brightness, color, and contrast, but lacks decent viewing angles.

    Anyhow, I have already spent a lot of time with tweaking, photos, benchmarks, etc., so I am going to cut-to-the-chase, and try to make this as short as possible.

    As to performance, the benchmarks below attest to the GT72's awesomeness, so what about noise, and the redesigned dual-fan cooling solution? Simply put, it is quieter than the GT70, has a better fan profile, and temps are well managed. Given the hardware, of course you will hear the fans spin up when the system is stressed, but it is not at all disturbing..... and when doing common task, the fans are only noticed if you get close and cozy with the system. Ambient room temperature was 78F, and the system's idle temps were CPU@38C, and GPU@36C. Without the use of Cooler Booster ('stock' fan profile only), during benchmarks the CPU reached 78C, and the GPU averaged 80C, peaking to 82C during the 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark. The palm rest remains cool to the touch, it's polymer is smooth as glass, and it's surface is seamless across the touchpad. Only a mild warmth rises from the keyboard.

    The Steelseries keyboard is indeed flex-free, keys are very positive and responsive, and the back-lighting is brighter..... which I attribute to the keyboard's re-design. Looks awesome!

    So what about SuperRAID 3, is it fast? Oh YEAH! Performance exceeds SuperRAID 2, as expected, and system boots to desktop in as little as 6 to 7 seconds. HD Tune Pro reports an average read time for the Toshiba M.2 SSD's, as 1535MB/s..... while the previous SuperRAID 2 Sandisk X100 mSATA SSD's was an average of 1411MB/s. On the other hand, SuperRAID 3 really shines in the Crystal Disk Mark scores. To best evaluate the 'Real-World' performance of SuperRAID 3, I used the PCMark 8 Storage Test. For those unfamiliar with this benchmark, the performance score of 5014 is very respectible. The duration of this grueling benchmark is generally 1 to 3 hours, and the GT72 sped through in just 1 hour and 8 minutes. All in all, I applaud MSI's use of the new M.2 SSD's, but I think performance will most improve with future 9-Series Intel chipsets.

    With all the attributes I've mentioned above, it is when gaming, that you understand the mastery of it's intuitive design. The re-designed flex-free keyboard, the large smooth & heat-free palm rest, the spatial Dynaudio speakers, and vivid display, all lend to an immersive gaming experience. So much so, I found myself playing my test game, far longer than originally intended.

    To run the GT72 through it's paces, I chose the recently released, AMD optimized title, Sniper Elite III, by Rebellion. With settings max'ed to 'Ultra', the GTX-880M smoothly sliced through the frames like a hot knife to butter, with frame-rates from 40 to 82Fps, averaging at 60Fps. Game play was extremely smooth and fluid, and never a hic-cup or artifact.

    To represent the 'Out-of-the-Box' experience, I played with the stock fan profile, and Cooler Booster was never used. Like with my benchmark testing, the fan noise was not disturbing, and game audio though the Dynaudio speakers easily comes to the forefront. Fan noise was never a distraction. Temps of the GPU peaked to 82C, and the CPU peaked at 68C. Again, with hardware like this, and without the use of Cooler Booster, these temps are outstanding.... and the new dual fan design is a success!

    Initially I intended my game session to be an hour..... in no time it became 3+ hours, and playing on this notebook is simply FUN!

    The look and feel is very stylish, and smooth finish is actually somewhat fingerprint resistant. Overall, with these great looks, it's fully loaded system specs, and stellar performance scores, the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro not only entitles bragging rights..... it DEMANDS them!

    Enjoy!

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  3. -=$tR|k3r=-

    -=$tR|k3r=- Notebook Virtuoso

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    MSI GT72 Dominator Pro with GTX-980M benchmarks have been moved HERE!

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    IKAS V Notebook Prophet

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    Will definitely be keeping a close eye on this thread especially when we get. Maxwell/Braodwell combo.
     
  5. lonelywolf90

    lonelywolf90 Notebook Consultant

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    I'll either 'watch from the shadows' as usual, going to get busy soon, sigh. But I'm so excited for this though I'm not planning to purchase this now. Striker, do a great review, rooting for ya!! ;)
     
  6. D2 Ultima

    D2 Ultima Livestreaming Master

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    Won't lie, that's a sexy looking machine. Wonder what threw them the dual-fan route though.
     
  7. rylickliter

    rylickliter Newbie

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    So I literally ordered the GT70 888 yesterday. It's waiting at the UPS store to be picked up after work today. Any idea when this machine will be shipping? I might send the GT70 888 back today if it's soon.
     
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    rylickliter Newbie

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    Any idea when they start shipping?
     
  9. -=$tR|k3r=-

    -=$tR|k3r=- Notebook Virtuoso

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    I can tell you I will have mine...... SOON! VERY SOON!

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    felix3650 Notebook Evangelist

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    Waiting for "the -=$tR|k3r=-" review ;) I'm sure it will be great as always mate :D
     
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