***The Official MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (GTX-980M) Owner?s Lounge***

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  1. -=$tR|k3r=-

    -=$tR|k3r=- Notebook Virtuoso

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    ***The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (GTX-980M)..... the premier flagship and next great SUPER POWER..... and it's awesomely SEXY too!***

    Welcome to the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (GTX-980M) Owner's Lounge! Available Now..... Order Yours Today, and Prepare to Dominate!


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    MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (GTX-980M) Flagship Models, Specifications, and Product Links:

    Specifications

    GT72 2QE Dominator Pro-211 | MSRP: $2,399., Now $2,299. (i7-4710HQ)

    GT72 2QE Dominator Pro-210 | MSRP: $2,649., Now $2,549. (i7-4710HQ)

    GT72 2QE Dominator Pro-208 | MSRP: $2,999., Now $2,899. (i7-4710HQ)

    GT72 2QE Dominator Pro-445 (was -098) | MSRP: $3,399., Now $3,299. (i7-4980HQ & IPS screen)

    GT72 2QE Dominator Pro-444 (was -243) | MSRP: $3,899., Now $3,799. (i7-4980HQ & IPS screen)


    GT72 Dominator Pro Product Pages:

    MSI GT72 - Born To Upgrade

    MSI U.S.

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

    3.) 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 U.S. Gaming

    MSI Dragon Army

    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 (GTX-980M) Product News

    07 Oct. 2014: MSI Revamps Armory of Gaming Laptops with Latest NVIDIA GTX 970M & 980M Graphics

    07 Oct. 2014: MSI GT72 Dominator/Pro Gaming NBs Latest NVIDIA GTX 900M with unique gaming features

    17 Oct 2014: MSI GT72 2QE DOMINATOR PRO wins the Performance award at HEXUS


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    Official MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (GTX-980M) Downloads:

    Bios

    Drivers

    Firmware

    Utilities

    Manual

    GT72 GTX-900 Series MXM Upgrade Manual


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    Other Downloads:

    "Silent Option" Fan Control Application For MSI Laptops

    Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU)

    NVIDIA GeForce WHQL 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

    HWInfo

    FutureMark's 3DMark & PCMark8

    Unigine Benchmarks

    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! The Maxwell GTX-980M Soon! :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 | Intel® Core i7-4980HQ

    GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M (Maxwell GM204M) | Intel® HD Graphics 4600 | Intel® Iris Pro Graphics 5200

    Chipset: Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset

    Wireless: Qualcomm Killer N1525 Wireless-AC | Killer DoubleShot™ PRO | driver download

    Ethernet: Qualcomm Killer E2200 Game Networking | Killer DoubleShot™ PRO | 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, x1, x2, or x4 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) GTX 900M series MXM graphics upgrade

    GT72 Disassembly


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    How To's:

    Graphics Driver Installation Order (For GT72 & GT80)

    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 |

    5.) The eBags TLS Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

    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 MSI GT72 (GTX-980M) owners on the planet. ;)

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

    01. Improved chassis design.
    02. Larger touchpad, smooth and seamless with the palm rest.
    03. A large, cool to the touch, glass-like polymer palm rest.
    04. More USB 3.0 ports.
    05. A 230W PA.
    06. A 1080p webcam
    07. Revised Steelseries keyboard, flex-free, with brighter back-lighting.
    08. Dual fan cooling solution, with improved chassis vent design, a better fan control profile, ergo.....
    09. 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.
    14. Killer Doubleshot Pro, wherein Ethernet and Wireless can be used independently, or simultaneously for improved bandwidth.
    15. Due to the overall re-design, a more intuitive gaming experience.
    16. And finally, the AWESOME NVidia GTX-980M w/ 8GB GDDR5!

    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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    Well, here it is..... the MSI GT72-2QE Dominator Pro-208US! Essentially, this notebook is equally equipped as the previously reviewed, GT72 2PE-007US, with one major exception..... the awesome NVidia GTX-980M. As such, I will be using my thoughts of the previous 880M model..... amending these where appropriate. As to unboxing photos, essentially everything is the same, so please review the photos HERE.

    So, here it is.....

    It's Bold, it's Bad, it's Fast, it's Powerful, and honestly, there is not much, not to like about this notebook. Also at present, this notebook is fully MXM upgradable, and for a single GPU solution, it really doesn't get much better than this.

    This model uses the same Chi Mei CMN1735 screen, which has good brightness, color, and contrast. Previously, I criticized this screen for lack of viewing angles, but interestingly enough, this is not the case with this notebook. 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 and feels great!

    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 this 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 were again 78F, and the system's idle temps were CPU@36C, and GPU@33C. Without the use of Cooler Booster ('stock' fan profile only), during benchmarks the highest CPU temp reached was 73C, and the GPU only reached a high of 70C. Throughout, 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.

    That said, how does the new GTX-980M (Maxwell GM204) stack up in the benchmarks, as compared to the previous GTX-880M (Kepler GK104)?

    Significantly improved in both performance and efficiency, the GTX-980M excels over the GTX-880M as follows:

    1.) Vantage score improves by 3651, while GPU temp reduced by 10 degrees-C (18F), and the CPU by 5 degrees-C (9F).
    2.) 3DMark11 score improves by 2292, while GPU temp reduced by 10 degrees-C (18F), and the CPU by 9 degrees-C (16F).
    3.) 3DMark Sky Diver score improves by 4228, while GPU temp reduced by 16 degrees-C (29F), and the CPU by 8 degrees-C (14F).

    It should be noted that the factory release 344.00 driver was used for these benchmarks, and the 980M is yet to be recognised in FutureMarks validation process. Performance scores should improve with future NVidia driver release packages. Also, this 2nd-GEN Maxwell was manufactured still using the 28nm process, and efficiency will further improve with future Maxwell's, as this process is reduced.

    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 1530MB/s..... while the previous SuperRAID 2 Sandisk X100 mSATA SSD's averaged 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 again used the PCMark 8 Storage Test. For those unfamiliar with this benchmark, the performance score of 5016 is very respectible. The duration of this benchmark is generally 1 to 3 hours, and the GT72 sped through in just 1 hour and 16 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.

    At this point I conducted an audit of the systems storage capability, and all audits (including Intel's IRST) reports a total of 6 SATA ports, distributed as follows:

    Port 0 = M.2 SSD, SATA III @ 6Gbs
    Port 1 = M.2 SSD, SATA III @ 6Gbs
    Port 2 = ODD, SATA II @ 3Gbs
    Port 3 = HDD, SATA II @ 3Gbs (NOTE: MSI has installed a SATA III, 6Gbs HDD on this port)
    Port 4 = M.2 SSD, SATA III @ 6Gbs
    Port 5 = M.2 SSD, SATA III @ 6Gbs

    This will undoubtedly come as somewhat a disappointment, to those desiring faster alternative storage devices to ports #2 & #3.

    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, and playing on this notebook is simply FUN!

    To run the GT72 through it's paces, I again chose the recently released AMD optimized title, Sniper Elite III, by Rebellion. With game settings max'ed to 'Ultra', the GTX-980M smoothly sliced through the frames like a hot knife to butter, with frame-rates from 45 to 94FPS, averaging at 65FPS. Game play was extremely smooth and fluid, and never a hic-cup or artifact. Also, just as benchmark scores should improve in time, I anticipate frame rates will improve, as more mature future drivers are released.

    To best 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 75C, and the CPU peaked at 61C. 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!

    In conclusion, the look and feel is very stylish, build quality is nice, and the 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 (with 980M) not only entitles bragging rights..... it DEMANDS them!

    Enjoy!

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    The following screenshots are the benchmark results using NVidia's new 344.24 driver release. Rather than performance, the focus of this release was implementing new Maxwell features, and game optimization..... ergo, these scores were actually slightly lower. Again, the ambient temp was 78F. Future drivers should improve performance levels.


    Vantage 344.24 driver.JPG 3DMark11 344.24 driver.JPG 3DMark 344.24 driver.JPG Fire Strike 344.24 driver.JPG


    Information on NVidia's new GTX-980M:

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    To take the 980M through it's paces, I allowed the Unigine benchmarks to loop 5 times, prior to actually running these benchmarks. This stressed the card to 100% for a considerable period, yet max temp never exceeded 75C. :)

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    PCMark 8 Storage Test, and Creative benchmark scores are EXCELLENT! :)

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    Enjoy!

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    ryzeki Moderator Moderator

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    My my, someone has been playing with a 980m bad boy huh?

    Are you going to try OCing?
     
  4. -=$tR|k3r=-

    -=$tR|k3r=- Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes Sir! NVidia just release the 3rd driver today..... now it's 344.24...... none have work so far, and I'm about to test this one.... fingers crossed!

    :)

    EDIT: YEE HAW! NVidia is on the ball this go-round! Just ran NV Experience, and it detects and installs 344.24. The notebook arrived with 344.00..... anyhow, I'm back to benchmarking to see how the new driver improves performance.

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    ryzeki Moderator Moderator

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    Congrats Striker! Be sure to take your time and have all the benches you need! I am afraid with the huge influx of posts coming up, some might not even notice this thread haha :D
     
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    IKAS V Notebook Prophet

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    Man the performance and temps are insane. WOW!
    @ -=$tR|k3r=- I'm surprised you didn't get one with a 4980HQ.
    Comparing fan noise levels/profiles with the "older" GT72 880M is the 980M powered model quieter or the same?
    Is the screen the same, I know the first GT72 had a good screen but viewing could have been better, how are the viewing angles on the 208 PRO model?
    I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this thread for sure, keep the benches coming -=$tR|k3r=-
    And like Rezyki mentioned did you try OCing yet?
    Congrats and I think I just found my next laptop :)
     
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    Screen is the same, the 4980hq models are delayed while they are fitted with ips displays.
     
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    Any chance you get options to upgrade to a IPS display or is it just for the 4980HQ models?
     
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    HazrD Notebook Consultant

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    What's the game called in the first picture? Looks intense!
     
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    Marcelosiciliano Notebook Consultant

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    Is the 4980 much better than the 4710?
     
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