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MSI Infuses GT Dominator, GE Apache Gaming Notebooks With Nvidia GeForce 800M Graphics

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These notebooks have Nvidia GeForce 800M series graphics.

MSI Computer Corp announced on Wednesday that the company updated the GT Dominator and GE Apache series of laptops with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 800M series graphics along with the previously announced SteelSeries backlit gaming keyboard and XSplit Gamecaster. The GT Dominator series and GE Apache series can be purchased now for starting prices of $1,499.99 and $1,199.99 respectively.

"The myriad of cutting-edge components makes the GT Dominator and GE Apache the ultimate mobile gaming systems for any type of gamers," said Andy Tung, CEO for MSI Pan America. "Nvidia’s GTX 800M Series graphics gives our notebooks unprecedented graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-realistic and immersive gaming experience."

The laptops are broken down into four groups: the GT60 Dominator (15.6 inch), the GT70 Dominator (17.3 inch), the GE60 Apache (15.6 inch) and the GE70 Apache (17.3 inch). The Dominator laptops feature either the 870M or the 880M GPU whereas the Apache laptops will come packed with an 860M or an 850M GPU. There are around 17 models in all, which are listed below.

The GT70 DominatorPro-1039 is probably the most expensive in the whole bunch, consisting of a 17.3 inch Full HD screen, a Core i7-4930MX (3.7 GHz, 3.9 GHz) processor, and a special "Super Pack" with a headset, mouse, mousepad and backpack. This notebook also packs a $4,099.99 price tag.

According to the specs, this top-of-the-line model also sports Nvidia's GeForce GTX 880M GPU (8 GB GDDR5, VRAM) 32 GB of DDR3L 1600 MHz memory, a Blu-ray disc burner, an SD card reader, Killer E2200 game networking, Bluetooth and a 720P HD webcam. For storage, the laptop features three mSATA 128 GB SSDs with read speeds from 1000 MB/s to as much as 1500 MB/s, and a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive.

Out of the whole batch, the GE70 Apache Pro-061 is probably the cheapest, costing a mere $1,199.99. This model sports an Intel Core i5-4200H (3.2 GHz, 3.4 GHz) processor, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (2 GB GDDR5), 12 GB of DDR3L 1600 MHz memory and a 1 TB hard drive. There's also a DVD burner, Killer E2200 networking, a 720P HD webcam and more.

MSI has equipped the Dominator and Apache notebooks with Sound Blaster Cinema, Dynaudio Speakers and MSI’s Audio Boost technology. They're also able to output to 4K displays and can connect multiple independent monitors simultaneously using the Matrix Multi-Monitor Display.

For more information or to purchase one of these laptops, head over to MSI right here.

Model

MSRP

CPU

CPU Frequency

Graphics

RAM DDR3L 1600MHz

HDD

GT70 DominatorPro

1039

$4,099

Core i7-4930MX

3.7 - 3.9GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M

8G GDDR5

32GB (8G*4)


Super RAID 2(128GB SSD*3 RAID 0)+ 1TB 7200RPM

SSD RAID 2

GT70 DominatorPro

888

$2,799

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M

8G GDDR5

32GB (8G*4)

Super RAID 2(128GB SSD*3 RAID 0)+ 1TB 7200RPM

SSD RAID 2

GT70 DominatorPro

889

$2,299

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M

8G GDDR5

16GB (8G*2)


128GB mSATA + 1TB (7200RPM)

GT70 DominatorPro

890

$1,999

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M

8G GDDR5

12GB (8GB +4GB)


1TB (7200RPM)

GT70 Dominator

891

$2,299

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

6G GDDR5

24GB (8G*3)


Super RAID 2(128GB SSD*3 RAID 0)+ 1TB 7200RPM

SSD RAID 2

GT70 Dominator

892

$2,199

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

6G GDDR5

24GB (8G*3)


Super RAID (128GB SSD*2 RAID 0) + 1TB 7200RPM

SSD RAID

GT70 Dominator

893

$1,999

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

6G GDDR5

16GB (8G*2)

128GB mSATA + 1TB (7200RPM)

GT70 Dominator

894

$1,699

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

3G GDDR5

12GB (8GB +4GB)

128GB mSATA + 1TB

GT70 Dominator

895

$1,499

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

3G GDDR5

8GB 

1TB (7200RPM)








GT60 DominatorPro 3K

475

$2,399

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M

8G GDDR5

16GB (8G*2)

128GB mSATA + 1TB (7200RPM)

GT60 Dominator 3K

474

$2,099

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

3G GDDR5

16GB (8G*2)


128GB mSATA + 1TB (7200RPM)

GT60 Dominator

423

$1,599

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

3G GDDR5

12GB (8GB +4GB)


1TB (7200RPM)

GT60 Dominator

424

$1,499

Core i7-4800MQ

2.7 - 3.7GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX870M

3G GDDR5

8GB

1TB (7200RPM)








GE70 Apache Pro

012

$1,399

Core i7-4700HQ

3.2 - 3.4GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX860M

2G GDDR5

12GB (8G+4G)

1TB (7200RPM)

GE70 Apache Pro

061

$1,199

Core i5-4200H

3.2 - 3.4GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX860M

2G GDDR5

8GB

1TB

GE60 Apache Pro

003

$1,349

Core i7-4700HQ

3.2 - 3.4GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX860M

2G GDDR5

8GB

1TB (7200RPM)

GE60 Apache 033

$1,299

Core i7-4700HQ

3.2 - 3.4GHz

NVIDIA Geforce GTX850M

2G GDDR5

8GB

1TB

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    XGrabMyY , March 12, 2014 3:54 PM
    8xxM GPUs? Where are the 8XX desktop line? I am ready for Maxwell yesterday.
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    XGrabMyY , March 12, 2014 3:54 PM
    8xxM GPUs? Where are the 8XX desktop line? I am ready for Maxwell yesterday.
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    edwd2 , March 12, 2014 4:25 PM
    880M = 780M = 680MXwith higher base frequencies and useless extra memory.
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    Queenslander , March 12, 2014 5:00 PM
    Why do Laptop GPUs have so much memory? Is 6GB really neccessary?
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    HiTechObsessed , March 13, 2014 9:41 AM
    Holy lord, 8GB of GDDR5? Why would that ever be necessary in a laptop?
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    bloodroses75 , March 13, 2014 9:42 AM
    Quote:
    Why do Laptop GPUs have so much memory? Is 6GB really neccessary?
    I guess the way I'd look at it is since the video card can't be upgraded/replaced, go for as much ram as you can get.
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    spadam_2000 , March 13, 2014 9:46 AM
    Quote:
    880M = 780M = 680MXwith higher base frequencies and useless extra memory.
    Except with the 880M the memory bandwidth is only 128-bit compared to the 780M's 256-bit width
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    HiTechObsessed , March 13, 2014 9:53 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Why do Laptop GPUs have so much memory? Is 6GB really neccessary?
    I guess the way I'd look at it is since the video card can't be upgraded/replaced, go for as much ram as you can get.


    Yeah, but that GPU can use a max of just about 3GB or so, and even that's pushing it.

    Quote:
    Quote:
    880M = 780M = 680MXwith higher base frequencies and useless extra memory.
    Except with the 880M the memory bandwidth is only 128-bit compared to the 780M's 256-bit width


    The 880m has 256-bit bus.
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    spadam_2000 , March 13, 2014 10:11 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    880M = 780M = 680MXwith higher base frequencies and useless extra memory.
    Except with the 880M the memory bandwidth is only 128-bit compared to the 780M's 256-bit width
    The 880m has 256-bit bus.[/quote]According to Nvidia's website, that is not the case. Where did you get your info?
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    HiTechObsessed , March 13, 2014 12:59 PM
    Simple typo. Why would their newest flagship be on a 128-bit bus?

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7834/nvidia-geforce-800m-lineup-battery-boost
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    athonline , March 13, 2014 2:50 PM
    Quote:
    Holy lord, 8GB of GDDR5? Why would that ever be necessary in a laptop?
    Quote:
    I guess the way I'd look at it is since the video card can't be upgraded/replaced, go for as much ram as you can get.
    In high-end gaming laptops you can upgrade your graphics card. This includes MSI, Alienware and Clevo/Sager designs.The reason behind the 8GBs is marketing. PS4 came with 8GBs and people made a fuzz about it, nVidia tries to get people into PC and is playing like Samsung now: Bigger is better or at least match them in numbers.Any true need? No. Just 8 feels like a magic number nowadays... Oh and to "cover up" that this is just another refresh. ~10% performance increase from 7xxM series.
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    HiTechObsessed , March 13, 2014 2:54 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Holy lord, 8GB of GDDR5? Why would that ever be necessary in a laptop?
    Quote:
    I guess the way I'd look at it is since the video card can't be upgraded/replaced, go for as much ram as you can get.
    In high-end gaming laptops you can upgrade your graphics card. This includes MSI, Alienware and Clevo/Sager designs.The reason behind the 8GBs is marketing. PS4 came with 8GBs and people made a fuzz about it, nVidia tries to get people into PC and is playing like Samsung now: Bigger is better or at least match them in numbers.Any true need? No. Just 8 feels like a magic number nowadays... Oh and to "cover up" that this is just another refresh. ~10% performance increase from 7xxM series.


    Yeah, I was sad when I saw the 880 and 870 weren't based off of Maxwell. Maxwell is the perfect solution for laptops; twice the amount of performance per watt? Yes please.
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    Queenslander , March 13, 2014 3:35 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Holy lord, 8GB of GDDR5? Why would that ever be necessary in a laptop?
    Quote:
    I guess the way I'd look at it is since the video card can't be upgraded/replaced, go for as much ram as you can get.
    In high-end gaming laptops you can upgrade your graphics card. This includes MSI, Alienware and Clevo/Sager designs.The reason behind the 8GBs is marketing. PS4 came with 8GBs and people made a fuzz about it, nVidia tries to get people into PC and is playing like Samsung now: Bigger is better or at least match them in numbers.Any true need? No. Just 8 feels like a magic number nowadays... Oh and to "cover up" that this is just another refresh. ~10% performance increase from 7xxM series.


    Thanks for that. Guess you do learn something new every day...
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    danwat1234 , April 17, 2014 2:09 PM
    PLEASE find a way to ship the GT60 and GT70 2OD and 2PE and other 780m/880m MSI laptops with 240W AC adapters because 180W is not enough. "NOS" is a joke, a crutch. Why does the laptop have to suck power from the battery when the GPU and CPU are fully utilized when a slightly larger AC adapter would stop this?
    Asus uses a 240w AC adapter for good reason in their G750 and MSI should as well. I thought MSI would probably have learned their lesson after the tomshardware review blasting NOS back in July of last year;; http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gt70-dragon-edition-2-core-i7-4930mx-laptop,3545-12.html

    This is especially important if an Extreme CPU is in the laptop. Having that being fully utilized along with the GPU, NOS will engage and whatever you are trying to do cannot be done forever because the battery will eventually drain to 30%!
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    JackSessions , April 19, 2014 8:38 AM
    Need help which one to choose. Either MSI GE60 APACHE PRO or MSI GT60 DOMINATOR.
    Some of the differences are:

    GE60 PROS:
    slimmer, lighter, extra 128gb SSD, bluray drive instead of dvd only and 12GB RAM instead of 8GB.

    GT60 PROS:
    longer battery life, i7 4810MQ instead of i7 4700HQ and GTX870M instead of GTX860M

    full specs:
    http://
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    HiTechObsessed , April 21, 2014 7:43 AM
    8GB of RAM is plenty, and the 870 is a good bit better than the 860. CPU upgrade is pointless, and SSD doesn't affect gaming, so GT60 would be my choice, unless extre-portability and general computing tasks are more important than gaming.