MSI launched on Thursday a revamped version of its GT72 Dominator Pro gaming laptop. The updated notebook includes a redesigned one-piece aluminum chassis measuring less than 2 inches thick. The cooling system and overall airflow have also been retooled, and includes dual fan cooling with technology that is used in MSI’s Twin Frozr video cards.
"The GT72 Dominator Pro will turn heads with its ultra-sleek design and drop jaws with its pixel shredding performance," said Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. "The completely redesigned flagship gaming notebook incorporates the heralded elements of previous GT versions into a brand new chassis that maximizes performance and user experience."
The GT72 Dominator Pro is offered in two flavors: the 007 and the 010. Both are identical save for the hard drive and the amount of RAM. Each sports an Intel Core i7-4710HQ (2.5 GHz, 3.4 GHz) processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 880M GPU with 8 GB of DDR5 VRAM. Both also have a 17.3-inch anti-reflective screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The two laptops also provide a Blu-ray burner, Killer E2200 game networking (Ethernet), Killer N1525 Wireless AC connectivity, an SD card reader and a 1080p FHD webcam. Additional hardware specs include Dynaudio premium speakers with a subwoofer, six USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4 port, two mDP ports, and a programmable backlit SteelSeries keyboard. All of this is powered by a 9 cell battery.
As for the differences between the two models, the 007 includes 32 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory and what appears to be four M.2 128 GB SSDs in RAID 0 with a 1 TB hard drive. The 010 model has 24 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory and two M.2 128 GB SSDs in RAID 0 with a 1 TB hard drive. The 007 costs $2,999.99 and the 010 costs $2,599.99.
One notebook that could possibly rival the GT72 Dominator Pro in specs and pricing is one of the Alienware 18 configurations. For a starting price of $2,526, this notebook packs two Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPUs with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM (SLI enabled), 16 GB of memory, an 18.4-inch WLED FHD display, an Intel Core i7-4810MQ quad-core processor (up to 3.8 GHz), a 1 TB hard drive and a slot-loading 8x SuperMulti drive.
As reported earlier this week. CyberPower launched the Zeusbook Edge X6, packing an Intel Core i7-4710HQ Haswell processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M with 6 GB of VRAM. This laptop also includes 8 GB of DDR3 memory, a 1 TB hard drive, Wireless N and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. This laptop sells for a starting price of $1,399.
Origin PC also has a thin and light gaming notebook with a starting price of $2,199, the EVO15-S. This laptop features a 15.6-inch screen with a 2880 x 1620 resolution, an Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor (2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz), a Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and 16 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory (8 GB x 2). The laptop also provides up to two 128 GB SSDs in RAID 0 along with a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD.