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MSI 17.3" Gaming Laptop with Core i7-4700MQ, GTX 780M/4GB GDDR5, BD Combo and Windows 8 64bit
Armed with the same sleek brushed aluminum exterior and anti-glare screen as its predecessor, it’s more powerful inside. MSI GT70 2OD-064US packs Intel's third-generation Core i7-4700MQ quad-core processor and NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 780M graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, much faster than its previous-generation graphics. No need to look back, because no one will catch up.
Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor
Windows 8 64bit
17.3" Full HD Anti-Reflective Display (16:9, 1920 x 1080)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M Discrete Graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
12GB (4GB x3) DDR3 1600MHz System Memory
Full-Color Programmable Backlit Keyboard by SteelSeries
Dynaudio Premium Sound Speakers with Subwoofer
Blu-ray Combo Drive
UNMATCHED POWER AND PERFORMANCE
Reign above all others with the unrivaled speed of the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and the power of NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780M Series Kepler GPU. Unleash the true nature of your games with the most powerful GPU in the world. Max out your settings without hesitation for ultra gaming at its smoothest on the fastest gaming laptop that's idealized for the extreme, engineered to dominate.
Transform your gaming space into the ultimate multimedia center with the Matrix Display. Multi-task like a pro with support of up to four independent displays, including the native notebook display, to work, watch, and play all at the same time.
COOLER BOOST 2
A smart, quiet, and highly efficient single fan cooling solution will keep you in the heat of battle without breaking a sweat. This one-touch instant cooling feature lowers the average temperature by 8° C with shared heat pipe technology while saving battery life for a longer, and better gaming experience.
Designed with exclusive networking optimizations, Killer™ DoubleShot offers up to 5x better latency than the competition and has the horsepower to handle multiple data streams at once. With Visual Bandwidth Control™, you'll see what those streams are doing in real-time for superior control over your precious bandwidth. Killer™ DoubleShot gives you unequalled hardware and software technology for your notebook Wi-Fi® and Ethernet connections.
GAMING KEYBOARD BY STEELSERIES
There is no exception for error when it comes to serious gaming. Play flawlessly with extreme anti-ghosting allowing for simultaneous key presses and rapid response times. Personalize your rig with unlimited customization possibilities with three color zones, five pre-configured settings, and over thousands of color options giving you the power of choice.
COMMAND. CONTROL. NAVIGATE.
Take control of your system instantly in a single touch. Conveniently access all features and functions with the System Control Manager, a simple user-interface to access and navigate through essential programs.
Pros: Playing games on this system (Skyrim, Star Trek Online, Dead Space 3, SWTOR) is amazing. Light weight for a gaming laptop its size (looks are deceiving). Not too over-the-top design on chassis.
Cons: SOFTWARE ISSUES AFTER UPDATES: *DVD/BLURAY: Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 doesn't play bluray disks. Still trying to fiddle with fixing the issue.
MISC. ISSUES AFTER UPDATES: *HDMI: When plugging into TV (Current Year Sony 50") sound doesn't work from TV, laptop only. Also when hooked up to the TV through HDMI, the laptop doesn't recognize the TV at all...so you can't even manually change the sound settings from laptop to TV.
NAGGING: *Cooler Boost 2 is kind of loud, but you aren't supposed to leave it on all the time, so use it in intermittent times (going to get a drink or bathroom break for instance). *No dedicated volume control. I like to play games loud but understand that it's a portable rig, I want to be courteous around the people around me when I don't have headphones or they are not warranted. It would be nice to change the volume on-the-fly just in case. *Keyboard could have been separated a bit more for my not-so-dainty hands and fingers. If you look at the keyboard close up, MSI could have separated the keys a bit more.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's a awesome rig to play on the portable level. Only wish that MSI did some homework regarding what software to put into for its Bluray player/drive. I also think they should have made sure that the HDMI, well, matter of fact, everything would have been tested (not hastily) before putting their approval on a product they tout as a "DOMINATOR". They should dominate on getting things right the first time before sending it off to portable gaming Valhalla.
But remember, this is just my opinion and I would like to make sure that just reading a review isn't a solid go or no-go decision. If your local store has one on display, even the lower model one, play around with it. It will be worth your while and sense to do so.
Pros: I brought this this laptop to play my games on ultra settings and it does exactly that
Cons: kinda heavy, windows 8 sucks, and screen is bright but kinda dull but thats not a big concern
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