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MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 1TB HDD
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  • Omar G.
  • 7/18/2014 8:57:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Gaming Laptop

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: If you are looking for a gaming laptop search no more. I have to say that i am pretty impressed with both build quality and performance of this laptop. I upgraded from a Lenovo y500 and i haven't looked back. The laptop is highly customizable offering you enough slots to add in a second hard drive and two sticks of ram. the day i received the laptop i installed a 240 gigabyte Kingston Hyper X SSD and 8 gigs of Kingston Hyper X Ram. I have to say it is an amazing laptop for gaming. so far I've installed about 20 games and it plays through them without breaking a sweat. The computer boots to OS rather quick and battery life has been stellar giving me 5 hours when surfing the web and about ~2 hours when gaming. I have yet to see a problem with the cooling like other people state on other reviews, so far the laptop has ran cool without having the need to manually put the computers fan in turbo mode.

Cons: None

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  • Matthew S.
  • 7/10/2014 2:42:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Price the best price per power components hands down

Great Speed out of a laptop very fast boot times and processing

Graphics are crisp and clean produding good framerates on the highest settings GTX 870 who needs to day more awsome

Keyboard is very nice and the backlit keys are the best i have ever seen on a laptop (my favorite feature is the button to change profiles instantly)

Layout on this is very straight forward and easy to use, very well build and sturdy, yet BIG so naturally easy to work on or upgrade

Despite of the Flaws this is still such a great laptop that if given the choice again I would confidently get this one again

Cons: UPGRADES- BEWARE if you want to have the SUPER RAID 2 as advertised you will have to buy this MS-16F42 daughter board ($100) as it is not included!!!!!!!! This was not pleasent to order 3 - 240 GB ssd open up the back and now have to wait again for the board, Also do not expect it easy to find a retailer as MSI site is horrible and does not list this and the CUSTOMER SERVICE has yet to respond.

Monitor is nice and clear but is lacking in the red saturation and when comparing side by side movies (catching fire red dress) to an old mac book it is very dull and is lacking in the color.

Warrenty sticker is in the way of the screw, so by adding an additioal HD bay for SSD OR standard 2.5 HD or system MEMORY UPGRADING of any kind voids FACTORY warrenty

It is NOT A CON for me but to others when gaming this thing gets HOT and the fan is awsome throwing out heat like a jet engine taking off and sounds like one too (but not noticable with good headphones) Must have laptop cooler pad do not game with this directly on your lap!

Other Thoughts: 8.1 windows yes it is the standard for all new PCs to ship with but it is still buggy and 7 is best for work / gaming computers
YES I bought 7 to install and replace 8.1

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  • sam m.
  • 7/7/2014 5:30:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsThe best purchase I have made in my life, seriously!

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Really Fast laptop

Graphics card performance is excellent

Higher Connection speed over long range w/ the Killer Network Adapter

Gaming is excellent! (GW2 on max :D)

Does as advertised

Keyboard is the best I have ever used in a laptop

Audio is superb (don't blast it, no need) It has a lot of power through it's speakers

Build quality is very nice

Wrist Rest is comfortable

Cons: Heat may be an issue, but so far, I have not experienced any crashes in this laptop.

I would recommend getting an external cooler if you want to play it safely, but so far, I do not see any dire issues about the heat

Arrow keys are a little hard to get used to, but that's not an issue for me.

Other Thoughts: I have the Dominator w/ a SSD and 12GB


I would purchase this laptop w/ a SSD inside.
It really makes a difference in speed

People have been saying this is "too big." I honestly love the size of the laptop. It is just beautiful, the way it's made. I have been getting compliments how how great it looks from my girlfriend's family.

If you can afford the extra SSD in this laptop, I would seriously consider it.

I am in love with this computer. I was considering the Alienware 18/17, but after some serious thought, the MSI Dominator is just made better.

You will know what I mean after using it. They've partnered up with other companies, for that, you get the best of ALL worlds.

Killer network adapter
Dynaudio speaker setup
Steelseries Keyboard

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  • Adam G.
  • 7/3/2014 7:29:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhat can be said that hasnt already?

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Solidly built, there isn't anything on this computer that is/feels flimsy or that corners were cut during manufacturing. The action of the lid provides enough resistance so that it doesn't feel like you might break it, and the weight of the computer itself allows one to open the lid with just one hand.

As one of the other commenters posted-- the keyboard is fantastic. One of the best I've ever used. I've yet to have a mistype using this keyboard. The keys move just the perfect amount for me (no need to hammer them as hard as possible), the texture is perfect, they're not slippery or anything.

After some tweaks, you'll be able to run most current gen games on their highest settings. More on this in Other Thoughts.

The majority of the plugs (power, display, ethernet, etc.) are located on the back of the computer. This was one of the main reasons why I bought this computer as opposed to some others.

The cooling vents intake from the back and exhaust on the LEFT side of the computer, so if you're right-handed, your mouse hand isn't going to get warm.

This model comes with a spare HDD bay that has room for 3 SSDs.

Cons: The "Turbo" setting has to be manually initiated using the appropriate button. The computer will not step up the fan speed to max on its own. This might be an annoyance to some.

The HD is only 5400 rpm. I knew this going into the purchase, but at this price point, and with these specs this really becomes a bottleneck and MSI could have gone with at least a 7200 rpm drive.

Another note about the HDD. This is a 1TB hard drive, but the partition decisions by the company were a bit perplexing. The boot partition was greater than half the size of the drive. Not really sure why they wanted OS to be over 500gb and the "data" partition to be the remainder, but a simple resizing fixed that.

Does not come with a blu-ray player. Again, while I knew this going into the purchase, at this price point we could have gotten a blu-ray player/burner instead of a standard dvd-burner.

Due to all the bells and whistles that this computer has, the 8gb of ram is nearly at 50% capacity before you even run any games. You'll want to consider upgrading your RAM as well as the drive if you want to use this as a serious gaming rig. That being said, however, this still performs very well with games in it's stock configuration.

Other Thoughts: Here's where the obligatory Windows 8 comments go... Not sure why there's so much hate towards the operating system. The metro page is fully customizable and is extremely useful once you take the 10 seconds to erase what's there by default and set it up the way you want it. I suppose the windows 7 / start menu fan-boys are too stuck on their desktop shortcuts or something. While this is not a touch screen laptop, Windows 8 still allows faster navigation of your resources and a more responsive system experience than any other version of windows. Hands down.

I mentioned above in the Pros section about having to make a few "tweaks" to the system. There is a bit of bloat that comes pre-installed on the computer, but it will only take you a few minutes to uninstall. If you're looking for performance, I would consider turning off the suite of software that controls the stuff like the back-lit keyboard and the various custom macros you can set up. This accounts for ~30% of your memory usage while the system is idle and could affect your gaming experience if you haven't upgraded the RAM.

A note to those that report heat issues with their laptop. I purchased this laptop along with the Cooler Master NotePal x3. The computer sits perfectly with this laptop cooler and heat has never been an issue. The cooling pad also has some cable management built into it so it helps keep the desk even more organized. This added peripheral only added $30 to the overall order and was, in my opinion, definitely worth it.

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  • Charles S.
  • 5/20/2014 11:01:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReview update

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: See previous review

Cons: Some bloat

Other Thoughts: UPDATED REVIEW
I decided to see if there was something going on in the system that would cause such high heat. Upon removing the heat sync's there was so much Thermal Paste that you could have coated the space shuttle in it. Applied IC Diamond paste, and the idle temps dropped from 52 to 39C. The load temps dropped from 93C to 80C. HUGE difference. System fan is still a little louder than I would like, however with head phones it is a moot point. System is staying cool, and running like a champ. AGAIN, I cannot stress how good this keyboard is. Absolutely one of my favorites that I have used in my 30+ years of computer use.

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  • Charles M.
  • 5/20/2014 9:58:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Gaming System

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Computer has everything that a user could need, including the high end capabilities of gaming software, design software etc. We have now owned 4 of the MSI Gaming series laptops and have loved every one of them. Much better than the new Alienware and other gaming laptop companies in terms of performance versus cost. Customer service is always willing to help...and they speak english as a primary language!

Cons: Like any gaming laptop, high end processors and graphics cards make for a short battery life and heavy computer when compared to smaller laptops built for efficiency. But if you are buying this for gamin potential, I doubt many will be trying to play it anywhere they cannot connect to power source.

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  • Charles S.
  • 5/18/2014 12:57:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPower with flaws

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Steelseries Keyboard (Best laptop keyboard I have ever used)
Two hard drive bays
GTX 870 (equivalent to GTX 780)
Anti-Glare screen
Came with all hardware for 2nd hard drive
Core i7 4800MQ (POWER!!!)
Style, lights, camera, and ACTION from the GTX 870 :)

NEW EGG CUSTOMER SERVICE

Cons: NOISE, HEAT, NOISE, HEAT (More on that later)
Battery life
Some bloat

Other Thoughts: Bought this to run my business software on as well as to game. System is absolutely beautiful. The brushed aluminum and lights of the SteelSeries keyboard all look amazing. Lighted MSI logo on the lid looks classy. System is huge, but it's a gaming system. Aren't they all when they have real power.

The problem I had is that the system gets really hot. Like 92C hot. It kept shutting down during races on F1 2012 and Crysis sessions got shorter and shorter. The system needs two fans. MSI can say all they want that the single fan will cool adequately, but mine would either throttle the CPU and GPU back (to the point that games would become jerky), or freeze up completely.

Now the biggest positive. New Egg's customer service. Fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about them. Absolutely a fantastic experience. They have earned a lifelong customer with me. I say definitely buy from New Egg, but if you want a gaming system that won't melt your desk, I would choose an ASUS, or Alienware.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • alexander n.
  • 5/5/2014 10:12:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome laptop, small issues

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: It is cheap for what it has to offer. The design is very stylish, but it is massive. Plays WoW on ultra with 4x multisampling.

Cons: The msi badge on the lid is kind of cheaply made. Wish it had a metal finish or glass finish, but it is only plastic and there were some scratches on the badge. Not a big deal for some, but I pay attention to minor things. Also the audio lighting on the keyboard is not working for me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/23/2014 10:07:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: The price and the power are definitely worth it; I've never been a fan of SLI so one 870m card is very nice. For gaming 8gb of memory is more than enough for even beefy games like BF4. I've been able to play most games on ultra with a few on high but for more on that read the cons section. The keyboard is beautiful and has a very cool texture to feel on your fingers. Most of the software MSI packaged with it is pretty useful too, not more so than things like Speedfan but still nice to have with it. The sound is great too, for mobile speakers they have a good tone. And of course the processor is great, just make sure to keep your settings in high performance mode! The fans also automatically adjust depending on how hot the system is so that's nice to have built in.

Cons: Since this is Nvidia's new 800 series the drivers are of course buggy and their release dates few. I have a PC with an older Sandy bridge i5 and a 770 with only 8gb of memory and it can run BF4 in ultra while this beefier laptop cannot. When I first got my 770 card (when it was new) I couldn't run anything on ultra until the drivers were sufficiently patched. I'm sure this is the same case for the 800 so early adopters beware! That being said the only other con is the steel series keyboard software is a bit of a resource hog, never enough to see any actual impact on my gaming but when I watch the process it definitely takes 10 to 15% of free memory. It has Windows 8 which I think belongs only on tablets but hey direct x I'm a slave to you. Also the fans can get pretty loud but that's just the nature of the beast.

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  • Frederick R.
  • 4/7/2014 7:53:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI GT70 The Dominator

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: By far the best gaming system i have owned. It has most the option from most computer which is standard on this system...

Cons: Nothing

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