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

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB
  • Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 1TB HDD
  • 17.3" 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • DVD Super Multi
  • 16.85" x 11.34" x 2.17" 8.6 lbs.
  • 2 Year Warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Thomas H.
  • 2/26/2015 7:25:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHands down the best laptop i've ever used.

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

Pros: When i put this on my desk it feels like a desktop with a mouse and a headset, you don't even realize it's a laptop until you look away.

Ran watch dogs on max @ 30-45 fps.

Cons: Nothing thus far, but will update in the future if anything!

Other Thoughts: First MSi Machine! And i'll come back again!

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  • James A.
  • 2/20/2015 6:40:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFrustrating Issue, Simple Solution

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

Pros: All of the pros I had spoken of before hold true.

Cons: Not a con with the laptop per se, but I had an issue that effected performance. Wanted to share, in case anyone has the same:

Performance fell off sharply some time ago. I was too focused on work to really notice (and had some rare time off the road, which meant less laptop use.)

Finally got annoyed enough to look into it when playing an alpha test game at 7 fps on lowest settings....

Turns out, one of the NVIDIA control center updates made the laptop use the integrated graphics chip by default, instead of the beefy NVIDIA 870 that the laptop carries. You must change a setting in the NVIDIA control panel, forcing the computer to always use the 870. After that change, same game ran @ 45+ FPS on high settings.

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  • Kevin S.
  • 2/5/2015 12:49:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Computer, but...

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

Pros: Nice machine. The processor is actually an I7-4810, a little faster than the advertised 4800. Good heat dissipation. Great screen. Really good performance. Lots of room for expansion, but....

Cons: Mine had a tag on it that said it voided the warranty if I try to access all of those great expansion slots. So it appears that you either have to void the warranty, or wait until it expires to use those great extra capabilities it has. That was very disappointing.

There was also a surprising amount of bloat-ware loaded on the machine from the factory. Unfortunately normal for some manufacturers, but I didn't expect it so much from a component manufacturer like MSI.

Other Thoughts: I would have rated this higher if it wasn't for this baffling catch 22. They advertise capabilities that you apparently can't use without voiding the warranty.

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  • Enrique M.
  • 2/2/2015 4:41:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsRevising earlier review

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

Pros: Everything it says on the sticker is true (lots of RAM, nice CPU, improved cooling, etc.)

Cons: Same problem as its predecessors: high-performance NVidia GPU wants to commit suicide and must be talked off the ledge constantly until the inevitable happens. I regret giving this 1 star but it is factually accurate from my own experiences.

Other Thoughts: Please see my earlier review. I feel compelled to edit it (no edit function so I am adding another review) because after I made my last review, MSI contacted me and they are repairing/replacing my damaged computer. I think it is important to raise the rating here to 3 eggs because the manufacturer has responded to my concerns and, while the original problem is still there, it is important to me to recognize the fact that they spoke to me and are prepared to fix this problem right away. Thus, I prefer to reflect a more neutral rating as an acknowledgment of good customer service, original issues notwithstanding. I think this is important for others to know.

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  • lothar v.
  • 1/28/2015 9:43:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggshorrible.

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

Pros: extremely high fps
games run very smoothly
portable

Cons: reliability
slow start up

Other Thoughts: sound card literately stopped working for me 33 days into it and the graphics card just shot up and started to crash none stop. Had to send the laptop back for a replacement RMA because it just got unbearable and i could not communicate with friends over skype or ventrilo. worst experience ever with my first ever gaming laptop

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Refer to our website and update the audio driver, www.msi.com
2. If issue presist, you can try a full systme recovery to test.
3. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at our toll free number 888-447-6564 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

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

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  • Enrique M.
  • 1/26/2015 4:25:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsVery disappointed

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

Pros: Everything it says on the sticker is true (lots of RAM, nice CPU, improved cooling, etc.)

Cons: Same problem as its predecessors: high-performance NVidia GPU wants to commit suicide and must be talked off the ledge constantly until the inevitable happens. I regret giving this 1 star but it is factually accurate from my own experiences.

Other Thoughts: As my record on this site would show, I've been a customer of MSI hardware for a long time. I've only had nice things to say though I usually don't write reviews - but I do answer questions if I get them. Normally, I build desktops.

I purchased this unit as a replacement for my MSI gx740. I am completely disappointed and, while I still hold MSI as a good manufacturer, this may be my last MSI purchase because, in my opinion, the drop in hardware quality is starting to show and the marriage with NVidia cards is not working, at least for me.

In a nutshell - my GX740's NVidia card overheated constantly and within weeks of having purchased that computer, it burned itself. Since I do a lot of programming work on these computers and gaming is secondary, I carried on with a crippled card until I decided to purchase this Dominator about six months ago. Despite my dislike for very large laptops, I went with this huge unit because I understood the "desktop-class" NVidia GPU needed the room for cooling. Within a week I could tell something was not right - fans on all the time and I could not put the computer on my lap - it would burn my legs.

I discovered the new GeForce drivers are difficult. At first, all was well - hot, but well. Then slowly, the same symptoms as my older unit - driver crashes. Eventually, it's constantly crashing the driver(s) – it crashes even while just opening the NVidia tools. I can’t really play anything. I can work with the built-in Intel graphics but that's about it. I am pretty sure at this point that the NVidia card is damaged. I’ve tried every driver, every utility, every setting – clearly, the hardware is pretty much busted at this point.

For a starters, it insists on overclocking itself to the absolute boost limits despite my telling it not to: the card cannot handle that default boost speed, not on this unit anyway. I found out that, if I under-clocked it (using for instance, NVidiaInspector) by as much as 100 Mhz, it would actually behave - but after a while, it insisted on overclocking itself back. Now, if I under-clock it, it immediately resets itself to its maximum boost value which fries it.

About 5 months since my purchase, I've just about had it. As I said, I am pretty sure the hardware has damaged itself. I must have put 100 hours into research on this. I've posted to NVidia forums - I have no official response. But I can tell this is the same problem I had with the previous unit. The card is running way too hot until some circuit burns or something. Very disappointed; I understand things happen but, with these MSI units, for me this is more like a pattern. Maybe it is bad luck but, I build my own rigs and, outside this product line, I’ve never seen anything like this. I am going to get this unit to my daughter for school work and switch manufacturers for my next desktop. I don’t think this unit can handle the pressure.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our laptop, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at our toll free number 888-447-6564 M-F 6AM-6PM PST or email us at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • Stephen C.
  • 1/23/2015 3:48:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLOVE IT

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

Pros: Best barging cpu with graphics card you can get in laptop!

Cons: For the price none.

Other Thoughts: I installed windows 7 on this machine. I have it duel boot with windows 8. I just went into bios and enabled UEFI with CSM. Downloaded all the drivers from MSI and placed them on the hard drive that came with this and did a fresh install of windows 7 on separate SSD with no problem. transferred drivers over and runs great. Literally boots in less than 5 seconds with SSD. Use the hard drive with windows 8 as back up.

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  • Noah C.
  • 1/19/2015 7:44:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRuns Great

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

Pros: Great performance
Speakers are top notch
Cooling system is adequate
Price
Design

Cons: A bit of a hassle to take through my school's metal detectors every day, as it is cumbersome and somewhat heavy, but it's still worth it. The only other thing I can think of is that I found a bit of bloatware upon first starting up the laptop, but I uninstalled it all quickly without a problem.

Other Thoughts: Excellent performance for a laptop, as a first time owner of a laptop I must say I had my doubts, but this beast just blows my gaming desktop completely out of the water. MSI has outdone itself with this monster of a machine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/26/2014 10:10:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat machine

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

Pros: -This machine has phenomonal performance
-4810MQ Nice surprise
-Nvidia 870m is great
-Seperare left and right trackpad buttons, I hate it when they are one with the trackpad

Cons: The only con for me is a software issue, this beast won't sleep. I'll close the lid and a little bit later (2 to 15 minutes) it'll surge back to life. The screen and keyboard will stay off but it obviously is awake. And no it isn't a mouse or anything.

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  • LEE A.
  • 12/11/2014 3:01:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood computer but LARGE

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

Pros: The computer has good specs for the price
The graphics are decent 1920X1080
the processor is good
the ram is alright
all out of the box
the screen is 17"

Cons: This thing is a tank
the battery is a huge brick (annoying)
the computer is massive. you can always use it as a weapon if your being attacked!

This might scare you
First thing I did after setting it up was uninstall the pre-installed norton. and the OS wouldn't boot, It instantly jumped me into recovery mode (pretty scary on the first day of owning this tank of a machine.)
Recovery mode worked and got me back into the machine. No problems yet. But man I didn't realize this machine was going to be so heavy. ...
Also windows 8.1 is c r a p t a s t i c!
going to put windows 7 pro on it.

I wish it had a back lit keyboard.

Other Thoughts: if you dont mind getting a workout while your carrying this thing around it will do most anything for you. Even play some games. I bought it for work though...

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