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MSI GT Series GT60 Dominator-424 Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3 GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

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  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3 GB
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70 GHz)
  • 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD
  • 15.6" 1920 x 1080
  • 14.97" x 10.24" x 1.77" 7.7 lbs.
  • DVD Super Multi

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Kevin Q.
  • 10/7/2014 3:39:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA review of the MSI GT-60 2PC Dominator

Pros: Manual Fan Boost (For heavy gaming)
Great FPS on games and 3D design software
Backlit SteelSeries keyboard
Fast processing

Cons: Fan tends to be loud (Wear headphones and you are fine)
Bit heavy and thick
Windows 8! (see thoughts)
Driver issues (Microphone (see thoughts!))

Other Thoughts: Well I wrote a review before but I wanted to touch up on it a bit more because I had only been using the laptop for a few weeks.

I left MSI after using their A-5000 laptop (Ages ago) and came onto a Dell XPS 15 for a while, I was then looking for an upgrade that was both mobile and powerful and came across this machine.

I was happy with it initially, it was an incredible improvement and helped continue my Digital Design (Both 3d and 2d design)

This machine is perfect for that and Gaming as well with incredible FPS's across the board.

I can go on and on about the features (and trust me. There is a lot of them! I am really happy with this thing!) But they are already mentioned in the specs tab and the MSI website.

The problems I’ve had with this laptop however we're not major, but annoying. Problem one that is hardly mentioned on reviews or Troubleshooting is the mic. The microphone looks great at a glance but trying to record, game, or even make a skype call my listeners reported hearing me as though I was sitting 20-50 feet away from my computer. It was an easy fix. Just downloaded a driver from MSI and no more mic issue!
Then problem 2 emerged... once again. Just an annoyance.
This laptop came with an audio enhancement tool... which stopped working once the driver was updated.... compatibility issues and such... but simply installed and replaced it with a third party enhancer, sounds great.
My final issue with this laptop was MSI's choice with windows 8. While a great OS... it isn’t Graphic Artist or gamer friendly... simple things that get annoying really show
Start menu being all in your face
The inability to "Copy without replacing"
A touchscreen interface on a non-touchscreen
Charms bar/multitasking bar appearing randomly with accidental swipes of the mouse pad.
And finally... my biggest issue... the inability for some apps/games to pick up the GTX graphics card... just the intergrated. that problem was fixed by plugging it into an external display... but if I’m not home I can’t enjoy just cause 2 like I want too (just cause two is the first time I ran into that issue, along with Flight Sim X)

No laptop is perfect. That’s needless to say
I myself can look past these imperfections and enjoy using this machine. It runs fantastically. It hasn’t crashed, lagged out, or in any way messed up on me.

Its reliable, fast, game heaven (For a laptop (and if you can deal with windows 8), and a great work machine (once again...Windows 8!)

Hardware: Fantastic
Software: I couldn’t do it myself at the time I received the laptop... I had no idea this was going to have those minor issues! If I didn’t have all of my files already in the machine I would of immediately installed windows 7 on it!


I AM HAPPY WITH IT! its fantastic! just wish it came with windows 7 and fixed drivers

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  • Kevin Q.
  • 9/14/2014 9:59:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGT60 2pc Dominator (870)

Pros: Increadible graphics, Fast processing, Killer speakers, Beautiful display, the backlit keyboard, All the vents for cooling, The fan kickstarter (Defualt fan speed to 4800 RPM fan speed)

Cons: Software.

Other Thoughts: This was my transition from a laptop with an i5 and a 525M graphics card from Nvidea. so you can imagine how much of a difference I am experiencing with this increadible machine. Games run flawlessly, Perfect for graphic artists on the go like myself but i will say that I have been having some minor issues that seem common. well one to be exact. the microphone. The microphone is horred. no one can hear me. and digging around i find that alot of people are having the same issue and the fix is a simple driver update. I performed that update and it did fix the mic issue however now im having compatibility issues with Sound blaster cinema.. so now the speakers sound dull without any form of custimization on levels.. in the end i settled for the speakers over the mic. but all in all its a great notebook!

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  • Daniel B.
  • 8/22/2014 11:58:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice laptop

Pros: Great performance for the price, got a better processor than ordered (2.8 vs 2.7Ghz), cool keyboard, very nice display

Cons: None, I really like this laptop. I mean, I guess I would not have formatted the drive the way that they did - but I put an SSD in right away, so I reformatted everything more to my liking. The warranty sticker on the back doesn't come off cleanly - I put some small scratches on the back trying to scrape it off. I guess it's nice that it can support 3 monitors, but I'll only ever hook it up to my TV. I'd have traded 2 of those connectors for a blueray drive. The back cover has some tabs that hold it in place even with the screws removed - it takes a bit of force to get it off and back on.

Other Thoughts: I put a Crucial SSD (MX100) in immediately and used the included Acronis migration software to resize and move the partitions from the mechanical disk to the ssd. It worked like a charm. I haven't used a computer that UEFI boots before, so it took me a couple of minutes to realize that to change the boot order, I needed to change the order of the "Windows boot managers" not the boot device order. Once I did that, I was booting off the SSD immediately. It boots so fast from SSD! I couldn't believe it. Boot now is in the 5 second range.

This laptop replaces my aging Asus ROG laptop, I was going to get another Asus, but it feels like they push you to the 17 inch size now for their higher end laptops and I really like the 15.6 inch size. I'm glad MSI made such a nice laptop.

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  • INDIA B.
  • 7/11/2014 9:49:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsSomewhat disappointing...

Pros: - Performance to size ratio
- performance to price ratio
- 2 hdd slot
- built in DVD (well I guess you can get one for $20 now)
- keyboard quality
- 2 year warranty

Cons: - build quality suffer in this version (more on this)
- fan is noisy as ever
- where is the Esata port?
- 3 displays (4 total)? Why?

Other Thoughts: I am disappointed with this MSI laptop.

I have been purchasing their equipment for more than a decade and this is one of the first disappointment I had with their product.

My model is GT60-660 not GT60-424. Mine has i7-4810 (vs i7-4800) and 12gb (vs 8gb) for about $50 more.

My first disappointment is the build quality. Some how the quality has suffered dramatically between this new model and my GT60-ONC. From a quick look they are as follow:

1. The aluminum parts of the body feels much thinner and flexes much easier (maybe its just me...).
2. The LED light that was on the headphone jack had been removed (used to be nice to be able to find it easy in the dark).
3. No blank for the SD slot to keep the dust out.
4. ID badge for system description used to be very specific, but now its very generic and does not even tell me what I have as CPU model, memory, HDD, etc.
5. Where is the ESATA port?
6. Only 4 USB ports.

I have no idea what other compromises there are internally but there is definitely a cut back on some of the premium features this laptop had.

Some changes I would like to see are:

a. 3 external video ports? How many people are going to actually hook up 3 monitors to a laptop? Nice options but how useful is that to most of us? One HDMI is fine.

b. The ESATA was taken off to make room for the video port. Are you kidding me? As a power user I use ESATA drive as back up and data drive. They are considerably faster than USB 3 devices.

c. Windows 8 without the touch screen is an epic fail... good thing windows 7 works with this.

d. Could use more USB ports, I know it is drain in power but I rarely run this on battery.

Even with all the draw backs and some changes for the worse, this laptop is probably still the BEST laptop you can get for the money. It is powerful as a well equipped desk top and lighter and has better features and hardware than the other laptops of the same class and price out there.

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  • Stephen K.
  • 6/17/2014 8:41:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI GT60 Dominator-424

Pros: -Hardware is far beyond the competition.
-MSI actually offers a 15" laptop with good hardware.
-The backlit keyboard is versatile and interesting, although on the grand scheme not that important.
-The 5000RPM fan button is useful for resource intensive games but is noisy.
-My model shipped with a i7-4810MQ instead of a 4800, which takes it from 2.7 to 2.8Ghz.
-Upgrading parts is pretty simple but I ran into a couple hitches below.
-Battery life is surprisingly good.
-Intuitive and simple function keys.
-Screen is above par.
-Functional inputs and outputs including HDMI.
-Cable lock port included.
-Keyboard is comfortable, easy to type with, and has a full keypad.
-Surprisingly Lightweight, although I was used to carrying an 8lb laptop for 8 years.
-Good airflow, keeps cool, even though it only has two vents (rear and left side).

Cons: This is a large laptop in terms of width. Make no mistake, this is nowhere near something like a Macbook or Air. On top of that it has the largest AC adapter I have ever seen, the unit is legitimately the size of a brick, which of course is needed to power the laptop's amazing hardware. This has made finding a bag for this laptop a bit of a challenge since I want to hold more than just the laptop and power adapter (although a couple bags didn't work because they were simply poorly designed). This will fit in my old Targus backpack with everything I want very easily, but messenger bags are a little bit different and a backpack doesn't look all that professional.

Camera doesn't work for me, more on that below.

Back panel would not come off completely, more on that below.

Steelseries Keyboard software always pops up on startup, I just disabled it and run the software when I want backlighting.

Win8.1. That is all.

Other Thoughts: I dislike Win8.1. I spent ten minutes using it and decided to install Win7 (as opposed to paying to make Win8.1 like Win7). I purchased a Samsung 840 PRO with this laptop to use as the main drive.

When I went to install the SSD I couldn't find an MSI guide on how to disassemble my particular model, it must be too new. I found a similar model and found you just need to remove some screws and pull off the back panel. I was unable to remove the back panel fully, even with light prying with a screwdriver and decided against breaking anything. The good news is I could still bend the panel enough to install the SSD properly and easily.

I attempted to install Win7 while the HDD was also enabled and met some resistance. Apparently Microsoft does not like people installing two versions of Windows on one machine so I had to find some guides on how to force the SSD to format properly and install Win7 and not fail to boot every time. Long story short I reformatted and installed Win7 three times on the SSD before disabling the HDD entirely, setting the proper boot priority, and then re-enabling it. That worked out and everything runs fine now, and I still have Win8.1 installed and ready to go, I just have to disable the SSD and change the boot priority in the BIOS to run with Win8.1, or if the SSD dies I can still carry on with Win8.1 while I sort that out.

I cannot find the drivers for the webcam so my camera does not work, but this is not a big deal to me, I don't have much of a use for that since I bought a Skype camera for our TV.

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  • Casey R.
  • 6/12/2014 12:53:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWon't Work with Some Software in 8.1 or Windows 7

Pros: Fast, great video card, has backlit keyboard, GREAT MACHINE ! on paper...
The tech support at MSI was great, courteous, and professional, but they couldn't help us make it run.

Cons: 8.1 windows sucks. Couldn't update internet security software or log on to more microsoft accounts because 8.1 only recognizes owner, or is so difficult to change user that it is defective.
Tried loading two different copies of Windows 7 because one copy did not have SP1. Neither copy could update, even though the machine was online. MSI tech support worked with me to make both 8.1 work and then win 7, but to no avail. Finally, even with drivers and techs at MSI support saying I could load Win 7 on the machine, Win 7 would not update, and the machine was online and I could download drivers manually. Machine is defective.
Then MSI tech support declares MSI does NOT SUPPORT WINDOWS 7, so ask yourself, "why do they have the drivers for win 7 and tell you it will work?" Defective is the only word.
On top of the 40hrs or so of work and reworking the thing we were charged a restocking fee by New EGG, buyer be ware !

Other Thoughts: If you are not going to use this with multiple users or get software conflicts like trying to use an Internet Security software that Win 8.1 does not like or let update, as we found, it should run. BUT it is a LOT of $$$ to gamble with. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS MACHINE until they get the bugs out and remove Windows 7 drivers if they DO NOT SUPPORT WINDOWS 7 on the machine.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Our machine is fully compatible with Windows 7 and this is why we provided the drivers for our customers.
Our tech only wanted to inform you that the alternate use of the system isn't supported by us, and we can only provide support when you encounter issues using stock settings.
Please understand that we can only provided limited tech support when you deviated from the expected standard usage of our products therefore it's recommended to seek a technical professional locally to assist you with the modification of OS.

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
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/6/2014 4:51:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt a great laptop

Pros: This laptop have a lot of features that make it one of best gaming laptop. Super fast and quiet the games run super smooth and graphics are one of the best with the GTX 8700m.

Cons: None

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  • George W.
  • 4/23/2014 5:05:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful punch, at a very nice price point

Pros: I have had my 424 for a few weeks now and haven't found any major gripes about it. The CPU/GPU combo are the center point of this machine. I will be adding an SSD to it soon, which will increase the overall performance even more. The OEM 7200RPM drive that it comes with is decent enough that an SSD isn't absolutely necessary. The screen is fantastic with vibrant colors and depth.

The backlit keyboard. Complete eye candy, but one of those things that I want on every laptop that I buy from now on.

Noise. It's quiet, even when I was running Diablo 3 at full 1080P. There's a "turn your laptop into a freaking jet plane" button along the top bezel that spins the main fan up to like 5000RPM, and it's LOUD, but... 5000RPM. During normal usage it is next to silent.

A huge pro to me, is the power, HDMI, are on the back of the laptop.

Cons: Agreed that the webcam is sub-par. It's usable, but should be better.

That's the only real con that I have come up with. I haven't torn it apart to install the SSD yet, I'm hoping that's not too much of a pain.

Overall : The thing is GORGEOUS and runs like a champ.

Other Thoughts: It sounds like adam k. got a defective unit, as I have had none of those larger problems. Haven't tried the mic, yet.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 4/22/2014 4:54:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Post Production Laptop

Pros: Handles massive After Effects projects breezily. Rendered out long sequences with a multitude of 6000x4000 buffers with no problem. Had enough puppet tool setups to be almost unworkable on my desktop machine (2008 Mac Pro), and it works beautifully.

Cinema 4D flies in it too, I had a scene with millions of polys just flying around in the viewer.

The wireless is insanely fast, I'm getting 5 MB/s from the office router while everyone else is getting 500 KB/s or so. Is this the effect of the Killer E2200? Not sure...

Games: this is mostly a work computer for me, but I play some games. I put Fallout 3 on it, and It runs with everything at the highest setting without breaking a sweat. Hawken, recent Steam release, same thing. I'm waiting to finish this job before buying Titanfall, which will be the real test. Will update.

Cons: Not much to speak of really. The webcam is sh$t. And the microphone is a joke, I didn't even know they made microphones that sound this bad any more. It sounds like one of those small radiosh@ck black plastic mics from the 80's. Aaaaand I just dated myself.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this laptop to work on side animation and compositing projects. It has performed fantastically and I am super happy about my purchase.

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  • adam k.
  • 3/23/2014 4:23:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggspoor quality

Pros: It most defiantly runs games like a champ solid frames on everything I played on ultra settings. Keyboard, and screen res really nice

Cons: And this list is growing each day. When I unboxed it (Wednesday) I found a loose screw in the box it was from one of the three that hold the back on near the gpu cpu area. The back didn't seem to be loose but I could not put screw back in as the female end was striped somehow. I had yet to download anything on it, and was just poking around, playing with the steel series keyboard changing colors when it locked up so bad I could not even ctrl alt del to restart had to hard reboot (not good sign for hour old laptop. The built in mic is 10000% garbage it is not possible to use for Skype I had to talk about 2 inches from mic for the other person to hear me ( yes it was set up I even boosted my outgoing lvls but this created so much static its unbearable for other person. Day 3 my sound stopped working completely, I had to re download drivers to get it to work. The following two days I had reinstall drivers each time to get sound to work after shutting comp down for the night. Its now Sunday I've owned laptop for 5 days, I've had to hard reboot 2 times about 15 random unresponsive programs and had to reinstall audio drivers 3 times. Other negatives is the touch houtkeys at top work when the fell like it and the fan is super loud at top speeds. This is all absurd it will be going back as I have 15 day no question asked return policy.

Other Thoughts: Most likely I just got a lemon, and like I said when its working it runs games amazingly, but that many issues with a computer that is less than a week old is a no go for me. Only reason it got 2 eggs is the quality of keyboard screen.

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
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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