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MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-894 Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70 GHz) 12 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3 GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3 GB
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70 GHz)
  • 12 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD
  • 17.3" 1920 x 1080
  • 16.85" x 11.34" x 2.17" 8.6 lbs.
  • Blu-ray Disc Reader

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Unleash the Power
Unlock the true potential of your games with the 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. With a 15% increase in performance when compared to the previous generation and advances in lower power consumption, dominate and play longer than ever before.

Making Fantasy a Reality
Revolutionize the way you play with extreme graphics performance powered by NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 870M GPU. Turn it all the way up to ULTRA graphics settings and watch your games come to life with FSAA, dynamic lighting, particle effects and accelerated realism with NVIDIA PhysX. Extend your play time up to 2 times longer, automatically, with GeForce Battery Boost.


SteelSeries Gaming Keyboard
Perfectly crafted, extremely accurate; the SteelSeries keyboard was designed to provide the best gaming experience with full color backlit LED lighting, completely customizable, tactile feedback and highly efficient anti-ghosting capabilities.

SteelSeries Engine
The power of personalization in one application. Use every key to your advantage with the SteelSeries Engine to streamline and personalize your play style. Have the perfect layout? Share your keyboard settings and profiles with fellow gamers. Customize the SteelSeries keyboard with over a billion different combinations of modes, effects and colors. Track your key actions and improve your game play with the statistics tracker.

Monitor, manage, and play instantly from the Dragon Gaming Center. Quick launch your favorite games and applications, check the health of your system, or access system information and background programs to easily free processing resources.


XSplit Gamecaster allows you to easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube and more. Designed to make the user experience exceptionally smooth with low resource usage and superior features, Gamecaster makes live streaming easier and more entertaining than ever. Check out the video to see just how easy it is to start streaming.*

* 6 months free trial upon activation


Improved cooling over the previous generation, the exclusive Cooler Boost 2 technology reduces temperatures by 15% while keeping noise at a minimum. The efficient and intelligently designed single fan thermal cooling combines the CPU and GPU cooling system together with a thermal bridge, not only keeping temperatures constant but also saves on the battery life of your system with one fan.

Watch, work and play all at once with the MSI exclusive Matrix multi-monitor display. Connect up to 3 external monitors and transform your notebook into the ultimate multi-media center.


Killer™ DoubleShot combines Killer Wi-Fi and Ethernet adapters, built for superior speed, intelligence and control for notebook PCs, wired or wireless. Faster downloads, smoother online gaming and better streaming video are now possible with advanced technologies and exclusive Killer™ networking features. Killer™ DoubleShot gives you unequalled hardware and software technology for your notebook Wi-Fi® and Ethernet connections.

Share Your Gameplay
Seamlessly display video between multiple devices without cables or network connection with Miracast™. Share your laptop screen with a projector or external display in real-time and share your experiences, seamlessly, without the cable clutter.


Dynaudio Premium Speakers

Fine tuned to perfection, fill the room with the high definition, sonically accurate speakers from Dynaudio. Immerse yourself and become a part of your games with a surround sound theatre experience with four 4.1 channel speakers and a subwoofer.

Audio Boost

Amplify the experience of your headset with gold plated and boosted audio jacks for higher fidelity sound quality to gain the advantage during the heat of battle.


Be prepared for any engagement with an included battle pack and equip yourself with a gaming headset, gaming mouse, mousepad and backpack.

*Battle pack is available only on select GT Dominator models

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • David H.
  • 9/29/2014 6:17:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's what I wanted

Pros: Fast! Really fast! Customize-able backlights on the keyboard, great screen! The display looks better than either of my two 24in monitors on my gaming rig. I've never used a laptop as a gaming machine before, and honestly, that's not why I bought it. But, the display; cpu speed; and wireless controller make laptop gaming a great substitute for sitting at my desk and gaming from my tower.

Still not a big fan of Windows 8, but 8.1 allows me to use the laptop in a more familiar environment.

The boot drive being an SSD means no long waits at start up.

I'm really loving this.

Cons: Battery life. When gaming, it sucks the juice...but how can you expect a battery to power these components for extended periods of time. So, I'm okay with that. However I do use it for other things, and the battery usage for standard Window's apps is fine.
It's pricey. I was really just looking for something to run my poker clock for my league, but as a gamer...if I was going to drop money, I wanted something more robust than your typical store brands.

Other Thoughts: It's hard to find a decent backpack for such a big laptop.

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  • Erik F.
  • 7/27/2014 6:26:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat he said!

Pros: Powerful
Great battery life

Cons: Heavy

Other Thoughts: It does have the 4810 processor! This thing plays everything with smooth frame rate and is the best value of the Dominator GT70 line.

Other reviews for Dominators are super positive regarding keyboard, sound, etc. In my opinion it's all so-so. My Dominator is replacing a Toshiba Qosmio that's nearly 3 years old. The Toshiba was about this price when new and includes harman kardon sound (amazing!), gorgeous screen, perfectly laid out and feel keyboard and bluray burner. It was good graphics of the day, GTX 560.

The dynaudio speakers are sad. No sub = tiny sound with no low and mid range. Wear headphones!

Touchpad feels great.

Steelseries keyboard is ok, don't know what the hype is about, the Qosmio keyboard is much better. I'm always hitting the spacebar in games instead of left alt. Its just laid out differently than other PC keyboards whereas the Qosmio is more standard like a desktop keyboard.

Screen looks very good but something is off. Qosmio has what I'd consider accurate and vivid colors. Maybe this one is a little washed out?

Battery life in power saver or balanced mode is astonishing! 5 hours is superb. Love it!

Cooling fan is perfectly tolerable sound given the duty it performs. Not exactly quiet but crank it up to turbo cooling and hear how loud it can get! It does a great job keeping the machine running smooth. Keyboard never feels hot.

If you want a great performer this is it for sure but the other features are lacking. I miss the quality of the Qosmio but as soon as I fire up a game I forget all about that and just enjoy the silky game play.

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  • Michael C.
  • 7/7/2014 2:38:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolute beast of a laptop.

Pros: The MSI GT70 Dominator-894 is a ridiculous monstrosity of a laptop that will take anything you throw at it, chew it up, and spit it back out. With it's quad core, hyperthreaded Intel Core i7-4810MQ (yes, 4810 not the 4800 like this page says... according to CPU-Z.) it blasts through any game or application you want it to. I've even encoded 1920x1080 (using h264) in realtime with ffmpeg.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M powers through brand new demanding games with ease. I was playing Watch Dogs at the highest settings possible in 1080p at 50-60 FPS. Older games like GTA 4 and Dead Space are in the hundreds of FPS.

The screen is bright with vivid color, and it even works fairly well in the sun. Very good viewing angle as well. It's not touchscreen, but that's not a big deal to me at all. It was a nice toy to have on my last laptop, but it's not necessary.

Very good speakers as well, but not quite as nice as the speakers in the Asus N550JV laptops, in my opinion. This MSI also has pretty good battery life when you consider the components. I've gotten over 4 hours out of it when not doing anything demanding. Just don't play 3D games on battery. It will severely decrease the overall lifetime if your battery due to the power draw. This is true for all laptops. I did it one time, playing GTA for about an hour. The battery was HOT to the touch, never will do that again.

Cons: My only real complaint is that it's quite heavy. Actually using this laptop on your lap can be quite annoying. You should have a desk to place it on. If you're fine with that, you will NOT find a better price for these specs. Other laptops currently cost more and are less powerful.

Other Thoughts: Overall, if you want an amazing gaming laptop and/or desktop replacement that will serve you well for many years... look no further than the Dominator-894. It's called "Dominator" for a reason. It's also the only laptop that I've seen so far at this price point with a Blu Ray drive that doesn't sacrifice something else like higher end graphics.

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