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MSI GE Series GE62 Apache Pro-219 Gaming Laptop 5th Generation Intel Core i7 5700HQ (2.70GHz) 16GB Memory 1TB HDD 128GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3 GB GDDR5 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Stellar specs/performance
This is probably the main reason you're looking at this laptop. Brand new Broadwell CPU, enough ram for about anything, and a GTX970M, along with the combo SSD + 1TB HDD.
2. 2 extra hard drive bays
Not to be overlooked. As the RAM is maxed out and the CPU isn't going anywhere, the fact that you can put in not one but TWO more hard drives adds some real longevity to this unit, especially if you're gaming and want to throw in a 512 or 1 TB SSD for your game installs.
3. Lots of USB 3.0
4. Keyboard bling? Not quite necessary but hey why not

Cons: 1. Battery life
Not sure what this actually amounts to because I didn't buy this as a real mobile, on-the-fly type of machine. But when unplugged, it usually has around 4 hours left, but when streaming videos online it's chewed through this time pretty fast, to the point where I've estimated actually close to 3 hours. Pretty terrible for a laptop with Broadwell in it, and was expecting much more.
-1 Egg for this.

Other Thoughts: The heat was mentioned in a previous review and as of this writing, this laptop model is very new and there are two reviews up already. Regarding the heat, YES it does get very hot while gaming - IF you leave the fans at default. By default, the system will let itself get TOASTY before kicking the fans up.
However, there's a nifty button on the laptop which kicks the fans into Turbo mode. In Turbo mode, the fans run up to 5800 RPMs, measured by MSI's software. At this speed, it's loud, but runs relatively cool.
While gaming, GPU has hovers between 56 and 60 C and the CPU between 66 and 73 C. Sounds hot, but for years Intel's CPUs have run hot and tolerated the heat quite well. 80's is a walk in the park, 90+ C is more worrisome; 100 C is where real problems start.

Keyboard feels great and the screen looks good.

The screen has a bit more flex to it than I'd like but should not be an issue. Probably sacrificed some robustness to achieve its 5.3 pounds. This coupled with battery life is another strike against using this as a real on-the-go machine. For mobile gaming however, great.

Bottom line: laptop that can GAME seriously. Turn the fans on to turbo and enjoy maxed out graphics. Keep your headphones on tight and ignore that your fans are at 5800 RPMs.

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Acer S220HQLAbd  Black 21.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I bought two of these in 2012. These monitors were great for over a year. Cheap, light, nice enough image, can't really complain.

Cons: Both monitors I bought lost functionality of their DVI port. The first one crapped out about 6 months ago. I tried everything, even using different DVI cables... no good, only the VGA would work.
About two weeks ago, this same phenomenon occurred on my second monitor. Try as I might, I cannot get any kind of signal through the DVI port.

Now I have to run both monitors off their VGA ports and since I'm running both off an Ivy bridge on an ASRock Z77 I can use one VGA and the DVI is digital only (so the DVi-->VGA connectors don't work) leaving me with an HDMI-->VGA connector (degraded image?!).

Anyway getting the same issue in both monitors has been very frustrating. It must be a recurring issue if it happened first in one of my monitors, and then the other some time later.

Other Thoughts: Hope your DVI ports don't die since there's no HDMI on these.

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G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBZX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works as advertised, runs DDR2-800 very stable.

Cons: Very limited overclocking. Doesn't respond much to volts and doesn't have much headroom. This stuff comes binned to the max so don't expect much beyond stock.

Also major problems in 965P Chipset as mentioned. I got it to boot in a P5B-Deluxe by setting 2.1 Vdimm in BIOS using different ram, and then putting the ZX in. This ram WILL NOT boot in a p5B deluxe @ default bios settings! Even when i got it booted however, it had major problems.

Other Thoughts: Buy this to run stock only

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Display Name: Whitney B.

Date Joined: 04/09/04

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 09/26/06
  • Last Review: 06/23/15
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