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MSI GT70 Dominator Dragon-1886 17.3" Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4810MQ (2.80 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD Windows 8.1 64-Bit Gaming Laptop

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  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 870M 3 GB GDDR5
  • Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4810MQ (2.80 GHz)
  • 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD
  • 17.3" 1920 x 1080 Non Reflection
  • 16.85" x 11.34" x 2.17" 8.6 lbs.
  • DVD Super Multi
  • 1 x VGA, 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1 x HDMI
  • 3 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0

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MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook
  • Windows 8.1
  • Powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M Graphics
  • Fully customizable SteelSeries keyboard with SteelSeries Engine
  • Incredible audio output with Dynaudio speakers and subwoofer
  • Efficient single fan cooling with Cooler Boost 2
  • Supports up to three external displays
  • Supports external 4K display via HDMI
  • Pre-loaded with XSplit Gamecaster streaming software
  • Limited edition red brushed-aluminum design
MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook


Unmatched Power and Performance

Reign over all others with the unrivaled speed of the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and the power of NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 870M Series GPU. Unleash the true nature of your games with the most powerful GPU in the world. Max out your settings without hesitation for ultra gaming at its smoothest on the fastest gaming laptop - idealized for the extreme, engineered to dominate.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook
Ultra Wi-Fi, Ultra-Connected Experiences

Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC Play at the speed of life with Intel's 802.11 ac, dual-band, 2 x 2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth delivering extreme performance, higher speeds (up to 867Mbps), broader coverage, and longer battery life.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook
Matrix Multi-Display

Transform your gaming space into the ultimate multimedia center with the Matrix Display. Multi-task like a pro with support of up to four independent displays, including the native notebook display, to work, watch, and play all at the same time.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook
Cooler Boost 2

A smart, quiet, and highly efficient single fan cooling solution will keep you in the heat of battle without breaking a sweat. This one-touch instant cooling feature lowers the average temperature by 46°F (8°C) with a shared heat pipe technology while saving battery life for a longer, and better gaming experience.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook


High Performance, Intelligent Networking

Killer™ E2200 Game Networking combines superior intelligence and control for PCs. Automatically classify and prioritize network traffic for online games, HD video and high-quality audio for better control and fewer interruptions in your online experience. Manage and configure the bandwidth of your applications with the Killer Network Manger for optimal performance.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook
Gaming Keyboard by SteelSeries

There is no exception for error when it comes to serious gaming. Play flawlessly with extreme anti-ghosting allowing for simultaneous key presses and rapid response times. Personalize your rig with unlimited customization possibilities with three color zones, five pre-configured settings, and thousands of color options - giving you the power of choice.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook

Command. Control. Navigate.

Take control of your system instantly in a single touch. Conveniently access all features and functions with the System Control Manager, a simple user-interface to access and navigate through essential programs.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook

Amp Up Your Audio

Working in sync with an audio amplifier provides maximum sound fidelity for best, and sonically accurate headset experience. Gain the advantage with Audio Boost.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook
Sound by Dynaudio

Dynaudio, one of the most extreme sound systems brands, has been integrated into MSI G Series gaming laptops. The premium speakers have been meticulously fine tuned for authentic sound reproduction quality and a built-in subwoofer has been added for a truly immersive experience.

MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator Dragon Gaming Notebook

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Love this Laptop

Pros: Literally everything under the hood on this laptop screams performance and power.
nice keyboard and backlit to different colors.
good sound
good cpu temp
etc, etc
theres a lot more I could say but like I said at the top just about everything in this laptop rocks.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Cons: it is a bit heavy but I was aware of that getting this laptop
wish it would've came with the nvidia 880m instead of the 870m(which was the best at the time).
and also the ram was only 8gb however you can always upgrade it later..
short battery life but ( its a gaming laptop duh..)
I literally cant think of anything else bad about this laptop . it is a really good laptop especially for gaming.

Other Thoughts: This laptop was my first gaming pc ever.
so when I got it I was just starting out in the whole computer gaming area , and a lot told me that I should've gotten a desktop its better blah blah which in most cases it is better to have a desktop for gaming than a laptop. however I wasn't going to game hardcore on it I also wanted a laptop I could use for school.
to be completely honest this laptop was way more than what I expected and it was a little more than I needed, like I don't even use it to its full capabilities and yet I'm still more than satisfied with it . I probably game on it every once in a while, so I know you will be thinking wow what a waste of money right?
WRONG I have no regrets buying this rig because I know I have it has the potential to do more whenever I need it to.
if I could do it again I would've definitely done a little more research and go a bit cheaper so I could get what i would actually use but i think in the end i would still choose this because i was drawn to it more especially because its MSI and i love them. sorry if the review was mediocre not use to doing these however just giving my perspective on it and how it has done for me , its a great laptop for extreme and casual use. its kinda like...
cant always go 200+ mph on a motor cycle but its fun knowing you could if you wanted to.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
GREAT LAPTOP

Pros: PROS:
1)has back lit keyboard
2)17 invh screen
3)great gpu for high games
4)many usb ports

Cons: CONS:
1)shift key on the rightside is small
2)big and heavy
3)short power/battery

Other Thoughts: great overall

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: really fast reliable well built

Cons: should had come with 16gb

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing for the money

Pros: Price! Caught this on sale for $1249.99. The price/performance ratio is stellar.

The GPU has handled every tough game I can throw at it, flawlessly, at maxed out settings! These include modern games Like Tomb Raider, and the such.

CPU is absolutely amazing, the performance this delivers for a mobile chip is just insane.

VERY UPGRADEABLE!!! Can either add a 2nd HDD/SSD or 3x mSATA drives with an available adapter. Plus you can expand up to 32 GB RAM. Will expand more on this, in the, "Other Thoughts" section.

This laptop is quick, from the factory. But it could easily be better... which would lead me to the cons section...

Matte screen, big plus for me... Less glare...

Fan noise is less then expected given the hardware, especially after replacing thermal compound. Pretty quiet running my games at maxed out settings, even after extended periods. Now I'm not saying this is silent, but very acceptable. Noise can hardly be noticed if at all, when game volume is up at a reasonable level to be playing around other people.

The LED keyboard is just awesome. I mean I am a nerd and all, but this thing is too dang cool. You can have the lights be up to 3 different colors at once... They can make a "wave"... They can "pulse"... The can do a lightshow to the sound coming from your speakers... Just an awesome, fun touch.

Sound is plenty clear, and amazingly loud for a laptop. Pretty impressed.

Cons: 7200 RPM HDD is middle of the road. Its OK, not bad. Laptop felt like it should be much quicker, given the hardware.

Screen quality is slightly above average, from what I am used to. But then again I have only ever had low end laptops compared to this unit. To be fair though given the price of the machine the display quality is pretty awesome. I will say the back-lighting on the unit is very even, even when the screen is all black, or very dark.

Don't let this be a detractor for you, unless you are looking for absolute top of the line IPS and beyond display quality. In fact I wouldn't even really list the screen as a con per say... just the one weaker piece of hardware that could have been a tid bit better. Then again, this laptop is a bargain given the rest of the specs, so for the price this is a total NON issue.

Also, CPU and GPU temps were slightly high... this was remedied by changing thermal paste. Also, shame on you MSI for the sloppy application of thermal compound. Dropped idle temps (21 C room temps) by 6 degrees, from 46 to 40 C. Load temps dropped substantially from 88 to 72 C with prime 95 running. (These are CPU temps) GPU temps dropped about 10 C across the board for almost every game. MUCH BETTER! For those interested I am using Prolimatech PK-1.

Other Thoughts: I tossed in an extra 4 GB DDR3L memory, which is nice, just to have the extra headroom. Do not forget to use DDR3L memory when upgrading!!! Though the real upgrade here was adding a SSD to this machine. I dropped in a faithful Samsung 830 Pro SSD, and the difference is indesribeable! What a difference!!! This laptop absolutely screams now! So incredibly, blazing fast... its not even funny! I am serious when I say this laptop is not lagging far behind my desktop in terms of speed. It "feels" absolutely every bit as fast as my desktop rig.... And for comparison, I am running:

Core i7 4770K OC to 4.5 Ghz
16 GB DDR3 2400 MHZ RAM
Samsung 840 Pro SSD
2x ATI HD 7950 Video Cards

I can wholeheartedly recommend that any one purchase this laptop, as the performance is just amazing, once an SSD is added into the mix. The price is right, especially when on sale. Buy this guy up, seriously!

Oh and one last thing. The laptop is every bit as red as you can see in the photos. But surprisingly, the embossed dragons are not highly noticeable unless you are close to the PC.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
NOTHING TO REGRET!!!

Pros: CHEAP PRICE - 1100$ WHEN ON SALE
EXCELLENT LCD MATTE SCREEN COMPARING TO HORRIBLE ASUS G750, VERY BRIGHT AND NICE CONTRAST.
COOL LED BACK LIT KEYBOARD
COOL DESIGN SUPERIOR TO BORING G750
QUIET FAN
VERY GOOD SPEAKER

Cons: RUN LITTLE HOTTER THAN MY ASUS G73
COMES WITH WINDOWS 8.1 WHICH I HATE MOST.

Other Thoughts: HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR GAMER

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
A Gaming Monster with Caveats

Pros: - High performance with great CPU / GPU
- 8 GB of RAM with 2 accessible expansion slots
- Open 2.5" SATA slot
- Killer looks with the red brushed aluminum and dragon etching
- Steel series keyboard with back-lighting lives up to the hype
- Bright, low glare display, good left/right viewing angles but only fair up/down. I was initially impressed by the display although I am a bit spoiled by IPS panel color accuracy and viewing angles.
- Intel wireless card appears to be working great, although thus far I have used this laptop right near my WAP.

Cons: I took one egg off for the following:
- A "tampering voids your warranty" sticker is placed over one of the screws required to remove the back panel and perform any upgrades. You have to remove it to open up the panel. Horrible! There are 2 RAM slots and a 2.5 bay open back there for easy upgrade options. So upgrade at your own risk.

Took another egg off for all of the following minor imperfections:
- Win 8.x 'Tiles' (whatever they are calling it) and other installed bloatware
- The matte screen, while reducing glare, does have a detectable, visible grainy texture. I have sensitive eyes so this may not even bother others. Just a minor distraction.
- Backlight uniformity could be better. On dark/black screens I can see light spots. Again, barely detectable but its there.
- Vertical viewing angle leaves a bit to be desired. Its good enough, but once again detectable if the screen is not titled square to your eyes.
- I reloaded this with Win 7. On the MSI driver download page for this laptop, they do NOT include the wireless driver. They lead you to believe it is packaged in with the Killer networking install, but it is not. I had to go straight to Intel for the driver. My driver shows Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260.
- Killer networking seems like a unnecessary gimmick to me. I don't like the large installer / software. There doesn't seem to be a driver only version.
- The TouchPad is just OK, and only after finding the options for the driver and making some changes. Basically I have every option disabled except two finger scrolling, tap to click, and buttons. Now it seems reliable enough for regular (non-gaming) use.
- The HDD it comes with is also just OK. More capacity but less performance than an SSD. If you want to risk your warranty, the SSD upgrade will really put performance over the edge.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'd highly recommend this laptop if you are looking in this price range if you are willing to deal with the warranty situation. Its a great value for the performance and features you get and it looks outstanding if not just a bit garish. I have not put it through some serious gaming yet to discuss heat, but I bought a cooler pad to set it on as a precaution. Under normal use its fairly silent with no detectable heat at the keyboard. Also, this thing is probably not a laptop at all, its too big and monstrous--this is a high performance, portable gaming rig.

In conclusion, the rating could easily be 4 or 4.5 eggs but I cannot in good faith overlook the issue with the warranty sticker preventing simple RAM and HDD upgrades. When I buy something I expect some level of freedom to make minor changes without impacting my warranty. The other, more technical concerns are rather insignificant and easy enough to overlook given the price bracket this system falls in.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent

Pros: -The computer is very fast and is well built
-The keyboard is my favorite on a laptop so far
-Out of the box I ran Skyrim on ultra with HD texture pack no problem
-Speakers sound great
-7200rpm 1TB
-I personally love the dragon design
-Comes with drivers disk, and backpack

Cons: Windows 8; my first time using 8. I don't really like it. I may switch to 7 if I don't adjust after awhile. The interface is trying to hard to be simple, and as somebody that likes to see all details and have control over everything it feels frustrating.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
perfect

Pros: Good Performance, not too heavy, good looking and 15%discount. It's good enough for a gamer, but it's not expensive.

Cons: I don't like Win8, but it's ok tho

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