Last month we met one of the new MSI gaming laptops, a simple ” Dominator “. Now our MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro laptop, which from the previous guest of our test lab is different in size – this 17-inch model – and also seriously surpasses its predecessor in the filling. The word Pro in the title is not for nothing. In this model, the most powerful video game card from NVIDIA – GeForce GTX 880M is installed.
With the “iron” of the hero of our article, everything is so good that it can be displayed in the Chamber of Weights and Measures as a standard of the 2014 gaming laptop. The Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M graphics card will be able to give a head start to any other gaming laptop available in Russia at the time of writing this article.
⇡ # The contents of delivery
Usually in laptop reviews we do not describe the delivery kit, because in the overwhelming majority of cases there is nothing interesting in it: the laptop itself, the power supply unit and various pieces of paper. In the case of the MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro, the buyer will have two delivery packages available: the usual one, described above, and the extended one, which can be called the Super Pack. It will include a corporate backpack, a headset SteelSeries Siberia V2 a mouse SteelSeries Kinzu V2 a mouse pad and a print.
The backpack has a special compartment for the laptop, but unfortunately there are no ribs or other types of protection for it. Therefore, you should carry the laptop with care. But the backpack boasts a large height and a small width, which is very nice. Usually, the backpacks for the “seeds” are made too wide to accommodate any a large laptop, and in this case the size is fitted exactly under the “Dominator.”
The complete SteelSeries Siberia V2 gaming headset is slightly different from the usual version: the MSI logo flaunts the headband instead of the SteelSeries logo, and dragons, symbols of the game series of MSI notebooks are painted on the ear pads. The SteelSeries Kinzu V2 mouse has not been branded.
The last accessory – a seal – can be considered a tribute to the Chinese tradition. Similar seals appeared about 3,600 years ago in ancient China, and under the rule of the Qin Dynasty, almost two thousand years ago, they began to denote the social status and place of a person in the state hierarchy, although ordinary citizens could use such things. For example, on such a seal could be engraved the name of its owner. Probably, thus in MSI they want to emphasize the special position of the owners of the MSI GT70 laptop. Of course, there will not be any name of the owner on this seal, but the dragon looks quite good as well.
⇡ # External appearance
The hero of our article looks almost the same as other MSI gaming laptops from the GT70 series. As in the case of the GT60 we reviewed earlier, the MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro metal cover, in addition to the usual MSI logo, has a luminous Gaming Logo. The lid looks beautiful, but it collects fingerprints as quickly as before. You can easily lift the lid of the laptop without problems due to the wide bevels on it and on the working area. The course of the loops is optimal – not too easy, but not too tight.
According to the layout of the main controls “Dominator Pro” also reminds his younger brother. The working area is made of fast metal-covered fingerprints, and the keyboard and touchpad have frames made of at least glossy plastic.
Above the keyboard is a number of familiar touch multimedia keys and a button for turning on the laptop.
Keyboard from MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro looks and works the same as in other gaming laptops of the company. The progress of the buttons is moderately deep, and pressing is easily perceptible. Multicolored lighting and the lack of a left-handed Windows key should be especially appreciated by gamers. Although the vibration, which can be felt from the cooling system operating at maximum power, will not be to the liking of all users. The work of the turbine, untwisted to maximum speed, will be felt only in the left upper part of the keyboard. Unfortunately, the WASD buttons are just in this zone.
As before, the keyboard has three backlight zones. You can use either one zone or all three. Colors can also be selected for each zone individually. The Cyrillic alphabet is highlighted as well as the Latin alphabet, and additional symbols on the Fn function keys are not forgotten.
For the creation of the Dominator’s keyboard, SteelSeries was responsible, which means that it should be different from analogues. In particular, thanks to the SteelSeries Engine application, MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro owners have the opportunity to customize it. With this application, you can create different macros and reassign keys. We will definitely talk about how this can be done in “Testing”, but for now we will continue to get acquainted with the appearance of the laptop.
The touch panel of our experimental is small, 91×48 mm, but it is equipped with a shutdown button and two physical keys of the mouse. Unfortunately, gestures are almost not supported, and the touchpad disable button works with some oddities. If you connect a mouse to the laptop, the touchpad will be locked automatically. If you turn off the mouse after this, the touch panel will still be locked, and pressing the button for turning it on will not have any effect.
Alas, this defect can only be overcome by disabling the auto-lock in the touch panel settings – even the reboot could not fix the situation. However, we were tested for the pre-production sample MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro. We hope that in those versions of the laptop that will be on sale, the glitch we found will be fixed.
Three USB 3.0 ports, a memory card slot and four standard audio connectors are located on the left side of our experimental .
On the right – a couple of USB 2.0 and a drive tray for optical discs.
On the front panel are only the indicators of the laptop, and on the back of the case, in addition to the power connector and Kensington lock, there are Ethernet network connector and three video outputs: D-Sub, Mini DisplayPort and upside-down HDMI.
Alas, for some reason, some of the USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectors were located too close to each other: non-standard wide flash drives will easily close the neighboring port with their case. However, with so many connectors, hardly anyone will have to suffer from this.
⇡ # Technical specifications
|MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro|
|The processor|| Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition;
3.0 GHz (up to 3.9 GHz in Turbo Boost mode); 8 MB L3;
Four computing cores, TDP 57 W
|The chipset set||Intel Lynx Point HM87|
|The graphic controller|| Intel HD 4600;
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M (8 GB GDDR5);
Automatic switching between adapters
|The screen|| 17.3 inches – stated by the manufacturer;
17.3 inches – the real diagonal of the matrix;
The resolution is 1920×1080, the type of the matrix is TN;
Frosted cover, LED-backlight
|Operative memory||32 GB DDR3L-1600 (four expansion slots, four 8 GB modules installed)|
|Hard drive|| RAID-0 in volume of 357 Gbytes is made up of three mSATA SSD on 128 Gbytes (3х Sandisk SD6SF1M-128G);
HDD 1 TB (HGST HTS721010A9E630)
Form Factor 2.5 “thickness of 7 mm
|Wi-Fi||802.11a / b / g / n, 2.4 and 5.0 GHz (Atheros AR5BWB222, Killer DoubleShot)|
|The network interface adapter||10/100/1000 Mbps (Qualcomm Killer e2200)|
|Optical drive||BD-RE (TSSTcorp BDDVDW SN-506BB)|
|The connector of the flash-card||SD (SDHC / SDXC)|
|The sound of the||Two speakers, a subwoofer, two microphones|
|Battery||Detachable, 87 W · h (7800 mAh, 11.1 V)|
|The power supply unit||180 W (19.5 V, 9.2 A)|
|The size||428x288x14.2-61.8 mm|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (single-language version)|
|The recommended price, rubles|| 162 750 – for a laptop with a standard package;
167 250 – for the laptop with the expanded complete set of delivery
The maximum frequency of the quad-core Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition is 3.0 GHz and can be increased to 3.9 GHz in Turbo Boost mode. This processor could be called the most powerful, but it has an older brother, Intel Core i7-4940MX Extreme Edition, which is even 100 MHz faster both in normal mode and using Turbo Boost. The cache volume L3 for these two processors is the same – 8 MB.
But the MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro, NVIDIA GeForce GT 880M, can be rightly called the most powerful mobile video card. Video memory GDDR5 as much as 8 GB – and this volume in this case is even redundant. The bandwidth of the GK104 video chip used in the notebook will be the “bottleneck”, which will not allow efficient use of the entire amount of video memory.
Of course, there is a “Dominator Pro” and built-in graphics Intel, which the laptop can automatically switch in those cases where high graphics performance is not required.
RAM in the tested MSI GT70 is installed already 32 GB DDR3L-1600 – all four slots are occupied: two under the keyboard and two under the service panel. This is the maximum that is supported by the processor, so buying such a configuration automatically eliminates the question of whether to increase memory later.
The disk subsystem MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro is represented, on the one hand, by three solid-state drives of mSATA format, united in RAID-0 with the volume of 357 Gbytes. The use of such a system instead of a single SSD should seriously affect the speed of the disk system. On the other hand, many files will not be enough to store files of this size, so in addition to the super-fast SSD-RAID in MSI Dominator Pro there is also an ordinary 2.5-inch hard disk: slow (5400 rpm), but very large (1 TB).
At first glance, with the disk subsystem, everything is just fine, although you do not need to forget one important detail. The matter is that the more in RAID-array of drives, the higher the probability of its failure. Especially RAID-0, used in our experimental, will not allow to restore the data if one of the three drives fails. Therefore, the 3DNews test lab strongly advises, firstly, to take care of backups, and secondly, not to store on this array of really important data.
Powered by a laptop from a massive adapter power of 180 watts – a similar “brick” can be found in the box of any gaming laptop.
As for the battery, we previously met a removable 87Wh (7800mAh, 11.1V) battery in the notebook MSI GT60 Dominator .
The price of the laptop turned out really impressive, about 162 750 rubles for the version with the usual package of delivery. The extended set of “Dominator Pro” – with a backpack, a headset, a mouse, a rug and a seal – costs a little more, 167 250 rubles at the time of writing this article. Discussions on how many cool gaming PCs can be collected for such money, we’ll leave for comments, but let’s remind that anyone, even the most heaped up “desktop” will never become mobile.
In addition, it should be borne in mind that we were dealing with the most expensive configuration of “Dominator Pro”, in which money is taken for the most-most-most. If you moderate your appetites a little – do not by the “extreme” processor and less brutal volume of RAM, abandon the writing drive Blu-ray and RAID-SSD – then the price will almost drop by half.
⇡ # The internal device
The service panel is traditionally for MSI notebooks occupying almost the entire bottom and is fastened with a few screws that can be unscrewed using a conventional cross-head screwdriver.
After removing the panel, the user will have access to the RAID array, hard drive and two RAM modules. Two more memory expansion slots are under the keyboard, but since they are already occupied in the maximum configuration, there is no reason to look for the happy owner of the most expensive Dominator.
As for the cooling system, it consists of one very powerful turbine, five heat pipes and two independent radiators. Between the processor and the video card there is still a “thermal jumper”. According to the manufacturer, due to the presence of a jumper, the temperature of the processor and the video card is reduced by 7-8 degrees compared to the system in which such a jumper is not installed.
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