MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Gaming Laptop with GeForce GTX 980M Now Available – See Features, Specs, Price, Reviews and Where to Buy

Published on November 15th, 2014 | by Peter Paul

MSI’s latest high end gaming laptop – the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro is now available and up for the grabs. The GT72 Dominator is powered by the latest Intel Core i7 Quad Core Haswell Processor, paired with up to 32GB DDR3L memory, comes with both hard drive and SSD, and features the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M discrete processor for the ultimate mobile gaming experience. Check out its features, specifications, price and availability below. There are also some video reviews below for additional reference.

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MSI GT72 Dominator Pro reviews

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Features

  • Windows 8.1 64bit
  • The 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) anti-glare LCD in LED backlight
  • Enthusiast level NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 980M 8GB/4GB discrete graphics card provides great performance and ultra image quality
  • Exclusive Super RAID 3 with 4 SSD RAID0 gives over 1600MB/s reading speed! (option)
  • Cooler Boost 3: Higher efficiency dual cooling system.
  • Killer Double Shot Pro (Killer Gb LAN + Killer 802.11 a/c WiFi) with Smart Teaming
  • Audio Boost 2 with 3 independent amp for best sound experience
  • Evolution of Sound by Dynaudio 2.1 sound system
  • SteelSeries Engine to customize every key and devices for personalizing your play style
  • XSplit Gamecaster for easily recording gaming moments, broadcasting and sharing live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more
  • Keyboard by SteelSeries with full color LED back light and solid feedback
  • Matrix display support max 4 displays to expand the vision for extreme gaming experience or multi tasks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M discrete graphics card
The NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M Series brings extreme, next-generation graphics performance to serious gaming notebooks. As the first graphics solution to reach a score over 10,000 in 3DMark 11, the GeForce GTX 980M delivers extremely fast and fluid gameplay at the highest settings and resolutions in a lightweight and portable design.

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Launch key for independent graphics switch
Along with the function keys, an exclusive GPU on/off button has been designed to switch the discrete and integrated graphic function. The enthusiasts can identify which graphic are used by its button lighting.

Super RAID 3 technology with 4 SSD RAID 0
The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro the exclusive technology made by MSI, named Super Raid 3, the data read/write speed of the storage will reach 1600 MB/sec or more, with 4 SSD’s combined on RAID 0. Super Raid 3 is no wonder the most advanced storage technology considered both big capacity and high efficiency.

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Killer DoubleShot Pro with smart teaming
The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro is the 1st laptop in the world who features Killer DoubleShot Pro. The Killer Double Shot Pro supports both Killer Gb LAN and WiFi 802.11ac protocol and average latency improvement is 3.5 times than others who support 802.11ac as well. It also has Smart Teaming function which will be operated by Killer Network Manager to optimize the bandwidth usage combined with WiFi and Gb LAN at the same time.

Cooler Boost 3: Better performance & less noise
Cooler Boost 3 dual thermal system is made for next generation extreme performance CPU’s and graphics, this feature designed with an independent launch key on the left side of keyboard, user will be easier to call this program at a glance with 1 touch. Cooler Boost 3 with boosted fan speed, could decrease the CPU temperature around 8~10 degrees Celsius and GPU temperature around 4~5 degrees Celsius, the noise will be lower than most of the gaming notebooks.

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Enhanced Sound by Dynaudio speakers with new level fidelity sound
Cooperating with world’s leading speaker company Dynaudio, the whole new designed GT72 is packing the latest 2 channel speakers with 1 subwoofer, giving an absolutely authentic experience. The signal has been enhanced up to 50% sound detail and up to 10dB; people who play games or enjoy movies will absolutely be immersed in the perfect system with outstanding sound effect.

XSplit Gamecaster: Best Live Streaming App for Gamers
The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro comes with the latest online streaming software, the XSplit Gamecaster. The independent launch key on the left side of keyboard make it easier for user to launch the program in one touch.It’s the recording and streaming App for gamers, and let gamers easily show their own moments and share the live gameplay sessions with friends, family, or the world through Twitch, Youtube, UStream and more.

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Gaming keyboard by SteelSeries with backlit keys
Exclusive keyboard position and golden triangle layout to offer faster and longer-lasting keyboard action. MSI has improved the resilience and tactile feedback of each and every key. Users will no longer have to deal with flimsy keys.

Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enhanced wrap around sound
All MSI laptops this year feature upgraded Sound Blaster Cinema 2 wrap around sound, making the already cutting-edge Sound By Dynaudio 2.1 channel sound system, even better with optimized software solutions in particular for wrap around sound, human voices, virtual bass, and low quality audio sources.

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Matrix multi-display presents 3+1 monitors usage
Matrix display features up to 3 external displays with up to 4K resolution, allowing you to output to 3 displays simultaneously using HDMI 1.4 and dual Mini Display-Port 1.2. Users can out put these displays and work with multi-tasks at the same time. (Overall 4 monitors include notebook’s monitor on GT72).

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Specifications

Processor:The 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Operating System:Windows 8.1 64 bit
Chipset:Intel HM87
Memory:DDR3L,up to 1600 MHz, slot *4, max 32GB
LCD Size:17.3" Full HD (1920x1080), Anti-glare
Graphics:GeForce GTX 980M
Graphics VRAM:GDDR5 8GB/4GB
HDD (GB):Up to 512GB Super RAID 3 + 1TB HDD 7200rpm
Optical Drive:BD Writer / BD Combo / DVD Super Multi
Audio:Sound by Dynaudio 2.1 channel with 1 subwoofer
Support 7.1 channel SPDIF output
Exclusive Audio Boost2 technology
Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
Webcam:Full HD type (30fps@1080p)
Card Reader:SD (XC/HC)
LAN:Killer DoubleShot Pro Gb LAN
Wireless LAN:Killer DoubleShot Pro 11ac
Bluetooth:Bluetooth 4.0
HDMI:1(v1.4), Support 4Kx2K Output
USB 2.0 port:None
USB 3.0 port6
Mini-DisplayPort:2x (v1.2), Support 4Kx2K Output
Mic-in/Headphone-out:1/1
Line-in:1(line in)/1(line out)
Keyboard:Full-color backlight SteelSeries keyboard
AC Adapter:230W
Battery:9-Cell Lithium Ion (83wHr)
Dimension:428(W) x 294(D) x 48(H)mm
Weight (KG):3.78Kg (w/ Battery)

Price and Where to Buy

There are five available models available for the new MSI GT72 Donimator Pro Gaming laptop. They are the PRO-211, PRO-210, PRO-208, PRO-245 and PRO-244. Check out their respective links for updated pricing and availability. These gaming laptops usually come with a 1 year warranty, but I would recommend that you take advantage or extend your warranty period. It helps a lot specially after 1 year. There are devices that tend to go bad after 1 year.

If you are from UK, the MSI GT72 Dominator PRo is already available in Amazon UK here.

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro with GTX 980M Reviews

The MSI GT72 Dominator review video below is courtesy of Eternal2007:

Here’s a another MSI GT72 Dominator review courtesy of TechRadar:


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