MSI WT72 Mobile Workstation Released – First VR Ready Workstation with NVIDIA Quadro M5500

Published on April 9th, 2016 | by Peter Paul

MSI recently introduced the world’s first NVIDIA VR ready mobile workstation laptop – the MSI WT72. The MSI WT72 VR mobile workstation is powered with the latest Intel 6th Gen Core-i7 or Xeon E3 processor paired with an NVIDIA Quadro M5500 discrete graphics processor. It features a nice 17.3″ 4K UHD display (1080p available as well), a fast SSD storage in Super RAID mode (plus 1TB HDD) and a whooping 64GB of DDR4 memory (up to). Check out more its features, specs and price below.

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MSI WT72 Mobile Workstation Features

MSI announced the availability of the WT72, the world’s first professional NVIDIA VR Ready mobile workstation equipped with NVIDIA’s newest mobile GPU, the Quadro M5500. Designed for maximum performance, MSI’s WT72 is powered by NVIDIA’s Quadro M5500 GPU, Intel’s 6th generation Core-i7 and Xeon processors, and up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory. The latest in professional graphics design technology, the Quadro M5500 is the world’s fastest mobile GPU, delivering up to 35% performance increase over previous models, with 2,048 cores for optimum speed and power.

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According to Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America: “The WT72 with NVIDIA’s M5500 Quadro GPU is the world’s first VR Ready mobile workstation and can blaze through the most demanding tasks,”. “NVIDIA powers our workstations, from the ultra-powerful WT72 to the super lightweight WS72 and WS62, and we are delighted to partner with them to drive the VR revolution into a new dimension.”

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Bob Pette, vice president of professional visualization, NVIDIA: “The NVIDIA VR Ready MSI mobile workstation will help virtual reality become a natural part of our daily lives by making the creation and enjoyment of VR content easy,”. “MSI has a solid reputation for delivering outstanding machines, and the WT72 is no exception.”

MSI’s WT72 armed with the Quadro M5500 GPU comes with a variety of exclusive NVIDIA technologies to maximize the VR experience, including VRWorks, which includes an innovative rendering technology for VR content called Multi-res Shading, and Content Priority. The WT72 is Autodesk VRED certified and compatible with existing VR systems, including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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Dan O’Brien, Vice President VR at HTC said: “The HTC Vive vision is to deliver the most immersive VR experience in the world by putting the customer at the center of the experience, with the content all around them and the ability to move and interact with their virtual world”. “We are proud to partner with MSI and NVIDIA and to see the unveiling of the first mobile VR workstation.”

To enhance the multimedia and user experience, MSI equipped the WT72 with audiophile-grade Dynaudio speakers featuring Nahimic Audio enhancer, True Color Technology screens with Adobe RGB certification for wide viewing angles and the most accurate visuals, and the new SteelSeries backlit keyboard with Silver-Lining Print to eliminate eye strain. The WT72 also comes with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 connectors, and features a dual fan design for efficient heat dissipation.

The ultra-powerful WT72, along with other MSI systems will be on display at GPU Technology Conference from April 4th to 7th at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

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MSI WT72 Price and Where to Buy

The MSI WT72 VR Mobile Workstation laptop is priced variably, depending on the specs of the system. For the 1080p variant, powered with a Core i7-6700Hq and a 32GB of DDR4 RAM the manufacturer’s suggested retail price if $5,499. This is followed by a 4K variant powered with a Core i7-6920HQ retailed at $6,299. Finally, the Xeon powered WT72 with 4K display and a huge 64GB of DDR4 memory is priced at $6,899 USD.

NOTE: Photos above are for presentation purpose only. It’s the older WT72. The latest WT72 may or may not look exactly similar.

Check out the latest pricing and availability of the MSI WT72 below.
For US, check it at B&H Photo Video here
For UK, check it at Amazon UK here

MSI WT72 Specifications

MSI WT72 Specs

WT72 6QN

Graphics Processor

NVIDIA Quadro M5500 3D (8GB GDDR5)

ProcessorXeon E3-1505M v5 (2.8-3.7 GHz)Core i7-6920HQ (2.9-3.8 GHz)Core i7-6700HQ (2.6-3.5 GHz)
Operating System

Windows 10 Pro (Multi-language)

Chipset

CM236

Display/Resolution

17.3" UHD 4K (3840x2160 16:9)

17.3" FHD Anti-Glare IPS (1920x1080 16:9)
Storage Drive

Super RAID 4 256GB SSD + 1TB SATA 7200 rpm

Memory64GB (16GBx4) ECC DDR4 2133 MHz

32GB (16GBx2) DDR4 2133MHz

LAN/Bluetooth

Killer Gaming Network E2400

Optical Drive

BD Burner

Card Reader

SD (XC/HC)

USB

Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 x6

Webcam

FHD type (30 fps @ 1080p)

Speaker

Dynaudio Tech Speakers 3Wx2 + Subwoofer

Battery

9 cell

Dimensions

16.85" x 11.57" x 1.89"

Weight

8.4 lbs.

Warranty

3-year limited


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