GT72VR 6RE - the beast.

Amaella

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Summer was closing in on me once again and I started seeing the temperatures of my old asus k55vj (*feb 2013) rise by the day. I figured disassembling the whole thing again and repasting (already done before) was not gonna get me more gaming comfort and speed anymore as it was never meant as a gaming laptop to begin with. Plus it needs to be completely taken apart to get to the cpu/gpu and who has the nerves for that. 

So I started looking around and found the champion that had it all - great specs, future-proof due to overclocking possibility, great cooling, easy to upgrade/clean/repaste.... the GT72VR 6RE. On top of that, it was cheaper compared to other laptops with similar specs and the only alternative at that moment seemed to be the gt73vr with similar specs, but a smaller SSD and 200 euro extra on the price tag - clear decision. 

i7-6820HK, gtx 1070 (boost up to 1885.5MHz), 512GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, cooler boost, 120Hz TN screen (below you can see for comparison the crappy TN screen on my asus with some windows reflection on its glossy surface), AMAZING speakers with a small subwoofer... those are my favorite features of this monstrous laptop. Taking it out of the box was a great experience as documented by all the people before me. I did have some wifi problems out of the box, but it later turned out that our old router was simply becoming unstable under the load of the fast network card - a new router, reinstall of drivers and some setting tweaks later and all is well. I encountered some other issues which were mostly fixed by MSI (despite the bad move from them to let it come back to the customer after repair with VBIOS restricting the gpu to basic core speed of 1442.5 MHz... thankfully installing the VBIOS from the website solved this problem for me). According to the record, the RAM was exchange, bios was updated and windows reinstalled. 

Gaming on this laptop is a great experience, stays awesomely cool and quiet with older games and reasonably cool with demanding games (GPU would reach 76 degrees celsius or so with my custom curve for fan up to 90% fan speed and GPU load of 100%, room temp of 25 degrees). With cooler booster these temps drop at least 10 degrees, but it becomes pretty loud in exchange. 

 

  


Firestrike scores:
Stock clocks: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20443234 (13 273)
Slight overclock to 3.6GHz on CPU: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/20443361 (14 039)

Some have mentioned before problems with GPU instability/crashing to desktop/color banding issues on screen... My unit does not show any of these symptoms and I am excited to be using it every day. It does have a slight coil whine at times, which is easy enough to ignore (eliminated by switching to balance or power saving mode when not gaming). 

My rating is a 9/10 for the laptop and 7/10 for MSI support in the Netherlands (they could not explain why the limiting VBIOS was installed during warranty repair, considering my unit appears to function stably with boost speeds on the GPU).
 

Amaella

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Funny story of the day: my boyfriend coming home to me playing some music on the MSI, hearing it himself for the first time... looking skeptical, he stopped in the door asking "That's the MSI??" I was like yeah... he came closer to make sure the sound is really coming from this small machine: "Good sound." (He sounded a bit shocked) after which I concluded "I bought this laptop for a reason." After which I picked a song with more beat and cranked up the volume to 100% to prove my point. I still have the feeling my boyfriend thinks I am hiding a full set of speakers somewhere.
 
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