MSI GP72 6QF Leopard Pro i7 6700HQ/Nvidia GTX960M


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Jun 2, 2016
Directly compared with the similarly priced Asus N751JX-T4056H, it is hard to make a case for the GP72-2QEi781. Our test device's 17-inch competitor offers not only longer battery life, but a better sound system as well. Those who like to travel with their laptop will be pleased with the N751JX's brighter display, though the GP72 weighs less (2.8 vs. 3.4 kg; ~6.2 vs. 7.5 lbs). It is a matter of taste which notebook is more attractive. With its lighter colors, the Asus device certainly looks fresher. The N751JX leaves a general impression of superior quality, including in the realm of manufacturing. When it comes to connectivity features, performance and input devices, the two notebooks are nearly identical. Since the case temperatures are above average, the GP72's final grade comes in just under the 80% mark. With its more effective cooling, the Asus N751JX achieves an overall grade of 85% -- 6% higher than our MSI device. MSI fans who are in the market for a gaming notebook are better off taking a look at the more expensive GE, GS and GT series.

The MSI GP72's battery life is more reminiscent of a gaming notebook than a multimedia notebook. Depending on the level of load, the display brightness, and whether the system is in energy-saving mode, the laptop's battery lasts 1-6 hours. Under realistic conditions, as simulated in our WLAN and HD video tests, the user can expect to go about 2-3 hours unplugged. Because of its more powerful battery (56 vs. 42 Wh), the Asus N751JX holds out 50% longer.

The MSI GP72's cooling behavior in the stress test is mediocre as well. After an hour under full load, the case reaches an average of 40 ?C (104 ?F) on top and 39 ?C (102.2 ?F) on the bottom. At those temperatures, the 17-inch laptop is not necessarily safe on your lap. Since the computer's maximum temperature hits 50 ?C (122 ?F), it would be unwise to play demanding games for extended periods. The area around the WASD keys remains a somewhat cooler 46 ?C (114.8 ?F).

Storage Devices
MSI chose a 1000 GB HDD from Western Digital (a Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0) for their GP72. This drive runs at 5400 rpm and reaches over 100 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark's sequential test -- a respectable result for an HDD. It is also possible to add an SSD in the compact M.2 format to the GP72.
System Performance
As previously mentioned, the laptop's system performance is somewhat disappointing. Without an SSD as a Windows partition, it often feels like you are working with an antiquated notebook. The results from PCMark 7, which are heavily influenced by the speed of the mass storage device, are predictably unimpressive. An ordinary office or budget notebook can attain 3284 points. PCMark 8 is considerably more merciful to the GP72: A Home score of 3351 points and Work score of 4532 points are reasonable for a laptop in this price range.
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