Watch: MSI GT72S 6QF Dragon Edition Unboxing

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Watch: MSI GT72S 6QF Dragon Edition Unboxing:



MSI's GT72S 2QF Gaming Laptop is the Skylake update for the GT72. While the chassis remains largely identical, the changes are almost entirely internal as RAM has been upgraded from DDR3 to DDR4, CPU from Broadwell to Skylake, GPU from GTX 9xxM to GTX 980, and NVMe support for two of the existing M.2 slots.
This one comes with Intel's Core i7-6820HK processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 / 8GB GDDR5 graphics capability, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, and a 173-inch anti-glare full HD display.

WHAT IS THE MSI GT72S DRAGON EDITION WITH NVIDIA GTX 980?
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]PC gamers regularly on the move are an under-served market. Sure, there are plenty of super-powerful gaming laptops out there, but they all suffer one critical flaw ? they use laptop GPUs.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Some will argue the GPUs are fine ? and to be fair, the more expensive M variants in Nvidia?s 2015 roster have been more than good enough for 1080p gaming. But for hardcore gamers and avid overclockers, it's meant that a trip to the parents or a holiday with their significant other involves giving up on top-end graphical performance.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The MSI GT72S Dragon Edition aims to fix this by including a GeForce GTX 980 GPU. And no, I haven't missed off the M in error; when I say GeForce GTX 980, I mean the real deal.[/font]


MSI GT72S DRAGON EDITION WITH NVIDIA GTX 980 ? DESIGN
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]MSI brought out the GTX 980M ?Dominator? version of the Dragon Edition in 2015. The special Dragon Edition here adds a few visual and subtle technical changes to the design.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]As far as the visual changes are concerned, some will love them; others will hate them. Unfortunately, I fall into the latter category.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The Dragon Edition is one of the gaudier-looking notebooks on the market. It has a striking red chassis with a dragon graphic emblazoned on its front that looks very Game of Thrones. Again, maybe that's your thing. It's not mine.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]http://www.trustedreviews.com/msi-gt72s-dragon-edition-with-nvidia-gtx-980-photos[/font]
image: http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/0000372db/6140_orh616w616/MSI-Dragon-back.jpg


[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]For added pizazz, the dragon?s eye lights up when the machine is turned on to introduce the "cool" factor when you're playing on it. I received many glances while using the Dragon Edition on my train ride home at Christmas ? unfortunately, they weren?t of the envious kind.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Although there will be those out there who consider the flashy lights cool, I wish that more gaming notebook makers would follow Gigabyte?s lead with the understated P37X, which ditches the over-the-top aesthetics.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Beneath the red dragon, however, things look up ? MSI has loaded the gargantuan notebook with all the hardware and connectivity a gamer will ever need.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Along its chunky sides the Dragon Edition houses stereo jacks, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports, twin Mini DisplayPorts, an Ethernet jack, an HDMI port, a BD?RE Blu?ray rewritable drive, a wired Gigabit Ethernet connector and a proprietary power jack.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The notebook is equally impressive when it comes to wireless connectivity: it has 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.1 and Killer DoubleShot anti?lag technology.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Build quality is also pretty decent, although not the best I?ve seen. The red metal top feels solid, but is let down by the Dragon Edition's plastic bottom, which suffers a fair amount of flex. If it's carried in a case, the Dragon Edition will be able to survive the odd bump and scrape ? but it doesn?t feel anywhere near as robust as the Gigabyte P37X.[/font]
MSI GT72S DRAGON EDITION WITH NVIDIA GTX 980 ? KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The Dragon Edition?s backlit SteelSeries keyboard is generally very good, but again, not the best I?ve seen on a gaming notebook.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The keys offer decent travel and are suitably spaced out, despite the addition of a full numberpad on the right. However, they?re not as reactive as those on competing, cheaper gaming notebooks, such as the Alienware 15.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The keyboard doesn?t feel particularly robust, either. During heavy typing ? or heated gaming sessions, where I was pummelling the keys with greater force ? I noticed the keyboard?s frame had significantly more give than the rest of the notebook, regularly flexing slightly.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]http://www.trustedreviews.com/msi-gt72s-dragon-edition-with-nvidia-gtx-980-photos[/font]
image: http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/0000372dd/bd4a_orh616w616/MSI-Dragon-keys.jpg


[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The left-hand shortcut keys partially make up for this and offer quick access to a number of useful features. These include the option to manually turn on the Dragon Edition?s fan, switch between discrete and UMA graphics, and change the colour of the keyboard?s backlight. (I opted for pink/red, obvs.)[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The trackpad is large and reactive enough for basic tasks, but as always, competitive gamers will need to shell out for a decent gaming mouse if they want to be anything but cannon fodder in online matches.[/font]

[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Related: Best PC Games[/font]

MSI GT72S DRAGON EDITION WITH NVIDIA GTX 980 ? DISPLAY
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The Dragon Edition?s sizable 17.3-inch Full HD display is one of the best I?ve seen on a gaming notebook.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Running my standard set of screen tests using my trusted X?Rite colorimeter, the Dragon Edition performed admirably and ran in with a 6,536K colour temperature and 0.13 Delta E. That?s less than 40k away from the 6,500k ideal. Anything lower than a 1.0 Delta E score is pretty darn good.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The screen covers only 85.9% of the sRGB gamut and 62.9% of the Abobe RGB, but considering this is a gaming machine, not a design tool, the figures are more than good enough.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]The inclusion of Nvidia?s G?Sync technology is another positive. G-Sync is a custom tech similar to AMD?s FreeSync. It works to reduce screen tearing and input lag by synchronising the display?s refresh rates to the GPU.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]http://www.trustedreviews.com/msi-gt72s-dragon-edition-with-nvidia-gtx-980-photos[/font]
image: http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/0000372dc/30bc_orh616w616/MSI-Dragon-dragon.jpg


[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]MSI has also ensured the Dragon Edition can cater to gamers' hankering for some 4K action. The Dragon Edition?s display can connect to multiple higher-resolution screens using HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort or a USB 3.1 Type-C port, which support 4K resolutions at 60Hz.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Alongside the Dragon Edition's capability to connect to multiple external displays, the ports and top-end GPU also mean it should be accomplished at working with VR devices, such as the Oculus Rift.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Nvidia claims the Dragon Edition is one of the only notebooks that can handle VR headsets ? previous mobile GPUs couldn?t handle the workload.[/font]
[font='Helvetica Neue' 'Open Sans' Helvetica Arial sans-serif]Specifically, the company claims the Dragon Edition will be able to run VR titles at 90fps in ?stereo perspective? ? as in one image per eye ? with an unnoticeable latency of 20ms or below. Sadly, I didn't get the opportunity to check out the claim during my review, but will do so the moment I get my hands on a Rift.[/font]
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Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/msi-gt72s-dragon-edition-with-nvidia-gtx-980-review#mjCKz8oZXKjOrXpT.99[/font]


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davidchang8218

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Wow! The dragon pattern really makes this notebook stand out from others!
Congratulations for amazing new NB!
 

hanschou0212

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red looks so nice
with one desktop level graphic card,nothing will stop you from gaming!!!
 

ibenez123

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I prefer black exterior with red dragon logo :). it creates a greater color contrast.
 

dte46825

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This is some really comprehensive unboxing on the MSI GT72S 6QF! AWESOME!
I'd love to see the performance of that beast playing Warhammer Total War
 

greymatatabi

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the color tone is so hot, i almost feel the heat intensity...... nice mate, very very nice ;)
 

jentebecaus

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Verry nice laptop, 
I realy like the keyboard and the dragon edition effect!

Simply Amazing :)
Thanks for sharing!
 

asamu

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Representative dragon pattern and festive red color....hope to get one also....:worship:
 
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