At CES 2015 is traditionally known manufacturers presented their new products. I do not stay aside and MSI, which featured a number of devices, including laptop and two GE Series: GE62 and GE72 Apache. These models are made in the new design in their buildings are more powerful components in comparison to its predecessors. Also provided are improved coolers, which, of course, affect the efficiency of the cooling system.
In review, we consider in detail the laptop MSI GE72. Outwardly, it looks like the GT72, but performance takes a balance between top-end and a budget game models. Perhaps it will be the best option for those who are not willing to part with a large sum of money, but is looking for a game machine with good performance. The manufacturer calls this notebook “number one in the game.” Let’s see how well-deserved this title.
Design of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
Appearance MSI GE72 2QE Apache is largely similar to GT72. In typical style of the game made the cover, where you can see “chopped” strip and gamers familiar shield “Red Dragon.” There is also a logo of the company MSI, which is a little higher.
The entire surface formed with grinding. No rounding is not here, all strictly, stylish, uncluttered. The working surface of not less than terse. It can only be seen with a touchpad keyboard, as well as several buttons closer to the right hinge.
Like other gaming line of MSI GE72 2QE Apache no exception in terms of colors. The main point here is the black scale, is successfully combined with red elements. The glossy surface is practically no. Even the frame around the screen mat.
I must say that the case of the notebook is hard enough. I am particularly pleased that cover virtually impossible pressure, then the display will be safe. The strength of the design is not surprising because there used aluminum. Incidentally, it is also made from the working surface, but the reverse side of the notebook – plastic. It is noteworthy that a large area of the bottom contains the vents. It also provides relatively large feet for stability and grille that hides the subwoofer. Under the battery compartment does not have to get to it, it will be necessary to remove the bottom cover. After such a simple procedure that requires loosening a few screws, you’ll be able to access the RAM, or, for example, the hard drive. Stereo speakers can also be seen from the bottom. True, they are closer to the front end.
With dimensions of 419x280x29 mm and weighing 2.7 kg laptop certainly does not apply to representatives of the light weight category. At the same time, a 17-inch device can be used for travel.
Display, sound, webcam of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
MSI GE72 2QE Apache equipped with the Full HD-quality display with a diagonal of 17.3 inches. As used herein, IPS-matrix provides wide viewing angles, and the matte surface will reduce the amount of glare. Indicators of brightness and contrast of the display good, but far from ideal. In particular, 300 cd / m2 and 700: 1 is not the limit, which would like to see in the gaming laptop. But color reproduction you’ll be happy.
It is noteworthy that the MSI GE72 2QE Apache has technology support Matrix Display. You can use it to connect multiple external displays, of course, through the HDMI port or Mini DisplayPort. The gaming laptop this feature will take part in the game several players.
The sound in the laptop is really good, and it’s not surprising since it provided four speakers and a subwoofer from Dynaudio. The volume, clarity, expressiveness – all you can hear when listening to music, watching movies, as well as during the game. Incidentally, the maximum volume is not audible distortion.
The notebook is equipped with a webcam 1.3 megapixel for video calls is more than enough.
Keyboard and Touchpad of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
The use of the owner offered insular keyboard SteelSeries. All of its normal size button, the main unit is supplemented, in general, all free together on a large job site. As for the layout, then it has changed the location of the keys [Windows]. In this case, it is not on the left and the right that gamers will appreciate that may accidentally press it and get out of the game, because Use the buttons [W], [A], [S], [D], located nearby. The keys are easy to press easily and slightly springy. Moreover, the substrate is sufficiently rigid and intensive pressing does not bend.
To be able to play even in the dark, backlit keyboard provided. It’s easy to set up with the help of technology SteelSeries Engine. As a result, you can set the color for the three zones or choose to highlight a tone. Also received program shortcut for quick access to the software. In addition, it is also working with macros.
Above the keyboard zone, you can see three buttons. One is traditional – the inclusion of a laptop. Two other important functions. About SteelSeries Engine, we have already mentioned, but Cooler Boost 3 – is responsible for the speed of the fan, which is directly related to the efficiency of cooling. For modern processors and video cards, this technology is best suited.
The touchpad is slightly recessed and has an optimum positioning surface, do not hinder the movement of the fingers. The sensitivity of the touchpad is good, the team carried out without delay, however, this is unlikely to fully appreciate the players because they often prefer to use the mouse in the game. The touchpad is complemented by two physical buttons that are pressed with little effort; when an external manipulator touch zone is automatically switched off.
Performance of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
MSI GE72 2QE Apache works on operating system Windows 8.1 (64-bit) and is equipped with a powerful processor, the fourth generation of Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell), built on 22-nanometer technology. The chip has the cache of the third level in the amount of 6 MB, and four cores with a base clock of 2.6 GHz. Using Turbo Boost it can be increased up to 3.6 GHz. CPU performance is high, so thanks to multithreading technology, Core i7-4720HQ simultaneously processes eight data streams.
With the integrated graphics processor is Intel HD Graphics 4600. Its maximum frequency is 1.2 GHz, there is support for DirectX 11.1. Also, the accelerator is able to decode 4K video and copes well with simple tasks. However, it is unlikely to be remembered if the filling is provided a second, quite powerful discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of memory standard GDDR5. The accelerator is built on the 28 nm process, it has 1024 shader cores, DirectX 11 support and successfully displays the image with a resolution of 3840h2160 pixels into four display.
In addition, the laptop provides a function Shift, by which it is possible to select the desired level of performance. For example, if the priority of the high power, the specific mode will increase the speed of the processor and cooling system will become active. Conversely, when there is no need to make maximum use of the potential of the filling, you need to save battery power, select a gentle eco mode.
Stuffing complement 8GB RAM standard DDR3-1600 MHz. For a gaming notebook that can be said norm – no delays when starting applications. By the way, the two slots provided will increase the capacity up to 16 GB of RAM.
On the storage capacity also will not have to complain about, it is 1000 GB. HDD rotation speed of 7200 revolutions per minute. By the way, in addition to other trim terabyte disk has two SSD-drive, running in the RAID 2. In general, laptop performance, but not for any calculations, as he copes with games, not at the highest level.
Play of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
The video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M is excellent “collaborating” with the modern games. For example, allows to shoot in Evolve or compete in racing The Crew at maximum settings with a frequency of more than 35 fps. Many of the toys will go with even more frames per second. In particular, Civilization: Beyond Earth or Alien: Isolation will play on the ultra with 50-55 fps, it does not have to reduce the native resolution of the display. What to speak of FIFA 15, which will be easy to fly with a frequency higher than 150 frames per second. Although these toys such as Watch Dogs or Assassin’s Creed may slow down. In general, most of the games will play comfortably, all the more so with the help of the application XSplit Gamecaster you can not only get high quality recorded content, but the gameplay and broadcast on the Internet. Thus, you can even share with the world your gaming experience.
Ports and Communications of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
Provides an interface to the MSI GE72 2QE uneven, but, overall, it is convenient. On the left side are three port USB 3.0. HDMI, RJ-45 connector. One of the USB is for charging mobile devices, and network card Killer E2200 will provide excellent speed and reduced traffic delays to a minimum in the process of online games due to the selected priority. Also, to the left you can see the two audio jacks for microphone and headphone jacks, a Kensington lock slot, Mini DisplayPort.
On the opposite face is placed drive DVD-RW SuperMulti with Double Layer drive, another USB, but already the standard 2.0. In addition, there is the right card reader, readable format SD / SDHC / SDXC.
Behind the interfaces are not available, there are only large air vents leading out warm air.
As for the indicators, they can be seen on the front face: the work of wireless modules and disk drives, the battery charge status. Among the communications provided for Bluetooth 4.0 + HS and Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n. Also worth mentioning about the technology Miracast. This wireless protocol is useful for video games or to an external display.
Battery of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
This notebook is equipped 6-cell lithium-polymer battery capacity of 60 Wh. With it, you can watch the video for three and a half hours if the display brightness is reduced by 60%. Of course, viewing photos, or work with documents not plant MSI GE72 2QE in the two accounts, as autonomy will be about 5 hours. But the duration of the Games will be minimal – no more than 2 hours. To charge the battery using the power supply capacity of 150 watts.
Verdict of the MSI GE72 2QE Apache
With the MSI GE72 2QE Apache in your hands is a whole arsenal of weapons. With many tasks he successfully comes, because his body is hidden productive filling: quad-core Intel Core i7-4720HQ, a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 8GB of RAM and a terabyte hard drive. Listed complemented by a good set of ports, excellent acoustics with four speakers and a subwoofer, which will please a variety of sound effects and excellent keyboard SteelSeries. The only thing that the stock brightness of the display is too high, that the gaming device is not very good. Even the cost of $ 1,920 for a modern gaming machines is very loyal, so lovers of vivid impressions certainly worth a closer look to this model.
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