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MSI GE72 7RD-085XES (GE72 Series)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 4 x 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, Kaby Lake
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile - 4 GB VRAM, GDDR5
16 GB 
, DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM (2x8GB)
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, glossy: no
1TB (7200 rpm S-ATA) + 256 GB SSD (256GB *1 M.2 SATA)
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
DVD +/- RW Double Layer
height x width x depth (in mm): 30 x 420 x 287 ( = 1.18 x 16.54 x 11.3 in)
Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
2.9 kg ( = 102.29 oz / 6.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Reviews for the MSI GE72 7RD-085XES

[Análisis] MSI Apache GE72 7RD-085XES, llevando el gaming a un nuevo nivel
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN version
Positive: Large screen; powerful hardware. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/14/2017


Model: The MSI GE72 7RD (Apache) -085XES is a gaming notebook with Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD and an Nvidia GTX1050 graphics processor. The laptop comes with a large 17.3-inch Full HD panel that stands out for its native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels that will show a wide range of colors close to the 100% sRGB range , while MSI TrueColor technology will offer up to 5 color reproduction modes that will comfortably adapt to user needs whether playing, watching movies or working. With the functionality Matrix Display, a user can connect the laptop with two external monitors simultaneously using HDMI 1.4 and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 connections to 4K Ultra HD resolutions at a rate of 30 fps. The Apache GE72 7RD-085XES MSI also features a hybrid storage consisting of a 1 TB HDD and a 256 GB SSD which, on the one hand, will give plenty of space to store the largest variety of content. On the other hand, a read-write speed up to 5 times greater than 2200 MB/s will improve the laptop‘s performance considerably. Heat is one of the original elements of the earth. It is of pure physics that more energy will generate more heat, being a task always difficult to fight. The exclusive Cooler Boost 4 technology creates two internal thermal modules for independent CPU and GPU cooling. This design places dedicated heat pipes and up to 7 active heat pipes that draw heat out of the system. It's a high-end design so that cooling is never a problem.

One of the connectivity options of the MSI Apache GE72 7RD-085XES which has caught attention is its USB 3.1 Type-C reversible input that offers transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps through the technology SuperSpeed+ that accompanies it. It also integrates USB 3.0, USB 2.0, an SD card reader, a microphone and a HD webcam for live streaming of video games, as well as the DVD Super Multi optical drive to play content in this format. As for network connections, there is an RJ45 port for Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.2 technology ideal for transferring files and Wi-Fi 802.11ac wireless connection operating at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz double frequency band for faster browsing via the Internet. As for the looks, the GE72 7RD looks amazing for a gaming laptop. Its stealth and neat looks makes it look more like a professional gaming laptop. The entire body is covered in what seems to be brushed aluminium. The keyboard has a multicolor RGB backlight and its lighting configurations can be adjusted according to the users liking. As a gaming laptop, the MSI GE72 7RD certainly does a very good job. Its price is also slightly lower than its rivals from Alienware and Asus.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile: Mainstream graphics card based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and successor to the GeForce GTX 960M. Is manufactured in a 14nm process at Samsung and the technical specifications are very similar to the desktop version.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

i7-7700HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Besides four CPU cores (including Hyper Threading), the chips also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU and is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.9 kg:

With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI) was founded in 1986 in Taiwan. MSI is especially known as a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards for PCs, but also offers computer accessories, complete systems, motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktop PCs, monitors and other components. However, the Microstar brand name in Germany belongs to the Medion company. MSI is known for its gaming products and has developed a wide range of gaming laptops and desktop PCs. The company is also active in workstations, servers and industrial automation. MSI has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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