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MSI GL72-6QFi781FD


MSI GL72-6QFi781FD
MSI GL72-6QFi781FD (GL72 Series)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 4 x 2.6 - 3.5 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
8192 MB 
, DDR4 SDRAM, 1196.5 MHz
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, CMN1735, Name: Chi Mei N173HGE-E11, TN, glossy: no
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: SD (XC/HC)
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
DVD +/- RW Double Layer
height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 420 x 287 ( = 1.46 x 16.54 x 11.3 in)
51 Wh, 4730 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers Nahimic Audio Enhancer, Keyboard: SteelSeries, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
2.8 kg ( = 98.77 oz / 6.17 pounds), Power Supply: 460 g ( = 16.23 oz / 1.01 pounds)
1000 Euro



Average Score: 83% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 83%, features: 84%, display: - % mobility: 82%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI GL72-6QFi781FD

83% MSI GL72-6QFi781FD
Source: 15 Zoll Notebooks Test German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 84% mobility: 82%


Model: The MSI GL72-6QFi781FD is gaming laptop designed and catered towards gamers and multimedia enthusiasts. It is also suitable for users who are looking for a high-performance laptop. The gaming laptop is completely covered in black color and has the typical red colored MSI logo on the lid. Unlike gaming laptops from other brands, the MSI gaming laptop looks quite uniform and business-like from the first impression. It comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition operating system, has a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, which can be turbo boosted up to 3.5 GHz, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 2GB DDR5 graphic card, 8 GB DDR4 RAM and a 1 TB hard disk for its internal storage capacity. The gaming laptop sports a 17.3-inch TN display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and the size of the screen is suitable for gaming. Thanks to its matte finish, it is less glaring and reflective. The TN panel was chosen because it has lower manufacturing costs, but the downside of it is that it only has limited viewing angles and average colors. MSI claimed that the keyboard is carefully calculated and designed for the needs of professional gamers. The laptop is exclusively made by Steelseries and it offers optimum WASD zone, better responsive and tactile feedback and the support of multi-key inputs in order for gamers to gain full control over their games. However, the keyboard lacks a backlight.

The sound for the gaming laptop is boosted by the Nahimic Audio Enhancer, a high definition sound technology that boosts the audio and voice of the gaming laptop and it is able to produce a virtual 7.1 surround sound. In addition, MSI also includes the MSI Audio Boost to enhance the output sound stage and sound detail by 30%. It has a gold flash jack that offers stable sound transmission, low noise, low distortions characteristics, enhanced headphone performance and reproduces each acoustic detail faithfully. The communication options of the gaming laptop include Wi-Fi 802.11a /b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth version 4.0. In order to control the temperature of the gaming laptop, MSI has included another exclusive technology known as MSI SHIFT, a technology that pushes the performance of the gaming laptop to the extreme while minimizing the temperature and noise at the same time. There are 3 different options to switch between which are Sports, Comfort and Green in order to get the perfect balance between decent system performance and comfortable user experience. On top of that, the exclusive Cooler Boost 3 technology also helps to actively and effectively cool down the gaming laptop. The innovative Matrix Display technology by MSI allows users to connect up to 2 external screens simultaneously in order to create a better gaming experience. The Matrix Display also supports 4K output that is capable of displaying up to 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. Overall, the gaming laptop is reasonably priced for gamers and it does not compromise on its hardware specifications.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M: Upper mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GTX 900M series.

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.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.8 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).

83%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2016-09-25 (Update: 2016-09-25)