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MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 01/12/2017

Gaming machine. MSI's GT72VR 7RE is a powerful 17.3-inch gaming notebook that handles modern games smoothly on the matte Full HD screen. The new Kaby Lake quad-core also leaves a good initial impression. Positive: The noise development is pretty restrained, despite the powerful hardware.

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For the original German review, see here.

The MSI GT72VR 7RE is the updated version of the GT72VR 6RE we already reviewed. The biggest change is the new Kaby Lake processor, while the sibling is equipped with a Skylake model. Rivals for the MSI system are laptops like the Gigabyte P57X v6, the HP Omen 17, and the Asus GL702VM.

The two GT72VR models use the same construction, so we will not cover the sections Case, Input Devices, and the Speakers in this article. The corresponding information is available in our review of the MSI GT72VR 6RE.

MSI GT72VR 7RE-433 (GT72VR Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1443-1900 MHz, Memory: 4000 MHz, GDDR5, 256-bit interface, ForceWare 376.33, no Optimus, iGPU deactivated
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Single-Channel, four slots (one in use), up to 64 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, Chi Mei N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN LED, 120 Hz, Nvidia G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG5, 256 GB 
, m.2-SSD + HGST HTS721010A9E630 (1 TB HDD, 7200 rpm)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC899 @ High Definition Audio-Controller
Connections
6 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphones, microphone, line-in, line-out (7.1 analog + S/PDIF), Card Reader: SD,SDXC,SDHC, TPM 2.0
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST BD-RE BU20N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 48 x 428 x 294 ( = 1.89 x 16.85 x 11.57 in)
Battery
83 Wh, 7500 mAh Lithium-Ion, 9 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD (1080p @ 30 fps)
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers + subwoofer, Keyboard: Steelseries Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter: 230 Watts, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Firebird SQL Server - Magix Edition, Magix Music Maker Silver, Magix Photo Manager 16, MS Office 365 (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.83 kg ( = 135.1 oz / 8.44 pounds), Power Supply: 940 g ( = 33.16 oz / 2.07 pounds)
Price
2300 Euro

 

Size Comparison

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
135.3 MB/s ∼100% +8%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
125 MB/s ∼92%
Gigabyte P57X v6
76.4 MB/s ∼56% -39%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
76 MB/s ∼56% -39%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
72.6 MB/s ∼54% -42%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
205 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
186.3 MB/s ∼91% -9%
Gigabyte P57X v6
89.9 MB/s ∼44% -56%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
87 MB/s ∼42% -58%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
84.6 MB/s ∼41% -59%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
676 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
672 MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
618 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
529 MBit/s ∼86% -14%
Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The matte 17.3-inch screen of the GT72VR has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The luminance of 277 nits is acceptable, but it is hardly impressive. At least the contrast is good (1107:1). Positive: We cannot determine PWM flickering at any brightness level.

MSI uses a panel that supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which adjusts the display refresh rates of the display and the GPU dynamically. This is supposed to ensure a smooth picture without line shifts–especially when you play games.

259
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 299 cd/m² Average: 277.1 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 299 cd/m²
Contrast: 1107:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.65 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 9.68 | - Ø
100% sRGB (Argyll) 75% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 1.89
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Chi Mei N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), 1920x1080
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
LG Philips LGD046E, 1920x1080
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, 1920x1080
HP Omen 17-w110ng
LG Philips LGD046E, 1920x1080
Gigabyte P57X v6
LGD0469, 1920x1080
Response Times
-140%
-130%
-136%
-141%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
29 (13, 16)
34.4 (15.6, 18.8)
-19%
38 (12, 26)
-31%
37 (13, 24)
-28%
33.6 (14, 19.6)
-16%
Response Time Black / White *
7 (4, 3)
25.2 (4.8, 20.4)
-260%
23 (5, 18)
-229%
24 (4, 20)
-243%
25.6 (5.2, 20.4)
-266%
PWM Frequency
Screen
12%
-12%
11%
9%
Brightness
277
327
18%
312
13%
342
23%
321
16%
Brightness Distribution
87
89
2%
91
5%
87
0%
93
7%
Black Level *
0.27
0.323
-20%
0.5
-85%
0.31
-15%
0.267
1%
Contrast
1107
1080
-2%
652
-41%
1168
6%
1233
11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.65
4.09
58%
6.3
35%
4.5
53%
5.93
39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.68
2.14
78%
7.37
24%
3.48
64%
6.72
31%
Gamma
1.89 127%
2.25 107%
2.37 101%
2.23 108%
2.12 113%
CCT
11652 56%
6885 94%
7116 91%
6144 106%
7611 85%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
75
56.9
-24%
55
-27%
55
-27%
57
-24%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
86.5
-13%
83
-17%
84
-16%
87
-13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-64% / -18%
-71% / -35%
-63% / -18%
-66% / -21%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 58 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 5114 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The color accuracy ex-works is average at best. We can measure a DeltaE-2000 color deviation of 9.65 (target value DeltaE <3) and we can notice a blue cast. This situation can be improved by a calibration. We saw a drop to 2.19 for the colors as well as a more balanced grayscale presentation. The blue cast is gone as well. Users of the GT72VR can use our color profile linked in the box to improve the colors. The panel from Chi Mei covers the whole sRGB gamut, and the AdobeRGB reference at least 75% covered.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
MSI GT72VR vs. sRGB (100%)
MSI GT72VR vs. sRGB (100%)
MSI GT72VR vs. AdobeRGB (75%)
MSI GT72VR vs. AdobeRGB (75%)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
7 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (43.4 ms).

MSI equips the GT72VR with a TN panel, so the viewing angle stability is limited. However, the situation here is much better compared to the majority of TN panels, even though it cannot compete with an IPS screen. You can use the GT72VR outdoors when the sun is not too bright.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

MSI's GT72VR 7RE is a 17.3-inch gaming notebook and the system can handle all modern games. Our test model is supposed to retail for 2,300 Euros (~$2449), but we could not find any other SKUs as of this writing.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Test Settings

We used the following settings in MSI's Dragon Center for our measurements: 

  • Shift mode: "Power Options"

  • Fan speed: "Auto". We did not use the button for the fan turbo at any point.

Processor

The GT72VR is shipped with a brand-new quad-core processor from the Kaby Lake generation with the designation Core i7-7700HQ. The name already shows we are dealing with the direct successor to the Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) here. Both CPUs have a TDP of 45 watts and only the clocks are different. The 7700HQ has a base frequency of 2.8 GHz and can reach 3.4 GHz (four cores), 3.6 (two cores), and 3.8 GHz (one core) via Turbo Boost. This means the new model is between 200-300 MHz faster than the previous model, and we also see it in the benchmarks, where the Kaby Lake is a bit faster. The technical specifications between Skylake and Kaby Lake are otherwise very similar, so the advantage is only a result of higher clocks, and not architectural improvements. The Turbo can be utilized on both mains and battery power.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
CPU & GPU load
CPU & GPU load
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
11777
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22270
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5733
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
69.75 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.17 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.81 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
105.91 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
736 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
159 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼93% -7%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼88% -12%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼84% -16%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
130 Points ∼82% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
679 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
671 Points ∼91% -9%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
635 Points ∼86% -14%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.69 Points ∼93% -7%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼83% -17%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼83% -17%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼83% -17%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼91% -9%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.44 Points ∼91% -9%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.38 Points ∼90% -10%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5733 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5484 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5126 Points ∼89% -11%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4949 Points ∼86% -14%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22270 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20283 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20111 Points ∼90% -10%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20102 Points ∼90% -10%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13290 Points ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11903 Points ∼90% -10%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3426 Points ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
2926 Points ∼85% -15%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
12499 Points ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11033 Points ∼88% -12%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4284 Points ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3663 Points ∼86% -14%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
269.16 Points ∼100% +5%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
255.47 Points ∼95%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
251.96 Points ∼94% -1%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
233.58 Points ∼87% -9%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
232.36 Points ∼86% -9%
Octane V2 - Total Score
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
38782 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
37205 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
34352 Points ∼89% -11%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
27266 Points ∼70% -30%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1811.2 ms * ∼100% -81%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1082 ms * ∼60% -8%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1067.1 ms * ∼59% -7%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
998.3 ms * ∼55%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

It is not surprising that the subjective performance impression of the GT72VR is very good: The combination of a powerful processor and a fast Solid State Disk ensures a smooth and responsive system. Our impression is supported by the excellent scores in the PCMark benchmarks. MSI's laptop is more than adequately suited for all scenarios–games, picture and video editing. It is possible to increase the performance a bit by adding a second RAM module, so the memory would run in a dual-channel configuration.

PCMark 7 Score
6618 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5009 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7765 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5404 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG5
5404 Points ∼83%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
5394 Points ∼83% 0%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
5095 Points ∼78% -6%
Gigabyte P57X v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
5014 Points ∼77% -7%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4809 Points ∼74% -11%
Home Score Accelerated v2
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG5
5009 Points ∼84%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4833 Points ∼81% -4%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4670 Points ∼78% -7%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
4620 Points ∼77% -8%
Gigabyte P57X v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
4206 Points ∼70% -16%

Storage Devices

The operating system of the GT72VR is stored on a Solid State Disk from Kingston. It is an M.2-SSD (2280) with a capacity of 256 GB, and you can use about 200 GB for your own applications or files. The rest is occupied by the Windows installation. The transfer rates of the SSD are decent in general for an SATA-III model. Much faster (and more expensive) PCIe/NVMe models are optional.

Modern video games require plenty of storage space, so many gaming notebooks are equipped with an additional HDD besides the SDD to provide more capacity. This is also the case for the GT72VR, where MSI includes a 1 TB model (7200 rpm). The recovery partition of the system is also stored on the HDD.

Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG5
Sequential Read: 521.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 311.8 MB/s
512K Read: 403.1 MB/s
512K Write: 332.3 MB/s
4K Read: 33.35 MB/s
4K Write: 111.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 331.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 318.3 MB/s
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG5
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Gigabyte P57X v6
Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-18%
-87%
37%
-14%
Write 4k QD32
318.3
236.9
-26%
1.186
-100%
295.3
-7%
274.9
-14%
Read 4k QD32
331.1
147.5
-55%
1.106
-100%
600.2
81%
273.9
-17%
Write 4k
111.1
99.36
-11%
1.146
-99%
153.3
38%
84.59
-24%
Read 4k
33.35
23.1
-31%
0.602
-98%
42.7
28%
25.93
-22%
Write 512
332.3
319.2
-4%
63.33
-81%
294.7
-11%
314.4
-5%
Read 512
403.1
288.9
-28%
44.85
-89%
616.2
53%
303.1
-25%
Write Seq
311.8
338.5
9%
130.6
-58%
294.9
-5%
315.4
1%
Read Seq
521.2
529
1%
134.6
-74%
1156
122%
481.7
-8%

GPU Performance

The integrated GPU (HD Graphics 630) of the system is deactivated, so the usual switchable graphics technology is deactivated as well. The dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is therefore running all the time. Nvidia's modern Pascal chip is the second fastest GPU right now with support for DirectX 12 and core speeds of up to 1900 MHz. However, the latter cannot be maintained all the time. We determined an average clock of around 1600 MHz during our tests. The GPU is also equipped with 8 GB GDDR5 video memory and the benchmark results are in the expected range for this model.

3DMark 06 Standard
30145 points
3DMark 11 Performance
15575 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
133525 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
26904 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13685 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
7506 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
5097 points
Help
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17625 Points ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17354 Points ∼98% -2%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
15806 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11311 Points ∼64% -36%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
108027 Points ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
103082 Points ∼95% -5%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
86780 Points ∼80% -20%
Gigabyte P57X v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
79578 Points ∼74% -26%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
79107 Points ∼73% -27%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Gigabyte P57X v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
23356 Points ∼100% +1%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
23170 Points ∼99%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
20656 Points ∼88% -11%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14317 Points ∼61% -38%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
13760 Points ∼59% -41%

Gaming Performance

The CPU/GPU combination of the MSI notebook does not have any problems with the Full HD screen. All tested games run smoothly in the native FHD resolution and high up to maximum details. Many titles can also be enjoyed in 4K when you attach a corresponding screen.

Battlefield 1 ...
Battlefield 1 ...
... and Civilization VI can be played with the highest settings (FHD).
... and Civilization VI can be played with the highest settings (FHD).
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 437.3411.1392.1207.4fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 219.2188.7182.5133.2fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 195.7186.9185.7144.8fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 60.259.155.3fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 99.993.376.343.7fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 147.3129.5114.7106fps
Civilization VI (2016) 7258.751.752.1fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 144144130.6121.5fps
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
133.2 fps ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
129.5 fps ∼97% -3%
Gigabyte P57X v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
123.8 fps ∼93% -7%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
103.8 (min: 19.8) fps ∼78% -22%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
98.9 fps ∼74% -26%
Battlefield 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
144.8 fps ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
99.1 fps ∼68% -32%

Emissions

System Noise

The laptop is comparatively quiet while idling, despite the powerful hardware. The fans are running all the time and produce a constant murmur, which can also be tolerated over long periods. We could not notice occasional pulsating while idling, either. The fans will obviously get louder when you stress the gaming system. We measured 44 dB(A) during our stress test, while you can expect around 37 dB(A) (35-40 dB(A)) during gaming. The fans will slowly increase their rpm levels under load. All in all, the GT72VR is a bit quieter than its Skylake predecessor.

Noise development idle
Noise development idle
Noise development load
Noise development load
Speaker measurements
Speaker measurements

Noise Level

Idle
34 / 35 / 37 dB(A)
Load
37 / 44 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31 dB(A)
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Noise
1%
3%
-4%
-4%
off / environment *
31
28.9
7%
30.5
2%
30
3%
29.7
4%
Idle Minimum *
34
32.4
5%
31.4
8%
33
3%
33.2
2%
Idle Average *
35
32.4
7%
31.4
10%
34
3%
33.2
5%
Idle Maximum *
37
32.4
12%
31.5
15%
35
5%
33.2
10%
Load Average *
37
39.4
-6%
40.9
-11%
45
-22%
47.5
-28%
Load Maximum *
44
52
-18%
46.2
-5%
52
-18%
52.5
-19%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark for at least one hour) brings up slightly different results on mains and on battery power. The processor is clocked at 3.4 GHz on mains and the GPU clock varies between 1250-1350 MHz, while we can see 2.5-2.9 GHz for the CPU and around 1443 MHz for the GPU on battery.

The temperature development of the system is moderate considering the hardware equipment. Only one spot shows more than 50 °C (122 °F), but the temperature distribution of the GT72VR differs a bit from the previous Skylake model. The latter reached high temperatures underneath the fan exhausts, while the heat is more distributed on the Kaby Lake GT72VR. Our stress test is an extreme scenario and not representative for practice. The chassis temperatures will be lower in everyday situations.

Stress test
Stress test
Maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Max. Load
 40.6 °C41.5 °C39.6 °C 
 41.2 °C40.5 °C34.3 °C 
 27 °C27 °C25.5 °C 
Maximum: 41.5 °C
Average: 35.2 °C
50.6 °C48.6 °C44.2 °C
36.9 °C43.1 °C27.3 °C
24.4 °C26.5 °C27.2 °C
Maximum: 50.6 °C
Average: 36.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.7 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Heat
-8%
-18%
-10%
-30%
Maximum Upper Side *
41.5
40.6
2%
53.1
-28%
45
-8%
59
-42%
Maximum Bottom *
50.6
59.4
-17%
44.9
11%
54.3
-7%
66
-30%
Idle Upper Side *
26.4
28.2
-7%
32.9
-25%
29.6
-12%
33.2
-26%
Idle Bottom *
25.4
27.8
-9%
33.4
-31%
28.6
-13%
30.6
-20%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.432.7253637.73135.540.64029.133.45027.232.46327.542.18024.146.610024.656.312525.563.416024.167.220022.168.725020.364.131520.872.140019.573.950019.975.663019.672.180018.471.6100018.876125018.675.4160018.875.4200018.979.6250018.980.4315019.174.1400019.168.650001967.763001965.780001963.51000019661250018.963.51600018.849.1SPL31.287N1.570median 19MSI GT72VR 7RE-433median 68.7Delta1.15.141.14037.635.430.730.134.136.228.430.129.2302932.427.635.525.340.323.147.322.154.920.858.819.658.918.7651962.317.665.917.669.817.362.517.157.617.257.317.362.51767.617.167.517.265.717.358.817.452.717.444.917.345.417.240.117.238.829.776.11.336median 17.4Asus G752VS-XB78Kmedian 58.81.89hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 4.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 18%, worst was 34%
Compared to all devices tested
» 6% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Asus G752VS-XB78K audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 8.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 61% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 18%, worst was 34%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkboxes select/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

MSI deactivated the integrated GPU (HD Graphics 630), so the idle consumption of the GT72VR is higher than it could be. A comparison with the Gigabyte P57X v6 (with switchable graphics) clearly shows the differences. We can measure up to 184 watts during our stress test – enough headroom for the 230-watt power adapter. The Skylake predecessor consumed about 20 watts more during the stress test.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 20 / 27 / 31 Watt
Load midlight 86 / 184 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Power Consumption
-20%
19%
0%
-16%
Idle Minimum *
20
22.3
-12%
15.6
22%
19
5%
18.4
8%
Idle Average *
27
27.3
-1%
20.2
25%
25
7%
22.8
16%
Idle Maximum *
31
30
3%
21.4
31%
31
-0%
24
23%
Load Average *
86
152.2
-77%
90
-5%
90
-5%
175.5
-104%
Load Maximum *
184
204.2
-11%
147
20%
193
-5%
229.5
-25%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

There are no differences between the Skylake and Kaby Lake model of the GT72VR in terms of battery runtimes. Our current test model lasts 3:50 h in our WLAN test (predecessor: 3:44 h). We use a script that simulates the load when you browse the web, while the power plan is set to "Balanced", the power-saving features are deactivated, and the luminance is adjusted to around 150 nits. The video runtime of the MSI is similar at 3:48 hours. We play a loop of the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264, 1920x1080 pixels) with deactivated wireless modules and power-saving features, while the luminance is once again adjusted to around 150 nits.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 16min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38)
3h 50min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 31min
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 83 Wh
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 83 Wh
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 76 Wh
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 95 Wh
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 75.81 Wh
Battery Runtime
-2%
8%
18%
11%
Reader / Idle
316
322
2%
353
12%
432
37%
418
32%
H.264
228
262
15%
233
2%
WiFi v1.3
230
224
-3%
250
9%
247
7%
201
-13%
Load
91
86
-5%
87
-4%
115
26%
103
13%

Pros

+ matte display
+ sturdy chassis with good build quality
+ a lot of performance
+ SSD + HDD
+ M.2 slot with NVMe support
+ GPU can be upgraded (MXM 3.0 slot)
+ RGB keyboard illumination
+ good sound system
+ many ports
+ easy maintenance
+ 120 Hz

Cons

- no graphics switching (Optimus)
- bulky chassis
- fans are running all the time

Verdict

In review: MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro. Test model courtesy of MSI Germany.
In review: MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro. Test model courtesy of MSI Germany.

The powerful hardware of the GT72VR 7RE can play all modern games in the native Full HD resolution at high up to maximum details. Nvidia's G-Sync technology ensures a smooth presentation on the 120 Hz display. The new Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor from the Kaby Lake generation leaves a good impression. It is a bit faster than its predecessor (Core i7-6700HQ), which is supported by the benchmark scores. However, the improvements are not huge.

MSI's GT72VR Dominator Pro is a successful gaming machine.

A fast SATA-III SSD ensures a responsive system, and it could even be replaced by an even faster PCIe/NVMe drive if necessary. The required storage space for games is provided by an additional 2.5-inch hard drive. The 1 TB model could also be replaced by an even bigger drive. You just have to remove the bottom panel to replace the drives, which is no problem at all.

The matte Full HD screen has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It manages decent luminance results with a good contrast. However, it is not an IPS display with wide viewing angles, but it outperforms common TN panels in this respect.

MSI GT72VR 7RE-433 - 01/05/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
80 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
71 / 81 → 88%
Weight
51 / 66 → 73%
Battery
73%
Display
82%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
95%
Temperature
90 / 95 → 95%
Noise
75 / 90 → 83%
Audio
90%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
77%
86%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-01-12 (Update: 2017-01-14)
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