MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES


MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES
MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES (PE72 Series)
16384 MB 
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, glossy: no
256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Card Reader: undefined
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 420 x 288 ( = 1.26 x 16.54 x 11.34 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
2.7 kg ( = 95.24 oz / 5.95 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Reviews for the MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES

Portátil avanzado 17,3" MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES
Source: Putoinformatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Large screen; decent hardware; nice display; good price; good connectivity; decent speakers. Negative: Heavy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2018



The MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES is a powerful 17.3" gaming notebook that could go unnoticed in an academic or professional environment. MSI has always tried to stand out in the gaming market and compete with other brands such as Hewlett-Packard (HP OMEN) and ASUS (ROG STRIX). The new MSI PE72 presents an exterior design almost identical to its predecessor, with silver-gray surfaces covering both the work area and the cover of the laptop, whereas the base of the laptop is black. Its elegant silver-gray cover has an attractive brushed finish, which contrasts perfectly with the black keyboard. The hinges are quite sturdy, allowing for an opening angle close to 180°, and they keep the screen in the selected position during normal use of the laptop. The MSI PE62 7RD-1814XES opted for a 17.3-inch LED panel. Of course, this laptop has a Full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is ideal for playing games, watching movies or any multimedia content really. The panel’s matte finish offers good brightness, high contrast and, although far from those offered by IPS panels, relatively wide viewing angles. It would be possible to use the laptop outdoors.

As for the hardware specifications, the MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES uses an Intel Core i7-7700HQ microprocessor from the Kaby-Lake range, which, thanks to Intel TurboBoost technology, is capable of operating at a clock frequency of 3.8 GHz. The Cooler Boost technology keeps the temperature at adequate levels. The laptop also integrates two memory modules of 8 GB with DDR4 architecture. For storage, the speed of a 256GB SSD is combined with the higher capacity provided by a 1TB HDD. This hybrid system is the most recommended system and one that many prefer. The graphics section excels thanks to a Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 GPU. Its 2 GB of VRAM GDDR5 memory will allow a user to enjoy gaming at high performance. With such hardware, this model can also perform all kinds of advanced tasks such as photo retouching and video editing. One of the strengths of this model lies in the good sound quality provided by its Dynaudio speaker system, which consists of two stereo speakers of 4 W. each and a subwoofer of 3 W. that offers a defined bass and a high volume level. The keyboard provides a good typing experience thanks to the good size of its keys, the generous spacing between them, the proper stroke when pressing, and the pleasant touch of the keys. It has very good networking capabilities, being compatible with both Gigabit Ethernet, Wifi-AC and Bluetooth version 4.2. Other features include three USB Type-A ports (two of which are USB 3.0), one USB-3.1 Type-C port, HDMI output, mini-DisplayPort output, S/PDIF digital audio output, an SD/MMC-card reader and an HD webcam.



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.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» 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.  

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.


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.

2.7 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).

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-03- 9 (Update: 2018-03- 9)