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MSI WE72 7RJ (7700HQ, FHD, M2200) Workstation Review

Workstation with gaming roots. MSI offers mobile workstations based on its gaming laptops for quite a while now. The WE72 is a new 17-inch system, but is the implementation of a professional graphics card sufficient to satisfy demanding customers?

For the original German article, see here.

For a couple of years now, instead of developing individual mobile workstations, MSI has equipped its successful gaming cases with professional graphics cards. There were two series so far, the big and bulky WT models (17-inch, based on GT-series) as well as the slim WS-series (15.6-inch, based on GS-series).

MSI now launches the third model, the WE72, which fills the gap. It is based on the 17.3-inch GE72 gamer and is more compact than the larger WT72. Our test model carries the designation WE72 7RJ and is equipped with a modern Kaby Lake quad-core processor as well as the new Nvidia Quadro M2200. The graphics card is the only big difference compared to the gaming model except for the different color scheme (yellow instead of red lines). But is this enough to compete with full-fledged mobile workstations from established manufacturers like Dell, Lenovo, or HP?

The MSI WE72 is the first new mobile workstation we review this year, so we will use comparison devices from last year. The list includes the Dell Precision 7710, the HP ZBook 17 G3, and the Lenovo ThinkPad P70.

The case construction is identical to the MSI GE72 we have already reviewed in two different configurations. We therefore refer to the review articles of the GE72 7RE Apache Pro and GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro for more information about the connectivity, maintenance, input devices as well as speakers.

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MSI WE72 7RJ (WE72 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro M2200 - 4096 MB, Core: 1037 MHz, Memory: 1377 MHz, GDDR5, 377.11, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, 2x 16 GB DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, 2/2 slots in use, up to 32 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LP173WF4-SPF1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e, 256 GB 
, (+1 TB HDD HTS721010A9E630), 1100 GB free
Soundcard
Intel A171
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Headphones, 3.5 mm Microphone, Card Reader: SD (XC/HC)
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28.9 x 418 x 279 ( = 1.14 x 16.46 x 10.98 in)
Battery
51 Wh, 4730 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p HD
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2W Speaker, 1x 3W Woofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI Dragon Center, MSI Tools, Office (trial), Nahimic 2, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
2.924 kg ( = 103.14 oz / 6.45 pounds), Power Supply: 593 g ( = 20.92 oz / 1.31 pounds)
Price
1799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Differences compared to the GE72

There are no major changes compared to the case of the MSI GE72. Only the red accent stripes as well as the red gaming logo were replaced by yellow variations. The black case actually works pretty well in professional environments, but you should waive the multi-colored keyboard illumination to avoid too much attention.

Size Comparison

Our size comparison shows that all four rivals have a similar footprint, but the MSI WE72 is the lightest and slimmest system. These are certainly not the most important aspects for mobile workstations, but the lower weight in particular does not hurt.

417 mm / 16.4 inch 281 mm / 11.1 inch 35 mm / 1.378 inch 3.6 kg7.89 lbs416 mm / 16.4 inch 275.5 mm / 10.8 inch 34.2 mm / 1.346 inch 3.6 kg7.94 lbs420 mm / 16.5 inch 280 mm / 11 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 3.3 kg7.19 lbs418 mm / 16.5 inch 279 mm / 11 inch 28.9 mm / 1.138 inch 2.9 kg6.45 lbs

Connectivity

Nothing changed in terms of port or security features, either. The MSI WE72 offers a fast USB-C port (Gen.2), but without Thunderbolt 3 support. There is no proprietary docking port, either, so you are limited to conventional USB solutions. Another problem is the security equipment. MSI includes a Trusted Platform Module (2.0), but no access protection like a fingerprint scanner or a slot for SmartCards.

You can attach two external displays via both video outputs (HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2). The maximum resolution is 3840x2160 pixels (4K), but the HDMI output is limited to 30 Hz in this case.

The SD-card reader on the right side is one of the slowest models we have tested so far. It does not even manage 20 MB/s, neither in the synthetic test with AS SSD, nor in the transfer of pictures. Overall, you will have to use some USB adapters with the WE72.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Precision 7710
 
213 MB/s ∼100% +1138%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
 
114 MB/s ∼54% +563%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
 
112 MB/s ∼53% +551%
MSI WE72 7RJ
 
17.2 MB/s ∼8%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
 
210 MB/s ∼100% +1041%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
 
191 MB/s ∼91% +938%
Dell Precision 7710
 
142 MB/s ∼68% +672%
MSI WE72 7RJ
 
18.4 MB/s ∼9%

Communication

MSI equips our test model of the WE72 with Intel's 3168 Wi-Fi module. It supports all modern standards including 802.11ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), but it is only a 1x1 adapter with a maximum transfer rate of 433 Mbps. The results in our standardized WLAN test with the router Linksys EA8500 are therefore okay. The connection was always reliable during our review period, but we would still like to see a faster 2x2 module in an expensive workstation. Bluetooth 4.2 is supported as well.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
667 MBit/s ∼100% +90%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
351 MBit/s ∼53%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
345 MBit/s ∼52% -2%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
498 MBit/s ∼100% +74%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
294 MBit/s ∼59% +2%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
287 MBit/s ∼58%

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

You can also see the gaming roots of the MSI WE72 when you look at the display options, because one of them is a TN panel (FHD) with 120 Hz/5 ms. Our test model is also equipped with an FHD panel, but it is based on the IPS technology. High-resolution screens are currently not available for the mobile workstation.

The 17.3-inch display features the Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels), which results in a pixel density of 127 PPI. This is not much, especially compared to high-resolution screens, but there are at least no scaling issues with Windows or older applications. The panel from LG Philips (LP173WF4-SPF1) does not show any backlight bleeding and we can measure a decent average luminance of 306 nits. Both the brightness distribution (93%) and the contrast (~1000:1, black value 0.31) are good as well.

315
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LP173WF4-SPF1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 317 cd/m² Average: 305.7 cd/m² Minimum: 4.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 301 cd/m²
Contrast: 974:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 7.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
85.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 56% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.08
MSI WE72 7RJ
LP173WF4-SPF1, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell Precision 7710
SDC8151, VHN17_173HL, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
LEN4123, , 3840x2160, 17.3
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
SDC3854, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-24%
-1%
-10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45.2 (27.2, 18)
50 (17, 33)
-11%
44 (17.2, 26.8)
3%
50.4 (17.2, 33.2)
-12%
Response Time Black / White *
26.4 (14.8, 11.6)
36 (11, 25)
-36%
27.6 (4.8, 22.8)
-5%
28.4 (7.2, 21.2)
-8%
PWM Frequency
198 (25)
228 (95)
200 (40)
Screen
13%
11%
23%
Brightness middle
302
332
10%
365
21%
252
-17%
Brightness
306
307
0%
341
11%
243
-21%
Brightness Distribution
93
83
-11%
85
-9%
86
-8%
Black Level *
0.31
0.33
-6%
0.4
-29%
0.21
32%
Contrast
974
1006
3%
913
-6%
1200
23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.2
3
52%
3.8
39%
2.2
65%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.6
3.8
64%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.3
4
45%
6.09
17%
2.7
63%
Gamma
2.08 106%
2 110%
2.3 96%
2.28 96%
CCT
7020 93%
7089 92%
6332 103%
6686 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
56
62
11%
76.01
36%
62
11%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
85.2
97
14%
99.97
17%
96
13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-6% / 6%
5% / 9%
7% / 17%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale (True Color profile: Gamer)
Grayscale (True Color profile: Gamer)
Saturation Sweeps (True Color profile: Gamer)
Saturation Sweeps (True Color profile: Gamer)
ColorChecker (True Color profile: Gamer)
ColorChecker (True Color profile: Gamer)
Grayscale calibrated (True Color profile: Gamer)
Grayscale calibrated (True Color profile: Gamer)
Saturation Sweeps calibrated (True Color profile: Gamer)
Saturation Sweeps calibrated (True Color profile: Gamer)
ColorChecker calibrated (True Color profile: Gamer)
ColorChecker calibrated (True Color profile: Gamer)

MSI also uses its own True Color technology for the WE72. Users can choose between different color profiles, but the default sRGB setting unfortunately suffers from a severe red cast. Similar to the gaming notebooks from MSI, we found the mode "Gamer" to provide the best results ex-works. However, the results are still not very convincing in general. We determine average DeltaE-2000 deviations of 7.3 (grayscale) and 6.2 (ColorChecker) compared to the sRGB reference, and we can notice a slight blue cast.

sRGB: 85,2 %
sRGB: 85,2 %
AdobeRGB: 56 %
AdobeRGB: 56 %

The calibration improves the grayscale performance in particular, and the blue cast is also gone. We definitely recommend using our calibrated profile (linked in the box above). The average color deviation drops as well, but orange/yellow still shows a high deviation of up to 8. That the display is not perfect for professional picture editing is also a result of the color gamut. The panel can only display 85% of the smaller sRGB and 56% of the AdobeRGB reference, respectively.

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
26.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 11.6 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 52 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27.2 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The sheer size and weight alone limit the mobility of the MSI WE72, but you can still use it comfortably in bright environments thanks to the matte panel surface and the decent luminance. Only direct light sources will quickly result in a washed-out picture. The viewing angle stability of the IPS display is very good and there are no color deviations even from wide angles.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The MSI WE72 is equipped with a modern Kaby Lake quad-core processor from Intel as well as 32 GB DDR4-RAM (maximum), so it is powerful enough even for complex projects. The professional graphics card Nvidia Quadro M2200 is also interesting since it is still based on the old Maxwell architecture. The new GPUs based on the modern Pascal architecture start with the Quadro P3000 (one performance level higher).

MSI offers different profiles to adjust the performance. We performed our benchmarks and emission measurements with the setting "Power Options", so the system uses the regular Windows power profiles (e.g. "High Performance"). We did not determine different performance scores with the Sport mode.

Processor

Intel's Core i7-7700HQ is a very popular mobile quad-core processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture we already reviewed a couple of times. We only want to summarize the most important specs at this point, so we refer to our Tech section for more information.

The four native cores of the i7-7700HQ have a base clock of 2.8 GHz, which can reach up to 3.8 GHz (3.4 for four active cores) via Turbo Boost. Hyperthreading is supported as well, so the chip can execute up to eight threads simultaneously.

Intel XTU
Intel XTU
Intel XTU: Advanced
Intel XTU: Advanced
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The benchmark results are basically okay and the i7-7700HQ can compete with the old Intel Xeon E1535M v5 we tested in the Dell Precision 7710 as well as the HP ZBook 17 G3 in the Cinebench Multi test. However, this level of performance cannot be maintained. We can see the usual TDP limitation of 45 watts (~51 watts @4x3.4 GHz) after about 30 seconds, but we can see another drop after a couple of minutes, which is caused by the temperature (>90 °C/194 °F). The chip will level off at 2.7 GHz and a consumption of 34 watts.

This means the chip cannot maintain its base frequency (throttling) when we only stress the CPU; the cooling is just not sufficient. The performance is limited to 45 watts right away on battery power and the Cinebench Multi score is only 3% lower.

More benchmarks with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ are available here.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
Intel Core i7-7820HK
172 Points ∼79% +8%
Dell Precision 7710
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
162 Points ∼74% +1%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼73% 0%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼73%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
156 Points ∼72% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
153 Points ∼70% -4%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
145 Points ∼67% -9%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼64% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
Intel Core i7-7820HK
864 Points ∼20% +16%
Dell Precision 7710
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
746 Points ∼17% 0%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
743 Points ∼17%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
742 Points ∼17% 0%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼17% -1%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
731 Points ∼17% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
699 Points ∼16% -6%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼15% -9%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6833
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
88.59 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
102.9 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
743 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
160 Points
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System Performance

We did not encounter any software or hardware issues with the WE72 during our review period. The primary SSD ensures a responsive system and the test model also performs well in the benchmarks, but it cannot secure the top position within the comparison group.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Precision 7710
FirePro W7170M, E3-1535M v5, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5417 Points ∼83% +5%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
Quadro M3000M, E3-1535M v5, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5271 Points ∼81% +2%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
5150 Points ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
Quadro M3000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
4411 Points ∼68% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Precision 7710
FirePro W7170M, E3-1535M v5, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4770 Points ∼78% +11%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
4295 Points ∼70%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
Quadro M3000M, E3-1535M v5, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4133 Points ∼68% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
Quadro M3000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
3345 Points ∼55% -22%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4295 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5150 points
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Storage Devices

Secondary hard drive
Secondary hard drive

Inside the MSI WE72 is an M.2 SSD (2281) as well as a 2.5-inch hard drive. This is sufficient in general, but still a bit disappointing considering the size of the case. The M.2 slot supports fast PCIe NVMe SSDs and our test model is equipped with a corresponding drive. Samsung's SM961 has a capacity of 256 GB, and you can use around 190 GB after the initial set-up. The performance of the SSD is very good and is a major factor for the good subjective performance impression. A replacement only makes sense if you want to implement a drive with a higher storage capacity.

Sufficient space is provided by a 1 TB HDD from HGST spinning at 7200 rpm. The drive manages an average transfer rate of 113 MB/S according to HD Tune – a decent result. Please see our comprehensive HDD/SSD list for more comparisons and benchmarks.

MSI WE72 7RJ
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-44%
30%
-45%
10%
9%
Write 4k QD32
589.8
350.4
-41%
377.9
-36%
212.9
-64%
506.1
-14%
526.9
-11%
Read 4k QD32
681.2
391.8
-42%
832
22%
372.5
-45%
633.1
-7%
631.7
-7%
Write 4k
184.2
104.1
-43%
207.4
13%
112.9
-39%
169.4
-8%
158.2
-14%
Read 4k
59.94
29.88
-50%
58.65
-2%
22.7
-62%
56.08
-6%
54.2
-10%
Write 512
1483
420.5
-72%
1163
-22%
481.4
-68%
1611
9%
1531
3%
Read 512
312.6
420.3
34%
1202
285%
455.1
46%
459.1
47%
499.7
60%
Write Seq
1512
457.8
-70%
1243
-18%
495.7
-67%
1662
10%
1621
7%
Read Seq
1492
508.9
-66%
1481
-1%
539.6
-64%
2253
51%
2141
43%
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
Sequential Read: 1492 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1512 MB/s
512K Read: 312.6 MB/s
512K Write: 1483 MB/s
4K Read: 59.94 MB/s
4K Write: 184.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 681.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 589.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

Nvidia Quadro M2200
Nvidia Quadro M2200

The designation already suggests it: The Nvidia Quadro M2200 is once again based on the Maxwell architecture. The new Pascal models (e.g. Quadro P3000) start one performance level above that. The M2200 is based on the GM206 chip, which was already used for the renewed consumer GeForce GTX 965M (previously GTX 965M Ti). The core reaches a maximum clock of 1039 MHz and 4 GB GDDR5-RAM is attached via a 128-bit interface. More information on the Nvidia Quadro M2200 is available here.

The professional chip differs from the consumer GeForce cards in terms of a modified BIOS as well as special drivers, which are designed for stability. Comprehensive certifications also ensure a trouble-free operation between hardware and software. The drivers can result in a significant performance advantage in OpenGL-optimized applications in particular. We use the benchmark SPECviewperf 12 for professional purposes. It covers the areas CAD, CAM, geology and medical MRI. The results can differ based on the test, but the new M2200 is usually between the old Quadro M2000M and the M3000M, and it is sometimes even on par with the latter. This is also the case for LuxMark 2.0 (OpenCL). However, the two benchmarks also show consumer cards closed the gap significantly. Even a GeForce GTX 1070 does not stand a chance in some tests (like Siemens NX), but leads the comparison in others in return.

SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
85.32 fps ∼100%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
84.84 fps ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
74.69 fps ∼88% -12%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
73 fps ∼86% -14%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
69.01 fps ∼81% -19%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
52.52 fps ∼62% -38%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
35.91 fps ∼42% -58%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
31.89 fps ∼37% -63%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
65.79 fps ∼100% +13%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
63 fps ∼96% +9%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
58.06 fps ∼88%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
34.18 fps ∼52% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
32.86 fps ∼50% -43%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
7.63 fps ∼12% -87%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
5.09 fps ∼8% -91%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
4.39 fps ∼7% -92%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
93.41 fps ∼100% +185%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
43.81 fps ∼47% +34%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
37 fps ∼40% +13%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
36.96 fps ∼40% +13%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
32.77 fps ∼35%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
30.3 fps ∼32% -8%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
26.2 fps ∼28% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
20.58 fps ∼22% -37%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
42.81 fps ∼100% +110%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
27 fps ∼63% +33%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
22.34 fps ∼52% +10%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
20.62 fps ∼48% +1%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
20.47 fps ∼48% +1%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
20.34 fps ∼48%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
17.49 fps ∼41% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
14.43 fps ∼34% -29%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
107.26 fps ∼100% +129%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
63.31 fps ∼59% +35%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
50.38 fps ∼47% +7%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
47.24 fps ∼44% +1%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
46.94 fps ∼44%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
46 fps ∼43% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
37.15 fps ∼35% -21%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
32.07 fps ∼30% -32%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
8.9 fps ∼100% +108%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
4.85 fps ∼54% +13%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
4.28 fps ∼48%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
3.97 fps ∼45% -7%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
3.82 fps ∼43% -11%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
3.78 fps ∼42% -12%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
3.17 fps ∼36% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
3.13 fps ∼35% -27%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
68.52 fps ∼100%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
64.76 fps ∼95% -5%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
50 fps ∼73% -27%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
49.25 fps ∼72% -28%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
46.12 fps ∼67% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
39.39 fps ∼57% -43%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
19.55 fps ∼29% -71%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
16.71 fps ∼24% -76%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
77.86 fps ∼100% +6%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
73.55 fps ∼94% 0%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
73.2 fps ∼94%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
58 fps ∼74% -21%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
45.75 fps ∼59% -37%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
44.98 fps ∼58% -39%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
33.22 fps ∼43% -55%
HP Pavilion 15t-bc200 X7P44AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
26.17 fps ∼34% -64%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
4730 Samples/s ∼100% +293%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
1328 Samples/s ∼28% +10%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
1288 Samples/s ∼27% +7%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
1204 Samples/s ∼25%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
979 Samples/s ∼21% -19%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
782 Samples/s ∼17% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
742 Samples/s ∼16% -38%
Sala GPUs-only
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
2778 Samples/s ∼100% +33%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
2419 Samples/s ∼87% +16%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
2288 Samples/s ∼82% +10%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200
2086 Samples/s ∼75%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200
1562 Samples/s ∼56% -25%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M
1412 Samples/s ∼51% -32%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
1344 Samples/s ∼48% -36%

The raw performance of the hardware is important for DirectX applications, which include games. The Quadro M2200 is once again between the old Quadro M2000M and M3000M in the 3DMark tests. The equivalent consumer graphics card is the old GeForce GTX 965M, which is not surprising. It is not far behind the current GeForce GTX 1050, either.

You can compare the DirectX and OpenGL performance (without optimizations) with the two benchmarks Unigine Heaven 4.0 and Unigine Valley 1.0, and the DirectX results are higher.

The graphics performance drops by around 25% on battery (3DMark 11 GPU: 7319 points on mains vs. 5588 points on battery). More benchmarks with the Quadro M2200 and many more GPUs are available in our Tech section.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15019 Points ∼100% +105%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
10186 Points ∼68% +39%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9845 Points ∼66% +35%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
9708 Points ∼65% +33%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
8391 Points ∼56% +15%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
8313 Points ∼55% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
8264 Points ∼55% +13%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7903 Points ∼53% +8%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7664 Points ∼51% +5%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7319 Points ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
5203 Points ∼35% -29%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
5105 Points ∼34% -30%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11617 Points ∼100% +98%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8086 Points ∼70% +38%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7624 Points ∼66% +30%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
6935 Points ∼60% +18%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
6658 Points ∼57% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
6415 Points ∼55% +9%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
6160 Points ∼53% +5%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6094 Points ∼52% +4%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5869 Points ∼51%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5863 Points ∼50% 0%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
4165 Points ∼36% -29%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
4071 Points ∼35% -31%
Unigine Heaven 4.0
Extreme Preset OpenGL
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
29.5 fps ∼100%
Extreme Preset DX11
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
75.7 fps ∼100% +116%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48.5 fps ∼64% +38%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
35.1 fps ∼46%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
33.9 fps ∼45% -3%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
33.1 fps ∼44% -6%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
81.7 fps ∼100% +191%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
38.5 fps ∼47% +37%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
37.8 fps ∼46% +35%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
30.7 fps ∼38% +9%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
28.1 fps ∼34%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
27.1 fps ∼33% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
20.6 fps ∼25% -27%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
32.2 fps ∼100% +39%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
26.6 fps ∼83% +15%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
23.1 fps ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
22 fps ∼68% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
18.2 fps ∼57% -21%
3DMark 06 Standard
26834 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
24622 points
3DMark 11 Performance
7453 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
93770 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
20388 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5252 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
2627 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1845 points
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Gaming Performance

You can obviously use the Quadro M2200 for gaming and we did not experience any issues with crashes or graphics errors during our benchmarks. Only Battlefield 1 required a newer driver version. We just installed the regular GeForce driver, which was no problem. The results are roughly on par with the GeForce GTX 1050 & GeForce GTX 965M. The performance is sufficient to play modern titles at the native FHD resolution in combination with high details. More gaming benchmarks are available in our gaming list.

Ghost Recon Wildlands - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:4x
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
62.9 fps ∼100% +87%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
40.9 fps ∼65% +21%
MSI WE72 7RJ
7700HQ, Quadro M2200
33.7 fps ∼54%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
32.6 (min: 26, max: 38) fps ∼52% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
6700HQ, Radeon Pro 450
18.5 (min: 13, max: 22) fps ∼29% -45%
For Honor - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
95.6 fps ∼100% +89%
Razer Blade (2017)
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
94 fps ∼98% +86%
MSI WE72 7RJ
7700HQ, Quadro M2200
50.5 fps ∼53%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
49.9 (min: 39, max: 62) fps ∼52% -1%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
40.9 (min: 33.6) fps ∼43% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
6700HQ, Radeon Pro 450
27.9 (min: 22, max: 34) fps ∼29% -45%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Schenker XMG P407
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
62.4 fps ∼100% +32%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
60 fps ∼96% +27%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
51.4 (min: 46, max: 54) fps ∼82% +9%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
50.1 fps ∼80% +6%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
49.9 fps ∼80% +6%
MSI WE72 7RJ
7700HQ, Quadro M2200
47.1 fps ∼75%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
6920HQ, Radeon Pro 460
40.9 fps ∼66% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
6700HQ, Radeon Pro 450
24.2 (min: 22, max: 26) fps ∼39% -49%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 381.4 238.8 149.3 70.2 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 229.4 177.2 155.5 58.6 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 171.5 148.3 115.9 47.8 fps
Thief (2014) 108.8 88.6 74.8 39.6 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 116.6 68.4 37.8 20.3 fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 148.8 119 56.4 48.2 fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 214.2 131.2 70.4 52.4 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 128.7 72.8 40.7 34.4 fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 139.4 105.3 47.1 42 fps
For Honor (2017) 78 52.3 50.5 36.2 fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 83.4 37.1 33.7 17.6 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The system noise is definitely one drawback of the MSI WE72. The two fans are controlled independently. The fan at the left side takes care of the processor and runs all the time, but unfortunately not at a steady speed. The speed already fluctuates between 3300-3400 RPM while idling, which is clearly audible at 36.3-36.6 dB(A). The fan is also sensitive to RPM changes when you install applications and it will quickly reach 3800-4000 RPM. The pulsating behavior is still audible.

The GPU fan at the right side is only active when you stress the dedicated graphics card. However, we can notice a slight grinding sound at low speeds. We measure 40.4 dB(A) under medium workloads and a loud 46.6 dB(A) in the stress test. You can also set the maximum fan speed manually via Fan Boost, which results in 52.7 dB(A).

The preloaded software also includes a fan control, and you can definitely tweak the settings a bit. The default CPU fan speed, for example, is set to 47 percent. There is room for optimizations for light workloads, but you should keep an eye on the temperatures. We will soon see that the processor in particular reaches very high temperatures, so the settings should not be too conservative.

Noise Level

Idle
36.3 / 36.3 / 36.6 dB(A)
Load
40.4 / 46.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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: 29.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.733.735.333.432.12533.232.331.832.830.4312828.627.428.828.84025.626.526.427.829.55026.826.230.530.728.26326.72725.126.325.38028.22424.326.127.210027.126.626.525.228.412526.626.626.322.629.616026.323.422.122.330.120027.224.722.821.332.225029.225.42320.133.131532.627.826.121.536.940028.62521.418.433.750034.328.424.81837.563034.228.62617.438.680033.528.224.816.838.710003529.325.716.540.4125035.129.425.816.240.5160036.732.128.316.142.5200038.731.526.516.144.4250036.628.72316.243.6315035.128.623.716.541.2400033.326.32216.741.5500031.625.920.617.139.7630029.824.119.917.235.9800027.721.718.217.632.11000025.221.217.917.629.512500232017.817.527.4160002022.117.617.522.1SPL46.640.436.329.252.7N5.53.42.41.28.3median 31.6median 26.6median 23median 17.5median 36.9Delta3.92.62.81.54.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMSI WE72 7RJ

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Some areas of the device warm up to more than 30 °C (86 °F) while idling. This is obviously no problem, but still a bit surprising considering the big case. The rear left on the top in particular gets warm under load. We can measure up to 45 °C (113 °F) and the keyboard warms up as well. Another issue is the power adapter at almost 50 °C (122 °F), so you should not hide it under blankets or the like.

We use the stress test to check the internal temperatures under load. Both the processor and the GPU are stressed by 100%. The CPU reaches very high temperatures, even though it cannot utilize its Turbo Boost. The maximum 3.4 GHz (55 watts) is only available for a short time before the consumption is reduced to 37 watts and a clock of 2.7 GHz. This is below the base frequency of 2.8 GHz and therefore slight throttling. The temperature is still in the mid 90s, despite the low clock, so there is not much headroom.

The situation is much more relaxed for the graphics card. It can maintain the maximum core clock of 1037 MHz and only warms up to 51 °C (123.8 °F). A 3DMark 11 run immediately after the stress test did not determine a lower score. Whether you will notice limitations in practice depends on the scenario. You cannot utilize the full potential when you really stress the processor.

Max. Load
 45.7 °C
114 F
44.8 °C
113 F
40.8 °C
105 F
 
 42.1 °C
108 F
42.4 °C
108 F
34 °C
93 F
 
 40.4 °C
105 F
38.6 °C
101 F
27.5 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 45.7 °C = 114 F
Average: 39.6 °C = 103 F
38.7 °C
102 F
36.3 °C
97 F
48.4 °C
119 F
25.5 °C
78 F
35 °C
95 F
39.1 °C
102 F
22.2 °C
72 F
31.9 °C
89 F
35.2 °C
95 F
Maximum: 48.4 °C = 119 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  49.6 °C = 121 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.6 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 31.3 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Workstation.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.7 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 37.2 °C / 99 F, ranging from 22.2 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.4 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 40.4 °C / 105 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.7 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 31.3 °C / 88 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 40.4 °C / 104.7 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (-12.6 °C / -22.7 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The MSI WE72 consumes quite a lot of power, especially while idling and with light workloads. Our measuring device shows at least 15 watts and almost 24 watts at the highest luminance. The results are better under load at around 86 watts in the first scene of 3DMark 06 and 128 watts under maximum load.

The problem is the power adapter, which is only specified at 120 watts. It is therefore insufficient, and the battery capacity drops by 3% during our two-hour stress test. You cannot use the CPU Turbo when you stress the GPU either (not even for a short time) and the TDP is limited to ~37 watts – which results in a processor clock of just 2.7 GHz.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.57 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 15 / 20.1 / 23.8 Watt
Load midlight 85.6 / 128 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI WE72 7RJ
7700HQ, Quadro M2200, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell Precision 7710
E3-1535M v5, FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6820HQ, Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
E3-1535M v5, Quadro M3000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
-14%
3%
13%
0%
Idle Minimum *
15
6.04
60%
12.1
19%
6.7
55%
14
7%
Idle Average *
20.1
15.2
24%
19.7
2%
12.5
38%
20
-0%
Idle Maximum *
23.8
42.3
-78%
20.5
14%
13.2
45%
25
-5%
Load Average *
85.6
112.8
-32%
94.3
-10%
128.2
-50%
82
4%
Load Maximum *
128
182.2
-42%
139.6
-9%
158.9
-24%
135
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Charging
Charging

MSI's mobile workstation is not a compact device, but the battery capacity could also be from a slim Ultrabook. The module only has a capacity of 51 Wh, while some of the comparison devices offer almost twice that. In combination with the rather high consumption values, this is not a good indicator for long battery runtimes.

You can expect around three hours in practice when you browse the web or watch videos (how we test). The comparison devices manage much longer runtimes thanks to their larger batteries alone. The performance is reduced on battery, but maximum load will result in just 42 minutes – both with the Battery Eater Classic and a loop of the SPECviewperf 12 benchmark.

A full recharge of the battery takes about 2.5 hours; 80% are available after little more than 70 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 28min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
2h 57min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 42min
MSI WE72 7RJ
7700HQ, Quadro M2200, 51 Wh
Dell Precision 7710
E3-1535M v5, FirePro W7170M, 72 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6820HQ, Quadro M3000M, 96 Wh
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
E3-1535M v5, Quadro M3000M, 96 Wh
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 51.4 Wh
Battery Runtime
113%
95%
137%
6%
Reader / Idle
268
775
189%
464
73%
956
257%
H.264
181
283
56%
452
150%
299
65%
195
8%
WiFi v1.3
177
365
106%
361
104%
290
64%
184
4%
Load
42
85
102%
64
52%
110
162%

Verdict

Pros

+ good build quality
+ decent FHD IPS display
+ good keyboard with illumination
+ high system performance
+ comprehensive & useful tools (fan control)

Cons

- very slow card reader
- high CPU temperatures
- CPU throttling under load (CPU load only)
- insufficient power adapter
- loud & pulsating fans
- small battery & short battery runtimes
- no Thunderbolt 3
- hardly any business features
In Review: MSI WE72 7RJ. Test model courtesy of MSI Germany.
In Review: MSI WE72 7RJ. Test model courtesy of MSI Germany.

The MSI GE72 is a good gaming laptop, but is the implementation of a professional graphics card enough to create a good mobile workstation? We are not convinced after the review, and the MSI WE72 has a hard time against the established rivals. You are often reminded of the gaming roots. There is neither a docking port, nor Thunderbolt 3, so you cannot use decent docking stations.

This might not be a huge issue depending on your usage scenario, but there are also limitations in terms of performance as well as emissions. The cooling has problems with the heat from the processor, because the clock will drop under the base frequency (throttling) even when we only stress the CPU with Cinebench. The 120-watt power adapter is another limiting factor when you stress both components. The fans can be optimized as well, which is possible thanks to the preinstalled fan control. However, there is not much headroom thanks to the high temperatures.

Limited business features and weak cooling: The impression of MSI's new mobile workstation is not particularly convincing. The WE72 can still make sense depending on the workload, especially when you consider the attractive pricing. 

One advantage of the MSI WE72 is the competitive pricing ($1799), because the familiar competition from Dell's Precision series or the ThinkPad P models easily costs more than $3000. If you mainly use the MSI WE72 for CAD applications and can live with the mentioned limitations, you should definitely have it on your shortlist.

MSI WE72 7RJ - 05/09/2017 v6(old)
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
78 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
57 / 81 → 71%
Weight
57 / 10-66 → 84%
Battery
68%
Display
86%
Games Performance
86%
Application Performance
95%
Temperature
87 / 95 → 91%
Noise
57 / 90 → 64%
Audio
78%
Camera
64 / 85 → 76%
Average
75%
81%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2017-05-12 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.