The GE72MVR 7RG (Apache Pro) laptop is an awesome gaming laptop, now at a really affordable price.
The MSI GE72 revision from 2017 is interesting because of several reasons. First of all, Intel’s brand new processor architecture enters the notebook segment with the Core i7 – 7700 HQ. On the other hand, Nvidia’s brand new gaming chip GTX 1050 Ti is on board, which ranks in between mid-range and upper class.
The fully capable GTX 1070TI inside this laptop is able to play every game I own at max settings, and still look smooth while doing it.
- 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080), 120 Hz Refresh Rate and 5ms response time panel 94%NTSC + Matrix Display supporting 4K output up to 2 external monitors
- Latest 7th Gen Intel Core i7 – 7700 HQ (2.8 – 3.8 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
- Latest GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 / 2 GB GDDR5 with desktop level performance
- 16 GB DDR IV (8 GB*2) 2400 MHz and 256 GB M.2 SSD +1 TB (SATA) 7200 rpm
- Cooler Boost 4 Technology.
- USB Type-C reversible plug; USB 3.1 Super Speed+ interface built in.
- Upgraded Killer Gigabit LAN Controller + Killer Shield + 802.11 ac.
- DVD Super Multi; MDP.
- Webcam FHD (30 fps @ 1080 p)
7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors
The perfect combination of MSI gaming laptops and 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors shall bring you up to 10% performance enhancement of smoother VR experience.
The 7th generation Intel Core H series processor utilizes a power-efficient micro architecture, advanced process technology and silicon optimizations to deliver faster performance than processors of the previous generation. CPU core performance of Core i7-7700HQ is 8% faster than i7-6700HQ under average usage.
CPU multimedia performance is enhanced, making it 10% faster than i7 – 6700 HQ. 4K video decoding/transcoding is also improved 15%. The new media engine of the 7th generation Intel Core H series processor also delivers power-efficient VP9 and HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration. 4K video playback with HDR visual quality is therefore significantly improved versus previous generation processors.
NVIDIA’S Latest GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
High performance is no longer desktop GPU’s privilege. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics solution providing more than 15% performance increase compared with the previous GeForce GTX 965M graphics.
With the innovative Cooler Boost cooling design and MSI’s special features catered for user, the graphics cards shall be able to release their maximum performance. Keep up with today’s most demanding entertainment and productivity needs for work and play.
MULTI-TASK WITH UP TO 3 MONITORS
Expand the vision for extreme gaming experience. MSI innovative Matrix Display supports up to 2 external displays simultaneously through 1x HDMI port* and 1x Mini Display Port 1.2. Multi-task is made possible even during competitive game plays.
Connect the laptop to HDTV display, Matrix Display supports 4K output with a resolution up to 3840 x 2160. MSI Matrix Display technology creates an ideal environment for extreme gaming experience and pleasant multimedia entertainment.
BUTTERY SMOOTH MOTION
Besides a 5 ms response time, the 120 Hz refresh rate built-in panel produces up to 120 individual picture frames per second. The buttery smooth motion gives full advantages for gamers in winning.
TRUE COLOR TECHNOLOGY
MSI has partnered with Portrait Displays, Inc. in developing a level of accuracy for display technology that sets a new standard, the MSI True Color Technology. MSI True Color Technology guarantees that each panel in a MSI notebook comes with the finest precision in color.
After examination and an extensive factory calibration process by MSI True Color Technology, the panel quality will be more accurate, close to 100% sRGB. Hence, each color is delivered with the highest standard precision in detail, guaranteeing excellent color fidelity for many application uses.
True Color Technology also offers prefect color accuracy for 5 more scenarios. Work or play, you can easily switch to the mode that best suits your eyes. And get to see clearer than your enemies to always get one step ahead of the rest. The profile sharing feature permits you to share your True Color settings to other users anywhere.
Cooler Boost 4 – Enhanced Cooling Design
Heat is the most original element on earth. It is pure physics that more energy will generate more heat. Cooling is therefore a knotty task to tackle with. MSI exclusive Cooler Boost 4 technology creates dual thermal modules internally by allocating dedicated heat pipes for GPU and CPU.
One click on the fan boost button, a total of 6 heat pipes and dual fans actively and effectively push heat out of the system, making the cooling design the highest level of its kind.
NAHIMIC AUDIO ENHANCER
Nahimic audio software offers high definition sound technology which boosts the audio and voice performance of your gaming computer. Enjoy an immersive virtual 7.1 sound over your standard stereo equipment!
IMMERSIVE GAMING WITH TOP-NOTCH AUDITORY SENSATION
To satisfy consumers’ desire to experience high quality sound effects, MSI partners with top audio brand Dynaudio, which has a devoted aspiration for “Authentic Fidelity” to meet this demanding standard and whose loudspeaker systems are often applied by German cars.
It equips the MSI G-Series notebooks with top-notch audio features, creating a realistic sound and immersive effects. The Dynaudio speakers boost power amplitude 50% more than the previous generation, meaning a volume increase over 10dBA. All high quality stereo source is transformed into true-to-life, multi-channel sound. No need to purchase extra speakers, wires or speaker stands to appreciate room-filling sound.
AUDIO BOOST 2 WITH 3 INDEPENDENT AMP
By utilizing dedicated headset amplifiers, an isolated audio board and gold-plated audio jacks, Audio Boost 2 delivers the most advanced listening experience of any gaming notebook. Audio performance is improved by an average of 30%, calculation based on measurable parameters in traditional audio solutions.
Audio Boost 2 provides gamers a more detailed aural picture of their surroundings, helping in-game, while also minimizing distortion and providing a powerful amplifier which has no trouble powering even the most demanding gaming headsets. Gold-plated jacks will give you less noise interference and ensure the long-term durability of the jack.
A KEYBOARD ALL GAMERS DESIRE FOR
Every hardware detail of this keyboard is calculated and especially designed for professional gamer’s needs. The keyboard has ergonomically designed keys with 1.9 mm of key travel for better responsive and tactile feedback, optimum WASD zone and support of anti-ghosting capability for up to 45 keys. Mechanical level Shielding solution makes the gaming notebook keyboard the most solid ever.
All these gaming features are all designed for gamers to gain full command over gaming missions. See more and do more in the night with high-grade silver lining printed keys. See the full color spectrum on the Steel Series multi color keyboard and enjoy longer lasting keys worry free of long term wear and tear.
ONE APP, FOR TOTAL CONTROL OF YOUR GAMING SYSTEM
Dragon Center provides six functions to get a total control of your personal computer : easy access to all apps at once (App Portal), real-time system performance monitor (System Monitor) and LED effect control (LED Wizard). Moreover, under System Tuner tab, users may adjust parameters through MSI VR Ready / X Boost / True Color technologies, modify Fans Speed and activate the SHIFT technology to achieve Dynamic Temperature / Performance Balancing or to overclock the system CPU/GPU (Non-K CPU models only support overclocking GPU).
- Monitor system status, temperature and related parameters.
- Visualize key system information so that it is clear at a quick glance.
- Mini mode, display system information on a small size window.
All of these functions can be done in just one click. Mobile monitor and adjust your system profile and LED settings are also made possible (Mobile Center). When in need of solving a problem, click on the Tool & Help tab to get consult immediately. Dragon Center empowers users to facilitate tweaking process without occupying system resources.
PROTECTING YOUR PING TO A NEW LEVEL WITH THE KILLER E2500 GAMING LAN
In the gaming battlefield, speed defines the winner. Stop losing games to lag with Killer E2500 Gaming Lan. The advanced stream detect 2.0 of the Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet chip set protects networking traffic and prevents lag spikes through controlling and managing up to 6 priority levels. You can game without fear and play at your best while tracking your speeds with the easy-to-use Killer Networking Manager.
The all new Killer Control Center interface shows how your network is performing, which applications and websites are monopolizing your bandwidth, and gives you the control to optimize performance by adjusting priorities and setting bandwidth limits so that low priority traffic does not interfere with your multimedia applications or favorite websites.
My Overall Thoughts:
I have been very impressed with the MSI’s gaming laptops as they have represented impressive power and good value. For many this Apache Pro will be under powered as a portable gaming machine, but for others it will be exactly what they have been looking for, this has more than enough power to play competitive (older) games really well, while also still taking on newer game titles with ease.