Laptops with GeForce GTX 10 Series cards are now the ultimate power in the mobile gaming universe. NVIDIA should take pride in the technology dreads they have assembled. For example, before this year we analyzed an MSI GS40 Phantom loaded up with the Maxwell-established GeForce GTX 970M. When analyzed at 1,920 x 1,080, the laptop generated under 60fps in Metro: Last Light and Dying Light, as well as 39fps in the Witcher 3. The MSI GE72VR Apache Pro we are reviewing this month uses a GeForce GTX 1060 (the low end of the GeForce GTX 10 Series cards) and it readily tops 60fps in Metro: Last Light (66fps) and Dying Light (74fps), while producing 42fps in Witcher 3.
The GeForce GTX 1060 in the GE72VR Apache Pro is fairly much like the add in card for desktop PCs. Both the laptop and desktop computer GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs attribute 1,280 CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8,000MHz. The largest difference is that NVIDIA drops the base (from 1506MHz to 1404MHz) and increase clock (from 1708MHz to 1670MHz) speeds on the laptop version. The big frame buffer makes the GeForce GTX 1060 a competent performer at 2,560 x 1,440, and it will surely supply high frame rates at the laptop screen’s 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution.
MSI unites the incredible gaming performance of the GeForce GTX 1060 with a 17.3-inch, Full HD, IPS panel that created outstanding colour quality during our gaming sessions. The rich surroundings of Witcher 3, for instance, seems considerably more clear than the TN panel in our test laboratory. MSI also supplies its Genuine Colour Technology, which enables you to choose among pre-calibrated screening styles to instantly optimize the screen colour. We used the Gamer mode for system testing, which ups the brightness and contrast levels.
The GE72VR Apache Pro is more than sufficient with non-gaming obligations. MSI equips it with an Intel Core i76700HQ that features a 2.6GHz foundation clock (3.5GHz increase clock) and 6MB of Intel SmartCache. The quad core CPU additionally features Hyper Threading to carve workloads among eight processing threads. System memory on this version (the Pro-009) is covered by two 8GB DDR4-2133MHz SO DIMMs. MSI also offers a Pro-027 version with 32GB of DDR4-2133MHz system memory.
The storage subsystem comprises a 256GB Kingston M.2 SATA SSD as the OS drive and a 1TB HGST Travelstar for file storage. The Kingston SATA SSD in our test rig created Consecutive Read speeds of just 556MBps in CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2. The laptop does supports PCIe SSDs, but MSI’s GE72VR Apache Pro does not comprise an M.2 PCIe SSD. That said, there are a couple of PC boutiques that sell the GE72VR Apache Pro and permit you to customize the onboard M.2 SSD to a quicker, PCIe SSD.
To keep all this strong hardware cool, MSI applies its Cooler Boost 4, a cooling system layout that has dedicated cooling system for both the CPU and GPU. Main improvements to the cooler set up are six copper heat pipes (three for the GPU, three for the CPU) and two blower design fans that exhaust heat out the rear of the notebook. MSI signifies that Cooler Foster 4 supplies 20% better airflow than normal laptop cooling system.
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