MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667 Review

October 27, 2015
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So it’s money you want to spend and a fancy gaming laptop you require? You’ve been eyeing the MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667? Well, that indeed looks like something to easily run any game: there’s a Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and a player’s dream, the GeForce GTX970M graphics card residing, in the engine room. There’s no question about the performance superiority of this laptop, but are there any reasons why you should not get it?

How’s the general performance?

Any program, new or old, simple or complex, will be a piece of cake for MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667. The processor happens to be 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5700HQ, a quad-core beast offering 2.7GHz base clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo. The CPU Mark gives it over 8600 points which is a ridiculously high amount for a laptop – for your reference, regular home notebooks receive points in the 2000-4000 range. Obviously, this Core i7 is also a very future proof processor; you don’t need to upgrade it (and the whole laptop) for many years.

It’s also not the memory you’ll be running out of, there’s 16GB DDR3L-grade RAM making sure of that. Two 8GB sticks are installed, but as this is a real gaming laptop, there are two free slots for additional memory. Hence, the maximum RAM is 32GB – an amount nobody really needs, even 16GB is very much for gamers.

The storage drive setup is nice, you’ll get a conventional 1024GB 7200RPM hard drive but also a 256GB solid-state drive (configuration of two 128GB M.2 SSDs in Super RAID 0 to be exact, they’re seen as a single unit in Windows). Thus, you can decide to put very large files on the hard drive part. But more importantly, you can also put data you often access on the SSD. Then, once you open the programs/games, they will be loaded very quickly. And if you’re not happy with the current drives, you can always add more – there are two free M.2 slots inside.

So what games does it run?

All the games are playable here using Full HD resolution and high to maximum settings. MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667 includes the GeForce GTX970M card with its own dedicated 3GB GDDR5 memory. Feel free to throw in games like GTA 5, with capped settings and 1920×1080 you’ll get around 40 FPS. With The Witcher 3 you’ll reach bit less but still a decent 30 frames per second.

How’s the display?

It looks like the matte display’s fine on MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667. Its 17.3 inches big and of course supports 1080p. IPS is the panel type so viewing angles shouldn’t be a problem here. The big size makes this unit uncomfortable to travel with, but boy is it enjoyable to play games on this quality screen, I’d dare say.


You’ll be able to hook up many devices to this laptop. It includes a whopping six USB ports and none of those are USB 2.0 – four are USB 3.0 and two are the new USB 3.1 type. For video outputs you’ll get HDMI and miniDP so plugging in any kind of external display will work.

Networking consists of a Gigabit LAN with RJ-45 port on the side, and AC type WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 support.

Internal DVD drive is getting a bit old, but MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667 still has one – you can install games from discs or burn DVDs if you want. There’s also SD card slot available, rarely games are installed from those memory cards but transferring multimedia is effortless with them (for example, from digital cameras).

It’s a 1080p webcam you’re getting here, so recording quality videos for YouTube will be possible.

Any other things to keep in mind?

There’s one thing MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667 is not good for. That’s traveling. First, the screen size is big 17.3 inches. And perhaps more importantly, the laptop weighs 8.4 pounds – a huge weight compared to ultrabooks of 2-3 pounds. Moreover, the beefy 9-cell battery isn’t going to last more than a couple of hours, so you’d better have a power socket nearby at all times.

There’s a multi-color backlit keyboard included. Windows 10 is the operating system and it’s installed on the SSD part.


If it’s only the best you want, MSI GT72 Dominator G-1667 is an obvious choice for you. It costs a lot, too much for some gamers I think, but the performance is something you probably haven’t seen before: the most important thing, the capability to run games, is excellent here, and you should be only getting smooth frame rates with maxed out settings, no matter what game you’re trying to play. This will surely appeal to many gamers, but as the laptop is very expensive, I can only recommend it for well-off, hardcore gamers.

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