Opening the lid we have a 17.3" FHD PLS widescreen display which provides a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. At the very top of this screen MSI has included a 720p webcam which also offers up to 30FPS. This isn’t always included with notebooks so it’s a handy feature to have if you’re on-the-go and need to engage in any Skype calls or if you’re planning to live stream to services such as Twitch.
Having the lid open also reveals further brushed aluminium styling in and around the keyboard area. The keyboard is part of a strong partnership between SteelSeries and MSI. GE72 features a fully-back lit keyboard which takes advantage of SteelSeries Engine.
MSI area also continying the collobration with Dynaudio for its latest GE72 – providing excellent sound quality from the integrated speakers and subwoofer which sits on the underside of the notebook.
Towards the bottom of the notebook we have a large touchpad which blends into the design of the keyboard area very well – adopting a brushed metal appearance and using a silver line around the border.
MSI GE72 Specifications:
Inside GE72 we have the following core components:
• CPU Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz)
• Memory 16GBGB 2133MHZ DDR4
• GPU NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
• HDDs 120GB M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM Mechanical
Fresh off the launch of Intel’s 6th Generation of processors, MSI are using the Skylake Core i7-6700K which uses new architecture and paves the way for DDR4 both on the desktop and notebook platforms. Inside GE72 we have a whole host of high-performance kit and so the next step is to determine how this hardware performs in real-world tasks.
Over the page we’ll begin our benchmarking of GE72.