I've been working with a new notebook since January, an MSI GT72 6QE Dominator Pro G-034 (GTX 980M) with the 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake processor - running Windows 10.
I chose this particular model based on price, performance, features, and local store availability.
I've had enough experience working with this new notebook to have reached some observations / conclusions that I'm willing to share...
- This seems like a rock-solid development machine
- I've been very pleased with the performance of the machine
- The keyboard is comfortable, although the position of the Insert, Delete, Home, and End keys has taken a bit getting used to...
- The screen is well lit - and resolution is fine
- The wireless/network connectivity is good - I'm lucky to have a 1GB internet connection through Wave G Fiber
- Disk access speeds are quite good
- Running various Linux distributions in Oracle's VirtualBox has been snappy
- Boot-up time is excellent
- It is much heavier than I expected - and quite bulky - and doesn't quite fit into most of my backpacks - but 'just' fits into a rolling bag
- The power unit is quite bulky and heavy
- The various MSI utilities / add-ons are quite handy / nice
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(although I picked mine up at a local Frys.com)
- Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor(6M Cache, 2.6 GHz - up to 3.50 GHz)
- 4 processors
- 24 GB SO-DIMM, GDDR5
- 256GB M.2 SATA
- 1TB 7200 RPM
- 17.3 display, 1920 x 1080
- NVIDIA Geforce GTX980M
- G-SYNC THUNDERBOLT
- 6 USB 3.0 ports
- 8.4 pounds
- 16.85 x 11.57 x 1.89 inches
- Youtube: MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Skylake Detailed Review and Benchmarks
- "The Intel Core i7-6700HQ is a quad-core processor based on the Skylake architecture, that has been launched in September 2015. In addition to four CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.6 - 3.5 GHz (4 cores: max. 3.1 GHz, 2 cores: max. 3.3 GHz), the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 530 GPU and a dual-channel DDR4-2133/DDR3L-1600 memory controller."
- Youtube: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M
- "1536 shader ALUs and 96 TMUs are active. In addition, there are 64 ROPs in four clusters with 16 units each"
- " memory interface has a bandwidth of 256-bits (4x 64 bit)"
- "Displays can be connected with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels via DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 (no HDCP @ 4K)"
- "video processor VP6 supports the usual formats like H.264 and can also decode and encode H.265 with a resolution of up to 4K via the NVENC API"
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