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Most of the other comparable spec laptops that came out more than a year ago only have between two and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, however the GT72 2QE has six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed
The MSI GT72 2QE has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2.7 gigahertz) amongst gaming laptops of this age. The slowest processor clock speed of gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the GT72 2QE is 1.7GHz and the fastest is 2.9GHz.
Has a Front Camera
The GT72 2QE has a front camera, as do most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the GT72 2QE.
We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think the Asus GL771JW which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The GT72 2QE supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as it. This MSI portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most gaming laptops that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 866MHz processor memory clock speeds. The best memory clock speeds supported by processor of all laptops that have been around for a similar time to the GT72 2QE is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.
Six USB 3.0 Ports
The GT72 2QE is a six USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other laptops of this spec and age only have between two and five USB 3.0 ports.
Nine Battery Cells
The GT72 2QE has more battery cells than most of the portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. This portable PC is a nine battery cell count notebook PC compared to most of the notebook PCs of this age and type which only have between four and eight battery cells.
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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory
The MSI GT72 2QE has one of the bigger maximum internal memory (32 gigabytes) amongst laptops of this age. The average maximum internal memory of portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the GT72 2QE is 21GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 16GB to 32GB.
4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot
The biggest memory slots of the GT72 2QE is 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of the most frequently found memory slot of 2x SO-DIMM.
This laptop's memory slots (4x SO-DIMM) is in fact the best memory slots across all portable PCs that have been around for more than a year.
Across comparable types of laptop the worst memory slots is 2x SO-DIMM.
Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
With a discrete graphics adapter memory of 4,096 megabytes, the GT72 2QE has a fairly big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to the GT72 2QE. Portable PCs of a similar type and age to the GT72 2QE have discrete graphics adapter memory of between 2GB and 8.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.5GB.
Quite Big Battery Capacity
The MSI GT72 2QE has a fairly big battery capacity (83 watt-hours) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the GT72 2QE. Across all the laptops that were launched around the same time as the GT72 2QE the battery capacities range from 47Wh to 89Wh, and the average battery capacity is 63Wh.
1.4 HDMI Version
This portable PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on notebook PCs of this age and type.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This laptop has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on laptops of this age and type.
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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the GT72 2QE is 1,200MHz. The GT72 2QE has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (only 1,050 megahertz) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.
Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
The GT72 2QE does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of this age and spec also do not have a full-size keyboard.
We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a full-size keyboard and we think the Asus GL771JW which is also higher rated is also worth considering.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
The GT72 2QE does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type also do not have a touch sensitive screen.
Only Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family
The GT72 2QE has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i7 processor family found on most comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.
This laptop's processor family (Intel Core i7-5xxx) is in fact the worst processor family amongst all comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the GT72 2QE.
An Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family is the best processor family across similar types of laptop.
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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard
This portable PC has an 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as it.
Laptops of this spec and age have weights of between 1.2kg and 4.8kg. At 3.8 kilograms, the MSI GT72 2QE is quite heavy compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the GT72 2QE.
Alternative notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the MSI GT72 (£1,311.09) (3.8kg).
Only Two Built-In Speakers
The MSI GT72 2QE is a two built-in speaker laptop.
With a height of 48 millimeters, the GT72 2QE is quite thick compared to most of the other gaming laptops that are a similar age to the GT72 2QE. Across all the gaming laptops that are a similar age to the GT72 2QE the heights range from 17mm to 55mm, and the average height is 32mm.
6 Other reasons to consider the MSI GT72 2QE
Released Over a Year Ago
This gaming laptop has been on the market for over a year.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
This portable PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.
We compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs that have a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and we think because of it's better review score, the MSI GS30 2M, and the Asus GL771JW is also worth considering.
Average Screen Size
The GT72 2QE has a pretty standard screen size (17.3 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the GT72 2QE.
We compared all the other 17.3" laptops to this portable PC and we think the Asus GL771JW which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
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Average Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of 1,128 gigabyte, the MSI GT72 2QE has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.
Average Internal Memory
At 8 gigabytes, the GT72 2QE has a pretty standard internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the GT72 2QE.
If this notebook PC internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Asus G751JL (12GB) which also has a higher rating.
HDD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an HDD+SSD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-5xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
DDR3L, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
PCI Express Configuration
1x1, 1x16, 2x4, 1x8, 2x8
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
SSD, HDD, HDD+SSD, SSD
SD, SD, SDHC, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
1920 x 1080
Touch Sensitive Screen
Full HD, HD
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 5600
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
4096 x 2304
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
DisplayPort, HDMI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
2560 x 1600
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
DVD Super Multi
Sound Blaster Cinema 2
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
1920 x 1080
Ethernet LAN Connection
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
SSE, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
Lithium, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
AC Adapter Included
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel Virtualization Technology
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Manufacturer Part Numbers
pro1817, pro1817u, pro1817uk
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