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The 17.3" GL72 Series Notebook from MSI is a gaming notebook designed for users who like to game on the go while still having the capabilities and performance required for a multi-monitor setup. Powered by a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6300HQ Quad-Core processor and 16GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM, the MSI GL72 will let you efficiently multitask and quickly access frequently used files and programs. When you need more processing performance, you can use a dedicated hotkey combination to adjust the CPU's power draw and reach up to 3.2 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost technology.
Its 17.3" display has a 1920 x 1080 resolution for crisp and clear Full HD visuals for viewing photos, watching movies, and playing games. Driven by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the MSI GL72 will be able to handle additional graphical options as well as demanding in-game visual settings so you can enjoy games at their best. With its HDMI and Mini-DisplayPort, you can connect up to two additional monitors for enhanced multitasking capabilities.
For storage, this notebook is equipped with a 128GB M.2 SATA solid-state drive and a 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive. SSDs are constructed without any moving parts thereby enabling them to endure more and perform faster than a traditional hard drive. Files, games, and programs stored on this drive will load much faster. On the other hand, the hard drive has a large capacity making it ideal for long term storage for your music, photos, and videos. Should you need more room, you can connect external storage devices using its multiple USB ports as well as its SD card reader, which also lets you quickly transfer files from your mobile devices.
Connect to the Internet via 802.11ac Wi-Fi or the Gigabit Ethernet jack for a more stable and reliable wired connection. With Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, you'll be able to pair compatible wireless peripherals and free up the USB for other devices. Additionally, the MSI GL72 has a SuperMulti DVD drive that can be used to read and write optical media. Other integrated features include a webcam, speakers, microphones, and a keyboard by SteelSeries. The operating system installed is Windows 10.
Intel 6th Generation Skylake Processor
The Intel 6th generation Skylake processor brings improvements for gaming, multiple application data processing, and 4K video transcoding. You'll also be able to adjust through three settings using a hotkey combination for a balance between power and performance. These options include:
Green - Enables the lowest power consumption of both CPU and GPU while maintaining coolest constant temperature for both. Comfort - Enables enough power consumption of the GPU while keeping it at a comfortable temperature. Sport - Enables max power consumption for both the CPU and GPU for extreme performance.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Graphics
Equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the MSI GL72 delivers good gaming performance at 1080p and lets you enable additional graphical options as well as crank up in-game settings so you can enjoy games at their best.
DDR4 RAM delivers faster performance with a lower power draw compared to its predecessor for a more efficient system.
Cooler Boost 3
Cooler Boost 3 features a dual fan cooling system that draws heat away from the CPU and GPU so you can enjoy extended gaming sessions.
MSI Matrix Display Technology
MSI Matrix Display technology enables you to connect two additional displays via HDMI and mini-DisplayPort. With more displays, you'll be able to stream or watch your favorite shows while playing a game at the same time.
Nahimic Virtual Surround Sound
Nahimic virtual surround sound highlights the audio cues within your games so that you can sense every footstep, hear every bullet, and feel every explosion. You'll also be able to enjoy clear in-game voices and even record and stream audio with studio quality sound.
A gold-plated headset jack provides you with better sound quality and durability.
The SteelSeries keyboard delivers a tactile feedback with anti-ghosting capabilities, which ensures that your inputs and commands are recognized without missing a beat.
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8's Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Microsoft's digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it's not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Xbox on Windows 10
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.