MSI Drops RAM Heavy GT72 Dominator Pro into Gaming Laptop Arena

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Vesuvius

You will be having problems with your gaming laptop normally after a year to year and half. The heat and dust build up destroys video cards. Get a minimum of 3 year warranty that covers this or dont buy it. Alienware you can do this and some other boutiques offer it I think Hyderevolution etc. Even by cleaning the fans on my Alienware laptops is not enough. The other option is to have it serviced at least once a year and taken apart. You have been warned!! Get a desktop is the better way to go ( and you still need a warranty at least on the video card and board)

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burntham77

Doubtful. As long as you keep them clean and don't jostle them about too much, laptops tend to last a good long time. A laptop is more likely to become too slow well before the hardware fails.

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Gikero

Are you going to comment on every gaming laptop post, saying how we've all been warned? Obviously, they aren't for everyone. I'd also expect most MPC site viewers/readers to be competent enough to service a laptop themselves.

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MrHasselblad

I still have a fully operation VooDoo Envy that has never had the need to be torn down (aka serviced), other than minor purely cosmetic surface cleaning, Still operating at near the same specs that it did from day one.

Also have two Eurocoms; one about two years old, the other a newer 12 core laptop.

Anyone want to take that bet as to how long they all last?

Even a sub 1k laptop... It's all the environment in which they operate. If one happens to live in an area such as NYC and has to lug their laptop through all kinds of weather on a bus trip to and from work everyday; then yes the laptops life will be drastically effected.

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soldierblue2111

Alienware M17x R1 six months in Afghanistan. Was followed by a slow death! Sigh! and the cheap a$$ Acer torn apart multiple times to keep it running out lasted it. Sometimes its just a crap shoot with these things.

and somehow the environment in NYC just doesn't compare...sorry, I giggled to myself when I read that!

*cough*alienware sucks*cough,cough*

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MrHasselblad

As taught and proven in high school level classes.

Take most any laptop computer and put it into *most* cases. The items simply isn't protected properly against rain, moisture, salt in the air, etc... Moisture attracts all kinds of goodies onto all kinds of electrical items.

Better yet, leave a computer in a parked vehicle and then run that vehicle through a few temperature extremes.

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LatiosXT

24GB of RAM? 34GB (Actually shouldn't it be 36GB?) of RAM? Jeebus. That's overkill and offers no performance improvement, unless you decide that having 100 41MP pictures in Photoshop open at all times is a good idea.

But otherwise, for those curious, the GTX 880M is a notch lower than the desktop GTX 760, at least by Notebookcheck's standards. So it's not a bad performer.

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burntham77

Is there any real reason to have more than 16 gigs of RAM in a gaming rig? Even 16 gigs is overkill. I had 16 gigs in my last gaming PC and I never saw any performance gain over having 8 gigs. Are there any games that can benefit from more than 8 gigs of RAM? Eve Online maybe?

I guess having a lot of RAM in a gaming laptop would be practical if the system was also being used as a high-end workstation (coding, video editing, Photoshop), but that kind of work would probably be better suited for a system with a high resolution screen.

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HellzHavoc

Actually it is a slightly downclocked GTX 770 but with alot more VRAM.

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Innomasta

@HellzHavoc I'll bet you're one of those people who likes to hang out at 7-11 all day just to keep refilling your Big Gulp.

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LatiosXT

I meant in terms of performance.

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HellzHavoc

760 performance with 770 specs? Wut

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LatiosXT

You obviously don't understand that laptop parts are lower performing regardless of their specification.

Go look around. Various places will peg the 880M, despite looking like a "underclocked GTX 770", somewhere lower than a GTX 760.

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HellzHavoc

Can you provide links to the articles/places?

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LatiosXT

http://bit.ly/1nFiLRt

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LatiosXT

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