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MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 17.3-Inch Laptop

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  • Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz, 3.2 to 3.4 GHz Turbo Boost
  • 1024 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
  • 17.3-Inch Screen; NVIDIA Geforce GTX860M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Windows 8.1
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Windows 8.1. The latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Processor. 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080) anti-glare LCD panel in LED backlight. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M discrete graphics card provides great detail images quality. SteelSeries Engine to customize every key and devices for personalizing your play style. XSplit Gamecaster for easily recording gaming moments, broadcasting and sharing live gameplay sessions to YouTube, Twitch, UStream and more. Super RAID with 2 SSD RAID0 gives you over 900MB/s reading speed. Super RAID with 2 SSD RAID0 gives you over 900MB/s reading speed. Killer E2200 Game Networking for smarter, faster, networking for all online entertainment. Keyboard made just for gamers by SteelSeries. Matrix display expands the vision for extreme gaming experience. Exclusive Audio boost design for crystal clear audio fidelity.

MSI 17.3" Gaming Laptop with Core i7-4700HQ, GTX860M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, DVD Rewriter and Windows 8.1

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Armed with the sleek and stylish exterior and anti-glare screen as its predecessor, it’s more powerful inside. MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 packs Intel's 4th-generation Core i7-4700HQ quad-core processor and NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, much faster than its previous-generation graphics. No need to look back, because no one will catch up.

Key Features

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• Intel Core i7-4700HQ quad-core processor
• Windows 8.1
• 17.3" Full HD Anti-Reflective Display (16:9,1920 x 1080)
• NVIDIA GeForce GTX860M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
• 12GB (8GB+4GB) DDR3L 1600MHz system memory
• 1TB HDD (7200RPM) and DVD SuperMulti Drive
• Killer E2200 LAN and Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
• XSplit Gamecaster (6 months free trial upon activation)
• Full Color Backlit Gaming Keyboard by SteelSeries
• World-Class Dynaudio Premium Speakers

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Unleash the Power - Unlock the true potential of your games with the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor. With a 15% increase in performance when compared to the previous generation and advances in lower power consumption, dominate and play longer than ever before. Making Fantasy a Reality - Become part of the game with intense graphics performance powered by NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 860M GPU. Turn up your settings and watch your games come to life with FSAA, dynamic lighting, particle effects and accelerated realism with NVIDIA PhysX. Extend your play time up to 2 times longer, automatically, with GeForce Battery Boost.

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SteelSeries Gaming Keyboard - Perfectly crafted, extremely accurate; the SteelSeries keyboard was designed to provide the best gaming experience with full color backlit LED lighting, completely customizable, tactile feedback and highly efficient anti-ghosting capabilities. SteelSeries Engine - The power of personalization in one application. Use every key to your advantage with the SteelSeries Engine to streamline and personalize your play style. Have the perfect layout? Share your keyboard settings and profiles with fellow gamers. Customize the SteelSeries keyboard with over a billion different combinations of modes, effects and colors. Track your key actions and improve your game play with the statistics tracker.

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Monitor, manage, and play instantly from the Dragon Gaming Center. Quick launch your favorite games and applications, check the health of your system, or access system information and background programs to easily free processing resources.

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Killer E2200 Game Networking combines superior intelligence and control for PCs. Automatically classify and prioritize network traffic for online games, HD video and high-quality audio for better control and fewer interruptions in your online experience. Manage and configure the bandwidth of your applications with the Killer Network Manger for optimal performance.

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Intel Dual Band Wireless AC - Play at the speed of life with Intel's 802.11 ac, dual-band, 1x1 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 delivering extreme performance, faster speeds (up to 433 Mbps), broader coverage, and longer battery life. Miracast - Seamlessly display video between multiple devices without cables or network connection. Share your laptop screen with a projector or external display in real-time and share your experiences, seamlessly, without the cable clutter.

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Product Information

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Screen Size17.3 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080
Processor3.2 GHz Core i7-4700HQ
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive1024 GB
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA Geforce GTX860M
Graphics Card Ram Size2000 MB
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameMSI
Item model numberGE70 Apache Pro-012;9S7-175912-012
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Item Weight6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H16.46 x 10.61 x 1.54 inches
Color Alumium Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA-600
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #2,482 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableMarch 13, 2014
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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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187 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Cali on March 20, 2014
(I bought this laptop at a local Fry's but I wanted to review it here) I have been using this laptop to run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on ULTRA HIGH settings all maxed with no lag. I get 60 FPS and when running bandicam, it stays the same! No drop of FPS.
Some people do not like Windows 8, and not having the start menu was very annoying, but I have adjusted perfectly by installing a program called Start8, which has a start menu that looks great for the windows 8 theme (you can also change it to look like the windows 7 start menu). The program is $5 though, so if you are looking for a free alternative I suggest "Startisback".

This laptop does not come with bloatware but comes with NVIDIA Control Panel (which is on pretty much all NVIDIA rigs), SteelSeries Engine (which lets you change the keyboard settings, macros, and LED color), Dragon Gaming center, and a few more. They are all useful.

This is a pretty new laptop, as it was recently added to my local stores and amazon.

MSI is actually not a cheap brand. MSI is most known for good computer parts, but they also make great computers.

- Fast
- No Lag
- Newer GPU
- Light up keyboard (you can set the color of the LEDs to anything you want)
- Portable
- Not heavy
- Large clear display
- No glare on display
- You can switch between intel integrated graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce 860m GPU to save battery. (Use intel integrated graphics while web browsing, etc, and use the NVIDIA GeForce when gaming or using graphically intense programs)

- Computer gets warm when gaming, but I just made sure the left side (where the vents are) were ventilated and it was fine.
- Games lag when the laptop is unplugged and running on battery (but this happens with pretty much all laptops I know of)
it doesnt make popcorn
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125 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reich on August 26, 2014
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There's quite a few things I can say about this laptop as I've owned it for awhile now.

1) This laptop is a beast of a machine and can handle anything you throw at it.
2) It's incredibly light weight making it easy for travel and perfect for going to a friends place to play games with them.
3) The audio is absolutely astonishing and you might as well be sitting in a movie theater.
4) The keyboard is nice and feels great to use

1) This thing runs HOT. Like a R9 290x hot.
2) The Killer Lan Network Driver seems to be part of a "application control suite" and I've yet to figure out how to just install the driver instead of the obnoxious "going to block all your programs if you switch networks" application that comes with it.
3) MSI has touch and go customer service that will result in them telling you to reset the computer for almost any issue (check a few of the other lower star reviews).
4) MSI set up a C partition and a D partition on the same hard drive. I absolutely loath when companies decide how a hard drive should be partitioned and what size they are for me. That could just be my personal opinion though.

Now for the reason why I'm taking off 2 stars :

Like I stated above the customer service/technical support seems to have a geek squad approach to issues. My laptop has been plagued by a problem where sometimes certain applications do not connect to the internet (Steam, Skype, etc.) and youtube videos won't play. It takes more than several restarts or cold boots to address this issue and reinstalling flash does not address the youtube problem.
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Misty on April 7, 2014
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Purchased this laptop over the similarly priced Destroyer with the GTX870M GPU for the style and portability that this unit offers. It is also the most powerful Maxwell GPU available in a laptop currently (870 and 880 are both slightly modified Fermi based units).

Stuff you want to know:
- It appears to be running the Maxwell 860M, supported by clock speed and part number.
- There is one 2.5' bay (filled with an excellent HDD), two mSATA slots, and two RAM slots (filled with an 8GB and 4GB). Accessing any of these will require breaking a warranty seal.
- According to MSI the warning seal is "preventative" and they don't actually deny service when broken, still -1 star for the scare tactic.
- Laptop runs shockingly cool for a rig of this power. 45C at the bottom and 65C at the exhaust port after 30 min. of BF4 on Ultra.
- There are some glitches. Relatively minor thus far, but you should expect this on a system this new.

- Extremely appealing aesthetic design, not the typical garish gaming rig.
- Most powerful overall unit in this price range that will still fit in your backpack!
- GTX 860M performs fantastic with the new 337.50 driver. 1080p Max settings on everything!
- HDD is excellent, for a HDD. Absolutely the fastest HDD based laptop I have ever used.
- Keyboard is fantastic. Easily the best laptop keyboard I have ever used, and the color effects can be configured to your preference.
- Screen is extremely good for a matte solution.

- Ships with an outdated GFX driver that wont run anything. 337.50 Beta drivers were released today (4/7/2014) and are the only alternative to the shipped version. No issues with 337.
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