MSI Debuts Game Crushing GT72 Dominator Pro G Featuring Nvidia GTX 980 Desktop Class Graphics

Mobile gaming GPUs have never been on par with their latest desktop brethren, though that's about to change with the introduction of a GeForce GTX 980 built for laptops. NVIDIA answered the call for true desktop class graphics in a laptop form factor, and MSI will be the first to market with a gaming notebook built around the high end GPU.

That system is the GT72 Dominator Pro G, a limited edition laptop in celebration of MSI's 29th anniversary. What makes it so special is the combination of a true GeForce GTX 980 GPU (with 8GB of GDDR5 memory) paired up with an Intel Core i7-6820HK processor based on Skylake. Yes folks, that's an unlocked CPU, the first of its kind in the laptop segment.

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G

It's an interesting combination, though not solely because both are high end parts. What's intriguing about this CPU and GPU combination is that both parts can withstand a bit of overclocking. The CPU has an unlocked multiplier, while the GPU represents cherry picked silicon -- NVIDIA's selective binning process only allows through GPUs that can hit high frequencies at lower-than-typical voltages.

According to MSI, an overclocked GT72 Dominator Pro G can top 14,500 points in 3DMark 11's Performance benchmark. That's an impressive feat for a laptop and it puts the system on par with gaming desktops running a GeForce GTX 980 graphics card.

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G Keyboard

MSI is a little light on the remaining specifications. What we know is that it will come with a 17.3-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display with G-Sync technology, up to 64GB of DDR4-2133 memory, a 2.5-inch drive bay, support for two M.2 PCI-E Gen3 x4 SSDs in RAID 0, NVMe, an optical drive of some sort, DVD burner or Blu-ray writer, a single USB 3.1 Type-C connector, HDMI and mini DisplayPort output, Full HD webcam, 9-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home.

The limited edition bundle will also include a pair of themed keychains. As for price and availability, MSI didn't say.