Introduction and First Impressions
The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G gaming laptop is a beast of a portable, with a GeForce GTX 980M graphics card and a 5th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor within its massive frame. And this iteration of the GT72 features NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, which should help provide smooth gameplay on its 75 Hz IPS display.
The gaming laptop market is filled with options at just about any price you can imagine (as long as your imagination starts at around $1000), and there are seemingly limitless combinations of specs and minute configuration differences even within a particular brand’s offering. A few names stand out in this market, and MSI has created a product meant to stand tall against the likes of Alienware and ASUS ROG. And it doesn’t just stand tall, it stands wide - and deep for that matter. Running about the size of home plate on a regulation baseball diamond (well, approximately anyway), this is nearly 8 ½ lbs of PC gaming goodness.
Not everyone needs a 17-inch notebook, but there’s something awesome about these giant things when you see them in person. The design of this GT72 series is reminiscent of an exotic sports car (gaming laptops in general seem to have fully embraced the sports car theme), and if you’re considering completely replacing a desktop for gaming and all of your other computing the extra space it takes up is more than worth it if you value a large display and full keyboard. Doubtless there are some who would simply be augmenting a desktop experience with a supremely powerful notebook like this, but for most people laptops like this are a major investment that generally replaces the need for a dedicated PC tower.
What about the cost? It certainly isn’t “cheap” considering the top-of-the-line specs, and price is clearly the biggest barrier to entry with a product like this - far beyond the gargantuan size. Right off the bat I’ll bring up this laptop’s $2099 retail price - and not because I think it’s high. It’s actually very competitive as equipped. And in addition to competitive pricing MSI is also ahead of the curve a bit with its adoption of the 5th-Gen Core i7 Broadwell mobile processors, while most gaming laptops are still on Haswell. Broadwell’s improved efficiency should help with battery life a bit, but your time away from a power plug is always going to be limited with gaming laptops!
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2015 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10
Microsoft's decision to push out updates to non-enterprise Windows 10 without user intervention or even notification has been a bit of a hot topic recently. While those of us who have been supporting machines for a while have all seen a bad Windows update or 10 which render machines unusable, however we have also seen machines over 100 updates behind that are completely riddled with malware, trojans and other nasties which would have been blocked if those updates had been applied.
Whichever side of that debate you fall on, thanks to the nosy reporters at The Register you now can have a choice. They've posted a link to the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter package in this recent article, a tool from Microsoft which would allow you to hide certain updates before they were installed and ensure that they are not installed in the future. Patch Tuesday is gone but there will still be people keeping track of which updates are released so that if you encounter an issue you can roll back and hide that update. Of course, that assumes you enabled System Restore, which is has been disabled by default in Windows 10.
lifted from securityaffairs.co
"MICROSOFT HAS QUIETLY released a tool to stop Windows 10 downloading and installing everything it finds in Windows Update."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK @ The Register
- Intel promises 'scores' of deals to underpin enterprise cloud @ The Register
- 'Stagefright' Flaw: Compromise Android With Just a Text @ Slashdot
- Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview @ The Register
- Intel to adopt Skylake CPUs in NUC and Compute Stick solutions @ DigiTimes
- All wristjobs are as insecure as $#@%, reveals unsurprising research @ The Register
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2015 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: noctua, NH-L9x65, low profile cooler
Morry likes big coolers and Noctua is one of his preferred brands when he wants to test the tensile stregth of a motherboard. Not all of Noctua's coolers are up to his preferences, such as the slender NH-L9x65, a waif-like 413g with the fan attached and a cute 95x95x79mm in size with a 14mm lift from that fan. TechPowerUp's testing shows that the fan is quite quiet even when spinning at full speed but even still the temperatures of the i7-4770K it was cooling were the highest on the charts. If you are cooling a CPU with a lower TDP in a small case, or even a 4770K then check out this review, the NH-L9x65 is a little expensive but certainly usable.
"Noctua's new NH-L9x65 is a low profile, small form-factor cooler. When I say small, I mean tiny as it is only slightly larger than the Intel stock heatsink, which is surprising and begs me to question its maximum potential. While performance most likely won't be its strong point, there is a chance this pint-sized offering will have a few surprises in store"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- NZXT Kraken X61 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Alphacool Eisberg 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- CableMod ModFlex Cables @ Kitguru
- EK Vardar F4-120ER fan @ HardwareOverclock
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Suppressor F51 @ Benchmark Reviews
- BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 Windowed Edition Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Zalman Z11 NEO @ techPowerUp
- Antec S10 Full-Tower @ eTeknix
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