Although powerful components have been getting steadily smaller, if you want desktop workstation performance in a mobile platform, it probably won't be in an ultra-portable format. Accordingly, MSI's WT73VR 7RM isn't going to be a notebook you would want to carry around with you all day. However, the components inside do promise capabilities not far off a full tower system, and it's definitely not as big as one of those.
The WT73VR 7RM is very much a workstation. The processor is a mobile Xeon, the E3-1505M v6, with 32GB of DDR4 memory to back it up, accompanied by the mobile version of NVIDIA's Quadro P5000 graphics, which would set you back around £2,000 in desktop form. All this power comes in a decidedly hefty package, however. The chassis uses a 17.3in screen, with Full HD and 4K options, and weighs a portly 4.14kg. You need both hands to pick this system up safely.
The storage allocation is equally high-end. Not one, but two 128GB Toshiba M.2 NVMe solid state disks are supplied for operating system and apps, in a RAID 0 configuration. There's also a 1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 7,200rpm conventional SATA hard disk offering plenty of general data capacity. This is a huge specification and a huge laptop for a huge near-£5,000 price. Let's find out if the mobile workstation performance is equally massive.
MSI WT73VR 7RM Specifications:
- Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 @ 3GHz
- 32GB DDR4 SDRAM @ 2,133MHz
- 16GB GDDR5 NVIDIA Quadro P5000 Graphics
- 17.3in IPS TFT with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
- 2 x 128GB Toshiba THNSN5128GPU7 M.2 NVMe SSD in RAID 0 array
- 1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 SATA III 6Gb/s 7,200rpm HDD
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2
- Ports: LAN, SDXC, 1 x USB 3.1 Type C / Thunderbolt 3, 5 x USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, headphone / S/PDIF, microphone, line in, line out
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 428 x 287 x 49mm
- Weight: 4.14kg
- Windows 10 Professional 64bit
- 3 Years warranty, including 1 Year Global
Price: £4,798.99 inc VAT (Buy from Scan.co.uk HERE)
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