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  1. In recent years, MSI has established a strong reputation for its industry-leading gaming notebooks and also offers a robust Workstation series for professionals. With the recent exhibiting of the PS42 at Computex 2018 in Taipei, MSI now sets its sights on providing premium laptops for those who prioritize portability without a sacrifice in performance. At just over a kilogram with a chic metal chassis as well as a gorgeous narrow bezel design, let’s delve into a closer look at the PS42. The PS42 belongs to the Prestige series and is a newly-designed model. The silver hair-brushed metallic chassis is not only classy but also less susceptible to fingerprints. Its dimensions are 322 x 222 x 15.9 mm at a weight of only 1.19 kg with a discrete graphics card (MX150). The electronic scale weighs the PS42 to be 1203 grams, though this is likely due to systematic error. While this is very light for a 14-inch notebook, there are other models that are even lighter. However, the PS42’s metallic chassis is strong enough that, when pressed, does not give; the PS42 achieves a balance in weight and durability. An MSI Dragon Shield Logo on the A-side painted in an understated silver. Exhausts are towards the rear on both the left and right sides of the chassis; the PS42 contains 2 fans and 3 heat pipes. The rotating shafts are on the left and right edges of the A side, allowing a large opening angle. The B-side is mainly black while the C-side is silver like the A- and B-sides. The webcam is below the B-side screen, similar to the design on the DELL XPS 13. The webcam’s angle isn’t optimal, though at 30fps@720p, its video isn’t choppy. The upper, left and right sides feature the narrow-bezel design at only 5.7mm. The 14 –inch, IPS-level matte screen sports a resolution of 1920 x 1080; the screen ratio is approximately 80% The C-side is predominantly dedicated to the keyboard. Each key has a white backlight which can be turned on or off. The power button is centered above the keyboard while the small holes arranged horizontally are designed for the cooling system. The keyboard feedback is slightly soft but it is above-average in terms of thin laptops. The touchpad has excellent sensitivity. The scissor-switch design requires a harder press for precise response. The black rectangle to the upper-left of the touchpad is for fingerprint identification, a function that is only available on higher-end business laptops. With Windows Hello, unlocking your laptop is highly convenient. I/O ports on the right. Left to right: Kensington lock / SD card reader / USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C / 2 X USB3.1 Gen1 Type-A. I/O ports on the left. Left to right: power input / HDMI / USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C / Audio Combo. Three indicators: power, battery, and Wi-Fi. The PS42 can be opened to a maximum degree of 180. Sharing images and information in a meeting is easy. Take a look at D-side, the internal cooling module is aided by a large area of ventilation to improve heat dissipation. The stereo speakers are located at the left and right sides below the touchpad. Five rubber feet are evenly distributed at the bottom with enough thickness to benefit heat dissipation. The 4-cell battery is built-in and non-removable, running at 50Whr. The power adapter charges at 65W; compact at only 213 grams, it is easily portable. The PS442’s single DDR4 slot supports up to 16GB – this is a design shared by many ultra-thin models. MSI's exclusive software in its Gaming series is among its strength; lately, it has experienced customization. The Prestige series with its exclusive software has been anticipated. The PS42 adopts the latest version of Dragon Center 2.0, with the color scheme now black and white instead of the black and red in the Gaming series. The desktop can be seen through the translucent software window; the System Monitor displays the current hardware status. The System Tuner page is the same as that on gaming notebooks. The adjustment page for DPI, hardware performance, fan speed and screen color settings. There are 4 sets of original environment settings as well as 2 sets of user-defined settings for the user to adjust the settings according to his preferences. Shift has four performance modes: Turbo (GPU overclocking), Sport, ECO, and Power options. Fan Speed has the modes of Auto, Basic, Advanced, and Cooler Boost. A wealth of options is offered for both performance and cooling, so the PS42’s appeals not only in its business look but also in its performance adjustability. MSI True Color This feature is also available on the Gaming series and is mainly used to adjust screen colors. I feel that the accuracy of screen colors may be more important for business purposes. True Color provides six modes which can each be slightly adjusted. Users with high requirements for drawing and image processing, can not only save their money on a color-calibration device but also utilize more functions. The PS42 supports Nahimic 3 technology and also offers MSI's own audio software interface. Although many thin laptops are weak in terms of audio and related software, MSI employs its expertise in gaming, extrapolating great sound to the PS42. The following describes my personal listening experience and is subjective. I compared the PS42 to the Ultrabook. When the speaker is turned up to 60%, the volume is somewhat above-average. When it is turned up to 100%, the volume is decently loud. High frequencies – excellent detail though lacking in punch Middle frequencies - The resolution is very good. When listening to songs, fullness is lacking; the overall performance is still above standard Low frequencies - low frequency sound is clear; heavy bass is booming If I compare this PS42 to some Ultrabooks that I've shared before. Inserting a premium speak system into a thin laptop is challenging. The overall audio experience on the PS42 is excellent among the light and thin models. More fullness on the middle frequencies as well as a wider sound field would great improve this system. The microphone also has more features than most of the thin and light notebooks. It is more convenient for users who have video conferencing or business needs. In the high-end gaming notebook market, other than DELL Alienware’s exclusive software, I personally think that a program with rich features and an exquisite layout is MSI’s Dragon Center 2.0. The PS42 also supports Dragon Center 2.0, and the added value will be much better than similar-level products. After personally testing many DELL notebooks and HP Ultrabooks, the software support for those models is much weaker than that for the PS42. MSI PS42 equipped with Intel 8th gen. Core i7-8550U, TDP 10~25W. The base clock is 1.8Ghz, and the maximum overclocking can reach 4.0Ghz (this performance can be achieved with a single core). The following is the multifaceted performance test of PS42: CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 534 cb CPU (Single Core) => 162 cb CPUZ 1.86.0 Single Core => 397 6C12T Multi Core => 1653 Fritz Chess Benchmark => 21.71/10421 Geekbench 4 Single-Core Score => 4733 Multi-Core Score => 11643 FRYRENDER Running Time => 6m 27s x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 18.71 FPS PCMARK => 3786 Unti and including the 7th generation, Intel’s i7 processors for ultra-thin notebooks consist of 2 cores and 4 threads. Since the 8th generation, the i7 processors on Ultrabooks have consisted of 4 cores, 8 threads. Audio and video purposes such as conversion and editing have experienced great performance improvements. I have previously tested the Ultrabook featuring the i7-8650U – the higher clock speed pushes its performance a little higher. However, the MSI PS42, equipped with the i5-8550U, has good performance and renders the price more affordable. The storage device is a 512G M.2 PCIe Gen.3 SSD slot And the SSD that this PS42 is equipped with is SAMSUNG MZVLB512HAJQ AS SSD Benchmark - 3547 Seq Read - 2418.72 MB/s,Write - 1798.45 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 1059.46 MB/s,Write - 1238.36 MB/s CrystalDiskMark Seq Read - 3340.5 MB/s,Write - 1900.2 MB/s This SSD model is PM981, which is also the new SSD of SAMSUNG. Temperature and performance performs well. Most of the power saving options of BIOS can be turned off, so 4K performance will be lower. In the field of notebooks, PM981 is a very efficient M.2 SSD. In addition, many notebooks of other brands have different SSD models for different regions, periods or versions. The PS42 may also have other SSDs of other brands, and the speed will vary from specification to specification. The difference between the two versions of PS42 is the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5. Except for that, other hardware configurations are almost the same, of course, the price will be different. This article is the NVIDIA MX 150 standard edition which we used to test 3D performance. 3DMARK Fire Strike => 3235 UNIGINE 2 1080P MEDIUM => 2465 Dota2, this game has been purchased around 2012, and there are still some people playing this game. 1920 x 1080, all the setting is best, begin with the character setting - 152 FPS Get into the game at the beginning - 71 FPS League of Legends 1920 x 1080, all the 3D setting is pretty high, get into the game at the beginning - 211 FPS PAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS 1280 X 720, 3D setting is medium, begin with the character setting - 48 FPS Add, 3D setting is ultra, begin with the character setting - 31 FPS The NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 is close to the GeForce GT 1030 and is capable of dealing with all kinds of entry 3D games. Some games that require mid-level or higher 3D performance need to lower resolution or decrease special effects. But there is also a chance to have the smoother experience. Compared to the Intel UHD Graphics 620, in most scenarios, the MX 150 is about 60-200% higher in 3D performance, making the PS42 more capable. If you have the need for 3D modeling or drawing, it would be better to choose the MX 150 version. And if you have the sufficient budget, it is recommended to directly go for the MX150 version to avoid that Intel Graphics 620 occupies the memory. Because in the long-term, if Intel Graphics 620 occupies too much of the memory, the smoothness will drop. Burn-In test, the power setting is balance, the temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius. We turn on the Cooler Boost to run LinX 0.6.5, when the CPU really kicks into overdrive, the temperature is about 72-74 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature is 85 degrees Celsius for a moment. And if we turn down the Cooler Boost to run LinX 0.6.5, when the CPU really kicks into overdrive, the temperature is about 78-81 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature is 86 degrees Celsius for a moment. Although the Intel CPU will be much lower at the full clock, the CPU temperature performs well. Turn off the Cooler Boost at full speed, the noise is a bit high-pitched, but the volume is quite low. Turn on the Cooler Boost at full speed, the noise increases, but compared with other models, the volume of noise is only a bit louder. When we run FurMark and turn on the Cooler Boost, the highest temperature is 87 degrees Celsius once. When we turn off the Cooler Boost and run FurMark, the highest temperature could be 92 degrees Celsius once. According to the comparison above, we can see the difference between with MSI Cooler Boost 3 and without it. The temperature performance of the CPU is quite satisfied, and the GPU is quite good in terms of thin and light models. Especially the noise volume, people will be amazed that the volume isn’t loud, but it will be better, if the pitch of the noise could be mid- or low frequency. During the burn-in test, the exhausts on the C-side are about 38-40 degrees Celsius, and the highest temperature of the exhausts behind is about 42 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature of the exhausts on the D-side is about 52 degrees Celsius, the temperature performance of PS42 is pretty good in terms of thin and light models. In terms of the battery lifetime, the power setting is set to be balance mode, and battery setting is set to save power. Officially advertises that the battery lifetime of the PS42 is up to 10 hours, but that may be only under the circumstances like some paperwork or online browsing. Summarize all the features and advantages parts of MSI Prestige PS42 8RB 1. The appearance is designed with metallic hair-brushed, and that helps in improving the texture and aesthetic design. 2. 14-inch with narrow bezel design could make PS42 roughly as small as the other 13-inch laptops, and a discrete graphics card within a 1.2 kg laptop. 3. The 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor has the 4 cores, 4 threads architecture that allows multiplex performance to be much better than the 7th Generation Intel i7 Processors with the 2C4T architecture. 4. The performance of MX150 graphics card in 3D modeling is much better than the Intel UHD 620 graphics. 5. The interface of Dragon Center 2.0 is very fine, the functions plus the ability of software integration are great as well. 6. The MX150 version with Cooler Boost 3 which has two fans on both right- and left side plus 3 heat pipes. 7. The exclusive Nahimic 3 sound software has more sufficient functions than the thin and light notebooks of other brands. 8. It’s pretty ingenious to put a fingerprint sensor which is usually seen in the mid- and high-end business notebooks on the touchpad. 9. The 65W transformer is small in size and light in weight, improving the convenience of carrying out. The part that can be improved in the future 1. It will be more convenient if the webcam is at the top of the screen. 2. Although the noise of the fan is not loud, it will be better if it is a low frequency. Performance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Material ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Price ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Appearance ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 86/100 Cost–performance ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 83/100 Finally, MSI launches the mid- and high-end thin and light laptop. Besides PS42, there’s the P65 which is lately launched. MSI also applies the concept of gaming to the PS42, which has more features than many thin and light laptops of other brands. There are quite a number of laptops which price is between $1,000-1,300 on the market. Consumers need to compare more while choosing. The narrow bezel design in14-inch with thin and light chassis, it’s only around 1.2kg, and have a MX150 graphics card get to choose. In terms of chassis design, the PS42 is really great, of course, there are still some flaws needed to be improved. And if compared with 13-inch thin and light laptops that I’ve shared, like DELL Latitude, XPS 13 or HP Spectre 13. PS42 is quite great actually. Moreover, the prices of the three laptops above are higher. If the budget is sufficient, and you happen to need a mid-and high-end ultra-thin, business purpose, image drawing, film transfer, that can be easily carried. Then MSI PS42 should be a worthwhile option to be in the purchase list. This article also shared on my personal Facebook -Windwithme WWM If this article helps you to know more about this product, please feel free to click like to encourage me.
  2. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege 1920 x 1080,GRAPHICS preset Ultra In Game Theme - 146 FPS Previous test with GTX 1060 got 110 FPS,GTX 1070 got 167 FPS The same game theme – 153FPS, add 4.8% after overclocked. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS 1920 x 1080, set 3D effect at Highest, Lobby character setup theme – 78FPS Lobby character setup theme – 85FPS, add 8.9% after overclocked. The Turbo Mode that overclocked GTX 1070 Max-Q Core/VRAM over 200MHz, benchmarks could raise up 10% performance, in game FPS around 4.8~8.9% depend on different games. That made the GTX 1070 Max-Q overall 3D performance closer to GTX 1070, also more fun at overclock feature. Because the GS series designed with Ultra Slim type, it’s critical limitation to put GTX 1070 Max-P version on thermal, power consumption and size. The GS65 with much optimized interior design to achieve the highest performance inside. The room temperature is about 31°C, tested the GPU of GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q with its cooling capability. Try FurMark test, idle at 49°C, full speed at 87°C Shift set at Sport and Fan Speed Auto of GPU burn-in test status Keyboard surface around 30~41°C, top side and aside of airflow exhausts was about 42~48°C. The noise level present is outstanding, even the GPU temp. was not as low as GS63 at 83°C, but the noise level reduced a lot. Enable Cooler Boost Mode made higher noise level, it’s better to use headset to play, but the temperature from 87°C dropped to 78°C. CPU default clock from 2.2GHz~4.1GHz, battery mode set to High Performance. Tested with LinX 0.6.5 at full loading speed, around 82~90°C, maxima up to 93°C. Enable Cooler Boost for reference, 80~86°C, maxima up to 91°C. Intel high level Core i7 from 1~7th Generation all came with 4C8T architecture, the 8th Gen. become 6C12T, since it enhanced a lot on multi-task works, but more challenge to high level notebooks, the cooling surface was very limited, and slim notebooks even more challenge of thermal design. Last GS63 with 4C8T of Core i7 CPU presented 88~92°C with same burn-in test apps. Seems the GS65 temperature even a bit lower than GS63 with Core i7 8750H, the cooling design really improved. C side just around 31~38°C when CPU at full loading speed, the up side and left-right side airflow exhaust is abour 41~47°C. No matter on CPU or GPU burn-in temperature, GS65 was getting lower temperature than other brand of same high level gaming notebooks. About battery life, set Windows 10 power option at balanced, battery option set at power saving mode. System Tuner to Theater Mode to playback DVD video; still got 55% power after 4 hours playback. 8% left after 8 hours playback with disable the WiFi connection. But still more than 6 hours even enable WiFi. So when you go out to use for entertainment usage, proper setup could extend the outstanding battery life for GS65. Summarized on the GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Pros & Advantage: 1. Golden edge line ID design, the lightest 15.6” narrow frame gaming notebook. 2. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics with Turbo mode, made ultra-slim notebook with higher 3D performance. 3. 8th Gen Core i7 with 6C12T architecture that enhanced multi-tasks working performance. 4. Matted IPS-Level of 144Hz/7ms display and narrow bezel, and applied True Color 2.0 color calibration technology. 5. Dragon Center 2 interface become more elegant with rich control and features. 6. Cooler Boost Trinity of thermal module designed with 4 heatpipes & 3 fans to become more powerful than previous design. 7. Keyboard feedback is outstanding, SSE3 app handle the Per-Key back light management, Macro keys and Gaming Mode for gamers. 8. Headset output embedded with ESS SABRE HiFi DAC, support up to Hi-Res Audio format sound quality. 9. Dynaudio sound speakers with Nahimic 3, presented much better sound around all ultra-slim notebooks. 10. New 180W adaptor even smaller than previous 150W design, more convenient for carry out. Cons & Enhancements 1. A side cover is easier to attached finger print, very obvious under brighter environment. 2. WebCam only got 720p resolution, and image quality is not good enough under darker environment. 3. If press the chassis will feel a little softy feedback, this happened very often on slim notebooks. 4. Recommend the Dragon logo on A cover to use 3D material; that will make it looks higher value, B side black MSI logo is not clear, it will be better if use golden color logo. Performance Ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100 Material Ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Specification Ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100 Aesthetics Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 86/100 Price-Value Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 Did mention there were 2 brands launched same type of 15.6” narrow bezel slim gaming notebooks, if pick them with Core i7 8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q and FHD 144Hz display as a standard. These 3 models came at same price range included MSI, so consumers should compared the material and design to choose. GS65 8RF designed with DDR4 32GB, and 512GBx2 NVMe M.2 SSD Other 2 brands at same price range comes with DDR4 16GB RAM and single 512GB SSD, although it’s all 144Hz FHD display, but GS65 showed IPS level panel and 7ms response time. Furthermore with SABRE HiFi headset DAC, Cooler Boost Trinity thermal design, MSI own design APPs are more outstanding, the main Dragon Center 2 with more elegant UI and rich functions, True Color 2 with sRGB and 6 mode adjustment and Nahimic 3 audio enhancer, put all high level features on notebooks. Frankly speaking, if a notebook only compared on top level hardware SPEC., many brands are able to put hardware into a notebook body. But included ID design with own style, cooling solution, functions and features, software and usage, better user experience, those detail took long time evolution on products for years. In before the DELL Alienware was great on these points, but recent years MSI did catch up even exceed to higher level in some ways. The GS65 maybe not 100% perfect but already got really high score, it’s a great balanced on hardware, features and software combination of ultra slim gaming notebook although still have some small part could be improved. 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  3. PCMARK10 => 5103 Storage designed with dual M.2 PCIe Gen.3 SSD slot, and 1 slot supported M.2 SATA interface. This GS65 8RF used 2 SAMSUNG MZVLB512HAJQ with RAID0. CrystalDiskMark Seq Read - 3501.5 MB/s,Write - 3256.0 MB/s AS SSD Benchmark - 3426 Seq Read - 2908.68 MB/s,Write - 2960.23 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 1061.38 MB/s,Write - 967.93 MB/s This SSD should be PM981 512GB, above are the performance with RAID0. But the chipset support up to PCI-e Gen3 x4 bandwidth limitation, not like SATA3 RAID to double the performance. So the Max. performance is up to 3500+ MB/s around, plus the storage of 4k test will be lower because the notebook power saving technology is not able to manual disable. But if we consider in the notebook field, PM981 of RAID0 already the highest speed level of M.2 performance. Embedded with 2 kinds of GPU, one is Intel Core i7-8750H of built-in HD630 graphics. The 2nd one is nVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM of Max-Q versions. Below numbers all based on GTX 1070 Max-Q tests, same software with 2 types of preset and score Up: Shift Sport + Fan Speed Auto Down: Shift Turbo + Fan Speed Cooler Boost 3DMARK 11 => 16105 3D MARK 11 => 17297, improved 7.4% after overclocked. 3DMARK Fire Strike => 12785 3D MARK Fire Strike => 14067, improved 10% after overclocked. UNIGINE 2 1080P MEDIUM => 10171 Compared GTX1060 => 7902, GTX1070 => 13537 UNIGINE 2 1080P MEDIUM => 11217, improved 10% after overclocked. Assassin's Creed Syndicate 1920 x 1080,GRAPHIC preset ULTRA HIGH In Beginning Theme - 49 FPS Previous test with GTX 1060 was 37 FPS,GTX 1070 was 59 FPS The same game theme – 53FPS, add 8.2% after overclocked.
  4. D side has bigger difference, besides of larger surface of holes for airflow, the based robber came with bigger size and taller, that helps more for airflow to reduce the heat more effectively. Built-in 4-Cell battery with 82Whr, larger than GS63 as well. Application is also a very important point that could enhance user experience for convenience, the Dragon Center is MSI own design APP, 2.0 version with brand new interface and enhanced a lot on the features. The UI showed it’s transparent image to see through your desktop. System Monitor showed current hardware working status. System Tuner About DPI, hardware performance, fan speed or display color adjusts setup. Original with 4 preset, and 2 user define profile could save by user’s own preference. Shift mode got Turbo (GPU OC), Sport,ECO, Power Options of 4 types. Fan Speed got Auto, Basic, Advanced and Cooler Boost modes. No matter on performance wise or cooling mode, it all applied many modes that made GS65 more advanced usages with fun. Gaming Mode You could see few hottest game titles supported here, like this GS65 already installed PUBG, users could through here to launch the game with MSI apps to change the keyboard backlit for the game hot keys. MSI True Color, display colors adjust The Display Software was rare at NB products market, True Color comes with 6 modes for user to adjust with favors. MSI formal preset is sRGB mode, but users could still make more detail adjustment on each of the 6 modes. The sound enhancement APP kept on Nahimic 3, become Microsoft Market Place APP, it’s more convenient to use, the UI changed a lot, rich features, with sound stages adjustment, mic enhancement, gaming stereo and other detail setup. Here was my GS65 sound experience; this part might be more subjective point of view, compared with other high level gaming laptops. High Frequency – No over-sharped tone, rich of detail, presented high level quality. Mid Frequency – The sound detail was outstanding, strong vocal over average, but still could be better. Low Frequency – It presented good with clear drum sound, but it could be more powerful. Within this slim chassis design and narrow bezel frame, the speakers only got very limited space. With 2x 2watts speakers, turn on the maxima volume is really loud when play games in the room. The authentic sound detail is the most outstanding part, it’s really good no matter FHD video or play games. Headset output designed with ESS SABRE HiFi DAC, supported up to 192kHz/24bit as Hi-Res sampling rate. When use Hi-Res Audio headset to listen, the sound quality could compete the top level DELL Alienware products. Keyboard APP is Steelseries Engine 3 Applied with general backlit management, rich of Macro-keys setup and multiple virtual keyboards for any different usage. Some of the lighting mode was preset inside that user could use, with Per-Key RGB function that could make the color modes become very fancy. The default with golden light made the dual wave from middle to aside, it really fits the color and style of GS65. GS65 came with 2 GPUs first, the 8RF with GTX 1070 and 8RE with GTX 1060 versions. Also got different DDR4 and M.2 SSD capacities inside, that comes with different price range. Here came the GS65 8RF of top level hardware test, CPU used Intel Core i7 8750H, use Sport mode with Auto fan set to test, it’s the most balanced at performance and noise. CPUZ 1.85.0 Single Thread => 470 6C12T Multiple Thread => 3222 Fritz Chess Benchmark => 41.67/19999 CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 1124 cb CPU(Single Core) => 177 cb FRYRENDER Running Time => 2m 22s x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 34.36 FPS The Intel 8th Gen. Core i7 8750H core clock is 2.2~4.1GHz, the core architecture is 6C12T, compared to last Gen. same level of Core i7 7700HQ clock at 2.8~3.8GHz, core numbers only 4C8T. The Core i7 8750H single Core got about 8% performance enhancement, multi-Core with full speed will have 52%~65% performance enhancement depends on the usages. It’s really great help on high quality video editing, image or artwork designs, which really needs more CPU Cores to speed up. Besides of gaming enhancement, the 8th Gen architecture could also make the video clip and artwork more effectively.
  5. More and more mobile devices become narrow bezel or frameless design to get higher competitive capability. As the Ultrabook or mobile phone in recent years, becomes slimmer and lighter is the most important trend. Thought about the design on Gaming Notebooks, since the design needs more high performance hardware and cooling solution, if the technology, ID and material is keep improving, maybe the frame and size could become thinner and lighter year by year. Evantually there are 3 of 15.6” thin bezel and ultra slim gaming notebooks came out in the market, this time it’s MSI GS65, the company did work hard on the gaming market. The full name is GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF, it comes with 3 versions by different hardware combinations. Evolved from last version of slim notebook GS63, the GS65 designed with narrow bezel and brand new ID design. By the way, the previous generation GS63 with GTX1050 graphics was high C/P ratio, really worth of the price with great value! GS65 with metallic A cover and matted touched design. Printed with golden MSI Dragon logo, the frame also uses shinning gold lines to make it looks higher quality and special. The dimension is 357.7x247.7x17.9mm, the weight is 1.88kg B side attached the AUO 15.6” IPS level panel, with FHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and 7ms response time. The bezel only got 4.9mm slim, display ratio is 82%, camera on the top side is better place than some others at bottom side. WebCam is 720P 30fps, the mic on both side support stereo sound recording. The video image will have more noise if it’s darker environment, but the image quality and detail is better than GS63. C side is keyboard side, besides of that it’s all matted metallic material, this is same design as A cover side. Keyboard kept the design with Steelseries slim Per-Key RGB keyboard, but no numeric keys. Around the slim type membrane keyboard notebooks, Alienware still better than GS65 of the feedback type feeling. Power button on the top center position, use brushed treatment with golden edge frame line to make it higher quality. A small light on the right side, white light means it’s using UMA, orange light means it’s using GTX graphics. There were align with holes for airflow across the power button, that makes cool air into the fan to enhance the cooling system performance. The MSI logo on the bottom of panel is not obvious, it will be more shinning if comes with golden material. The IO port on left side Kensington lock \ airflow exhaust \ RJ45 LAN port \ 2x Type-A USB3.1 port The 3.5mm golden jack for HiFi headset and Mic audio jack. The headset output design with ESS SABRE HiFi DAC. The hinge frame and airflow exhaust hole design with golden material inside, it makes the appearance looks higher level. The right side IO design Start from left, Type-A USB3.1 \ Type-C Thunderbolt 3 with USB3.1 Gen 2 & DP \ Mini DisplayPort \ HDMI 2.0\ AC input \ black-golden airflow exhaust There were three 15.6” narrow bezel gaming notebooks in the market, GIGABYTE Aero 15X about 2kgs, 18.9mm height, RAZER BLADE 15 about 2.07~2.15kgs, 17.3mm height, the thinnest but also the heaviest one. MSI GS65 formal shows 1.88kg, tested model is 1862g is the lightest one, 17.9mm height in the middle. But most of the ultra-slim notebooks came with softer chassis, so the weight depends on the design, the stronger chassis might enlarge the size. But it’s not always like this rule. The GS65 display could open to 180 degree to become flat; it helps on office meeting or group discussion to share the screen. If this panel could design with touch feature, that will be great.
  6. After activating Cooler Boost 5, the idle is now at 37 degree C and full load at 70 degree C. With 2-degrees difference at idle and 8-degrees difference at full load, are pretty impressive results. The Cooler Boost 5 cooling module of the GE63VR does a pretty good job with GPU cooling, and keeps the GTX 1070 under 80 degrees even at full load, without activating Cooler Boost 5. The i7-7700HQ CPU comes in default at 2.8~3.8GHz, with power mode set at Balance. When running full load with LinX 0.6.5 – 85~96 Activate Cooler Boost 5, and run full load with LinX 0.6.5 – 75~83 LinX 0.6.5 is one of the most demanding burn-in software, as others usually generate lower temperatures. From what I can recall, launching burn-in test with AIDA64 has a lower temperature by over 10 degrees than with LinX 0.6.5. The fan noise is quite loud when activating the cooling button, which is only suggested if you wear headphones or have speaker volume at over 60. This prevents you from being affected by the full speed fan noise. Otherwise the GE63VR stays relatively silent under standard circumstances. Both the 7RE and 7RF version of the GE63VR use the same gaming display. With FHD resolution, 94% NTSC, 3ms response time, and 120Hz refresh rate, these are one of those rare high-end TN displays. They are also ideal for games with fast-paced actions, like the modern FPS games. We tried adjusting both notebook displays to a similar brightness, to better compare the image details. On the left is the high-end TN display from the GE63VR; on the right is an IPS display from the ASUS ROG GL502VS, which has a similar spec and price with the GE63VR. The comparison is made with the built-in Windows 10 wallpaper, but you can use your own if interested. Many used to have the impression of TN displays having smaller visible angle than IPS. Yet the comparison clearly shows that the high-end TN display nowadays already have similar, if not better, viewing angles than high-end IPS displays. With a wide color coverage of 94% NTSC, it’s a definite win against the competing ASUS IPS display, whether you’re viewing from the front or the sides. I’ve seen many beauty IPS displays, but with more and more manufacturers, the quality and spec also varies greatly. Opening up the bottom cover of the MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider reveals the interior hardware design. Two DDR4-2400 slots and woofer on the right; two more DDR4 slots preloaded with 16BX2 under the keyboard. Two NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD slots; 2.5†SATA3 HDD to the left. The top section is the new MSI Cooler Boost 5 cooling design. The cooling design has been the focus of MSI gaming notebooks over the recent years. With the latest Cooler Boost 5, there are dual fans, 7 heat pipes, and 3 cooling sections. The massive cooling design with ventilation across multiple sections on the chassis prove how the GE63VR takes cooling very seriously. There are total of 4 speakers, certified by the renowned Danish company Dynaudio. Two 3W giant woofers and two 2W stereo speakers. The thermal pad on the M.2 SSD is also a thoughtful design for the high-speed high-temperature NVMe M.2 SSDs. I was planning to demonstrate with videos, but the recorded files size ended up a bit too big. I’ve replaced them with photos for now. SteelSeries per-key RGB backlight keyboard and USB port lighting. They look better in person than in photos. I couldn’t help but think that I was positive to compare with Dell and Alienware. ROG may have been the leading brand for motherboards, but just doesn’t seem to be putting enough effort in gaming notebooks. There’s still much to be improved to catch up with other gaming notebook brands. Battery life. Windows 10 power mode set to balance. Built-in battery capacity of 4730mAh 51Wh. Seems to be slightly small. With GTX 1070 playing DVD video, it’s left with 66% after 1hr; 30% after 2hr; 10% after 2hr 30min. The maximum battery life of the GE63VR is around 2hr 40min, a somewhat acceptable number considering the high-end spec. Conclusion for MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider Pros and Advantage: 1. GE63VR has more speedy ID design, also more sturdy than the previous GE62. 2. Features up to a standard NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics, drastically enhanced its 3D performance. 3. The GIANT speakers and woofers offer the best sound I’ve ever heard so far. 4. 120Hz/3ms display with 94%NTSC color coverage is exactly what’s needed for gaming. It even comes with True Color 2.0 color calibration. 5. The built-in Dragon Center is feature-rich and also nicely integrated other exclusive software. 6. The new Cooler Boost 5 boosts the cooling capability of the GE series. 7. Exceptional keyboard feedback with software that offers RGB lighting, macro, multiple profiles. 8. ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC for headphone output. Supports “Hi-Res Audio readyâ€. 9. Super RAID 4 with two high speed NVMe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0. 10. Killer solution for both wired and wireless network to form Killer DoubleShot Pro, plus the Killer Shield design. Cons for Improvement: 1. The metal brush pattern on the A-side top cover leaves fingerprints easily. 2. Only 720p resolution for the webcam. The image quality could also be improved. 3. The high-end TN display has wide visible angle for top and both sides, but lacks when viewed from the bottom. 4. Slightly low battery life due to the GTX 1070. It’d be better if it lasts over 3.5hr. Performance Ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 93/100 Material Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/10 Specification Ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 93/100 Aesthetics Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 86/100 Price-Value Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Comparing to the last gen GE62, the GE63VR has removed the built-in ODD, but still weighs the same. This is due to many of the enhancement under the hood, especially the cooling design and the full GTX 1060/1070 graphics. The huge sound chambers grant the GE63VR far superior audio experience in volume, detail, and bass. The quality and sturdiness upon picking up the notebook proves this to be a quite an evolutions over GE62. With the MSRP just under 2000 USD, the MSI GE63VR 7RF actually costs slightly less than its rivals with similar spec. The GE73VR with GTX 1060 6GB also has quite the aggressive pricing, with MSRP around 1600 USD. The GE63VR is the mid-high model among MSI lineup, and will probably also comes in various versions to choose from, just like the GE62. So far, only the version with i7-7700HQ and GTX 1060 6GB is available in Taiwan. It’s available with GTX 1060 6BB and 1070 8GB for GPU options. If they come in 4C4T Core i5 with GTX 1060, they should be able to further lower the price tag, and become even more affordable for those who love the GE series. Aside from 3D performance, I think a lot still needs to be worked on, like audio, display, keyboard, cooling, chassis. The GE63VR may not have scored 100/100 in all aforementioned category, but are at least 80~90+ in most. The GE63VR is a well-balanced notebook with gaming-grade performance. Of course, there’re still some things that I’d like to see addressed. But the new version already has a major upgrade. I look forward to seeing more verions available for the consumers. This article also shared on my personal Facebook -Windwithme WWM If this article helps you to know more about this product, please feel free to click like to encourage me.
  7. CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 731 cb CPU (Single Core) => 159 cb The GE63VR features Intel Core i7-7700HQ, with 4C8T. The main difference from the previous gen (Core i-6700HQ) is the frequency, 2.8~3.8GHz vs 2.6~3.5GHz. I’ve tested and shared many results from Intel 6th gen and 7th gen CPU performance. The performance is almost on identical when under the same frequency. The 5~10% increase is due to the slightly higher frequency from the 7th gen. It is more rely on better cooling capability. PCMARK10 => 4768 The storage comes in two M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen.3 x4 SSD in RAID 0 config. The 7RE features 128GBX2, and the even higher 7RF comes in 256GBX2. The model is Samsung MZVLW256HEHP, aka PM961. The hard drive is a HGST 1TB 7200rpm drive. AS SSD Benchmark - 3272 Seq Read - 2878.09 MB/s Write - 2065.34 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 1054.32 MB/s Write - 889.37 MB/s The SSDs comes with the performant M.2 SSD PM961. There are also the faster SM961. However, the highest read speed for a single PM961 is 2800 MB/s, write speed of 1100 MB/s. The RAID 0 configuration also enhances the transfer speed. It’s a shame that both desktop PCs and notebooks are still far from the ideal of PCIe M.2 RAID 0, not sure if Intel RST still requires improvement or that Intel chipset still can’t performance at its fullest. Either way, the GE63VR with NVMe M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD is an excellent config with both speed and capacity. Both the Intel HD Graphics 630 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 are featured as its graphics. The GTX 1070 comes with 8GB GDDR5, just like the desktop counterpart. The following results are from the GTX 1070: 3DMark Fire Strike => 14668 For comparison, the previously tested GTX 1060 scored 8883, and GTX 1070 Max-Q scored 11910. UNIGINE 2 1080p Medium => 13537 For comparison, GTX 1060 scored 7902. Far Cry 4 1920x1080 resolution with 3D effects at Ultra. Opening scene – 283 FPS, right after the opening animation (shown in pic) – 90 FPS. For comparison, the previous GTX 1060 has 82 FPS, and GTX 1060 Max-Q has 86 FPS. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege 1920 x 1080 with graphics at Ultra. Beginning of the game - 167 FPS The previous GTX 1060 has 110 FPS and the GTX 1070 MAX-Q has 145 FPS Assassin's Creed Syndicate 1920 x 1080 with ULTRA HIGH graphic preset. Beginning of the game - 59 FPS The previous GTX 1060 has 37 FPS and the GTX 1070 MAX-Q has 48 FPS NieR:Automata 1920 x 1080 with High graphic preset. Switch to the highest settings with 8X Anti-Aliasing and 16X Texture Fliter After browing through the internet for some answers, we’ve confirmed that the frame rate has been capped at 60 FPS, the same number even after turning off V-Sync. Reviewers abroad tested GTX 1060 and scored only around 45~53 FPS, and the GTX 960 at only 28~32 FPS. This is quite a 3D performance intensive game. The GE63VR 7RF features the standard GTX 1070. Its powerful 3D performance can be observed from the previous tests, outperforming than regular GTX 1060 quite a lot in many of the 3D games. The Max-Q GTX 1070 falls somewhere in between the two. Room temperature at 30 degree C. GPU NVIDIA GTX 1070 cooling capability test. Idle at 39 degree C and full load at 78 degree C with FurMark.
  8. MSI has also improved a lot on their exclusive software over the past two years. Almost every features comes with its own software that allows for finer tweaks, especially for the gaming features, like audio, keyboard, display, etc. This is also where most of the other brands that I’ve tested fall short, like Dell or HP. First with the audio, Nahimic 2+. The audio software has been constantly upgraded to add more features. The MSI Nahimic 2+ actually looks very similar to Alienware Sound Center, but offers more configuration for different environments. For those who stream games, uses team chats, or even make video calls, the software plays an important row with the microphone settings. The following is the thoughts for the speakers from the GE63VR. This is much more subjective, and is based on comparison with other high-end gaming notebooks. High Freq. – No overly sharp tunes, rich details, great overall performance. Mid Freq. – Nice overall detail clarity, human vocal also stronger above average. Bass Freq. – Most outstanding part, strong but not blurred out, but may overpower the Highs and Mids. The GE63VR with the Nahimic 2+ present excellent audio quality, thanks to the two 2W stereo speakers and two 3W GIANT woofers. The overall sound detail was remarkable strong, and has the highest volume of all the high-end gaming notebooks tested ever. The details are also pretty outstanding, even comparing to Dell Alienware 17 R4. Whether it’s watching movies, playing games, or listening to music, the audio is just amazing. The headphone output features ESS SABRE HiFi DAC, supporting up to Hi-Res 192kHz/24bit output. The actual listening experience with a Hi-Res headphone also performances on par with the best Dell Alienware to date. Keyboard Software with SteelSeries Engine 3 It offers the common lighting control, macro settings, and multiple profiles. Lighting presets are also available, adding extra fanciness to the RGB design. The waves of color changes with each key, similar to the high-end Corsair K70 RGB mechanical keyboard tested. Clicking into Engine Apps Click on the AudioVisualizer to the center-right. Detailed menu are presented on the center-left. With a few tweaks, you can have the preview sound wave in sync with the RGB keyboard. This adds an extra layer of visual experience when listening to music. Display Software is MSI True Color 2.0 The software is quite unique on first sight. There are 6 modes to choose from for preference and different purposes. It comes with pre-calibrated configurations, as well as detailed manual adjustment options. Gamer Mode has more configuration than the aforementioned sRGB. For gaming scenarios, the response and details in shadows of a display is especially crucial. Designer Mode Offers Rich Color Adjustments Aside from gaming, MSI gaming notebooks are also perfect for image designers that demand accurate colors. As stated on the website, MSI collaborates with Portrait Display, Inc., and make sure every unit has been indecently calibrated during factory production. Such service was previously only seen on Japanese high-end monitors like EIZO. MSI sets high standards for gaming notebook displays Dragon Center is the most important MSI exclusive software. It neatly integrated all other related software, with access to system status and tuning. MSI is considered to be among the best when it comes to software integration for notebooks. System Tuner Offers configuration for VR, performance, fan speed, and display color. In the Shift system performance configuration, an extra Turbo Mode can be found when plugged in to AC. There’s also a toggle on the far right for the cool USB lighting. The following performance tests are based on Turbo Mode for enhanced 3D performance from the higher GPU frequency. GS63VR comes in GTX 1070 (7RF) and GTX 1060 (7RE), with various capacity options for DDR4 RAM and M.2 SSD storage, hence the price varies. Hardware performance test for the GS63VR 7RF are as follow: CPUZ 1.80.0 Single thread => 390 4C8T multi thread => 1925 Fritz Chess Benchmark => 28.23/13548
  9. Over the recent years, MSI has been focusing on the high level and mid-range gaming marketing with 3 main series: The finest is the GT series that pursues maximum performance; the 2nd is the GS series with its slim & light but good performance; the 3rd is the GE series in the middle ground, lighter than GT but faster than GS. Recently the GE series just received a makeover, with improvements in aesthetics, design, and quality. This article will focus on testing and analyzing the latest 15.6†of MSI GE63VR. Starting from the A-side top cover, the design still iconic MSI with the brushed aluminum surface and a MSI dragon shield logo, that illuminates when powered on, all quality adding to its looking and feeling. The GE63VR now comes in both GTX 1060 GPU (7RE) and the top-notch GTX 1070 (7RF), both with the dimension of 383 x 260 x 27.5 mm. The weight may vary a little depending on the configuration: official spec of the 7RF is 2.39 kg. The actual measurement says 2395g, which has almost same. Straight ridges and red line are presented on both sides of the center section to perform a sense of speed. MSI often adopts the design of a sports car hood on the cover to match their brand image. Personally, I think it’d look even better if the two red stripes can light up during boot up. The backpack that came with the GE36VR excels in both quality and protection. The new dragon shield logo has also been redesigned to remove the “GAMING SERIES†wording for simplicity. The backpack fits up to 17†notebooks, which some may consider a bit too big but others may think bigger space is as a plus. The adapter next to the GE63VR 7RF comes at a max 230W to power the high end GTX 1070 version. The B-side surrounds the 15.6†matte display. The webcam on the top features 720p 30fps capability, with a small hole for the microphone on its either side. The high-end TN display features FHD resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and 94% NTSC color coverage. C-side overview It’s paired with a SteelSeries RGB gaming keyboard, featuring per-key RGB lighting. The feedback may not be like a mechanical keyboard, but is exceptional for membrane keyboards. I personally also like the dedicated left and right button of the track pad, as this offers better accuracy when pressed down. The outer is decorated with red line, like the GS63VR, to enhance its visibility and aesthetics. The slim buttons on the right represents power button, SteelSeries keyboard lighting, and fan speed adjustment. Right IO Starting from the left is the SD card reader (XC/HC), USB3.0 X2, ventilation. I’ve noticed the red lighting from the USB port during the initial boot up, which also adds visibility during installation. Left IO Starting from the left is Kensington lock, ventilation, RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, USB3.0, Type-C USB3.1. Gold-plated 3.5mm audio jacks are for Hi-Fi headphone and microphones. The headphone-out supports ESS SABRE HIFI technology. The rear has also been decorated with the red line to further enhance aesthetics and the speed theme. Ventilation can also be seen on either side for the latest MSI exclusive Cooler Boost 5 cooling technology. Under the D-side The center dragon totem not only adds to the look-and-feel, but also features massive ventilation grills. The lighting at the bottom suggests power, battery, and hard drive status. The speaker is in collaboration with the well-known Danish audio company: Dynaudio. The sound chamber is 5x the size than previous GE design, as shown in the bottom left/right of the picture, which made us really look forward to the audio quality and volume.
  10. Assassin's Creed Syndicate Resolution set by 1920x1080, Graphics setting : Ultra High The first scene while entering the game – 48 FPS We’ve done the test of GTX 1060 before, which performed 37 FPS The GTX 1070 Max-Q version graphics presents in some 3D games, Its higher than GTX 1060 from 15%~29% depends on different games. Maybe sometimes it’s not big performance gap compared with GTX980 top graphics, but we should know that GTX980 could only installed in huge size gaming notebooks. And this kind of thin & light gaming notebook could only attached with GTX970M to GTX 1060 level graphics. nVIDIA launched the Max-Q design graphics, that makes the gaming notebooks comes with higher gaming performance but kept it same slim and light. But still need very good cooling system design within this ultra slim condition, otherwise it will still overheat or throttling. The ambient temperature is around 30°C, test GPU of GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q with it’s cooling capability Runs with FurMark, idle was 53°C, full loading is 84°C GS63VR designed with UHD 4K or FHD resolution, also comes with different type of panel. UHD is over 72%NTSC IPS panel, the model here is highest level TN display. This display is 94%NTSC color gamut, 120Hz 3ms response time. Looks more suitable for high speed gaming, will share its color and viewing angle in below. Nowadays the IPS display were too many makers and to many grades of quality, its easier to have bed quality IPS panel notebooks in the market. The left side was comparison model HP ZBook Studio G3 high level IPS workstation, the price range is 30% higher than GS63VR 7RG model. The right side is GS63VR with 120Hz/3ms TN panel, you could see it’s warmer color present, the IPS panel on the left side is colder color present. We used to think that TN display was not good on viewing angle, but you could see the difference at this photo, as new technology improved, the horizontal viewing angle of high level TN display already is as good as IPS panel, especially when it comes with 94%NTSC wide color gamut, the color range and detail quality present is better than good IPS panel no matter from front side or left/right side. Use the display test webpage to confirm this display could reach smooth 120Hz refresh rate, this helps a lot when high speed gaming or movies to have smoother experience. If you use the 120Hz TN to compare with mid-level or entry level IPS panel of other gaming notebooks, the color difference GAP will become bigger, because the GS63VR was compared with higher level display of HP mobile workstation. Of course the IPS display still got greater viewing angle and closer to real color present, there also got GS63VR with IPS display as well. But high level TN display of the GS63VR got its advantage indeed, high viewing angle, 94%NTSC of color gamut, up to fastest 3ms response time and 120Hz refresh rate. If your usage mostly is gaming, I think this version of GS63VR is really suitable. Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system, designed with 41 blades of 3 fans and 5 heatpipes, the airflow is 30% stronger than previous design. This is the latest cooling system that MSI just launched last year. CPU default clock is 2.8~3.8GHz, balanced on power mode. System in idle mode - 57°C~69°C Run LinX 0.6.5 burn-in with system full loading - 88°C~92°C The CPU idle temperature was a bit higher, but full loading temperature present is really good. Although the CPU temperature up to 92°C, that’s because the Intel 4C8T CPU getting hotter in recent years, also the 7700HQ got higher default clock than 6700HQ. The C (keyboard) side temperature was only around 30~42°C with burn-in test. The GS63VR with Core i7 7700HQ and GTX 1070 Max-Q high level SPEC, already got very powerful cooling system as a ultra slim gaming notebook, if you want a more powerful cooling design of gaming notebook, that’s what MSI GT series or Dell Alienware could provide, but also comes with more heavy weight and bigger size. Battery life present, set Windows 10 power mode at Balanced. Use GTX1070 to playback 720P video, after 1 hour the battery life around 73%, 10% left after 3 hours. As this kind of high level hardware combination, GS63VR battery life could over 3 hours is really good and above average. Conclusion of GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro Pros and Advantage: 1.New ID with extra 3 red sport line so the shape comes with more speed feeling. 2.Designed with latest Geforce Max-Q GTX 1070, makes ultra slim notebook with more powerful 3D performance 3.Used Killer Gaming LAN and WiFi, support Killer Shield technology. 4.Matted high level 120Hz/3ms TN display with 94%NTSC, apply True Color 2.o color calibration technology. 5.Dragon Center comes with rich functions and good integration on all softwares. 6.New Cooler Boost Trinity technology makes GS series comes with more powerful cooling capability. 7.Keyboard got great force feedback of type feeling, SSE3 software is good on light management, rich Macro-Keys setup and lots of virtual keyboard sets. 8.Headset AMP designed with SABRE HiFi Audio DAC, support Hi-Res Audio format. Cons for Improvement: 1.The WebCam resolution only got 720p, the image quality also need to improve. 2.Built-in speakers still could be improved on human vocal and sound stage. 3.Although the C side temperature kept in good hand, but the rear fan exhaust still a bit too hot. 4.With the high level 120Hz TN panel, the viewing angle from horizontal and upper angel is good, but still bad from below side. Performance Ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100 Material Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Specification Ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100 Outlook Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 Price-Value Ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro price range start from $2199, the main difference should be 256GB~512GB SSDs with SATA3 or NVMe speed, and 120Hz TN display or IPS display difference, or maybe different RAM capacity, the others should be the same. With the Max-Q GTX 1070 and high level hardware combinations and gaming features, the price is lower than the features market values, since there were some GTX 1060 gaming notebooks already kept at same price range or even higher. With more gaming features, such as SABRE HiFi Audio of headset DAC, Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system, the 120Hz/3ms with 94%NTSC high level TN display is more suitable for gaming, plus the True Color for color calibration. Every few months I tested MSI gaming notebooks, they are not so perfect but they keep improve on many different ways and features. The ID design of latest GS63VR is 10% smaller and lighter than previous version of GS60, this is how MSI improve their products in every generation. That makes MSI grew up faster in recent years, and become somebody in Gaming products field. Hope MSI keep enhance their products of weakness, and make more better products for more gamers and consumers. 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  11. Nahimic2+ Sound Platform MSI has adopted Nahimic sound technology for 3 years and it’s quite significant than other laptop brands. According to reviews done in the past, the sound effect of MSI laptop is quite fascinating. More detailed settings of the sound effect would be offered for users to choose in high-end sound software. Options and features in Nahimic2+ are quite abundant as well. Maybe it’s due to the limitation of the slim chassis, it’s kind of hard to fit in every high-end hardware. It’s a bit pity that the performance of speakers are not as good as GS73VR. If there is any room to improve and modified as good as GS73VR, that would be more perfect. Follow the hearing experience of the Hi-Fi audio connector, which is more subjective, there are comparison between MSI and other high-end gaming laptops. High frequency – it’s far above the average regarding to richness in detailed and no sharpness sound happened. Middle frequency – Outstanding for clear sound stage and richness in human vocal Low frequency – Overall it performs good and not too turbid. But sometimes it would be covered by the mid-high frequency sound. The GS63VR got better headset DAC quality with Nahimic 2+ software than previous version. The music or songs are most outstanding, the sound detail and sound stage for video or play games also fit it’s position. This also support external speaker with Hi-Res Audio of 192kHz/24bit high quality level. Next would be the high-end hardware performance testing packed inside the machine. By featuring the latest Intel Core i7-7700HQ launched this year, working frequency is from 2.8 up to 3.8GHz and structured four cores with eight threads. Since most of the slim laptops can only feature low core clock dual core/four threads i7 CPU, the slim GS63VR with four core/eight threads core i7 proves its great thermal capability than other bulky laptops. CPUZ version 1.79.1 Single thread => 395.6 8C16T multi threads => 1940.5 Fritz Chess Benchmark => 27.35/13128 CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 716 cb CPU(Single Core) => 163 cb Honestly speaking, there is not much performance improvement if comparing i7-7700HQ and i7-6700HQ. The gap of full speed testing with multi-threads is around 4~7%. But it’s still one of the must-have if mentioning high-end laptops. Of course there would be lots of consumers wish to see more CPU performance enhancement in next Eight series family. The SSD been used for storage is M.2 PCIe Gen.3 x4 SSD Model number is TOSHIBA THNSN5512GPU7 The HDD of the storage been used is SAMSUNG 2TB AS SSD Benchmark - 2628 Seq Read - 2063.93 MB/s Write - 1322.57 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 849.76 MB/s Write - 741.63 MB/s In device manager, make sure to check two of the options regarding to SSD cache to speed up the performance to the limit. Though many slim laptops already give up to pack the HDD device to save the internal space and make it lighter, but personally would recommend the high speed M.2 SSD with huge volume HDD to enjoy the speedy efficiency and storage capacity. The design of GS63VR with HDD is good, it’s only 100g more of the weight. Dual graphics have been embedded inside which are HD graphics 630 in Core i7-7700HQ and Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR55 VRAM max-Q version. Let’s check below performance test for GTX 1070. 3DMARK 11 => 15115 3DMARK Fire Strike => 11910 UNIGINE 2 VR MAXIMUM => 7133 Far Cry4 Let’s set the resolution by 1920x1080 and turn those 3D effects to ultra mode. In the beginning scene : 240 FPS, The first scene after the opening animation - 86FPS If we compared to previous results of GTX 1060 and GTX 980, which are 75 FPS and 83 FPS Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Resolution set by 1920x1080, Graphics setting : Ultra The first scene while entering the game – 145 FPS Previous testing result of GTX 1060 and GTX 980 are117 FPS and 112 FPS.
  12. Behind the GS63VR could find the dual ventilator and “STEALTH†naming with three red designed lines to highlight its racing scenario, and also the efficient exhaust capability has been managed. The dark-purple pad has been placed at D side with certain range to prevent the scratch, which little bit feels like suede. In the picture you could find more exhaust wholes at the button. Dual speaker holes are set in upper side. Specification of the battery is 3-cell with 64.98Wh, packed inside the machine and it’s not attachable design. The power adaptor features 180w, little bit smaller than HP 200w. Beside the specification and the performance of this high-end gaming laptop been ranked, the slim exterior appearance and weight, even the design of the power adaptor are all with high mobility and delivers great convenience to mobile workers. Not only the hardware specification of 3C products are getting more and more important but also the application software been adopted. MSI Dragon Center is developed and exclusive by MSI, it’s on fleek with page layout and info graph. You can find App Portal on upper left and shows all the related and installed apps. System Monitor can show the main hardware status. System Tuner It’s the adjustment page for VR Technology, hardware performance, cooling fan speed or panel lighting level. Five savable profiles at the left to be used by different purposes. X boost is the feature to enhance the USB or Storage access capability. Later will change the Shift function to Sport mode for performance testing, to see how high the GS63VR’s performance could reach. MSI True Color 2.0 Color Adjustment software interface It’s kind of outstanding color adjustment software among personal sharing regarding to high-end gaming laptops or professional graphics laptops. On official website it describes the cooperation with Portrait Displays, Inc, all the production pieces have been adjusted its color appearance before shipping out. Before only the famous brand from Japan named EIZO has almost the same process to make sure the most precision color. We can say MSI had studied hard and put efforts on panel’s color appearance with all the things mentioned above. Six color modes have been provided in the application, it’s enough for different users’ scenario. More color adjustment options are offered in Designer Mode, to deliver more choices for graphics designer or visual specialists. It’s still lots of adjustment options in Gamer mode. The color precision of screen will be changed by the environment, the coordination of hardware and software has done so well with MSI. Steelseries Engine3 It provides the lighting management, macro key setting, and virtual keyboard function. The keycap is certified by Steelseries, though it’s not as good as the tactile of mechanical keyboard, but this GS63VR has been better than previous generation and even than other laptops. Positioned as gaming laptop, the GS63VR adopts Killer Gb LAN and Killer 802.11 a/c WiFi. Both Ethernet and Wifi combine as Killer DoubleShot Pro, to advertise its great capability in reducing the internet ping value by 30%. Also, it reduces the jitter during the internet transmission, offers smooth quality during the streaming or gaming. Personally has some feedback for the interface of Killer Network Manager regarding to the layout and artwork design. As a huge brand of internet chipset, Qualcomm can make it a better design than an old school one now.
  13. Starting from 2011, MSI had been serious about the gaming market and studied the field for years. As long as it’s been through, as much as it can get for the brand awareness and richness in product lines. GT series is mainly for high-end extreme performance position while GE series is taking the mainstream line. The one which personally appreciated is the GS series, packed with high performance hardware but made with slim-shape looking. This time we would like to share the review for new coming MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro. The dimension is 380x249x17.7mm, weight is around 1.89kgw. By packing the latest Max-Q Nvidia GPU, thickness of GS63VR’s is below 18mm to fit the regulation. It’s hard to believe it belongs to high performance position by its slim shape in 15.6 inch laptops. Let’s take a look at the A cover, it’s made by brush metal and aligned with dual muscle lines like the racing car’s hood to enforce its speedy scene. Still remembering the sharing of GS70 in 2004, the design only appeared to flat one. In addition, I am highly appreciated this colorful picture with shinning sunshine on the GS63VR. Let’s check the dragon logo plate on the A side, it’s been made by Corning 8H glass and modified little bit by removing the black “Gaming G Series†wording. It glows during the booting and seems more elegant than previous design. Then we check the B side which is surrounding the LCD. Above the screen area will find the 720P 30fps webcam, with dual digital microphone aside. This matte 15.6 LCD panel here is featuring 120Hz/3ms with 94% NTSC color gamut. Black brush metal is surrounding the keyboard area, we can say the design idea of C side is same as A side. The Steelseries RGB gaming keyboard, as usual, have been adopted to MSI high-end laptops with Silver-Lining Print. When there is request to change the color scenario, you have to use the Steelseries Engine software to handle it. The tactile has been evolved and feels better than previous generation. The left-right click on touch pad have been form as one piece, surrounded the red diamond cut design to show its elegancy. Right hand side of the touch pad would be the feature stickers to show those main features and technology of GS63VR. Front of the C side set 7 red indicating lights, starting from the left which are “Sleepâ€, â€Storage accessâ€, “Numpadâ€, “Caps lockâ€, “Blue toothâ€, “Wi-Fiâ€, and “Batteryâ€. A slightly change of the power button, which had been moved to the edge of C side since last year, it will be initiated by pressing deeply more than one second to prevent the booting of accidentally touch. One of the advantages of GS63VR is the 180 degree of the flip angle. The tiny holes on the upper area of C side are designed for air flow, not the space for speaker sound. And there is LED indicator in the middle to show the figure of power button, looks special while booting and experiencing it. Right hand side of the machine can see the IO area, from the left hand side which are power button \ USB2.0 \ Thunderbolt 3(usb3.1) \ HDMI \ mini DisplayPort \ power connector. IO on the left hand side of the machine, starting from the left which are Kensington lock \ RJ45 connector \ SD card reader (XC/HC) \ USB 3.0 x3 Gold plated audio hole for 3.5mm Hi-Fi headset and microphone, especially the headset supports ESS SABRE HIFI technology.
  14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 1920x1080, graphics in Ultra Starting screen – 117FPS Compared to previously tested 970M – 48 FPS, GTX980 -112FPS Assassin’s Creed Sundicate 1920x1080, graphic preset is ultra high Starting screen – 37 FPS These past 2 years, INTEL and NVIDIA have started implementing their products into notebooks because of the emerging demand for high performance gaming notebooks. Though it is true the performance has increased, it brought about even higher unwanted heat and higher power consumption; and this has always been the biggest challenge for notebook manufacturers to overcome. Take GT62VR for example, it has GTX1060 for high 3D rendering, outperforming GTX970 and GTX980M. GTX1060 doesn’t fall short of GTX980 either, few games even benefits more from the new GPU infrastructure. GeForce GTX 10 Series has increased over efficiency and performance, bringing gaming notebooks a new meaning of high 3D rendering performance. windwithme opened up GT62VR 6RD DOMINATOR the bottom chassis to share the internal layout and its components. Left side are 2 slots for DDR 2400 and a subwoofer; below the keyboard are two DDR4 slots that came with 2x 16GB Bottom left is the M.2 SSD, bottom right is the 2.5inch SATA3 HDD On top is MSI’s new generation Cooler Boost 4 cooling module Left and right side are embedded with Cooler Boost 4 twin fans design. Fans are 8cm in diameter and 1.5cm in height. Copper heat pipes have been coated black and made thicker with extra materials, so as to help GT62VR with improved thermal management. 3 copper heat pipes attached to the i7-6700HQ, and 4 copper heat pipes for the GTX 1060 for the optimal thermal design. This type of cooling module and thermal design in the gaming notebook market is currently one of the best and the most efficient. As a result, the notebook might be a little bulkier, but let’s just call this a fair trade-off wouldn’t you think Room temperature roughly 29 Deg Celsius, attempting thermal test First off is the NVIDIA GTX 1060 Shutting off Cooler Boost 4, opening FurMark and we got 49 Deg Celsius on standby and 80 on full speed Turning on Cooler Boost 4, opening FurMark and we got 44 Deg Celsius on standby and 69 on full speed Thanks to Cooler Boost 4, GTX1060 temperature can decrease at roughly 5 Deg Celsius in standby and 11 Deg Celsius at full speed CPU standard clocking at 2.6~3.5GHz, power in balance mode Turning off Cooler Boost 4, operate LinX 0.6.5 at full speed – 71~82 Turning on Cooler Boost 4, operate LinX 0.6.5 at full speed – 61~74 During burn test , turning on Cooler Boost 4 helps lower CPU temperature by 8~10 Deg Celsius. Standby mode doesn’t really show the power of the Cooler Boost 4; it is during full speed performance where Cooler Boost 4 really shines. With these high quality hardware, the level of thermal management on GT62VR is exceptionally satisfactory Cooler Boost 4 doesn’t really create a lot of noise, plus it is usually at low frequency, which helps encourage its usage Built with GTX1060 while playing a DVD video, 70% after an hour, 10% after 3 hours. Battery lasts roughly 3 hours, which is still considered adequate for a high end gaming PC Concluding GT62VR 6RD DOMINATOR Its unique appeals and advantages 1.Top Cover A side has 2 strips of glowing red lines, creating that speed sensation 2.Uses NVIDIA GTX 1060, greatly increasing 3D rendering performance 3.Both Wifi and Ethernet uses Killer Gaming Processor, supports Killer Shield 4.Frosted IPS Panel that supports 100% RGB and 72% NTSC; and provides True Color screen customization technology 5.New DRAGON CENTER provides refined and a more intuitive layout for the users 6.Cooler Boost 4 twin fan cooling module with thicker copper heat pipes provide outstanding passive cooling compare to other NB of its category 7.Dynauido technology combined with NAHIMIC 2 audio enhancer, giving that remarkable audio experience 8.Provides 4-DIMM DDR4 slots, clocks at 2400, giving better bandwidth and performance 9.Steelseries Engine 3, RGB management, as well as many other customizable options on the keyboard 10.15.6inch notebook weighin at 2.93kg, lighter than DELL’s Alienware 15’s 3.2kg notebook 1.Chassis could be made a little slimmer, or lower the rubber foot on the bottom might be better 2.SteelSeries keyboards lack feedback and a bit on the soft side. More feedback would feel better 3.WebCam quality could use a little more work 4.B and D sides frosted material could maybe use a little refinement or use a different material to elevate the texture 5.If the ventilation in the back could be made to look similar to the GT72S, with a touch of red strips along the lines, could elevate the overall appeal. Performance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 88/100 Hardware ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Specs ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Appeal ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 80/100 Price ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 82/100 This time around, MSI high end gaming notebooks have earned the reputation of faster product refresh compared to other manufacturers Lots of models are already VR Ready, and have been upgraded to GTX10 Series GPU to increase 3D performance. Furthermore, GT62VR has also improved features like the DRAGON CENTER, Cooler Boost 4, NAHIMIC 2, and more. A side has also been refined to look more sporty, and plus True Color can help with even more screen customization options Many of GT62VR’s advantages are in their internal design and use of components. Externally would be the audio and the design. But personally they could use a little more work on the exterior. Maybe it’s to reduce weight, that they had to sacrifice other aspects to find a balance. These are some of my insights after tested a few high end notebooks. If they don’t mind increasing the weight, and change to more DELL Alienware-like high quality chassis would be helpful as well Afterall, GT is MSI’s top gaming notebook model, primarily focusing on the highest performance capacity; which is why price, weight, and dimensions are relatively higher. But MSI also has the GS for slim and GE for the more affordable options to choose from In the high end market, GT62VR with its aggressive sleek design and quality build, definitely has the competitive edge facing its rivals. 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  15. Nahimic 2 Audio Software in recent years has been implemented to all high end MSI gaming notebooks. Settings and customizations have been refined as well; for example, HD Audio Recoder on top right already has a second generation interface When talking about the sound speakers produce, it is often subjective to each individual, which is why we’ll focus on how notebook’s built-in speakers perform. The speakers creates quite a stir when turned on full blast, reaching over 95.2dBA High Frequency – no high pitched sound, detailed sound, outstanding performance overall Mid Frequency – excellent details with outstanding voice clarity Low Frequency – adequate performance, bass isn’t too blend; but mid and high frequency easily overpowers low frequency MSI GT62VR speakers combined with Nahimic 2 audio enhancer perform even better in music, watching movies, or playing games. The immersive sound performance is complementary to the gaming genre. Its specialty is creating a surround-like environment with outstanding clarity, but mid frequency’s voice output still got some room for improvement GT62VR is a high end gaming notebook with several different models already been pushed out. Today’s test will be using a higher model GT62VR 6RD Dominator 013TW. However, there’s a rumor that there will be an even higher model GT62VR in the near future, equipped with the latest NVIDIA GTX1070 GPU with INTEL’s 6th Generation i7 Core processor. There’s already been a few models sharing the same CPU performance previously, but let’s quickly walk through 6700HQ CPU’s software performance. CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 673 cb CPU(Single Core) => 138 cb Fritz Chess Benchmark => 25.70/12335 FRYRENDER Running Time => 5m 13s x264 FHD Benchmark => 22.8 Basically high end models carry 4C8T Core i7 architecture, greatly outperforming Core i5, and is quite often seen equipped in high end gaming notebooks. This is usually the more cost effective solution; because though there are more powerful processors such as the 6820HQ or 6920HQ, they cost more and the performance boost doesn’t always justify the cost System Performance PCMARK8 - 4582 DRAM Performance Test DDR4 2394.8 CL17 17-17-39 2T ADIA64 Memory Read - 33613 MB/s Most high end notebooks still use DDR4 clocked at 2133, and MSI’s previous generation Gaming notebooks are no exception. MSI’s new gaming notebooks will increase DDR4 clocking to 2400, increasing bandwidth and performance ADIA64 Memory Read gets a 10~14% bandwidth increase compared to 2133. This upgrade will also marginally increase fps while gaming, though not significant, still worth mentioning for its improvement Storage is one of MSI’s unique features, using their own Super Raid 4 technology SSD with NVMe M.2 interface, TOSHIBA THNSN5256GPU7, using 16nm MLC IC HDD with HGST HTS721010A9E630, performs at 7200 rpm with 1TB capacity AS SSD Benchmark -2372 Seq Read - 2087.97 MB/s Write - 888.82 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 827.21 MB/s Write - 588.00 MB/s 3DMARK Fire Strike => 9627 Consumers are encouraged to spend a little more money on upgrading their computer components these 2 years. First and foremost should be the GPU; second should be the NVMe infrastructure M.2 SSD which greatly surpasses SATA3’s limitation at 600 MB/s transfer capacity by a significant margin. Of course there is also the U.2 interface that works slightly more efficiently than the M.2, but by a small margin and won’t fit inside a notebook. Ultimately, having NVMe infrastructure M.2 SSD would help transfer data at faster pace There are two GPUs built inside; one is Intel Core i7-6700HQ internal HD Graphics 530; the other one is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 with 6GB GDDR5. Below is the performance test result for the 1060 3DMARK Fire Strike => 9627 Heaven Benchmark 4.0 DX11 1920 X 1080 => FPS 113.8 Call of Pripyat Benchmark Resolution 1920x1080, in Ultra setting, rest are default settings FAR CRY 4 Resolution 1920x1080, 3D rendering in Ultra setting Opening title screen – 173 FPS, opening animation and starting screen – 75FPS 75 FPS compared to previously tested 970M – 48FPS, GTX980 – 83FPS