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MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD

MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD? Less and less competitors remain at the slimmest gaming laptop MSI. Neither Razer nor GIGABYTE any more bring their new products to UK, and similar models from ASUS and Alienware are just on the way. Therefore, in this review, we are considering a laptop that was lucky to become one of its kind – powerful components, high FPS, but surprisingly small overall dimensions and weight

MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD

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MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD- Specifications

MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro
Display 15.6 inches, 3840×2160 pixels, 282 ppi, matte
CPU Intel Core i7-6700HQ (4/8 cores / threads, 2.6 / 3.5 GHz, 45 watts)
RAM 16 GB (2x DDR4, 2400 MHz, dual-channel mode)
CPU video chip Intel HD Graphics 530 (350/1067 MHz)
Discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
SSD 512 GB (NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x4, Samsung MZVP512HDGL-00000)
HDD 2 TB
Ports and connectors 3x USB 3.0,

1x USB 2.0,

1x Thunderbolt 3,

1x HDMI,

1x Mini DisplayPort,

RJ-45,

2x mini-jack (1x S / PDIF),

SD card reader

Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 (Killer Wireless-AC 1535)
Battery 65W * h
Dimensions (WxDxH) 380x249x17.7 mm
The weight 1.8 kg
Price
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The novelty from MSI is not such a novelty – the company has been fond of gaming laptops with a thickness of only 20 mm (sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less) with full-fledged gamer hardware. Gamersky on laptop standards, of course. True, with the advent of video cards NVIDIA 10-series laptops seriously reduced their backlog from desktop computers.

Thin MSI notebooks are usually represented by models with a display diagonal of 15.6 and 17.3 inches, although the last 14-inch model, which I will discuss in more detail in the “Competitors” section, can not be called “thick” either. If you are curious about how the branch of MSI gaming laptops has evolved from the year 2013, then welcome to our reviews of previous similar models.

For the most part, the GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro is not too different from its parents and grandparents. MSI has found the most elegant, in its opinion, appearance for its thin models and does not seek to update it radically, therefore only small details vary from year to year, but the overall look remains the same and well recognized. Nevertheless, the new model still looks fresh and, in my opinion, more stylish and modern than all the rest of the MSI gamblers.

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The metal topcase looks like before, but the power button moved from here to the right side of the laptop. However, the indicator that was in this button remained in the old place – in the middle above the keyboard. It shows, what at the given moment the video card is used – built-in (red color) or discrete (orange color).

The keyboard is traditionally from the company SteelSeries – the manufacturer of the game peripherals. It has a digital block, adjustable backlight zones, a deep enough key stroke, but bends in the middle along with the rest of the topcase.

On the front edge of the laptop to the right, there is a number of as many as seven of the red indicators. No one except MSI has long pampered users with this amount, the more collected in one place, but, it seems to me, in terms of appearance, MSI is very conservative and often in no hurry to succumb to modern trends.

The most pleasant thing in gaming laptops, after the opportunity to experience all the beauty of the games, is the excellent equipment with modern ports – and the GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro is no exception. On its left side you can find Kensington Castle, which slowly began to go away, but in the case of laptops for $ 2000 can be useful. Further from left to right is the RJ-45 port with easy access, SD card reader (without any plug), three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and two mini jacks for connecting a microphone, headphones or an entire stereo system, the benefit is supported by the S standard / PDIF.

On the right side is the USB 2.0 port, Thundebolt 3 (in USB 3.1 Type-C form factor), full-size HDMI (with support for 60 Hz in 4K) and Mini DisplayPort. The closest thing to the front face is the laptop’s power button, it’s the sleep button when the laptop is already turned on. Honestly, I never liked this decision, no matter how many times I met it at all possible laptops, transformers. In just a couple of days of working for MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro, I accidentally sent it five times to sleep during testing just because I wanted to move to myself, taking hold of his “sides.” MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD

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Display and sound

GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro can be found on sale both with the usual Full HD display, and with a matrix that gives a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. It was she who came to us for testing. In principle, at 15.6-inches and 1920×1080 pixels looks very good. And for games in 4K you will have to greatly reduce the graphics settings, because the GTX 1060 is not such a cool video adapter.

The screen itself is not bad. Has good viewing angles, matte finish and high contrast. The flickering of the backlight was not noticed, the coverage of the color standard sRGB is a hair’s breadth from the full. But the color temperature and gamma slightly deviate from the desired values. The uniformity of the backlight, like that of the vast majority of laptops, floats in the range of 8.5%. The refresh rate of the screen is 60 Hz. The display, unfortunately, it does not support NVIDIA G-SYNC technology , which would save you from gaps in pictures in games.

While the display has shown itself almost only on the good side, the audio system leaves much to be desired. Even after updating the drivers, eliminating the conflict with one of the latest updates to Windows 10, the sound was satisfactory, but no more. Of course, there is a high density of components in a thin case that does not leave room for good speakers.

MSI GS63 VR 6 RF Stealth Pro
sRGB 98%
Adobe RGB 72%
Gamma 2.4
Colorful temperature 7100
Brightness min./max. 5/262 cd / m 2
Contrast 851: 1
Color deviation DeltaE (less – better) 2.2

 

Performance and battery life

MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro is equipped with one of the most common processors among gaming notebooks – Intel Core i7-6700HQ. Visibly better than him among the mobile CPU is only Intel Core i7-6820HK with the unlocked multiplier. What is interesting, Intel Core i7-6700HQ is not much faster than any Intel Core i7-4710HQ, which could be found in the gamers of 2014, but it’s not the fault of MSI, but of Intel. And most importantly, its performance for the chosen video card is enough with a margin. In the CPU benchmarks MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro proved to be no worse than other notebooks with the same CPU.

The protagonist of the review has an adequate amount of RAM, in contrast to some of its sobartev with 32 and 64 GB of RAM. It has two 8-GB DDR4-2400 slats, which means that the “RAM” will not become a bottleneck in the system – read and write speeds exceed 30,000 MB / s.

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As the video adapter was chosen NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. This is the most powerful video card among those that can be installed in such a thin case. In combination with an excellent CPU, it gives you the opportunity to play modern games on high (not the highest) settings on a laptop that weighs only 1.8 kg. But it’s in Full HD. 4K-resolution, this system does not pull at all.

Curiously, we were given a laptop with a 512GB solid state drive and two terabytes of hard drives for the test, but in the store you will find only a much less interesting modification: with a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive. These “volumes” in 2016 already filled with nausea, while the games year after year take up more and more space. But something still changes with time – installed in the GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro SSD is connected using the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and shows very high read speeds for sequential and random data blocks. But the hard drive was slow. MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD

The stress test, unfortunately, did not reassure – at full load on the CPU and GPU simultaneously the processor overheats and begins to skip cycles. In principle, this was to be expected from so much powerful iron in such a thin laptop. But do not be in a hurry to get upset – in games the CPU rarely loads as much. And during testing in games, problems with overheating, we did not observe. Now if the video card would be more powerful and the processor would hardly stretch it, then there would be problems with overheating. The hull, which is also not surprising, is warmed, be healthy. You can not play on your knees.

The battery life is very commendable. In battery games, I would not advise you to play anyway, because any laptop starts to save battery and show much less FPS when not connected to the outlet, but to watch movies on MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro you can and without bother searching for a charger for a total of four hours.

MSI GS63 VR 6 RF Stealth Pro MSI GS43 VR 6 RE Phantom Pro
Display 15.6 inches, 3840×2160 pixels, 282 ppi, matte 14 inches, 1920×1080 pixels, 157 ppi, matte
CPU Intel Core i7-6700HQ (4/8 cores / threads, 2.6 / 3.5 GHz, 45 watts) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (4/8 cores / threads, 2.6 / 3.5 GHz, 45 watts)
RAM 16 GB (2x DDR4, 2400 MHz, dual-channel mode) 16 GB (2x 8 GB, DDR4, 2,400 MHz, dual-channel mode)
CPU video chip Intel HD Graphics 530 (350/1067 MHz) Intel HD Graphics 530 (350/1067 MHz)
Discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
SSD 512 GB (NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x4, Samsung MZVP512HDGL-00000) 1x 256 GB (Samsung MZVPV256)
HDD 2 TB 1x 1000 GB (7200 rpm, HGST HTS721010A9E630)
Ports and connectors 3x USB 3.0,

1x USB 2.0,

1x Thunderbolt 3,

1x HDMI,

1x Mini DisplayPort,

RJ-45,

2x mini-jack (1x S / PDIF),

SD card reader

1x Thunderbolt 3,

2x USB 3.0,

1x USB 3.1,

1x Mini DisplayPort,

1x HDMI,

1x RJ-45 (1 Gb / s),

2x mini-jack,

SD card reader

Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 (Killer Wireless-AC 1535) Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 (Killer ™ Wireless-AC 1535)
Battery 65W * h 61W * h
Dimensions (WxDxH) 380x249x17.7 mm 345x245x22.8 mm
The weight 1.8 kg 1.92 kg
Price
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MSI GS43VR 6RE Phantom Pro

MSI is in an excellent position, at least in the gaming market, where it is very difficult to find a replacement for the GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro. There is an ASUS ROG GL702VM with the same graphics card, but it is thicker and heavier, and also has a 17.3-inch screen – that is, after all, a little different device. Dell Alienware promises a 15.6-inch laptop with a thickness of not more than 22 mm, but so far this is only an announcement. Razer stopped shipping gaming laptops to uk, and after all, it has a model of only 23 mm thick with a GTX 1080 onboard and the other is an 18 mm case and with a GTX 1060 graphics card. Gaming cars are not sold in GIGABYTE.

Therefore, the closest competitor to the main character of the article in UK is the model of the same manufacturer, namely MSI GS43VR 6RE Phantom Pro  .  Curiously, the Phantom Pro is slightly thicker and heavier, but the display is smaller – 14 inches. It has the same processor, the same graphics card, the same cooling problems. And the same volume drives. MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD

Conclusion

The new slim gaming laptop MSI did not hit the dirt face and can be a full-fledged heir to a series of similar devices Taiwanese company. The manufacturer is still no worse able to saddle the power of modern gaming hardware and without any problems to equip it in a compact and stylish “machine”, which is easy to take with you. No two power supplies, no suitcases and carts for transportation. You practically carry an ultrabook with you, only with an excellent 15.6-inch 4K-display, on which modern games show a high number of frames per second, even at high settings.

In addition to this, MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro, as before, is equipped with a good game keyboard with multi-colored lighting and a large number of ports for every taste and color. Thanks to the new mobile video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, this gaming laptop has become much more productive, but I want to believe that over time, modifications with more capacious drives will appear on sale. MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro-237UK Review 2018 under £1500: GTX 1060, SSD

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