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Thread: MSI GT62VR High-End gaming notebook with GTX 1060 overview




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    Default MSI GT62VR High-End gaming notebook with GTX 1060 overview

    This year in the IT world, the most popular trend and the most sought after topic would be the VR application, the so called “age of VR.”
    Its impact on the PC industry extends all across the gaming world and not just gaming desktop PC and gaming notebook; even its multimedia capability will be influential in future.
    However, the requirement for the hardware is still considerably high; for PC it will need at least a GTX970, or a GTX980M for the notebook, specifications usually carried in higher end PC.


    Our test subject for today is MSI’s GT62VR 6RD DOMINATOR.
    MSI has been working diligently in the gaming market, especially with its notebook products often refreshes faster than its competitors.
    With NVIDIA’s recent launch for the GTX10 series GPU, MSI also launched numerous models that are VR Ready compatible.
    After opening the box, we saw the nicely enclosed notebook pack along with a vacuum compressed MSI backpack


    This backpack made with softer fabric was designed for GT62VR, excelling in comfort but a bit bulky;
    even after putting a 15.6inch notebook inside, there is still a substantial space to put more items in.
    Personally I think the backpack looks stylish and yields impeccable comfort after wearing it for some time.


    GT62VR Accessories
    Driver CD, quick manual guide, product pamphlet, warranty card, SteelSeries RIVAL 50 mouse, DELTA 230W power adaptor, and power cable.
    Even with NVIDIA’s new power efficient GPU, it still needs quite a bit of power, hence having a bigger adaptor is inevitable


    GT62VR is 390 x 266 x 39.8mm in dimensions, weighing at around 2.94kg, which is still quite hefty for a 15.6inch notebook;
    but it is to be expected from a high performance notebook equipping better components, large heat-sink and fans, speakers, and additional DRAM slots for expansions. Similarly to high end models like Dell Alienware 15, close in dimensions, but GT62VR is still a bit lighter.



    A side is built with the usual black metallic strips, creating that engine-cap-like design.
    What’s different from the previous GT62 are the two red strips on each side to accentuate speed,
    it even lights up as you turn on the machine, greatly increases its already futuristic appeal


    B side is the 15.6 inch frosted IPS panel, with 1920 x 1080 FHD resolutions.
    The bezel itself is frosted and with a touch of sparkle to elevate the texture and quality.
    On top is the 1080P, 30Fps WebCam, and two dual-digital microphones on the sides


    C side mostly consists of black metallic strips, much like A side.
    You could see SteelSeries gaming keyboard which is usually used on MSI’s high end models. With silver lining printing keyboards,
    RGB is highly customizable in terms of colors and lighting patterns. Furthermore,
    the keypads are soft to touch; but compared to WS72, the latter has more feedback.
    The left and right buttons below the touchpad are isolated but responsive, and are less likely to mistakenly touch them


    There are 4 stretched buttons on the top right corner; starting from the right is the power button that emits a white glow when turned on;
    then the SteelSeries keyboard color switch that enables customized RGB options;
    next button works much like a sharing/streaming button that allow users to stream real time during gameplay;
    and the last button is the turbo fan boost, maximizing Cooler Boost 4’s heat dissipating technology


    5 indicator lights at the front of C side
    Starting from left is hard-drive processing, Wi-Fi, battery/charging, Caps ON/OFF, and NumPad ON/OFF
    The panel can be opened to 180 degree, also one of GT series’ unique features

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    Left body IO
    From left, anti-theft lock \ USB 2.0 \ Line-in \ Line-out \ Mic-in \ Headphone-out


    Right body IO
    From left, SD(XC/HC)card reader \ 3 x USB 3.0


    Rear IO
    From left, RJ45 Ethernet Port \ Thunderbolt 3 including USB 3.1 \ HDMI \ Mini- Display Port \ Power Jack
    Both left and right sides consist of large heat-dissipating surfaces


    GT62VR D side resembles GT72S, applying a sleek red chassis with large surface area.
    Battery is 8-Cell generating 75.24wHr, but is not detachable


    The small protruding red square is the woofer
    And the 5 rubber feet on the bottom helps elevate the notebook by a bit, assisting in heat-dissipation and stability


    MSI Applications
    DRAGON CENTER is a proprietary software developed by MSI
    Latest updates improved interface resolution, also giving a more refined and intuitive layout
    App Portal tab shows installed software and apps, helps easier access to different features


    System Monitor displays current hardware status
    The entire layout is more intuitive and informative compared to the older versions


    System Tuner
    Allows users to tweak settings for VR, hardware performance, fan speed, or adjust screen colors.
    On the left are 5 profiles where you can personalize each one to use in different settings
    Later we’ll use Shift Mode and set it to Sports for optimal performance, then test how powerful this notebook really is.


    LED Wizard
    Though users can already customize their RGB keyboard through SteelSeries Engine 3, MSI designed the DRAGON CENTER to have its own lighting functions


    MSI TRUE COLOR
    I am personally quite fond of this technology; it gives users a more elaborate screen color customizations,
    which is a function that is rare to see in a notebook
    MSI has 6 preset settings available on the go.
    Users can freely toggle through different settings to their preference, even allowing them to make detailed adjustments within each presets

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    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

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