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Outstanding Design and Performance - Deep Look into New MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider

21 November 2017 - 08:55 AM

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Max-Q GTX 1070 in ultra slim chassis – GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro Intro

01 September 2017 - 08:27 AM

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Front of the C side set 7 red indicating lights,
starting from the left which are “Sleep”, ”Storage access”, “Numpad”, “Caps lock”, “Blue tooth”, “Wi-Fi”, and “Battery”.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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MSI GT62VR High-End gaming notebook with GTX 1060 overview

27 December 2016 - 09:51 PM

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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Big 4K screen workstation – thin and light MSI WS72 revealed

16 September 2016 - 09:22 PM

In the past, it was more common for workstations to position themselves among computers on the PC market.
Their built-in graphics card could significantly enhance the level of work efficiency for 3D CAD or video editors.
Combining these two working environments’ demands, 
nearly three years later companies started to produce their workstations as a brand product line.
After all, all workstations position themselves as high-end products with the specifications required by the professional users who prepare a certain budget for this kind of product.
 
I’d like to share an overview of MSI WS72 6QJ. As you can see on the box, 
the logo is different from the Gaming Dragon logo as its light green and “workstation” highlights the product positioning. 
The large backpack also has the same logo.
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WS workstation series and the company’s GS series share a high degree of similarity in appearance. 
They both belong to the slim design product series. Even though the screen size ranges from 15.6” to 17.3”, small weight and thickness still deliver extraordinary performance.
 
The dimensions are 418.5mm x 287mm x 19.9mm, the weight is found to be about 2,630 gram. 
It’s lighter than GS72 (2.6 kg) and its thickness is below the one Intel 15-inch Ultrabook’s specifications state (21 mm).
WS72 is a great combination of both an Ultrabook’s slim design and high-performance hardware.  
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The backside of the backpack is made of very solid materials. The separator inside is also quite thick. In terms of overall creativity, 
some individuals may think that there’s still space for improvement and that GS70 looks better. 
Improved texture and fashionable design would let people like it more.
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WS72 6QJ Included accessories:
CD drivers, Quick Start Guide, Product Features Guide, Two years warranty, DELTA 150W power adapter, power cable, Mini DisplayPort adapter, MSI dedicated mouse.
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A-side is covered with black brushed metal with a car hood design.
Probably due to the materials change, WS72’s metal touch is obviously better than GS70’s.
The main design of GS72 from Gaming Series is the same as WS72; the new generation of materials and design are now being introduced.
When the laptop is on and in use, the logo illuminates light green enhancing appearance of the texture.  
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B-side is a 17.3-inch screen which is UHD 4K with a resolution of 3840x2160.
It features a wide view IPS panel and supports 100% Adobe RGB color gamut which enhances the color accuracy.
WebCam with fixed focus lens is FHD 1920X1080p and is capable of recording video at 30fps.
The frame is made of matte plastic material. The thickness is within the common scope and seems to be thinner than WS60. 
As for the internal mechanism these high-end hardware designs are necessary, 
C and D parts need to have a certain volume to in order to achieve high performance.
As a concept of big length and width in the machine, 
if the length X width dimensions let the frame area be narrowed then it will definitely improve the thickness.
WS72 can be this thin and there are no other competitive models which have the same length x width dimensions but are larger in weight. 
It’s therefore already considered to be a good level product.   
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Most of the C-side is also covered with black brushed metal and is similar to A-side.
The actual surface area and the body thickness are similar to Dell Alienware 17.
The notebook is equipped with thin full-color Steelseries keyboard which is common for MSI high-end notebooks. The default color is blue.
Using the software, users can choose the backlight color they want as well as display color mode.
Individuals used to think that Steelseries had soft keys, however this time WS72 has improved the force feedback.
In terms of high-end notebook market, WS72 has improved the feeling of typing on a keyboard quite a lot.  
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The power button is in the top center and is illuminated with white during notebook’s use. 
It’s illuminated with orange or blue when dedicated or integrated graphics card is in use, respectively. 
The speakers are still by Dynaudio consisting of 2 channel- and 4 usual speakers.
Four single speakers are located in the chassis area which is a more special location for the sound to come out. 
The following paragraph includes detailed comments regarding the sound. 
The grid above the keyboard is used for cooling, not for the audio. 
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On the bottom left of the C-side there are 7 status indicators. 
The left are right buttons feel like scissors design. 
It will take some time to get used to the strength control. 
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Line out \ Line in \ Headphone-out
On the left side, from left to right: GPU cooling grid\ RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet \ HDMI \ Mini-DisplayPort X2 \ USB 3.1 X2 \ Line out \ Line in \ Headphone-out
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windwithme Computex 2016 & Show Girl

04 June 2016 - 11:55 PM

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Computex 2016
MSI
GS63
15.6 1.89KG / 17.7mm
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GS73
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Backpack PC& HTC VIVE VR
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WorkStation WT72
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GT73S
17.3 3.95KG / nVIDIA GTX980M SLI
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GIGABYTE
GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming
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GA-N3160TN
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X99-Designare EX
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BRIX Gaming UHD - GB-BNi7HG4-950
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