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In Topic: Narrow bezel on a metallic chassis – MSI PS42 14” Thin & Light Laptop Review

16 November 2018 - 08:01 AM

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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CPUZ 1.86.0
Single Core => 397
6C12T Multi Core => 1653
Fritz Chess Benchmark => 21.71/10421
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Geekbench 4
Single-Core Score => 4733
Multi-Core Score => 11643
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FRYRENDER
Running Time => 6m 27s
x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 18.71 FPS
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PCMARK => 3786
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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
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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
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UNIGINE 2
1080P MEDIUM => 2465
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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
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League of Legends
1920 x 1080, all the 3D setting is pretty high, get into the game at the beginning - 211 FPS
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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
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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. LqsJSnM.jpg

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.
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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.

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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.

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In Topic: Thin, Light & Narrow Bezel, MSI GS65 Gaming NB Review

14 July 2018 - 08:59 AM

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
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The same game theme – 153FPS, add 4.8% after overclocked.
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PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
1920 x 1080, set 3D effect at Highest, Lobby character setup theme – 78FPS
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Lobby character setup theme – 85FPS, add 8.9% after overclocked.
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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
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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.
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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.
 
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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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In Topic: Thin, Light & Narrow Bezel, MSI GS65 Gaming NB Review

14 July 2018 - 08:56 AM

PCMARK10 => 5103
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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
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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
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3D MARK 11 => 17297, improved 7.4% after overclocked.
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3DMARK Fire Strike => 12785
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3D MARK Fire Strike => 14067, improved 10% after overclocked.
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UNIGINE 2
1080P MEDIUM => 10171
Compared GTX1060 => 7902, GTX1070 => 13537
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UNIGINE 2
1080P MEDIUM => 11217, improved 10% after overclocked.
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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
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The same game theme – 53FPS, add 8.2% after overclocked.
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In Topic: Thin, Light & Narrow Bezel, MSI GS65 Gaming NB Review

14 July 2018 - 08:54 AM

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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CINEBENCH R15
CPU => 1124 cb
CPU(Single Core) => 177 cb
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FRYRENDER
Running Time => 2m 22s
x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 34.36 FPS
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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.

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

21 November 2017 - 09:06 AM

After activating Cooler Boost 5, the idle is now at 37 degree C and full load at 70 degree C.
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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
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Activate Cooler Boost 5, and run full load with LinX 0.6.5 – 75~83
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ready”.
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.

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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.

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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.

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