|Standing screen display size||15.6 Inches|
|Screen Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels|
|Max Screen Resolution||3840x2160 Pixels|
|Processor||2.8 GHz core_i7|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4|
|Memory Speed||2400 MHz|
|Hard Drive||2000 GB Hybrid Drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||6 GB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-228 15.6" 4K Display Thin and Light Gaming Laptop Core i7-7700HQ GTX 1060 16GB 512GB + 2TB VR Ready
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|Series||GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-228|
|Screen Size||15.6 Inches|
|Hard Disk Size||2000 GB|
|CPU Model||Core i7|
|Ram Memory Installed Size||6 GB|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
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- Display: 15.6" UHD | 4K eDP IPS-Level 3840x2160 | Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz)
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA's GTX 1060 6G GDDR5
- RAM: 16GB (8GB x2) DDR4 2400MHz | Hard Drive: 512GB SSD (PCIE Gen3x4) + 2TB (SATA) 5400rpm
- Special Features: VR Ready | Steel Series Full-Color Backlight Keyboard w/Anti-Ghost Key + Silver Lining | Killer Gaming Network E2400 | Thunderbolt 3
What's in the box
7TH GENERATION INTEL CORE i7 PROCESSOR
The perfect combination of MSI gaming laptops with 7TH GENERATION INTEL CORE i7 PROCESSOR will give up to 10% better performance for a smoother VR experience. The 7th generation Intel Core H series processor utilizes a power-efficient microarchitecture, advanced process technologies, and silicon optimizations to deliver faster performance over previous generations.
THE POWER OF GEFORCE GTX 10-SERIES GRAPHICS
MSI is the world’s 1st gaming laptop powered by GeForce GTX 1060 GPU delivering 40-50%+ performance over the previous 900M series. With new technologies in Cooler Boost, you can game harder and never worry about being throttled. Additionally, the all new Dragon Center offers a 1-Click VR solution to optimize your laptop for VR.
INTENSE UHD+ 4K IPS DISPLAY
More pixels, sharper images, and vibrant colors. The high resolution UHD+ 4K Display takes your gaming experience to new levels with a max resolution of up to 3840x2160, providing unprecedented visuals in the lightest, form factor gaming notebook.
EXPERIENCE IPS LEVEL COLOR
Don't settle for washed out colors. Experience lifelike gaming visuals with an all new 178 degree wide viewing angle IPS panel.
NAHIMIC 2 VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND MILITARY TECHNOLOGY FOR GAMERS
Nahimic 2 specializes in 3D sound enhancement processing and audio emprovements offering virtual 7.1 surround sound in immersive HD. With the all new Sound Tracker feature, gamers will be able to see with an on screen indicator where the sound is originating from. Nahimic will highlight crucial sounds while reducing external noise for an immersive gaming experience.
COOLER BOOST TRINITY- TRIPLE ENHANCED FANS TO STAY ULTRA SLIM
Crush the heat with Cooler Boost Trinity. Dedicated thermal solutions for both the CPU and GPU with a total of 5 heat pipes ensure maximum performance under extreme gaming. The GPU is stacked with 2 fans to keep you gaming cooler and longer anywhere.
CUSTOMIZABLE STEEL SERIES KEYBOARD
During gameplay, SteelSeries Engine 3 serves as your firearm. With SSE3, customize your lighting with multiple backlit colors, program personalized macros, and sync it all through the cloud.
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2017
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1. Light, small footprint
2. Keyboard - personally I love it, having a numeric keypad on a 15" laptop is heaven
3. lots of ports - lovely not needing an adapter to plug into an external monitor or legacy USB drives
4. Powerful, for the price
1. Fragile - I've had to replace - battery, fans and LCD screen cable/connector
2. Noisy - fans make a lot of noise when working hard
3. MSI pre-installed software
After a fresh install of windows and getting rod of the crap the laptop worked like a dream, it is still able to play AAA games on decent setting, I just wish it was a bit tougher, but the battery issues are probably due to modern manufacturing or due to damage from travelling globally and plugging it into crap power supplies as I've had 3 batteries fail on me on laptops purchased recently. The good thing is that, most components are easy to get to a replace.
15.6 or less screen size
Weigh no more than 4lbs
1080P Screen (Non-Touch)
Quad Core CPU
Decent GPU (Preferred NVidia for CUDA)
It was a race between this laptop, Razer Blade 14’’, Auros X3, GS63VR 7RE,Gigabyte 14’, and Asus GL502. All of them had at LEAST a 6700HQ/7700HQ and GTX 1060.
Obviously, this laptop won. The big things that swayed me in this direction were weight (3.75lbs), price ($1500 with the 7th gen i7), Thunderbolt 3.0, and form factor (including cooling and noise level). The GS43VR is slightly larger than the Blade, but is lighter and has better cooling which leads to being quieter. The Auros has about the same specs but costs WAYYY more. The GS63VR 7RE is has the same specs as the GS43 but is larger, weighs more but has better cooling. The Gigabyte was larger, heavier, costs more. The Asus costs the same, has a 120HZ GSync screen, better cooling, BUT NO THUNDERBOLT!
This machine has it all, and then some. Here’s the system specs along with my own tweaks:
7700HQ - Stock clocks. undervolted to -114mV (Using Throttlestop)
16GB DDR4 RAM
1TB Samsung 960 Evo NVME (Upgraded from 128GB Stock drive)
2TB Samsung 850 Evo (Upgraded from 1TB 7200RPM HDD)
GTX 1060 - Overclocked +125 Core / +400 Mem.
I removed practically ALL bloatware (All MSI software, Antivirus, etc.) and also updated all drivers before I started testing and using the machine/
Build – Looks and feels premium but can be a bit flimsy in some spots. It’s nothing bad though, I'm coming from a Dell XPS 13 (2015) so I'm a bit spoiled.
Screen - Nice and bright, even at 10-20% (which is what I use indoors). I used a Color Munki calibration tool vs the MSI settings. Color is incredible and feels very natural with no noticeable saturation or bleed anywhere on the screen.
Keyboard - The best keyboard I've used on a laptop. I'm used to mechanical keyboards (Cherry MX Browns) so I'm very happy with the key travel and tactile feel. It only lights up red, but I don’t care honestly. As long as there light, I’m good.
Storage Space - With dual drives in M.2 NVME and Sata 3, you have the opportunity for MASSIVE storage space in a laptop. The stock drives are good. The 128GB NVME is fast, booting up Windows 10 in under 12 seconds AFTER typing in my password and booting up Adobe premiere in under 7 seconds. The 2.5 7200RPM is what you'd expect from a mechanical hard drive. I have upgraded the drives to a Samsung 960 Evo 1TB and the 2.5 inch to a Samsung 850 Evo 2TB.
Thunderbolt 3.0 – This laptop comes with 4 PCI-E 3.0 lanes and has the ability to use an eGPU via Thunderbolt for gaming. Imagine playing with your friends at a LAN party and then coming home, plugging this into a GTX 1080 and getting a massive graphical improvement for a higher resolution screen! Other laptops that have Thunderbolt may only use 2x PCI-E lanes while this one has 4 PCI-E lanes. Check out this link for more detail info on the performance impact between x2, x4 and x16 lanes.
Video rendering- My desktop has a 4790k overclocked to 4.6GHz and 295X2/290x in Trifire along with 16GB ram. It took 3 minutes to upscale export a 30 second 1080p video to 4k. This laptop upscaled a 3 minute 1080p video to 4k in under 10 minutes. You do the math. Hint: The laptop wins by a landslide!
Gaming and temps:
Games Tested - GTAV, Crysis 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Overwatch
All games use GeForce Experience optimized settings
Frame limit of 61FPS was used via MSI Afterburner/Riva Tuner. I personally feel no need to go above the monitors refresh rate. It just adds unnecessary heat to the system.
All games played at an average of 60FPS (due to the frame cap). I only tested 2 games without the frame cap...
Rise of the Tomb Raider - AVG 80FPS
Overwatch - Average 150FPS
On Crysis 3, my CPU hit 90c while my GPU hit 83c. Ambient Temp was ~22c. The game just heats up my components like crazy.
I think GTAV is a better indicator of actual temps for most games though,
Ambient tem was ~22c, CPU hit 81c, GPU at 79c.
These temps are a bit biased though because of the frame limiter I put on gaming. If I turned it off, I'm sure temps would be a bit higher.
The battery isn't that bad either. You can't get this laptop with the expectation you're going to be able to keep up with other notebooks of the same size. It's a gaming notebook. That said, battery life IS a big deal to me because I will use machine primarily for media creation (Adobe Premiere) and for general use while on the go, other than gaming.
I got ~3 hours with the following
30% screen brightness
6 open windows in Chrome (1 of those a full 1080P Youtube video playing at full screen)
Steam open (downloading a game)
Speakers at 20%
Bluetooth mouse used
Keyboard at stage 1 brightness
Wifi power saver on "Medium Power Savings"
ThrottleStop Undervolt settings.
General surfing, Youtube (no game downloading, but with the above settings)
Gaming on battery depends on the title. Crysis 3 was under 1.5 hours LOL.
Overall, this is an amazing laptop. There's no way you'll find a 14 inch notebook with this much power, that weighs less than 4lbs and gets decent battery life (after tweaks). It really is a great buy and No other manufacturer is even on par! Great job MSI!
1. Screen. In short, mere junk. Seriously, we are in 2017 and this thing bares a color quality as that of an CRT from 80s. My old Vaio from 2011 with an early (for a laptop) FHD screen looks breathtaking. Not to mention that I have an external Dell on my table that puts both to shame. Oh, let's not forget that you can easily see vertical (pixel) stripes on this one too. In case you're wondering, marvel's true name is LGD046f. True masterpiece. Sadly, UHD version is contaminated with pentile (fake) UHD, not worth either.
2. Keyboard. Colors? Seriously? Is that why I am supposed to like it? I don't read my fingers when I type (so ...) and here comes the problem: bunch of keys, numbers especially, are anomalous. As a matter of fact, the whole number aisle is shifted by about 0.5 button, which translates into: "high0quality keyboard that makes fast0pace typing easy", yes, a lot of time you will hit 0 instead of -. And where's that 0 when you need? Whoops, just went right. Outstanding design. It has a smooth touch though, but I prefer a cheap wireless keyboard as buttons have their usual places.
3. Misc. Here is a whole zoo of minor design flaws that you can surely find on reviews: Windows 10 with bloatware... wait, what? Wiped out on the first boot. Power cord in the middle of a side wall that constantly gets a nice breeze from a CPU: be ready to replace in a couple of years. "Warranty void if broken" on your lovely screw for a future SDD upgrade. 4 lbs: yeah, right. And other great features...
The laptop is quite pricey for its quality. My old Vaio scored $1000 back in the days and sported high-end Sandy Bridge CPU (2nd gen) at the time. Not to mention that it had no such problems as this one. Yes, it was also lighter, although it claimed 4.4 lb.
The only reason why I decided on keeping this laptop is the fact that 15" quad-core laptops that are under 5 lbs are like dinosaurs these days.