MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Gaming Laptop Review
We'Ll check out gaming performance, overclocking thermals under vaulting features battery life and basically everything else, don't be desired if it's a laptop worth buying, starting with the specs. My unit has an Intel. I7. 8750 H, CPU so 6 cores 12 threads with a four point. One gigahertz single core turbo boost I've had 16 gig of memory running a ddr4, 2400 and jewel channel, but the two slots can support up to 32 gig at ddr4 2666 for the storage there's, a 256 gig m dot, 2 nvme SSD in one of the two M dot 2 slots and a one terabyte hard drive in the single 2.5 inch drive bay. As for the graphics there's, an nvidia 1070 and this powers, the 15.6 inch 1080p 120 hertz TN panel for network connectivity, there's a Gigabit Ethernet port support for 802, 11 AC, Wi Fi and Bluetooth version 5, the GE 6 3. He has a black brushed metal, lid and interior overall. It felt well built and had no sharp corners or edges the dimensions of the laptop, a thirty eight point: three centimeters in width 26, centimeters in depth and just under three centimeters in high it. So not exactly thin, although it does have fairly powerful hardware to keep cool testing the weight. My unit came in at around 2.5 kilos, basically as specified on the msi website, with the 231 power brick and cables for charging. The total weight increases. Just over three point: six kilos, as mentioned it's, got a 15.
6 inch, 1080p 120 hertz TN panel with a three millisecond response time. No j, sync available there. I found the viewing angles, acceptable, find side to side or looking top down, but pretty bad looking at it. From below third, not unusual for a TN panel, I fished at the current color gamut using the spider v purred and my results returned 100 of srgb, 83 of NTSC and 88 of Adobe RGB, so quite good for a gaming laptop, which is usually the case for A member silo at 100 brightness, I measured the panel at 353 nits in the center with a 910 to 1 contrast ratio. Overall, I thought the screen looked quite good, provided you're. Looking at it, frontin I've taken a long exposure photo in a dark room as a worst case back lightly dust, and it looked fine with no noticeable bleed, but this will of course, vary between laptops there, wasn't much screenflex as it's quite thick and metal. It can't be opened with one finger demonstrating that there's more weight up the back, which makes sense as the batteries there, although you could still use it on your lap without it falling off above the display in the center is a 720p camera. The camera and microphone aren't great, but they'll, get the job done and you'll be able to judge both. For yourself the keyboard was great to type with. I had no issues at all while using it it's got individual ke, RGB lighting, which can be controlled through the SteelSeries software.
I personally like a messiah's RGB keyboards, as the sides of the keys are clear, so you can actually see the lighting well here's, how the keys sound a type with to try and give you an idea of what to expect what's the top right of the keyboard. We'Ve got the power button, a button to cycle through the keyboard lighting effects, which also changes the light on the lid and then, lastly, a button which will enable cooler boost and max out the fans. There was a little keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard, but overall I thought it was fairly sturdy. The touchpad uses synaptics drivers and was smooth to the touch it has physically separate, left and right click buttons and again it worked well with no problems on the Left. There'S, a Kensington, lock air exhaust fan, Gigabit Ethernet port HDMI 2.0 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 output. A USB 3.1 gen2 type, a port, a USB 3.1 gen2 type c port, no mention of thunderbolt ler and 3.5 millimeter headphone and mic jacks on the right, there's, an SD card slot 2, USB 3.1 gen2 on type, a ports, another air exhaust fan and the power Input for three USB type: a ports also light up red while powered on on the back there's, just air exhaust vents on the left and right corners, and only some status LEDs in the centre. The front on the brushed metallic lid there's, the MSI logo toward the top in the center and RGB light strips on the left and right, like the keyboard effects.
These can be controlled through the SteelSeries software or disabled fingerprints show up quite easily on both the metallic interior and lid and does a brushed surface. They can be difficult to clean once dirt seeps into the grooves underneath there's some rubber feet, but also bits of plastic that come into contact with the desk, so it still ends up sliding around with little effort, otherwise there's also air intake vents all over the two Speakers and two subwoofers are found under here to up the front. They actually sound, pretty good for laptop speakers. There'S some bass and they're still clear at high volumes. The laptop can be opened up easily with the phillips head screwdriver. The panel can be removed after taking out 11 screws inside we get easy access to the single 2.5 inch drive bay, Wi Fi card to memory slots and 2 m dot 2 slots. At first glance. There appears to be 3m book 2 slots, but one of them doesn't actually have a connector to plug a drive in powering. The laptop is a 6 cell 51 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard and lid lighting off and background apps disabled, I was able to use it for 3 hours and 12 minutes. It was using the Intel, integrated graphics during this test, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost said to 30fps the battery lasted for 46 minutes and it was able to sit at 30fps the entire time without dipping.
Overall, I thought the battery life wasn't great, considering the size of the battery but it's, possibly due to the high end. Specs thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment, starting at the bottom of the graph at idle. The temperatures are a little warm shown by the light blue bars, even though the fan was still audible as you'll hear soon. Moving up to the green bar, I was testing gaming by playing watchdogs tune, as he uses a good combination of CPU and GPU, and this gave us the highest temperatures, while gaming by maxing out the fans in the yellow bar we're able to drop down a few Degrees and by applying 0.15 revolt undervolt, the cpu shown in orange, even with the fans of default speeds, we're, singing nice dropping temperatures by maxing out the fans with the same under multiplied together shown in the lighter red we're, seeing the coolest temperatures while gaming, the stress Tests were done by running a to 64 and heaven benchmark at the same time, in order to attempt to fully utilize both the processor and graphics. Moving up in the graph and starting with the dark red bar, there was a combination of thermal throttling and parliment throttling on the CPU. This continued, regardless of under vaulting and maxing out the fan. The temperature of the CPU does drop back a little with the under vaulting applied, but there was still intermittent power limit and thermal throttling in all CPU and GPU combined stress tests, even in the best case of fans, maxed out with the under multiplied together and keep In mind, I'm testing in an 18 degree Celsius room.
These are the average clock speeds for the same temperature tests just shown starting down the bottom with the green bar shows the results of playing watchdogs. Its stock settings, which ran quite hot as we just saw by maxing out the fan, the CPU clock – speed rises a little as they're slightly less thermal throttling, but applying the minus 0.15 volt on the vault in orange, made the largest difference almost getting us. The full 3.9 gigahertz or called turbo speed of the 87 50 H moving up into the stress test results. The clock speeds in the dark red bar are the lowest due to a combination of power limit and thermal throttling, and this didn't really change with the fans. Maxed out again, the minus 0.15 EV volt on the Volt to the CPU made the largest difference, as this helped reduce the Palamon throttling taking place shown in purple and dark blue almost getting that full 3.9 gigahertz speed. In this worst case scenario. These are the clocks means I've got while just running CPU only stress tests without any GPU load and power limit throttling was still taking place at stock, although no thermal throttling, unless we also add on the GPU load with the minus 0.15 volt under multiplied, though, were Able to reach the full 3.9 gigahertz or core turbo speed if the I 78758 CPU, and also note that it wasn't possible to change the power limit from the 45 watt TDP within lxt you to demonstrate how this translates into performance.
I'Ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks. Here, with the oldest seventh gen, 7700 HQ just there for comparison, we're able to improve the score by over 100 points by applying the CPU on default and no real difference between either in terms of single core performance, a single core alone, isn't enough to trigger power Limits rattling here are the GPU, only clock speeds, while under a graphical only stress test, Berthoud stock and with the 220 megahertz GPU core overclocked applied, but it's worth noting that your CPU under vaulting and GPU overclocking results will vary between chips based on the silicon, muttering. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be putting your hands at idle, the body of the laptop is sitting in the mid thirties, while gaming missing greases to the high 40s towards the center and up the back and then there's little change with the CPU and Gpu stress tests running as for the fan noise produced by the laptop, allow you ever listen to some of these tests at idle. That was a little louder than most of the laptops, with the fan still audible, while gaming and under stress test, it was about the same not too different from most other gaming laptops, I've looked at and then with the fan maxed out, it was fairly loud overall. The performance wasn't as great as I was hoping for the 8750 age almost always has these power limit. Throttling issues that's, definitely not something unique to this MSI laptop.
However, the thermal throttling was unexpected. Generally MSI laptops have pretty good cooling and there's. Definitely a lot of heat pipes here, thermal throttling out of the box, even with the fans maxed out and the CPU under vaulted – is a bit of an issue there, especially when you consider that my tests were done with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. So I'd expect even worse and someone at this point I'm not sure if there was just an issue with my unit or if this is simply how they perform. So I definitely suggest you check the results of other tests. Unfortunately, I can't try brie pasting it with a review unit, but if this was my personal laptop I'd definitely be looking at trying that next. Finally, let's take a look at some gaming benchmarks. All games run at 1080p with up to date, windows and Nvidia. Drivers installed fortnight was tested with the replay feature and even at epic settings were averaging above 100 FPS with lower settings getting the framerate above the refresh rate of the display. So it should run very smoothly over which was tested playing in the practice range and again, even at epic settings were seeing very high frame rates for this game with 1 lows above the high refresh rate of the panel. So it played excellent shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with a built in benchmark. I'Ve only tested this game on a few laptops, but these results seem fairly good above 60 FPS averages, 7 and max settings in this test.
Pub G was tested using the replay feature, and although this is a less optimized game, we're actually getting pretty good frame rates regardless of setting level used. So, with this barely high end, hardware, it's, actually running pretty well, csgo was tested using the oolitic, Oh Ben, schmuck and well maxed out were able to average above 200 FPS third, not too much better than say a laptop with 1060 graphics. Although the 1 lows are noticeably improved, Rainbow six age was tested with the bill and benchmark. There was almost no difference in 1 lawyers between the setting levels and use, but despite this they're quite high, with fairly high average frame rates, so this game should play pretty well with any settings. Far cry 5 was also tested with the built in benchmark. The results in this test are pretty good above 60 fps, even for the 1 lower don't for settings and the 1 results aren't too far behind the average frame rates indicating the dips don't seem too bad. Assassin'S Creed origins was another that was tested with the built in benchmark and again pretty good frame rates for this test. I don't personally think you've really need that high of a frame rate to play it and it does seem to be a more demanding game. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replays, so this should be a worst case scenario. These results are not the same as actually playing the game. The results are actually on the lower side coming out worse than the low espect dell g3.
I recently tested likely due to the CPU throttling discussed earlier testing battlefield 1 in the first campaign mission, read well we're all setting levels. The 1 loaders were a fair bit behind the averages, but even at Ultra settings still above 60 fps with the averages close to the refresh rate of the panel overall, it played nicely watchdogs. 2 is a demanding game, although it doesn't really need a high frame rate to play. I can play it at Ultra without many issues and we saw basically the same frame rate at very high and high settings. Both the CPU and GPU will 100 maxed out in this test. Ghost Recon is another demanding game and was tested with the built in benchmark, and it was running fairly well with basically orbit Ultra settings. The Witcher 3 was running quite well, even at Ultra settings. The 1 load was above 60fps with high settings averaging around the refresh rate of the display, although I don't think the game necessarily needs a high frame rate to play. I'Ve got a few more games covered in the gaming benchmark video if you're interested now for the benchmarking tools, I've tested, heaven valley and superposition from you dodging as well as fire strike time. Spy and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results in all games, we're, seeing pretty nice results. In my opinion, while Nvidia 1060 graphics are a great match for 1080p gaming at high settings around the 60 FPS mark.
I think the 1070 is a good option to step things up to the next level, with a 120 or 144 Hertz refresh rate display, as we've seen in many games, were actually able to start achieving these higher frame rates, although it does of course depend on the Specific game and setting level in use, as we saw earlier, we've got the option of under vaulting the CPU and overclocking the graphics, so let's see how this affects gaming performance in the games tested. The exact same windows, updates, game updates and Nvidia drivers were installed. So there shouldn't be any changes other than the CPU under faulting and graphics. Overclocking far cry 5 was retested using the built in benchmark. The average frame rates ruin Lee just slightly better, no real difference. Third, in fact, the 1 loaders were actually lower with these changes. In place, csgo was retested with the ax litical benchmark and again no real difference was observed. The biggest change was at max settings where there was a 3 improvement to the average frame rate. Although 1 lowers R up at all settings, there wasn't really much difference in games with the under Bolton, GPU, overclocked supplied to be honest, it doesn't really seem worth bothering with in terms of increasing performance. I guess it's already fairly tapped out. As for storage in Crystal disc mark, the 256 gig m2 nvme SSD was getting around 2.8 gigabytes per second and sequential reads and 1.2 gigabytes per second for the writes so pretty decent and remember.
You'Ve got to end up two slots in total, one which supports nvme. While the other is worth nvme and Sado, the single 2.5 inch drive bay was populated with the one terabyte 7200 rpm hard drive and here's how that performed about. As expected, the SD card slot was tested with a V 90 rated card, so the card shouldn't be a bottleneck and the results aren't great for updated pricing. You can check the links in the description at the time of recording here in Australia. This model goes for around 3000 Australian dollars or two thousand US dollars. My international viewers, so in a similar price range to other laptops with similar specs. Personally, I probably go for something else: select the Helios 500 as it runs way cooler and has a faster 144 head screen, although that is ha. Let me know if you'd be interested in a full comparison, video between them. So what did you guys think if the msi ge62, a radar RGB 8 RF, despite the cooling problems, mentioned it's still performing quite well tower limit throttling with the 8th gen is pretty standard and the cpus do run quite hot under load, but thermal throttling, while under Vaulted and with the fans maxed out in my cool room, wasn't great otherwise, the screen looks nice for a 120 hertz TN panel and it was great to gain with the RGB lighting. Looks pretty good in my opinion and gives you quite a lot of customization.
But the battery doesn't last as long as I'd, like let me know what you guys thought done in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful I'm, also going to be comparing this with the older 7th gen model.