MSI GF72VR 7RF Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
Look at the specs of the model. I'Ve got here there's an Intel 7700 HQ quad core KB Lake CPU, which runs at 2.8 gigahertz and can turb up to three point. Eight gigahertz I've got 16 gigabytes of ddr4 memory running at 2400 megahertz here, but the two slots can support up to 32 gigabytes for storage, there's, a 256 gigabyte, samsung m dot, 2 SATA SSD and a one terabyte HD, st 2.5 inch 7200 rpm hard drive installed. The SSD is in the single m2 slot, which supports PCIe, 3 and vme, so you can optionally upgrade to a faster SSD for the graphics. We'Ve got Nvidia's 1060 in combination with a 17.3 inch. 1080P 120 hertz wide view panel and we'll see how this performs later. In the benchmarks for the network connectivity, there's a Gigabit, Ethernet port and kill a Wi Fi, which supports up to 802 11 AC as well as Bluetooth 4.2. The laptop has a black brushed metallic look to it on the outside of the lid. But inside things are a bit different rather than MSI as usual, black there's, a brushed gray plastic going on here, which feels nice and smooth and is unique to the GF models. I'M told that in Australia this model is exclusively sold through Harvey Norman in terms of both specs and designed it's, similar to the GF 6 to VR 7 RF. I recently reviewed the main differences being that this one is a 17 inch laptop and has a 120 Hertz screen the physical dimensions of the laptop of 41 point 9 centimeters in width, 28, point centimeters in depth and three point: two centimeters in height the total weight Of the laptop is advertised at 2.
7 kilos and one testing mindit weight a little more at 2.8 kilos and when including the power, brick and power cable for charging, the total increases to around 3.5 kilos. So I don't think it's too heavy for a 17 inch laptop as mentioned. The screen here is 2 17.3 inch, 120 Hertz 1080p white view matte panel. The white View panel here looks mostly alright front on, but once you start looking from above all the colors shift. A little and it doesn't look as good for left and right sights. Look! Okay, though, as long as you're looking at it directly front on it, looks fine I've, also measured the colors produced by the screen using the spider v Pro and my results returned 100 of srgb, 82 of NTSC and 88 of Adobe RGB. So in terms of color reproduction, it seems pretty decent I've also performed. My usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a completely black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding around the edges. I then take a long exposure photo with my camera to help display any bleed. So basically, this is a worst case scenario test. The result was pretty surprising. There was no noticeable bleed at all and the screen was evenly lit, although this will of course vary laptop to laptop while moving the display. There was only a little bit of flex. Unfortunately, you can't open the laptop with one finger as the majority of the way it seems to be placed towards the back, which prevented this above.
The display is a HD camera, so it's only capable of 720p video at 30fps quality of the camera, isn't very good. Even with decent lighting and still fairly grainy, the microphone sounds ok but I'll. Let you judge that for yourself, there's, an RGB steelseries keyboard, which I enjoyed typing on it appears to be the same as the keyboards in the previous two MSI laptops, I've reviewed. So, overall, the keypresses felt a little mushy, but they were quiet. There was only a very tiny bit of flex while pushing down hard on the keyboard and this wasn't noticeable under normal typing conditions. The keyboard lighting can be adjusted through the included software and there are a number of effects available. Unfortunately, there's, no individual key lighting, customizations here it's customized in three separate zones. However, I think it looks pretty nice as the sights of the keys are clear. So you can see more of the lighting. The power button is found towards the top right, while the two buttons next to it can be used as a shortcut to MSI's Dragon Center software, which lets you monitor the system, control the keyboard lighting and more while the button furthest to the left will max up Both the CPU and GPU fans, I also found the touchpad to work pretty well. It'S got a very smooth surface and I had no problems using it. There are physical left and right buttons, which are quite loud and very clicky.
Moving on to the available IR on the Left, we have a Kensington, lock, Gigabit, Ethernet port, USB 3.0 type, a port HDMI port mini display port, another USB 3.0 type, a port, a USB 3.1 gen2 type c port and 3.5 millimeter headphone and mic jacks over on The right there's a USB 2.0 – I pay port, a built in SD card reader and the power input there's, nothing on the front other than some status LEDs and the speakers, and nothing on the back other than a couple of air exhaust vents towards the corners up On the lid, the see MSI logo which lights up white while the laptop is powered on the metallic lid, was a fingerprint magnet but nothing a quick wipe with a microfiber cloth. Couldn'T fix the gray plastic palm rest area did a better job at hiding these, but it still needed to be cleaned underneath that some air intakes to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet, which both help prevent the laptop from moving around when in use On flat surfaces and also raise it up slightly to help let cool air Ian, as mentioned, the speakers are underneath the front of the laptop, and I thought they sounded alright for laptop speakers. There was a small amount of bass and they send a clear for a while, while raising the volume powering. The laptop is a 41 watt hour 6 cell battery and with the full charge in doing basic tasks such as browsing the internet and watching YouTube with the screen and around half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled.
I was able to use it for 2 hours and 6 minutes while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost said to 30fps the battery lost him for 37 minutes. Overall, I thought the battery life was a little low, especially considering the size of the laptop, and when you consider that the 15 inch model I previously reviewed had the same size battery, I would have thought that would have been more space for a larger one. In the 17 inch model, but that doesn't seem to be the case during normal use with an ambient room temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. The CPU idled at 42 degrees Celsius, while the GPU out of 41 degrees Celsius – and here are the external temperatures of the laptop. Where you'll actually be putting your hands with the CPU and GPU maxed out for around half an hour with the same room temperature, the CPU reached a maximum of 94 degrees Celsius, while the GPU peaked at 84. So the CPU got fairly hot and was throttling by around 20. However, this stopped if the GPU load was removed. It only happened with both fully utilized. We can see that the keyboard areas warmed up quite a bit more, mostly towards the middle, and it was quite noticeable while typing. Despite this, the fans weren't running at full speed after turning them right up manually, the GPU cooled down slightly to 80 degrees Celsius and the CPU dropped to 93, but was throttling a lot less at about 5, there doesn't seem to be enough cooling if you're planning On smashing both the CPU and GPU to 100, at the same time, with a full load, otherwise it's, probably fine.
I also found the laptop fairly quiet when not gaming at let's at around the 37 decibel mark, and I could barely hear it. This is what it sounded like, while maxing out, both the CPU and GPU went up to 50 decibels, which I found pretty typical for most gaming laptops and here's. What that sounded like, with the fans fully maxed out manually, it went up just a little more to 54 decibels, here's what that sounded like in comparison. I also didn't notice any quell whine, while testing. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Well, first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests will run at the 1080p resolution, with all windows and Nvidia updates to date installed player unknowns. Battlegrounds was tested with the latest 1.0 version and it's performing pretty well on all settings under ultra I've used the new replay feature to perform this testing, so the results between each test should be more accurate, as I can now consistently perform the same test run. However, with that said, the performance of the game will vary quite a lot depending on what's going on in the game. So take these results with a grain of salt shadow of war required, high or lower settings to average 60fps and even with the lowest settings, were not able to fully take advantage of that 120 Hertz panel battlefield one felt nice and smooth, regardless of the setting level Used, although some occasional dips in performance were noticed, as outlined by the 1 lawyers, which are quite a bit lower than the average frame rates, The Witcher 3 averaged above 60 FPS on high settings and the 1 lows won't too far behind, I did notice some dips, While moving around quickly but overall, it was a smooth experience on high settings or lower watchdogs, 2 is a fairly resource intensive game and I found that it played great on very high settings or lower.
The 1 lows. Don'T differ that much here, regardless of the setting level in use and even low settings, aren't enough to get us above 60 FPS on average rise of the Tomb Raider is going alright, with above 60 FPS averages at max settings with DirectX 12, giving a nice little Boost performance compared to DirectX 11 Ghost Recon is another fairly resource intensive game. Ultra settings are to overkill for these folks with high or lower settings being required to reach the 60 FPS average mark doom performs mostly the same regardless of the setting level used and even with ultra settings. The one percent lawyers are sitting right on 60 FPS, but again even the lowest settings don't get us near 120 FPS, although most of these are fairly intensive games. The laptop didn't have many running them. Even at higher settings. I'Ve said before that, the 1060 is a great sweet spot for 1080p 60fps gaming, and that remains true here in most cases. This is why I don't really understand the 120 Hertz display here to reach frame rates that higher you'd either need to be playing less resource. Intensive games all the games I've tested on the lower settings, even at the lowest settings you can see that we're not able to get close to 120 fps. Anyway, if you find, with that and plan on playing less demanding games, then by all means go ahead. But personally, if I was getting a 120 Hertz display, I'd probably be looking at a laptop with a 1070 as a minimum to better take advantage of the higher refresh rate in the games that I play now on to the benchmarking tools.
While a useful indicator. Note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gaming results previously shown. We'Ll start with the imaging benchmarks. This is how the laptop performed in heaven benchmark with the tessellation set to extreme and anti aliasing sad 8 here's, our belly benchmark, performed with the anti aliasing on 8 at various graphic settings. And finally, these are the 1080p results from the newest super position. Benchmark for the final graphics benchmarks are envious tracking times by from 3d mark and got scores of nine thousand one hundred and sixty and 3557 respectively. So pretty good for a laptop and crystal disk mark. The 256 gigabyte SATA 3 and got two SSD performed around 540 megabytes per second in sequential reads and 510 megabytes per second in sequential, writes so pretty typical for a good SATA 3 based SSD, the one terabyte hard drive gets around 110 megabytes per second in both Sequential read and write speeds pretty typical for a 7200 rpm disc, with these exact specs at the time of recording, the laptop can be picked up in Australia for 2237 Australian dollars, although that appears to be with the current 20 discount so that may change that's about 1750 US dollars for my international friends with tucks included compared to the 15 inch model. It appears that you're paying over 300 Australian dollars more to get the largest 17 inch screen, which is also 120 Hertz rather than 60 Hertz. So what did you guys think of MSI's gf7 vr 7 RF gaming laptop overall? I think the laptop performs quite well.
The 1060 and 7700 HQ CPU. You are great for laptop gaming. However, I find it hard to recommend even compared to Emma size. Other offerings such as the GF 6 VR, 7 RF, which is basically the same except that it's smaller Lida, has a slightly slower SSD and has a 60 Hertz screen instead of 120 Hertz, and as I've already mentioned, I don't think a 120 Hertz display with a 1060 is the best choice. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments or simply leave a like or dislike on the video to. Let me know what you thought, thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.