MSI GL63 8RD Core i7 8750H Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Unboxing & Review
So after the failure I had with the ASUS FX504 that it ran into power limit throttling, it said itself a TDP of 25 watts once it got a little bit too hot, I decided to get what I was originally looking at, but was put off by the Fact that it had quite a small battery – and I wasn't too happy with the touchpad ahead on my old msi. Well, it turns out some of those problems remained, but the GL63 8RD here from MSI is a huge improvement. I feel over the previous model, so their specs right up here and also the time codes as well so feel free to skip ahead to the part that interest you the most. Now I bought this unit here from eBay that's, because I want the US layout keyboard. The ones that they sound locally here in Spain, they don't actually come with an operating system and of course, they have the Spanish keyboard, which is no good for me. I need the US layout this, the layout that we use in New Zealand and the one I'm used to so the packaging is a little bit on the cheap side, not a lot of protection. It wasn't double boxed. So, on the right side, here, you'll find the power supply. Now this is a rather large power supply. I will weigh that with the laptop in just a minute, but it is rated to 150 watts, which is 30 watts more than the ASUS I've reviewed.
With the same exact spec, underneath the laptop you'll simply find our Quick Start Guide, and then your power, cable and now taking a look at the laptop, so 2.2 6 kilos, isn't too bad, considering the spec and how much copper this has inside, which I'll show you In just a second when we take a look at the internals, but when you add across the power brick and then the cable on top, your total carry weight then comes up to 3 kilos exactly getting a little on the heavy side. The thickness of the laptop you can see is thicker than the azuz FX 504 504, as a laptop that has the exact same specs, so the same process in the i7 8750 with an Nvidia 1050 Ti. So this one here comes in at 30 millimetres that's, excluding the feet, and the Zeus is 26 millimeters thick, also excluding the rubber feet. The lid of the gol 63 does have quite a bit of flex here now, it's a plastic build exactly like the previous generation. The GL 62 – I also reviewed that model they have made some changes here. Season see we've got now a little bit of a design tweak to the plastics here, but overall it's the same plastic, and it does pick up fingerprints really quite bad now. The hinge here is quite stiff, but you must open it up with two hands and there we go. You can see that keyboard, so the keyboard still serious.
Yet again, MSI has been using steel chairs keyboards for quite some years now, it's a good keyboard. The keyboard flex is almost non existent, it's very solid, and these keys I do like them. They do have a bit of a sort of rubber feel to them, but very good feedback from them. I'Ve got the new miracle key bed you can see there. We'Ve got controls for your print screen, shortcuts, like that we've got page home up and down and overall a comfortable keyboard. It doesn't feel quite as good as the one that's on the assist FX 504. I quite like that keyboard. It just feels a little bit strongly get a little bit more travel on the keys, but overall it is a decent keyboard. Now this one comes with just a red backlight. I will show you that later on once a power on the machine, now MSI have changed. The power button a little bit so we've got the boost override, which is this right here for the fans that puts it into the top speed high rpm mode and in the G there is for the MSI gaming center, which I will show you also in this Video power button slightly tweaked there you're not going to accidentally press this power button because it is separated away from the keyboard. As you can see now, you can see already that this is picking up these smudges and fingerprints. I really wish that MSI would change the plastic they use because it's really bad, and it just means that this looks dirty straight away, that it's very hard to keep clean.
Now the touch pad. This is a typical MSI touch pad that it's not actually using windows. Precision drivers, unfortunately, I think it's, an e LAN one that they're using or some nap decks and it's, not too bad, so it has a soft feel to it. That is definitely not the best touch pad now. Most gamers will probably end up using a gaming mouses that's, not a big issue for most do need to step up their game when it comes to their touch pads because they're not the greatest we're the separate mouse buttons there. Now the palm rest here very little flex on that it is overall solid. This plastic build that they've gone with. Now you can see that these bezels – yes, they are extra large and this is to be expected. This is not a mid range. This is not a more premium MSI laptop, so we're not going to get those extra slim bezels here, unfortunately, so they have made a few little tweaks here to the design. We still have the rubber pads, as you can see the side to keep the screen from scratching up it's, not pressing against the palm rest. It is a matte coated, 1080p IPS panel. You can also get, I think, it's 120 Hertz or 144 Hertz a TN panel, but you don't get the good for you vertical viewing angles with that one and at the top the same 720p webcam. It does have dual array mics and a little status LED in there just to let you know when it is on now, unlike the FX 504, we get plenty of ports with this one here.
So we've got a Kensington, lock slot. Then you have one on the exhaust fence there, so this is new. There now got exhaust vents on the side to help improve the cooling Gigabit LAN port. There we have HDMI, 1.4 spec should be HDMI to I feel, then we have a mini DisplayPort out USB 3.1, USB 3 Type C, and then our mic and audio out Jack's there and then, on the right hand, side. We have an SD card reader. Now this is not ultra high speed, 2, more USB 3.1 ports type, a of course, and then another exit event there for the cooling and note that the plug is actually wider. This time around now, I don't know why they changed this from the previous generation and then along the back. We get the two exit exhaust vents here, so just like the GL 62, nothing has really changed in that regard. There most of the hot air will come out of those two vents on the back now this is very good, so the main intake vent will be here, there's one on the other side as well, so that's, where we have the fan, but it will still draw Air in F over here over the RAM and other components and then the heat sinks that are inside there as well just to give a little bit of additional cooling there. We have a full rubber feet there. You can see so it's not going to slide around on a table at all.
Now. I feel that the on here they've done a good job of that when you compare that to my esos, so you see that the FX 504 has very little vents along the back of it. It'S it's quite limited. So it looks like we have a lot of vents with the Zeus, but we don't it's, actually just those two slots that you can see either side as the main intake for the fan, so removing the rear of it. You do have to break this right here. This factory seal, but once you break that I mean you are allowed to upgrade these machines, which is what I'm gon na be doing. So don't worry too much about that you're not actually going to void your warranty. I think it's just so. You know that knowing has been in here before since the factory once you unscrew all of the screws it's not too hard to get off just start with the front prying around the outside here use a pry tool or your fingernails and then work your way around And you should be able to pull it off quite easily, so you can see big changes here to the internals. The most obvious is the speakers. Now they are five times bigger and they do have like a sound chambers, either side here to help produce some nice bass and they are a massive improvement over the GL sixty two M's that I tested because those speakers and had four tiny little speakers.
They were horrible. My configuration comes with a set of three 256 gigabyte drive here from Toshiba with 550 reads, and about 500 writes it's, not the fastest, but this slot does support nvme and because this is going to be my personal travel, 4k editing laptop with some light gaming on The side I am going to be replacing this with the Samsung 970 Evo 250 gigabyte Drive, which is going to be so much faster and same, goes for the RAM. So I've now installed some HyperX Ram, and this is 16 gigabytes. Now, if you want to it, comes with 8 gigabytes already pre installed, all you need to do is add another 8 gigabyte slot. That will give you 16, but I already have this Ram on hand. All models come with a one terabyte hard drive that has about a hundred and twenty five read and write speeds. You can replace this with an SSD if you want something faster and we also have a replaceable wireless card. So this is an Intel wireless AC, 94. 62 and it does have bluetooth five right here's. The main reason why I went for this, but the model. So we have seven copper heat transfer, cooling pipes on the FX 504 from a Zeus that only has two one big one and one small little one. So hopefully the thermals on this and like that particular model, are gon na, be really good. When you go through the setup here, you do get a big language selection here on first boot now my particular model has a 1080p anti glare IPS panel.
It is from LG and it is an LG d0 590 that's. The model number of that, if you want to Google, that check it out 250 Lux – is what I've measured is the maximum output and because it's anti glare, I find that the brightness output that's sufficient for induce it's gon na be fine and even in direct sunlight. You'Ll still be able to make out and waters on the screen. Now the blacks on it. As you can see, they are quite deep and overall, it is an OK panel. I feel for the type of laptop. This is that this is not a high end. Video editing machine or anything like that, it's not going to be super color accurate, so your srgb and a'dope RGB ratings. I will measure that in the full review will not be very good. They will be something around the 50 level, because it these aren't, not amazing screens and the screen – will talk back about that far, which is the norm really for a gaming laptop. This is embedded all and that hinge is quite stiff. Now, if you're typing away on the keyboard, it does wobble around a little bit the screen, but I feel that can't really be helped now be first swapped over the SSD. I did benchmark that one. You get that, as included the 256 gigabyte Toshiba Drive and you can see for a set of three Drive that these speeds are fine, they're, ok but it's, of course, not as fast as an nvme SSD.
So if you press the G button, that is above the keyboard, this brings up emphasize dragons Center. What is called – and it actually does have some useful things in it. So it gives you a quick overview of the system you can see here. You can see the information on the CPU what current graphics card you're on at the moment, it's the integrated one. So yes, it does have that Optimus. Switching, so it'll switch between the in tower UHD 630 and then the 1050 Ti that's on there. Now the SSD on first boot, you get around approximately about a hundred and ninety just and gigabytes free there and there's also quite some quite useful features on here's. For example, one of the ones I like here is we've got custom fan profiles, so at the moment I've got it set to advanced, and you can go on and tweak this. So when the system is idle or not really doing anything, you won't actually hear those fans at all. This is very useful and you can even really push it to the limit. So if you decided you don't want the fan on it or even when it's just getting a little bit warm around 50 degrees or so, and you can actually stop that from coming on the fans and even just lower down the RPMs there. Now it doesn't give you a readout of the exact sort of temperature, which would be nice. It'S just got a hot to cold guide there, but would be nice to see, for example, right up here, 80 degrees and then down here, 30 degrees or something.
So it gives you an idea, but overall it is useful. As for bloatware well, there is one application installed that I consider as bloat here, which is Norton security, so it's an anti virus, and really we don't need this it's only gon na slow down the machine and it's all there, because they've made a deal with a Norton, of course, so the windows 10 image that it comes with, will have this included, but you can just uninstall it. You don't, need this you've got Windows Defender, which normally does a sufficient enough job for everyone and then, of course, Windows with the latest images. They like to install their own bloatware as well force upon us a few amps, and this is something you can't really avoid. So you just got to go through and install some of that rubbish on there that you, probably don't, need or wouldn't never actually use. It comes with Windows, 10, home and the version is 1709, so this is not recent. You will need to run Windows Update quite a few times to then get it onto the latest builds of course, and I have benchmarks now on my samsung 970 Evo, and you can see here as expected. The speeds are very, very quick for this type of drive. What else is also quite quick is the wireless so that 94 62 from Intel wireless AC it's only a one by one antenna setup but I'm still getting a 38 megabytes per second peak here.
This was a download from Steam. Here is the stock Cinebench score? So this is a big jump up over that as zeus. Fx 504, that I reviewed they've got about 700 in 8800 CB and then, if you under vault, that score goes up quite a lot here. So you can see one thousand two hundred and forty eight CB. That is a an impressive score from the CPU. Now I could get the same kind of results from my azuz, but what was happening with the FX 504 that it could hit the score, maybe once for the big under vault and then second or third time, you would run it. It would then clock itself and set it to two point: two gigahertz on all caused slow itself down with a 25 watt TDP, and that is not happening here on this MSI, even after a few hours of use. So you can see that that yes is picking up smudges fingerprints, the oils and things from your hands, and you can see them especially on the touchpad there and it will not take long. But we get a dark patch here when you use this touchpad now the touchpad is probably my biggest complaint. So far with this particular laptop two finger scrolling doesn't always work. It is a subnet Tech's touchpad and when you go to scroll down often it will not register at first, and you have to keep repeating yourself. They finer movements in accuracy is a step up over the previous generation, the GL 62m that i've reviewed so feel it is slightly better there.
The mouse buttons themselves are okay, but most the time it will just double tap and your two finger right click. Those gestures are all working there, so you've got all your windows. Tm gestures, you've just got absolutely no control over it. It doesn't seem to have any subnet ik software installed. I'Ve also been having some issues with my keyboards. It was fine until I had to hit the spacebar, and I found that the very edges of the spacebar from about here onwards, either side. They don't, seem to register it's only going to be working. If I tap this about ten times, it's only going to register that keystroke, maybe six or seven times and then as hopeless that's, not really good so I'm, not happy with the spacebar at all. I don't know whether I have to do an RMA for this unit. All I need to send it back. We'Ll get a messiah warranty to fix this we'll take a look at it, but it did a quick google search and it seems to be a common issue with these laptops. The funny thing is my previous model, which had pretty much the same kind of keyboard on it as SteelSeries one, and it was a GL 62 no issues. I need any problems with the spacebar, so I don't know why this one is bad. If I hit it did in the middle about there, then it's going to work and register every single time, but very disappointing to see that especially I imported this unit from United State that I have this problem with the keyboard here.
At least MSI does have an international warranty. Now the keyboard backlit, as I mentioned, it's just red. This is not one of the RGB ones. Other models have RGB. If you need that, if you want that so I'll just show you the different levels. We'Ve got so right now this is on the maximum brightness, and that is the middle level and then the lowest level there or off one biggest complaint with the last gen model, was the sound. The speakers were terrible. They were flat, they were tinny, they weren't loud enough, and that has all changed. Thankfully, these five times larger speakers are five times better. Give you sample of them now. First up is Geekbench 4, so we have a decent score for this chipset note that I did run this here with the undervolt. That is why the multi core score is a little higher than normal. It should be about 18000 without that, under both the open, CR score. This, of course, is running on the nvidia 1050 TI, and then I did overclock it. I got a very good overclock, which I will show you just after this and then as the result there. So it does increase the score quite a bit and then is a free boost and I can't see any negatives to the overclock there's, no artifacts or anything like that. At the time of my testing, I've been running it now for about 4 hours or so, and here is the 5 strokes course.
This is 3d max fire strike and then again with the overclock that gives us about just actually over a thousand points more, which is really good, and this is the overclock on the GPU, so very, very good overclock. Here I managed to get similar results on the previous generation as well, because they are running with Samsung Ram. If you have the hynek's Ram, I found that it tends to cap at around 700 megahertz the memory clock but I'm able to get a full 1000 mega. Hertz here and as I mentioned, this is not costing you anything. I have seen no secondary effects with this overclock whatsoever testing out some games, which will do it in just a minute, so the core clock – 200 megahertz on top of that as well. I could possibly go up to 220, I feel but I'm gon na leave it at 200. At the moment it does increase the temperatures but it's well worth the trade off and because it is a gaming laptop, I do have to test out a game, and this is Witcher, 3, I'm sure you're familiar with it. I have tested it with the other laptop reviews that I have done and it is running really good. This is the medium preset sitting on 1080p I've been able to boost that GPU clock up to 250 megahertz more and it is a 100 stable. As soon as I go to 55, the game will crash so we're, averaging about 73 74 frames per second now, I'm gon na clock it down to the default clock and we'll check out and see what kind of performance gains or should I say when how far It'S, going to dip now so I'm going to set that then to stock again and we'll go back into it and resume so there we go.
We gained approximately in frames per second on average more so it is well worth overclocking, and this is gon na make the game so much more smoother and then surface temps. I notice that it's getting warm on the keyboard about here in the middle, so that's up to about 37 degrees, the top around 38, almost 40 there now after 2 hours of really pushing this system – and this is on just the normal fan mode. So not that fan booster. Your typical gaming fan noise is about 45 to 47 decibels, which is actually quite good for the spec, and that is what the temperatures of the CPU and the GPU hovering around 70 degrees. Now, when you use that cooler booster, it then goes up to about 55 decibels or give you a sample of that now, so you can hear that, yes, it is loud and it does get up to the 55 decibels. Be done. If you will, you need to use it, you can put it on if you want to be benchmarking or you're doing something super demanding or you just want to cool down the laptop quickly after a big long gaming session, or something like that, you don't want any More fan noise, so the build of it. Yes, it's plastic and yeah I'm, not too happy with the fingerprints, but I knew this was going to happen because my previous MSI gaming laptops I had they just it just attracts fingerprints.
So this takes about five minutes. From being brand new to looking like it has been used for three months, then it's just her enos. I really wish that MSI would change the plastic they use just do something else or put maybe a brush texture to it. So we don't get the fingerprints all over it, so it just doesn't look so messy you've got to constantly clean it down and then, after a minute of use, it looks exactly the same. So you cannot win you can't win at all there's a little bit of flex with the hinge and the lid there that's a suspected, so the gaming performance is really good. I can overclock it like crazy. The CPU is really good and now, of course, I did upgrade some of the components I put in more RAM and then they added a much faster drive. This you're not happy with a set of three speeds. You can go over to something like the 970 Evo, and that is very fast. I write very quick system. I didn't go over general performance in this. First. Look because it's not really necessary. Everything has just super quick, very, very fast indeed, so when it comes to the cons, the touch pad, I kind of knew this was going to happen, but it's a little better than the previous generation it's, still not a brilliant touch pad they're using a synaptics one And I feel overall yeah it's usable the final movements are ok it's, just the gestures sometimes than the two finger scrolling doesn't tend to work too well and a lot of times.
I have to keep going a second attempt, a second round to actually get it to scroll down, probably on a page. My biggest disappointment would have to be the spacebar that when you tap it right on the edges, it doesn't actually register all the time, and that is very annoying when I did a quick check on Google, something I somehow missed. I know I was looking to import this one here from the US, then it said no in problem that the SteelSeries keyboards. The funny thing is that my il 62m, the earlier model of this particular one here I didn't – have that problem at all. The keyboard was perfectly fine, it's a good keyboard, but I must give it to as this here with the FX 504. It has a much better keyboard, it's a little bit thinner as well, but then again the thermals on that one. A bad battery life is also very poor, as expected, 41 watt hours you're going to get three and a half to four hours only, and that is on the integrated GPU. So it is just that gaming, you're gon na really struggle to get over about an hour and 20 minutes gaming on this. So most people I know most – will have it connected up to the powers and that's not going to be a big problem. It'S not a problem for me either. So every was a package I think it's, very good they're calling on it is definitely good.
I mean 82 degrees max about 72 on the GPU max so there as well, very, very good, and that does at our room for overclocking that GPU so I'm, quite impressed with, but so far I do like it. I don't know whether I'm going to have to hopefully get a replacement keyboard. Get this fixed here with MSI I'm, not happy about that keyboard, that's. Just for me, the biggest problem there and it's just a hardware lottery. I feel whether it's going to be good or not on Google, some people said they've got the replacement keyboard, it was fine and others they had to do a custom. Little hack fix themselves. I may have to do that. Hopefully not thanks so much much for watching this lengthy unboxing in detailed look at the MSI gl. G63. Sorry 8d.