MSI GV62 8RE Laptop Review and Benchmarks
How will it performs and help you decide if it's worth buying let's start by checking out the specs of this unit, as there are a few options available with this model? There'S, an Intel i5 8300 H CPU here, which has 4 cores and can turn up to 4 gigahertz and single core workloads. Although it's also available with the eye 78758 I've got one 8 gig stick of ddr4 memory running at 2400, megahertz and single channel, but the 2 sticks can support up to 32 gig at 2666 megahertz for storage there's, a 128 gig m dot, 2 SATA SSD installed, But the single n dot 2 slot supports nvme PCIe storage. If you want to upgrade there's. Also, a single 2.5 inch drive bay, which is populated with a one terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive for the graphics there's, an Nvidia 1066 gig graphics card. Although the msi website notes that it comes with the 1063 gig, which will perform a little less so watch out for this one buying, this Powell is the 15.6 inch 1080p 60 Hertz TN panel, but it's also available with IPS or 120 Hertz panels for the network. Connectivity there's a Gigabit Ethernet port support for a no 2.11 AC, Wi Fi, as well as Bluetooth version 5.0. The land and interior are both a great plastic with a sort of brushed finish they're, both nice and smooth, and the lid was a little darker than the inside. The corners and edges are smooth and basically everything is plastic.
The dimensions of the laptop are thirty. Eight point three centimeters in width, 26, centimeters in depth and two point: nine centimeters in height, so a little on the thicker side, but hopefully that'll help with thermals more on that later, the laptop is listed at 2.2 kilos on the msi website, which is about what I got with the 180 watt power, brick and cable for charging. The total weight increases to just under 3 kilos, as mentioned. The screen here is a 15.6 inch, 60 hertz 1080p TN panel, no g sync available as a TN panel. The viewing angles, weren't good side to side, didn't change too much but up and down, resulted in massive color shift. So you'll definitely want to look at it front on. Why possible. The screen doesn't get that bright either at 100 you're. Looking at 237 minutes, I've also measured the current color gamut using the spider 5 Pro and my results return to 98 of srgb, 78 of NTSC and 83 of Adobe RGB, so it's actually getting quite good results. The only issues I had was that the contrast just looks a little lower I've performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to help display any bleed. Sir. This is a worst case scenario test no noticeable issues here. It looks a little different at the top and the bottom, but I think that's just due to the vertical viewing angles being bad with the TN panel.
There wasn't any noticeable bleed, but this will of course, vary between laptops while moving the display. There was some flex, but it wasn't too bad and overall I'd say it felt sturdy. It can't be opened easily with one finger demonstrating that more of the weight seems to be up towards the back as we'll see when we open it up above the display. In the center is a 720p camera, the camera is not great, quite blurry, even with decent lighting. The microphone sounds about average, but you'll be able to judge both for yourself. The SteelSeries keyboard has red backlighting, and the sides of all the keys are also clear and plastic, so it looks red even while off, unfortunately, the colour can't be changed. You only get red overall, the keyboard was pretty good to type with there's some good spacing between the keys with 1.9 millimeters of key travel, and I had no problems to call out. The key presses felt a little clicky here's, how they sound to try and give you an idea. There was a little keyboard flex, although this wasn't an issue while typing. Normally, there was quite a bit more flex down in the wrist rest areas, but again not really an issue during normal use. The touchpad worked well, it uses synaptics drivers and was smooth to the touch. There are physically separate, left and right buttons, which were quite clicky again no issues here. Moving on to the io on the Left, there's, a Kensington, lock, Gigabit, Ethernet port, USB 3.
1 gen2 on type, a port HDMI port mini DisplayPort, a second USB 3.1 type, a port but gen 2. This time, USB 3.1 gen2 type c port, no Thunderbolt support here, unfortunately, and 3.5, millimeter headphone and mic jacks on the right there's, only a USB 2.0 type, a port SD card slot and power input towards the back on the back there's. Just some air exhaust vents towards the corners, while the front only has some status LEDs in the center, the four. What speakers have found underneath the laptop what's the front on the left and two on the right, and they don't sound too great, quite tinny, with no bass up on the lid there's, a red and white MSI logo in the center? Unlike most other MSI laptops, I've tested this one doesn't light up. Fingerprints show quite easily on the brushed plastic, although, as the surfaces are smooth, they're easy enough to wipe away underneath there's heaps of air intake vents to keep everything cool, as well as some big rubber feet, which did a really good job of preventing the laptop from Moving around while in use the laptop can be opened up easily with a phillips head screwdriver and inside we get easy access to the single 2.5 inch drive bay, single m2 slot, two memory slots and Wi Fi card powering. The laptop is a 6 cell 41 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting on, as i couldn't find a way to disable it and background apps disabled.
I was able to use it for just 1 hour and 12 minutes, so not a great result, and this was with the Intel, integrated, graphics and use thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost said to 30fps. The battery lasted for 42 minutes and it actually stayed at the full frame rate, the entire time the battery was about average in what I expected in games, but while just watch YouTube had drained it way too fast, I'm, not sure why I ran the test twice And same results, nothing in the background appeared to be using resources. I'D expect better battery life, especially considering I was able to get three hours in this test with the 8 RC model, which has the same sized battery. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. It'S getting cold here as winter has just started so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment, it's also worth noting that there is a shared heat pipe, so a change in either CPU or GPU may affect the other at idle. Both the CPU and GPU were quite warm at around 50 degrees Celsius, while playing pub G. The temperatures Briers, as shown by the darker blue bar, but they're, not too bad. After applying a minus 0.15 volt undervolt to the CPU, the temperatures actually rose immediately. Despite the clock, speeds not changing, as shown in green maxing out, the fans in yellow, instead of under bolting, dropped the temperatures and when applying the under vault.
In addition to the fans being maxed out, we got some very nice temperatures, as shown in orange. The full light stress test was tested with a 264 and the heav'n benchmark running. At the same time, thermal and power limit throttling were taking place on the CPU at stock settings and even with the fans maxed out as shown in red and purple. But we were able to remove these issues with the CPU under multiplied, which brought the temperatures under control. Here are the clock speeds from the CPU and GPU? During these same tests, we can say that while gaming we're getting the full 3.9 gigahertz all core speed of the 8300 H regardless of settings, but as we saw in the last graph, we could improve the temperatures quite a lot with under vaulting and increasing the fans. Even in the stress tests, we're only just slightly behind the 3.9 gigahertz speeds in red and purple, so not only are we able to get full speeds with under vaulting. This also resulted in big temperature drops, as for the external, temperatures, will actually be put in your hands at idle. The body of the laptop is sitting in the high 30s in the centre, while gaming. This increases to the mid 40s with the warmest again in the center, but it wasn't too bad to the touch with the stress tests running we're getting into the low 50s, but with the fans maxed out and under multiplied.
This cools down a bit as for the fan noise produced by the laptop, but you ever listened to some of these tests at idle. There was just a little fan noise while gaming, it wasn't actually that loud and it increases a little with the stress test running and we had just a slight decrease in volume, with the CPU under multiplied with the fans maxed out. It gets a little loud on about average compared to most other laptops. I'Ve tested. I'Ll. Also note that I couldn't hear any Clell wind in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed fortnight ran well at all setting levels but, as usual, take these results with a grain of salt. As this game greatly depends on where you are in the game and what other players are doing at the time, so results will vary over which was tested playing with the bots, and it played very well even an epic settings with the 1 lower averages. Above the refresh rate of the display, but again results will vary with this game. Based on the map and what's going on in the area, pub G was tested using the replay feature, it's pretty common for the 1 lows to be a fair bit below the averages. In this game, but I found it to play pretty well at high or lower, but again like the others, results will vary based on a number of factors.
Csgo was getting fairly good results with the benchmark tests. The 1 lows drop heaps due to the smokes in this test, but it played well at all settings. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, while actually playing you'll get a much higher framerate. This was used to try and represent a worst case scenario and to be comparable to others who also test with the same replay. I'Ve tested Far Cry 5 with the built in benchmark and were just able to average 60fps at Ultra settings, not bad Assassin's Creed origins was another tested with the built in benchmark and again the results aren't too bad Rainbow. Six siege was also tested with the built in benchmark and were seeing quite good results here. Even at Ultra settings. The 1 lawyers are well above the refresh rate of the panel battlefield 1 was tested in the first campaign mission and it played well living at Ultra settings. The 1 lows show the brief dips that happen at times, such as during explosions, but this didn't change much between setting levels, Ghost Recon, is a more resource, intensive game and was tested with the built in benchmark. You probably won't want to try and play at Ultra settings here, but the others should be pretty good. Watchdogs, too, is another resource intensive game. Despite the low looking frame rates, I found the game to actually play pretty well at all setting levels as you don't really need a high frame rate to play.
It rise of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark maximum settings once again able to take us above a 60 FPS average. The Witcher 3 worked quite well at high settings or lower ultra was alright, but the 1 lowers really show the dips that I was feeling, especially when the 1 lows at high settings are about what ultra was averaging now under the benchmarking tools, I've tested, heaven valley And super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time spy in VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video. If you want a detailed look at these results, the results are pretty good. I'Ve always said. The 1060 is an excellent choice for 1080p gaming at 60fps, with decent settings and that's expected that's still the case here. As for overclocking, the 8300 HCP you can't be overclocked, but I was able to increase the GPU core clock of the 1060 by 180 megahertz, and these were the clock speeds we got in the heaven benchmark. I'Ve, just quickly got some cpu benchmarks here to compare the last generation 7700 HQ with the newer 8300 H as both a quad core laptop CPUs. The 8300 H is only just slightly ahead in single core, with a small boost in multi core, which was improved with the undervolt applied i've started work on the 7700 HQ verse. 8300 h comparison, video, so make sure to subscribe for that. One in Crystal disc mark the 128 gig m dot to solder SSD was getting around 540 megabytes per second and sequential reads, and about 510 megabytes per second and sequential, writes but it's worth remembering.
The laptop does support faster nvme storage to the one terabyte hard drive was getting above 70 megabytes per second and both a bit lower than many other 5400 rpm drives. I'Ve tested, I've tested the SD slot using a V 90 rated card to remove the card. As a bottleneck and the speeds of the slot are quite low, but still usable msi mentioned that in australia, this exact model is exclusive through harvey norman, making it just under 2000 Australian dollars for the rest of the world. I can't find pricing with these exact specs. 58 re with three gig 1060 and better 758 CPU seems to go for around twelve hundred US dollars at the time of recording, making it pretty competitive with the Dell g5 and ASA Helios which have similar spec laptops in that price point. So what did you guys think of the GV six to eight re gaming laptop from MSI, as we've seen it does pretty well in games and with the CPU under voltage should be ready to handle just about anything with decent temperatures. Overall, the build quality was all right, it's, entirely plastic with some flex, but seems sturdy enough unless you're intentionally pushing it the only issues I had with it with a somewhat dim screen and the battery life outside of games. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.