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MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro Notebook Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Martina Osztovits), 01/10/2017

Apache is approaching! The well-known gaming notebook manufacturer MSI brings us an interesting combination. A fast quad core processor of the Skylake family and a Pascal-based GPU are at the core of the latest model. Learn how well the components fit each other in our in-depth review.

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While Nvidia has initially primarily provided models for the high-end range in the new GPU generation, the smaller siblings of the GPU family are now following. With the GE72VR 6VR Apache Pro, MSI primarily targets the upper mid-range 17-inch laptop segment. It comes with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphic card and the well-known Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor. Apart from a RAM capacity of 16 GB, the test sample features a 256 GB SSD and a conventional 1 TB hard drive.

Currently, the MSI GE72VR 6RF is offered in two base variants. They only differ in the VRAM capacity of their GPU. There is a variant with 6 GB of VRAM and a slightly downgraded version with only 3 GB of VRAM. Depending on the configuration, the storage devices might be different. The manufacturer offers three display variants: FHD with or without 120 Hz technology and a UHD variant. Our test model uses an FHD panel with 120 Hz, which will be very appealing to gamers. Prospective buyers have to pay about 1750 Euros (~$1855) for our configuration. The slightly weaker variant with only 3 GB of VRAM costs about 200 to 300 Euros (~$212 to ~$318) less, depending on the offer. Since it is only possible to upgrade storage devices and RAM, buyers should consider very carefully, which Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 they want to have in their laptop, since it cannot be replaced later on.

We used similar 17-inch devices of various price categories in our comparison. We have also added devices with faster GPUs on purpose, in order to see performance differences. In addition, it will show whether it is worthwhile spending more money on a faster GPU. In the following, you can find a list of all the test models we have added to our comparison group.

Asus GL702VM-GC102D MSI GS73VR 6RF Stealth Pro Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292 HP Omen 17 (Pascal) Acer Predator 17 G9-793 Aorus X7 v6
CPU Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6820HK Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6820HK
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2133 32 GB DDR4-2400 32 GB DDR4-2133 8 GB DDR4-2400 32 GB DDR4-2400 16 GB DDR4-2400
Price 1,400 Euros 1,800 USD 2,500 Euros 1,800 Euros 3,000 Euros 3,000 Euros
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21 (GE72 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1405 MHz, Memory: 4000 MHz, GDDR5 (Samsung), ForceWare 376.33, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM, Dual-Channel, 2 of 2 slots used, max. 32 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN LED, 120Hz, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, 256 GB 
, SSD + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1TB HDD @ 7200 rpm. Bays: 1x m.2 (optional PCIe/NVMe), 1x 2.5-inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC899 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 2x 3.5 mm jack (headphones, microphone), Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 420 x 288 ( = 1.26 x 16.54 x 11.34 in)
Battery
51 Wh, 4730 mAh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD, 720p @ 30 fps
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2W speakers, 1x 3W woofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, 3 zones (Full-Color), Keyboard Light: yes, power adapter: 180 Watt, accessories: quick guide, Software: Dragon Center, MSI True Color, Nahimic 2, Steel Series Engine 3, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.99 kg ( = 105.47 oz / 6.59 pounds), Power Supply: 590 g ( = 20.81 oz / 1.3 pounds)
Price
1750 EUR

 

Case

The high-quality chassis of the MSI GE72VR is based on that of the MSI GS73VR's. The manufacturer combines plastic and brushed aluminum. The black surfaces look high-end and stable. However, the stability could be slightly better in the central part of the keyboard. The base unit can easily be depressed when applying light force. The lid with a black brushed aluminum design on the outside can be twisted by applying some force. The lit Gaming series logo on the lid is an eye-catcher. On the inside, the display is surrounded by a plastic frame. An MSI logo in its middle lower part attracts the attention. You can easily tell that this is an MSI laptop of the Apache series, thanks to the Apache logo on the rear side.

The two hinges hold the display in position well. One-handed opening is not possible since the hinges are quite stiff. Nevertheless, they cannot prevent a slight teetering. MSI has not equipped the GE72VR with a small maintenance hatch. Instead, the underside can be removed for servicing or upgrading. Please note: In addition to many screws, several plastic hooks hold the underside. Hence, we recommend using a sharp plastic edge in case you wish to open the device. Once the underside is removed, you can directly reach the inner components and the two small fans, which sit close to the left and right rear corners. Overall, MSI has produced a very well made gaming laptop. The design is simple, discreet, and not overdone. Thanks to an RGB keyboard light, which supports gimmicks such as color space, it is up to you how much attention you want to attract.

Size Comparison

Our size comparison shows that MSI has produced a relatively compact gaming laptop in the GE72VR. All devices in our comparison group are genuine 17-inch laptops. Nevertheless, the Acer Predator 17 and the Aorus X7 v6 are significantly larger than the MSI GE72VR. In terms of weight, our test model ranks in mid-range with almost 3.0 kg (~6.6 lb). Only the Asus GL702VM and the MSI GS73VR are slightly lighter. Since it is categorized as gaming laptop, buyers should not expect a light device. In view of the incorporated components, the MSI GE72VR's 3 kg (~6.6 lb) is indeed reasonable and not too heavy. By the way, the power adapter of our test sample weighs 590 g (~1.3 lb), while some of the rivals' power adapters exceed 800 g (~1.8 lb).

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Interfaces

Almost all of the MSI GE72VR's external interfaces sit on the left side. This is an advantage for right-handed people, since they will find enough space for moving the mouse. It is an advantage also that MSI has not omitted an optical drive. It sits on the right side next to the USB-2.0 port and the SD card reader. The power adapter is also positioned on this side towards the rear. The manufacturer has cleverly thought of an angled plug, so that the power cable leads backwards, away from the device. As already mentioned above, the left side provides all other interfaces. There is a lot of space between them. LAN, USB, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and the audio ports are very well spread over the entire left side. Two of a total of three USB Type-A ports support the USB-3.0 standard. In addition, the 17-inch laptop comes with a USB 3.1 Type C Gen2 port. We think MSI could have made the GE72VR even more future-proof if they had added a Thunderbolt 3 port.

Left side: Kensington Lock, RJ45-LAN, USB 3.0, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2, 2x 3.5 mm jack
Left side: Kensington Lock, RJ45-LAN, USB 3.0, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2, 2x 3.5 mm jack
Right side: DVD drive, USB 2.0, SD card reader, power-in
Right side: DVD drive, USB 2.0, SD card reader, power-in
Front side: speaker grilles, indicator LEDs
Front side: speaker grilles, indicator LEDs
Rear side: vent holes
Rear side: vent holes

SD Card Reader

The SD card reader, which sits to the right of the power-in, supports the usual formats SD, SDHC, and SDXC. The cards stick out of the slot by about five millimeters (~0.2 in). We check the card reader's performance with our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II). It achieves a poor rate of 20 MB/s on average when copying image files. The maximum rate is 20 MB/s in the sequential reading test of the AS SSD benchmark. Hence, the card reader is only suitable for occasional transferring of small amounts of data. We recommend an external solution connected via USB 3.0 for those who frequently transfer a lot of data to and from a memory card. The MSI GS73VR has the same performance problem. With the Predator 17, Acer shows that it does not have to be like this. Its card reader is about 300% faster, even though the performance of the Acer laptop is mid-range otherwise. Really fast SD card readers can easily achieve up to 200 MB/s nowadays.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼100% +290%
Aorus X7 v6
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼100% +290%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼97% +280%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72.6 MB/s ∼93% +263%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
68.1 MB/s ∼87% +241%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.8 MB/s ∼31% +19%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼26%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
88 MB/s ∼100% +340%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼99% +335%
Aorus X7 v6
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼99% +335%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.2 MB/s ∼98% +331%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84.6 MB/s ∼96% +323%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.6 MB/s ∼31% +38%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼23%

Communication

Wi-Fi module of the MSI GE72VR
Wi-Fi module of the MSI GE72VR

The MSI GE72VR can be connected to a network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The wired solution uses a Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet controller. Wi-Fi connections are handled by an Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 1365 module, which also supports Bluetooth. The Wi-Fi module supports popular standards such as IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/h/n and the new ac standard, which should ensure fast data transfers (maximum of 433 MBit/s).

The MSI GE72VR cannot fully convince in our real-world test in an optimal environment (1 m/~3 ft distance to the router). It falls behind the potential of the technology with a maximum transfer rate of only 308 MBit/s in receiving and 299 MBit/s in sending. The Aorus X7 v6 and the HP Omen 17-w110ng perform significantly better in sending and receiving.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
676 MBit/s ∼100% +119%
Aorus X7 v6
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
496 MBit/s ∼73% +61%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
308 MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Aorus X7 v6
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
554 MBit/s ∼100% +85%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
529 MBit/s ∼95% +77%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
299 MBit/s ∼54%

Security

The MSI GE72VR's security features include a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0). In addition, it is possible to protect the notebook against theft with a Kensington lock. The GE72VR lacks biometric security features.

Software

The MSI Dragon Center is the central tool for checking all system relevant data. In addition, it allows adjusting settings, for example keyboard light, sound, or display. The Dragon Center  provides links to some external programs (for sound and display settings). The System Monitor gives the user a good overview over the current system state. It depicts temperature, fan speed, and the load on each component in images. A special feature of the MSI is that you can optionally connect the notebook to your smartphone. The app for mobile phones worked flawlessly on an iPhone 6 Plus. After a short setup and establishing a connection with the laptop, the smartphone can also display the laptop's system files. You can even adjust system settings from the phone, but only to the extent the software allows it.

MSI Dragon Center

MSI Dragon Center, APP-Portal
APP-Portal
MSI Dragon Center, System Monitor
System Monitor
MSI Dragon Center, LED-Assistent
LED-Assistent
MSI Dragon Center, System Tuner
System Tuner
MSI Dragon Center, Mobile Center
Mobile Center
MSI Dragon Center, Tools & Help
Tools & Help

MSI Dragon Dashboard

MSI Dragon Dashboard, System Monitor
System Monitor
MSI Dragon Dashboard, LED Wizard
LED Wizard
MSI Dragon Dashboard System, Tuner
System Tuner

Accessories

The MSI GE72VR does not include extra accessories. Apart from the laptop, which is enveloped in a cloth, only the relatively compact power adapter and several documents (warranty information, quick guide) are in the box. We would have appreciated nice extras such as a mouse pad from MSI's gaming series.

Maintenance

The MSI GE72VR has many maintenance options. While the laptop does not have a maintenance hatch, it is possible to completely remove the underside of the base unit. However, you should take care to prevent any damage. We recommend loosening the cover with a sharp edge (made of plastic), since it is held by many small hooks. Once the underside is removed, you can clean the two fans or upgrade the system.

Operating System

The test model comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home 64-bit. The Professional version of Windows 10 64-bit is also supported. But that is all. The official driver support on the manufacturer's website does not list other operating systems so far.

Warranty

MSI includes a 24-month pick-up and return warranty. Optionally, you can extend the warranty period in several online shops for a surcharge.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Keyboard of the MSI GE72VR
Keyboard of the MSI GE72VR
Lit keyboard of the MSI GE72VR
Lit keyboard of the MSI GE72VR

The familiar SteelSeries keyboard is also used in the MSI GE72VR. The comfortably-sized keys are well incorporated into the top side of the base unit. The keyboard does not produce annoying noise when typing. The key travel is comfortable and the pressure point gives a good feedback, even though it could be a bit crispier. In the GE72VR, the manufacturer omits macro keys, although there would have been enough space for them at the sides or above the keyboard. The white key labels can be easily read. However, you might need some time to get used to several unusual keyboard symbols first. In poorly lit or dark rooms, the SteelSeries keyboard boasts of optical highlights. The MSI Dragon Center allows adjusting the light to your taste in all RGB colors. In addition, it can be configured in a way that keyboard parts can be differentiated by color.

Touchpad

Touchpad of the MSI GE72VR
Touchpad of the MSI GE72VR

The MSI GE72VR's touchpad is neatly incorporated in the base unit. A slanted, silver-shining chrome edge separates the input surface and the two dedicated buttons. The surface is brushed lengthways. Hence, its look goes well with the brushed aluminum look of the base unit. The texture of the surface is palpable, but not in a disturbing way. The touchpad has a size of 10.9 x 6.2 cm (~4.3 x 2.4 in). Multi-touch gestures would benefit from a slightly wider surface. This size is already rather small for a 17-inch laptop. We have also criticized the HP Omen 17-w110ng in this respect. However, the Omen 17's touchpad is 1 cm (~0.4 in) wider than the GE72VR's. Due to the height of the separate buttons, 1.8 cm of the 8 cm touchpad cannot be used as the keys cannot be used as input surface.

The quiet clicking noise of the mouse buttons gives the user a good feedback. Overall, the touchpad is well-made. Everything sits securely in its position, so that nothing wobbles or clatters accidentally.

Display

Subpixel
Subpixel
Good: almost no backlight bleeding
Good: almost no backlight bleeding

Our test sample uses the same panel as the MSI GT73VR, i.e. a TN panel with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. This gives a pixel density of 127 PPI. Many users might have a low opinion of TN displays. However, the quality of TN displays has improved significantly in the recent years. For example, MSI uses a high-end panel. A big advantage is the display refresh rate of 120 Hz. Thanks to this, games appear to run even smoother. Obviously, not every user experiences this in the same way.

As an alternative to the FHD TN panel, the MSI GE72VR is also available with IPS display with FHD or UHD resolution.

Unfortunately, the TN panel of our test sample reaches a modest brightness of only 254 cd/m², while it achieves a decent contrast (1038:1). The brightness distribution is 86% and should not be worse. It is great, that PWM is not used for brightness control. Another advantage is the minimal backlight bleeding. Completely black images show only minimal bleeding close to the edges (bottom and left).

237
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 275 cd/m² Average: 253.7 cd/m² Minimum: 4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 270 cd/m²
Contrast: 1038:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.33 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.46 | - Ø
100% sRGB (Argyll) 75% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.13
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), 1920x1080
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, 1920x1080
MSI GS73VR 6RF
1920x1080
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
LP173WF4-SPD1, 1920x1080
HP Omen 17-w110ng
LG Philips LGD046E, 1920x1080
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B), 3840x2160
Aorus X7 v6
B173QTN01.0 (AUO1096), 2560x1440
Response Times
-112%
-10%
-96%
-116%
-116%
-18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
28
38
-36%
28
-0%
29
-4%
37
-32%
37
-32%
31
-11%
Response Time Black / White *
8
23
-188%
9.6
-20%
23
-188%
24
-200%
24
-200%
10
-25%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-43%
6%
-28%
-6%
4%
-49%
Brightness
254
312
23%
315
24%
355
40%
342
35%
320
26%
312
23%
Brightness Distribution
86
91
6%
86
0%
79
-8%
87
1%
88
2%
80
-7%
Black Level *
0.26
0.5
-92%
0.308
-18%
0.39
-50%
0.31
-19%
0.25
4%
0.5
-92%
Contrast
1038
652
-37%
1095
5%
1000
-4%
1168
13%
1344
29%
686
-34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.33
6.3
-89%
2.96
11%
5.9
-77%
4.5
-35%
3.61
-8%
7.33
-120%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.46
7.37
-113%
2.57
26%
6.17
-78%
3.48
-1%
4.78
-38%
7.6
-120%
Gamma
2.13 113%
2.37 101%
2.25 107%
2.24 107%
2.23 108%
2.32 103%
2.19 110%
CCT
7419 88%
7116 91%
7114 91%
6955 93%
6144 106%
6185 105%
9024 72%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
75
55
-27%
74.3
-1%
55
-27%
55
-27%
88
17%
55
-27%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
83
-17%
100
0%
84
-16%
84
-16%
100
0%
84
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-78% / -57%
-2% / 3%
-62% / -41%
-61% / -28%
-56% / -20%
-34% / -43%

* ... smaller is better

The MSI GE72VR achieves a positive result in image quality. The combination of good contrast (1038:1) and quite a low black value (0.26 cd/m²) ensure strong colors and reduce gray haze in dark scenes. The DeltaE 2000 values exceed the target value of 3 only slightly out-of-the-box. (ColorChecker: 3.33, grayscale: 3.46). The calibration improved the values even further (ColorChecker: 0.89, grayscale: 2.05). In addition, the slight blue tint disappeared. We have linked the ICC profile for the panel to make it available for download.

The MSI GE72VR covers the sRGB color space perfectly with 100% and covers 75% of the bigger AdobeRGB color space. This result is not only good for amateur image editing, but might also appeal to professionals.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
MSI GE72VR vs. sRGB (100%)
MSI GE72VR vs. sRGB (100%)
MSI GE72VR vs. AdobeRGB (75%)
MSI GE72VR vs. AdobeRGB (75%)

Viewing angle stability is not really a specialty of TN panels. Nevertheless, the MSI GE72VR performs quite well. Color shifts and slight yellow haze only become visible at very acute viewing angles and should not disturb during normal use.

Viewing angles of the MSI GE72VR (120-Hz-Panel)
Viewing angles of the MSI GE72VR (120-Hz-Panel)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (27.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (44.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 962 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

The low display brightness of 254 cd/m² limits outdoor use somewhat. However, the matte display surface is an advantage, since it almost completely prevents disturbing reflections. Nevertheless, you should avoid light sources shining directly on the display. It is possible to use the display in the shade without noticeable limitations.

almost unlimited use in the shade
almost unlimited use in the shade
The sun should not ...
The sun should not ...
... shine onto the display directly.
... shine onto the display directly.

Performance

In terms of performance, the MSI GE72VR achieves throughout decent to good results, which reflect the performance potential of the used components. The fast Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor brings sufficient performance reserves for demanding applications. Together with 16 GB of RAM and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 variant with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the performance is even sufficient for current games. MSI does not offer faster GPUs for the GE72VR. Quite the reverse: An Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM is offered as an alternative. The RAM capacity can be upgraded to up to 32 GB (2x 16 GB).

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC-Latenzen
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
 

Processor

The Skylake CPU is cooled with two heatpipes.
The Skylake CPU is cooled with two heatpipes.

The CPU stems from Intel and is called Core i7-6700HQ. The fast and popular quad-core processor is soldered to the motherboard. The performance of the GE72VR ranks in mid-range. Several devices with the same processor are faster and others are slower. The difference does not exceed the normal variance. The Cinebench R15 results show that notebooks with the expensive Core i7-6820HK can outperform the GE72VR by up to 20%. The Aorus X7 v6 is clearly leading here.

The Core i7-6700HQ belongs to the Skylake family and features a TDP of 45 watts. Thanks to Hyperthreading, the 14 nm model can handle up to 8 simultaneous threads. Its base clock is 2.6 GHz. Thanks to Intel's Turbo Boost technology, the CPU can dynamically overclock to up to 3.5 GHz (1 core), 3.3 GHz (2 cores), or 3.1 GHz (4 cores).

The processor is popular in gaming notebooks. Its price performance ratio is adequate.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Single core rendering
Single core rendering
Multi core rendering
Multi core rendering
CPU & GPU load
CPU & GPU load
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X7 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
170 Points ∼100% +21%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK
154 Points ∼91% +10%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼87% +6%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
141 Points ∼83% +1%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼82%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼79% -4%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼79% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus X7 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
807 Points ∼100% +19%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK
704 Points ∼87% +4%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
679 Points ∼84% 0%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼84% 0%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼84%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
671 Points ∼83% -1%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
656 Points ∼81% -3%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X7 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.93 Points ∼100% +25%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.69 Points ∼88% +9%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.55 Points ∼80%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼78% -3%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼78% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus X7 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
8.88 Points ∼100% +20%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼84% +1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼84% +1%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.41 Points ∼83% 0%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.39 Points ∼83%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7206 Points ∼100% +17%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
6145 Points ∼85%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
26510 Points ∼100% +2%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
25885 Points ∼98%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
269.16 Points ∼100% +26%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK
236.01 Points ∼88% +10%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 38)
232.36 Points ∼86% +9%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
230.83 Points ∼86% +8%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
213.9 Points ∼79%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK
37616 Points ∼100% +22%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
37205 Points ∼99% +21%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 38)
34352 Points ∼91% +12%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
33508 Points ∼89% +9%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
30722 Points ∼82%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
1178.6 ms * ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 38)
1082 ms * ∼92% +8%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
1067.1 ms * ∼91% +9%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1010 ms * ∼86% +14%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3866
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
19720
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4720
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4138 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
25885 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6145 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.39 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
58.34 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.55 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
676 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
140 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
92.23 fps
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System Performance

The MSI GE72VR also ranks in mid-range in system performance. As in the Cinebench benchmarks, our test model does not really excel. Only in the PCMark 8 Home benchmark, our test model performs marginally worse than the in-house competitor (MSI GS73VR) and comes in last place. The PCMark 8 Work benchmark shows a different picture: Our MSI GE72VR climbs to third place.

Subjectively, the device works smoothly and reliably. It only takes a few seconds before Windows can be used after power-on. The combination of the storage devices (SSD + HDD) makes sense. Finally, the GeForce GTX 1060 shows that sufficient GPU performance is available.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage
PCMark 7 - Score
Aorus X7 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK, 2700, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5946 Points ∼100% +2%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5809 Points ∼98%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
5556 Points ∼93% -4%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4114 Points ∼69% -29%
PCMark 8
Storage Score v2
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
5018 Points ∼100% +2%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK, 2700, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
4962 Points ∼99% 0%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4942 Points ∼98%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
4230 Points ∼84% -14%
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
5394 Points ∼100% +12%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK, 2700, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
5104 Points ∼95% +6%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4831 Points ∼90%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4809 Points ∼89% 0%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
4774 Points ∼89% -1%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
7128 Points ∼100% +44%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
6361 Points ∼89% +29%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
5062 Points ∼71% +3%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4933 Points ∼69%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
2303 Points ∼32% -53%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4833 Points ∼100% +21%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4670 Points ∼97% +17%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK, 2700, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
4214 Points ∼87% +6%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Intel Core i7-6820HK, 2700, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
4214 Points ∼87% +6%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
4060 Points ∼84% +2%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
4012 Points ∼83% +1%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
3985 Points ∼82%
PCMark Vantage Result
20205 points
PCMark 7 Score
5809 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3985 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4933 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4831 points
Help

Storage Devices

AS SSD
AS SSD

As for storage devices, MSI combines an SSD and a conventional hard drive. The solid-state drive stems from Toshiba's HG6 series. It has a storage capacity of 256 GB, which is sufficient for the operating system and the most frequently used applications. The SSD uses the M.2-2280 slot of the laptop and connects at SATA III speed. According to the manufacturer's specification, the drive can achieve transfer rates of up to 534 MB/s (reading) and 482 MB/s (writing). We have checked these claims with the AS SSD benchmark and got 491 MB/s in reading and 444 MB/s in writing. The achieved results are decent. Only the 4K read rate of just under 20 MB/s could be slightly better.

It is possible to incorporate faster M.2 SSDs as an alternative, since the interface also supports NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4. Games, which sometimes take up exorbitant amount of space on drives, can be installed on the 1 TB hard drive from HGST. The platters of the 2.5-inch drive rotate at 7200 RPM. HD Tune reports an average transfer rate of 112 MB/s. This result meets our expectations.

Since the laptop lacks free drive bays, you can only expand the storage capacity by replacing existing drives.

The SSD from Toshiba uses ...
The SSD from Toshiba uses ...
... the M.2-2280 slot.
... the M.2-2280 slot.
The 1 TB HDD stems from HGST ...
The 1 TB HDD stems from HGST ...
... and rotates at 7200 rpm.
... and rotates at 7200 rpm.
CrystalDiskMark SSD
CrystalDiskMark SSD
ATTO SSD
ATTO SSD
CrystalDiskMark HDD
CrystalDiskMark HDD
HD Tune HDD
HD Tune HDD
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
MSI GS73VR 6RF
SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Aorus X7 v6
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-86%
-18%
35%
65%
197%
Write 4k QD32
178.1
1.186
-99%
167.1
-6%
250.9
41%
295.3
66%
530.8
198%
Read 4k QD32
335.4
1.106
-100%
251.6
-25%
364.4
9%
600.2
79%
695.7
107%
Write 4k
86.83
1.146
-99%
42.51
-51%
91.39
5%
153.3
77%
155.5
79%
Read 4k
21.23
0.602
-97%
20.3
-4%
37.48
77%
42.7
101%
44.33
109%
Write 512
247.2
63.33
-74%
254.4
3%
404.2
64%
294.7
19%
1103
346%
Read 512
427.2
44.85
-90%
242.3
-43%
452.4
6%
616.2
44%
966.3
126%
Write Seq
274.6
130.6
-52%
319
16%
483.7
76%
294.9
7%
1411
414%
Read Seq
509.7
134.6
-74%
334.3
-34%
513.3
1%
1156
127%
1499
194%
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Sequential Read: 509.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 274.6 MB/s
512K Read: 427.2 MB/s
512K Write: 247.2 MB/s
4K Read: 21.23 MB/s
4K Write: 86.83 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 335.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 178.1 MB/s

Graphic Card

The Nvidia GPU is soldered.
The Nvidia GPU is soldered.

Since the MSI GE72VR is upper mid-range, the manufacturer has equipped it with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The graphic card is not placed in a replaceable MXM module, but, like the CPU, soldered to the motherboard. The table shows that devices with GeForce GTX 1070 perform significantly better than GeForce GTX 1060 notebooks. However, the former are also more expensive. There is no clear winner among the three devices with GeForce GTX 1060. All of them are just about on par. The MSI GE72VR wins by a nose. However, this difference is not noticeable.

When 3D performance is not necessary, the integrated HD Graphics 530 takes over the rendering. The GeForce GTX 1060 and the HD Graphics 530 are switched in the background and the user will not notice this. For example, the Intel chip can take the load from the processor during video playback. Thanks to a revised video decoder, full hardware acceleration of H.265-/HVEC files is now available.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 06
3DMark 06
3DMark 05
3DMark 05
3DMark 03
3DMark 03
 
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Aorus X7 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
23591 Points ∼100% +57%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
21228 Points ∼90% +41%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
21172 Points ∼90% +41%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
20656 Points ∼88% +38%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
15019 Points ∼64%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14904 Points ∼63% -1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14317 Points ∼61% -5%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Aorus X7 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17068 Points ∼100% +47%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16046 Points ∼94% +38%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
15806 Points ∼93% +36%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
15718 Points ∼92% +35%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11617 Points ∼68%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11506 Points ∼67% -1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11311 Points ∼66% -3%
3DMark 03 Standard
87152 points
3DMark 05 Standard
23823 points
3DMark 06 Standard
25697 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
33893 points
3DMark 11 Performance
12474 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
81901 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
22892 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9704 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5118 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3648 points
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Gaming Performance

Steam reports that the system is ready for VR.
Steam reports that the system is ready for VR.

In terms of gaming performance, laptops with GeForce GTX 1070 outperform devices with GeForce GTX 1060 by 30 to 60%. Nevertheless, the GeForce GTX 1060's performance is often sufficient for running current games in Full HD and with maximum settings. However, you had better select the preset "high" in the game “Deus Ex Mankind Divided”, since the frame rate falls to just under 30 fps with maximum preset, which might quickly cause stuttering. As already mentioned above, the performance is sufficient for modern games. However, the GeForce GTX 1060 might be hard put to deliver a stutter-free gaming experience with maximum details in future games. Devices are future-proof, when they come with a GeForce GTX 1070 or better. Currently, a GeForce GTX 1070 or a GTX 1080 is required for 4K gaming. The performance of the GeForce GTX 1060 is not high enough for smooth running of demanding games in 4K. We have tested the VR capability with the free Steam VR benchmark, which reported "Ready".

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Aorus X7 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
97 fps ∼100% +65%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
89.7 (min: 80) fps ∼92% +53%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
85.5 fps ∼88% +45%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
84.2 fps ∼87% +43%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
61.4 fps ∼63% +4%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
58.8 (min: 53) fps ∼61%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Aorus X7 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
111 fps ∼100% +56%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
107.6 fps ∼97% +51%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
105.6 (min: 96) fps ∼95% +48%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
97.1 fps ∼87% +36%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
72.4 fps ∼65% +2%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
71.3 (min: 65) fps ∼64%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS AF:8x
Aorus X7 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
41.1 fps ∼100% +37%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
37.5 fps ∼91% +25%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
30.1 (min: 23.4) fps ∼73%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
27.3 fps ∼66% -9%
1920x1080 High Preset AF:4x
Aorus X7 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
74.1 fps ∼100% +30%
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
66.7 fps ∼90% +17%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
57.1 (min: 46.3) fps ∼77%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
48.7 fps ∼66% -15%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
103.8 (min: 19.8) fps ∼100% +6%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
100 fps ∼96% +2%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
98.9 fps ∼95% +1%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
98 (min: 11.6) fps ∼94%
1366x768 High Preset
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
166.4 fps ∼100% +4%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
161 (min: 35.8) fps ∼97% +1%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
159.5 (min: 15) fps ∼96%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
156.9 fps ∼94% -2%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
58 fps ∼100% +56%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
50.8 (min: 41) fps ∼88% +37%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
37.2 (min: 25) fps ∼64%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
103.8 fps ∼100% +57%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
94.8 (min: 69) fps ∼91% +43%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
66.2 (min: 39) fps ∼64%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 181.3175.9159.598fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 177135.966.237.224.7fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 180132.471.358.823.7fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 113.9100.357.130.1fps
Discussion

Emissions

System Noise

In view of the field of application, system noise should not be a priority. Gaming notebooks with high performance cannot be designed in a way that they run silently. The fans are even noticeable when idling and generate a noise of about 35 dB(A). Under load, the noise increases to 40 dB(A) on average. During permanent stress with Prime95 and FurMark, we measured a maximum of 51 dB(A). The table shows that all gaming laptops get similarly loud. Only the Asus GL702VM works slightly quieter and performs 7% better in this respect. 40 dB(A) during average load (3DMark 2006, energy plan: balanced) is a good result, which is out of reach for the other devices in this comparison.

System noise: idle
System noise: idle
System noise: load
System noise: load
Noise characteristic: speakers
Noise characteristic: speakers
Two small fans ...
Two small fans ...
... and a total of 6 heatpipes ...
... and a total of 6 heatpipes ...
... constitute the cooling system.
... constitute the cooling system.

Noise Level

Idle
34 / 35 / 36 dB(A)
DVD
41 / dB(A)
Load
40 / 51 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31 dB(A)
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
MSI GS73VR 6RF
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X7 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Noise
7%
1%
0%
-1%
-3%
-4%
Idle Minimum *
34
31.4
8%
31.9
6%
31.2
8%
33
3%
33
3%
33
3%
Idle Average *
35
31.4
10%
32
9%
32.6
7%
34
3%
34
3%
35
-0%
Idle Maximum *
36
31.5
12%
34
6%
34.75
3%
35
3%
40
-11%
40
-11%
Load Average *
40
40.9
-2%
47
-18%
47.8
-20%
45
-13%
44
-10%
43
-8%
Load Maximum *
51
46.2
9%
49.4
3%
49.7
3%
52
-2%
50
2%
54
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

3DMark 11 after the stress test
3DMark 11 after the stress test

The case temperatures of the MSI GE72VR are 24 °C (~75 °F) on average without load. The maximum idle value of just under 30 °C (~86 °F) is still fine. This changes under load. The temperature reaches up to 49 °C (~120 °F) on the top side. This hotspot is close to the center of the keyboard. In addition, the top side of the base unit gets significantly warmer than the underside. Overall, the test model ranks in mid-range. It is striking that all contenders - apart from the Acer Predator 17 - exceed 50 °C (~122 °F). Some of them even reach up to 60 °C (~140 °F/MSI GS73VR).

During the stress test, the processor reaches a maximum of 97 °C (~207 °F). However, it does not throttle. The CPU clock falls from initially 3.1 GHz to 2.7 to 2.9 GHz after a while.

The temperature of GeForce GTX 1060 climbs to a maximum of 85 °C (~185 °F). Under full GPU load (simulated by the FurMark tool), the GPU clocks at about 1200 MHz (clock rate fluctuates between 1189 and 1215 MHz). This stress causes a 500 points lower score in the subsequently run 3DMark11 when compared to the cold run.

Stress test: FurMark + Prime95
Stress test: FurMark + Prime95
Full load (top side; Optris PI 640)
Full load (top side; Optris PI 640)
Full load (underside; Optris PI 640)
Full load (underside; Optris PI 640)
Max. Load
 47.4 °C48.5 °C44.3 °C 
 47.6 °C48.8 °C42.4 °C 
 41.6 °C40.7 °C27.8 °C 
Maximum: 48.8 °C
Average: 43.2 °C
39.4 °C41.4 °C48.2 °C
31.7 °C37.8 °C43.4 °C
22.9 °C31.7 °C36.7 °C
Maximum: 48.2 °C
Average: 37 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.8 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
MSI GS73VR 6RF
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X7 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Heat
-5%
-4%
-2%
1%
4%
0%
Maximum Upper Side *
48.8
53.1
-9%
50.8
-4%
53.3
-9%
45
8%
42.6
13%
47.5
3%
Maximum Bottom *
48.2
44.9
7%
60
-24%
50
-4%
54.3
-13%
44.9
7%
54.5
-13%
Idle Upper Side *
30.1
32.9
-9%
27.4
9%
30.3
-1%
29.6
2%
33.1
-10%
28.6
5%
Idle Bottom *
30.4
33.4
-10%
28.8
5%
28
8%
28.6
6%
28.9
5%
28.8
5%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The MSI GE72VR's sound system stems from Dynaudio. The left side and the right side of the slanted front edge each house two speakers. A separate woofer generates bass. The maximum volume is more than sufficient for a normal living room. The sound quality is solid and good enough to enjoy videos. Even though the MSI GE72VR features a subwoofer, you should not expect too much from the bass. High tones and mid tones are more powerful than low tones. Not even the settings of the included audio software, Nahimic 2, are able to improve this. The Dynaudio system cannot keep up with a decent external 2.1-system. Gamers should use a good headset.

The speakers are located...
The speakers are located...
... in front part of the base unit.
... in front part of the base unit.
The subwoofer sits further back.
The subwoofer sits further back.
Software allows to adjust the sound...
Software allows to adjust the sound...
... according to your requirements.
... according to your requirements.
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.437.62540.741.33138.442.94032.238.15029.139632839.88025.445.210023.9511252359.916023.959.120022.366.225022.568.731520.976.440019.478.350020.282.163019.483.180019.781.3100019.579.2125019.477.9160019.681.3200019.381250019.583.7315019.479.4400019.481.4500019.277.7630019.274.380001970.9100001977.91250018.872.91600018.670.3SPL31.692.2N1.6101median 19.4MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21median 77.9Delta0.8637.942.234.836.927.730.132.740.628.630.426.427.629.530.826.131.424.627.922.336.523.755.322.662.320.563.219.562.519.262.91967.818.668.91868.418.363.91970.518.171.118.268.818.470.618.374.718.474.518.577.818.67518.678.818.57618.665.730.8851.562.2median 18.6HP Omen 17-w110ngmedian 68.41.66.6hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 29%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

HP Omen 17-w110ng audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 55% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 29%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The MSI GE72VR performs well in power consumption and is on par with the Asus GL702VM. As expected, contenders with a more powerful GPU (GeForce GTX 1070) need significantly more energy. When idling, the GE72VR is satisfied with a maximum of 26 watts. Under average load, our test model achieves the lowest result in our comparison with 83 watts. Under full load, the energy demand climbs to a maximum of 169 watts. Hence, our test sample requires about 15% more energy than the Asus GL702VM. It is striking that MSI keeps the idle consumption under control significantly better here than in the GS73VR.

The power adapter of the GE72VR can provide a maximum of 180 W. Hence, the battery can also be charged when the system is under full load.

The relatively compact power adapter ...
The relatively compact power adapter ...
... is rated at 180 watts.
... is rated at 180 watts.
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 13 / 20 / 26 Watt
Load midlight 83 / 169 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
MSI GS73VR 6RF
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X7 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Power Consumption
0%
-40%
-10%
-22%
-60%
-62%
Idle Minimum *
13
15.6
-20%
22.6
-74%
14
-8%
19
-46%
25
-92%
29
-123%
Idle Average *
20
20.2
-1%
32.7
-64%
20
-0%
25
-25%
35
-75%
31
-55%
Idle Maximum *
26
21.4
18%
32.8
-26%
23.8
8%
31
-19%
46
-77%
38
-46%
Load Average *
83
90
-8%
114.7
-38%
103
-24%
90
-8%
103
-24%
111
-34%
Load Maximum *
169
147
13%
167.9
1%
212
-25%
193
-14%
223
-32%
253
-50%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

3DMark 11 on battery
3DMark 11 on battery
Lithium ion battery rated at 51 Wh
Lithium ion battery rated at 51 Wh

To put it briefly, the battery runtimes of the GE72VR are disappointing. The battery is integrated into the case. In order to remove it, you will have to take the underside off first. The lithium ion battery has a capacity of only 51 Wh. Therewith, the GE72VR features the smallest battery in our comparison group. A full charge is sufficient for 3:16 hours when the system is idling. It lasts only 40 minutes under load. The 17-inch laptop achieves 2:22 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test. Although our test model cannot shine in this respect, it still comes last but one. The Medion Erazer X7849 has even shorter battery runtimes.

The GPU throttles its performance on battery. The unplugged laptop achieved only 5918 points in 3DMark 11.

maximum battery life
maximum battery life
minimum battery life
minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 16min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
2h 22min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 40min
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
51 Wh
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
76 Wh
MSI GS73VR 6RF
65 Wh
Medion Erazer X7849 MD 60292
60 Wh
HP Omen 17-w110ng
95 Wh
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
88 Wh
Aorus X7 v6
94 Wh
Battery Runtime
90%
65%
-3%
112%
69%
28%
Reader / Idle
196
353
80%
353
80%
163
-17%
432
120%
278
42%
Load
40
87
118%
66
65%
57
43%
115
188%
89
123%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
142
250
76%
213
50%
91
-36%
247
74%
200
41%
182
28%
H.264
140
262
87%
233
66%

Pro

+ attractive design
+ good build quality
+ comfortable keyboard with smart light
+ matte 120 Hz display
+ weighs only 3.0 kg
+ GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB VRAM
+ good gaming performance
+ MSI Dragon Center + Dragon Dashboard for the smartphone

Cons

- very slow SD card reader
- slightly small touchpad
- low battery life
- no NVMe-SSD installed

Verdict

In review: MSI GE72VR. Test model provided by MSI Germany
In review: MSI GE72VR. Test model provided by MSI Germany

MSI offers many good high-end devices. However, not everyone is willing to spend 2000 Euros (~$2120) on a laptop. With the GE72VR, the manufacturer caters for the upper mid-range and charges 1750 Euros (~$1855) for the test configuration. However, our test model does not win in terms of price/performance, since the HP Omen (Pascal) features a significantly faster GPU with the GeForce GTX 1070 and belongs to the same price category as the GE72VR. The 17-inch laptop can particularly score points with its elegant and slim design and its good build quality. You should also not forget the 120-Hz display, since it is a unique feature and performs very well despite TN technology. Gimmicks such as the lit keyboard and the Dragon Center from MSI are good and should be kept.

Anyone buying the GE72VR will get a solid gaming notebook with sufficient performance for current games. Details and nice features make the bundle complete. In addition, gamers will find the 120 Hz display appealing.

Apart from the positive impressions, there are also a few complaints. For example, the slightly small input surface of the touchpad makes multi-touch control (e.g. zoom) more difficult. In addition, we have to criticize the poor battery life. Maybe the manufacturer will reconsider the battery capacity in future devices and, so, make the usage more versatile.

MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21 - 12/29/2016 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
78 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 74%
Weight
57 / 66 → 83%
Battery
65%
Display
87%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
85 / 95 → 89%
Noise
69 / 90 → 77%
Audio
78%
Camera
65 / 85 → 76%
Average
76%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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