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Face Off: MSI GS63VR vs. Aorus X5S v5 vs. Aorus X5 v6

Super-slim gaming. The GS63VR is one of the thinnest notebooks with GTX 1060 graphics, but how does it compare to the GTX 980M and GTX 1070 in the Aorus X5S v5 and X5 v6? Our measurements show the performance and power consumption gaps between these popular Maxwell and Pascal systems.

The massive performance-per-Watt benefits of Pascal have turned the gaming notebook market over its head. In the pre-Pascal world, notebook gamers who wanted GTX 980-level graphics were largely limited to hulking 40 mm or thicker choices like the MSI GT72 or Asus G701VO. Now, users can get the same performance or even higher from a Pascal notebook under 20 mm thick.

Our comparison today pits the recently released 15.6-inch MSI GS63VR up against the Aorus X5S v5 with GTX 980M graphics and the latest Aorus x5 v6 with GTX 1070 graphics. Their GPUs may not be the same, but its their relative performances, features, and power consumption between them that make this comparison worth exploring.

We encourage users to check out our dedicated review pages below for more data and detailed analyses of each of the three models. This comparison is by no means a replacement, but a condensed aid for those on the fence. 

MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6

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Case

Both of the MSI and Aorus systems utilize aluminum alloy from top to bottom. While workmanship is good with no uneven gaps between materials, quality is a mixed bag on both models. The GS63VR, for example, has a much more flexible base than the Aorus and its display flexes quite easily as well. The Aorus base is sturdier with less creaking and is overall stronger than the MSI notebook due in part to its larger dimensions. Disappointingly, the lid on the Aorus is not significantly stronger and is one of the weakest aspects of the system.

The size and weight differences between the GS63VR and Aorus X5 series are very noticeable. The MSI is at least half a kilogram lighter and almost 5 mm thinner to be one of the most portable Pascal systems available today. This isn't to say that the Aorus is a poor choice as it is an intermediate between the MSI GS63VR and larger 17-inch alternatives like the Alienware 17 or GT72.

390 mm / 15.4 inch 272 mm / 10.7 inch 22.9 mm / 0.902 inch 2.6 kg5.68 lbs390 mm / 15.4 inch 272 mm / 10.7 inch 22.9 mm / 0.902 inch 2.5 kg5.58 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 249 mm / 9.8 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs

Ports in Comparison

MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6

Connectivity

Hardcore gamers ought to pay attention to the minute differences between the GS63VR and Aorus X5 series in terms connectivity features. The Aorus X5 series lacks Thunderbolt 3, but makes up for it with both HDMI 2.0 and mDP 1.3. The GS63VR is the opposite with its Thunderbolt 3 port and older HDMI 1.4 and mDP 1.2 ports. Thus, users who intend to game on 4K external monitors should take a careful look at what ports are available since HDMI 1.4 does not support 4K at 60 FPS. The legacy VGA port has finally been dropped on the latest X5 v6 refresh.

Beyond the video-out differences, the GS63VR has the audio advantage with its gold-plated audio ports and dedicated ESS Sabre HiFi DAC for proper support of studio-grade headsets. Port placement is less favorable on the MSI, however, as its left edge can feel too crowded for left-handed users when compared to Aorus.

Ports and Connections

MSI GS63VR Aorus X5S v5 Aorus X5 v6
USB 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C + Thunderbolt 3 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C gen. 2 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C gen. 2
Video-out 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x mDP 1.2 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x mDP 1.3, 1x VGA 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x mDP 1.3
Audio Headphone jack, Microphone jack Headphone jack, Microphone jack Headphone jack, Microphone jack
Other Gigabit RJ-45, SD reader, Kensington Lock Gigabit RJ-45, SD reader, Kensington Lock Gigabit RJ-45, SD reader, Kensington Lock
Storage Bays 1x M.2 2280, 1x 2.5-inch SATA III 3x M.2 2280, 1x 2.5-inch SATA III 3x M.2 2280, 1x 2.5-inch SATA III

Input Devices

The SteelSeries keyboard on the MSI should be instantly familiar to owners of the GT72, GS60, or any of MSI's flagship G series notebooks. Its keys are quiet with ample travel and satisfactory feedback for a comfortable typing experience. In comparison, the keyboard keys on the Aorus X5 tend to clatter more loudly and have a slightly lighter feedback when pressed. They're far from being poor, but we do prefer the MSI solution both for gaming and general word processing.

In terms of features, the Aorus X5 v6 comes out ahead by far. Its keyboard offers individually lit RGB keys whereas MSI has made no significant changes to its barebones SteelSeries offering since the last GS60 iteration. Aorus offers a column of dedicated Macro keys as well for increased customization compared to none on the MSI. Note that these Macro keys are larger on the X5 v6 compared to the X5S and older SKUs.

The touchpad on the MSI is slightly smaller than on the Aorus X5 v6 and we experienced some precision issues when gliding very slowly across its surface. Meanwhile, we experienced no issues on the Aorus X5 v6 touchpad for simple cursor controls and multi-finger gestures, but its integrated click is softer than on the MSI.

MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6
MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6

Display

The Aorus X5 series has been a roller coaster ride in display options. The early 2015 X5 SKU with GTX 965M SLI graphics shipped with a 3K 2880 x 1620 resolution panel before dropping it in favor of a 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution panel on the X5S v5 update. The current X5 v6 SKU has taken a step back to the same 3K panel as on the 2015 X5 with no 4K option in sight. Optionally, users can configure the X5 v6 with a 1080p 120 Hz/5 ms TN panel as an alternative to the 3K panel.

In comparison, the MSI system can be equipped with either a standard 1080p IPS panel or a 4K one. This isn't necessarily a disadvantage as the 1080p resolution pairs up excellently with the GTX 1060, but we would have appreciated a 120 Hz/5 ms display option like on the larger MSI GS73VR. The display backlight on the GS63VR is dimmer than on the Aorus X5 series and colors are more inaccurate out of the box, but the panel itself is capable of deeper colors after calibration because of its wider gamut while still exhibiting faster response times.

All our tested models suffer from PWM and light to moderate levels of backlight bleeding.

MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6
MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6
Displays at a Glance

MSI GS63VR Aorus X5 Aorus X5S v5 Aorus X5 v6
Size 15.6-inch IPS 15.6-inch IPS 15.6-inch IPS 15.6-inch IPS
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 2880 x 1620 3840 x 2160 2880 x 1620
Pixel Density 141 PPI 212 PPI 282 PPI 212 PPI
Panel ID Samsung 156HL01-104 Panasonic VVX16T028J00 Sharp LQ156D1JW04 Panasonic VVX16T028J00
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth ProAorus X5Aorus X5S v5Aorus X5 v6
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.2 (20, 21.2)
34 (19, 25)
Response Time Black / White *
26 (8, 18)
36 (17.2, 18.8)
32 (8, 24)
PWM Frequency
202 (100)
198 (20)
198.4
Screen
Brightness middle
293
324.3
324.7
280.4
Brightness
279
317
324
271
Brightness Distribution
84
87
90
83
Black Level *
0.33
0.553
0.403
0.249
Contrast
888
586
806
1126
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.59
3.53
2.62
4.94
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.79
4.59
8.13
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.86
3.12
2.55
5.13
Gamma
2.53 87%
2.28 96%
2.11 104%
2.26 97%
CCT
7229 90%
6600 98%
7000 93%
7433 87%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
55.4
59.4
55.9
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
85.2
92.3
85.9
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

MSI GS63VR color profile
MSI GS63VR color profile
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6

Performance

CPU Performance

CineBench benchmarks show the i7-6820HK in the X5 v6 outperforming the i7-6700HQ in the GS63VR and X5S v5 by about 20 percent. Our X5 v6 test unit was shipped to us overclocked, however, so its performance advantages are slightly exaggerated. The system is able to maintain higher core clock rates as demonstrated on our Stress Test section.

As for serviceability, Both the Aorus X5 series and the GS63VR are easy to access from the bottom. The motherboard on the MSI is upside-down, so additional disassembly is required to access its heat pipes and RAM modules. Meanwhile, the X5 series has been receiving minor internal updates with each SKU revision as shown by our shots below. The CPU and GPU in the latest X5 v6 share a single heat pipe between them as opposed to none on the X5S v5. 

See our dedicated CPU pages on the Core i7-6700HQ and i7-6820HK for more benchmarks and comparisons.

Hardware at a Glance

MSI GS63VR Aorus X5 Aorus X5S v5 Aorus X5 v6
CPU 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ 2.7 GHz Core i7-5700HQ 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ 2.7 GHz Core i7-6820HK
TDP 45 W 47 W 45 W 45 W
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, 2x SODIMM 16 GB DDR3, PC3-14900, Dual-Channel, 4x SODIMM 16 GB DDR4, PC4-17000, Dual-Channel, 4x SODIMM 16 GB DDR4, PC4-19200, Dual-Channel, 4x SODIMM
GPU GeForce GTX 1060 w/ Optimus GeForce GTX 965M SLI GeForce GTX 980M w/ Optimus GeForce GTX 1070
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
139 Points ∼64%
Aorus X5
144 Points ∼66%
Aorus X5S v5
138 Points ∼63%
Aorus X5 v6
171 Points ∼78%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
667 Points ∼15%
Aorus X5
668 Points ∼15%
Aorus X5S v5
681 Points ∼16%
Aorus X5 v6
790 Points ∼18%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
1.65 Points ∼68%
Aorus X5
1.66 Points ∼68%
Aorus X5S v5
1.64 Points ∼67%
Aorus X5 v6
1.94 Points ∼80%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
7.33 Points ∼22%
Aorus X5
7.3 Points ∼22%
Aorus X5S v5
7.47 Points ∼22%
Aorus X5 v6
8.9 Points ∼27%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Aorus X5
7138 Points ∼69%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Aorus X5
25941 Points ∼34%
wPrime 2.0x
1024m (sort by value)
Aorus X5
221.927 s * ∼3%
Aorus X5S v5
229.514 s * ∼3%
Aorus X5 v6
210.349 s * ∼2%
32m (sort by value)
Aorus X5
6.84 s * ∼1%
Aorus X5S v5
7.505 s * ∼2%
Aorus X5 v6
6.434 s * ∼1%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
Aorus X5
565.637 Seconds * ∼3%
Aorus X5S v5
565.023 Seconds * ∼3%
Aorus X5 v6
486.718 Seconds * ∼2%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Aorus X5
10026 Points ∼35%
Aorus X5S v5
9619 Points ∼33%
Aorus X5 v6
11899 Points ∼41%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
9327 Points ∼32%
Aorus X5
10138 Points ∼35%
Aorus X5S v5
9615 Points ∼33%
Aorus X5 v6
11899 Points ∼41%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
6460 Points ∼16%
Aorus X5
7439 Points ∼19%
Aorus X5S v5
6890 Points ∼17%
Aorus X5 v6
8632 Points ∼22%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Aorus X5
57700 Points ∼67%
Aorus X5S v5
46336 Points ∼54%
Aorus X5 v6
55770 Points ∼65%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Aorus X5
56359 Points ∼67%
Aorus X5S v5
39324 Points ∼47%
Aorus X5 v6
53491 Points ∼64%
PCMark 7
System Storage (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
4185 Points ∼59%
Aorus X5
5744 Points ∼80%
Computation (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
17829 Points ∼63%
Aorus X5
11675 Points ∼41%
Creativity (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
8501 Points ∼59%
Aorus X5
9803 Points ∼68%
Entertainment (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
4216 Points ∼39%
Aorus X5
5739 Points ∼54%
Productivity (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
4721 Points ∼43%
Aorus X5
5715 Points ∼52%
Lightweight (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
4442 Points ∼61%
Aorus X5
6471 Points ∼88%
Score (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
5321 Points ∼58%
Aorus X5
6471 Points ∼71%
PCMark 8
Storage Score (sort by value)
Aorus X5
5004 Points ∼99%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
4859 Points ∼75%
Aorus X5
4578 Points ∼70%
Aorus X5S v5
3937 Points ∼60%
Aorus X5 v6
5053 Points ∼78%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
5171 Points ∼49%
Aorus X5
5270 Points ∼50%
Aorus X5S v5
4747 Points ∼45%
Aorus X5 v6
7973 Points ∼76%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
4060 Points ∼67%
Aorus X5
4317 Points ∼71%
Aorus X5S v5
3260 Points ∼54%
Aorus X5 v6
4828 Points ∼79%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
Aorus X5
39.78 fps ∼1%
Aorus X5S v5
42.36 fps ∼1%
Aorus X5 v6
47.1 fps ∼1%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
Aorus X5
165.72 fps ∼61%
Aorus X5S v5
156.2 fps ∼58%
Aorus X5 v6
184.7 fps ∼68%

* ... smaller is better

MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5
Aorus X5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6

GPU Performance

The GTX 1060 in the GS63VR outperforms the GTX 980M in the Aorus X5 v5 by about 24 percent according to 3DMark Fire Strike and even the GTX 965M SLI in the older Aorus X5 by about 15 percent. Indeed, a Maxwell SLI solution would be both slower and extremely inefficient when compared to what Pascal GPUs have to offer. Meanwhile, the jump from a GTX 1060 to a GTX 1070 results in a huge performance leap of about 50 percent according to the same 3DMark benchmark.

See our dedicated GPU pages on the GTX 980M, GTX 1060, and GTX 1070 for additional benchmarks and comparisons. Our dedicated review on the Pascal series also provides more technical information on the GTX 1060 and 1070.

3DMark
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics (sort by value)
Aorus X5S v5
2212 Points ∼22%
Aorus X5 v6
4191 Points ∼41%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Aorus X5
4892 Points ∼25%
Aorus X5S v5
4426 Points ∼22%
Aorus X5 v6
8556 Points ∼43%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
11730 Points ∼29%
Aorus X5
10207 Points ∼25%
Aorus X5S v5
9441 Points ∼23%
Aorus X5 v6
17869 Points ∼44%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
15075 Points ∼30%
Aorus X5
14428 Points ∼28%
Aorus X5S v5
12197 Points ∼24%
Aorus X5 v6
23723 Points ∼47%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
102.15 fps ∼41%
Aorus X5
116.35 fps ∼47%
Aorus X5S v5
99.51 fps ∼40%
Aorus X5 v6
123.21 fps ∼49%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
101.8 fps ∼38%
Aorus X5S v5
87 fps ∼33%
Aorus X5 v6
136.8 fps ∼52%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
55.5 fps ∼28%
Aorus X5S v5
47.1 fps ∼23%
Aorus X5 v6
97.4 fps ∼48%

Stress Test

We run both Prime95 and FurMark to simulate maximum stress and to test system stability. These unrealistic conditions do not represent daily workloads and are instead meant to put both the CPU and GPU at 100 percent capacity.

It's not uncommon for Ultrabooks or mainstream notebooks to throttle when subjected to extreme loads, but gamers will want every ounce of performance from their devices. The three notebooks here exhibit no major CPU throttling when under extreme stress with the X5 v6 stabilizing at slightly higher clock rates of 3.2 GHz compared to 3.1 GHz and 2.9 GHz on the X5S v5 and GS63VR, respectively. Consequently, core temperature is higher on the X5 v6 at about 93 C while the X5S v5 stabilizes at a more acceptable 78 C range. GPU temperatures between the notebooks are almost identical at the mid 80 C range despite the generational gap and size differences.

MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6
CPU and GPU Clock Rates Under Stress

MSI GS63VR Aorus X5S v5 Aorus X5 v6
Processor Core i7-6700HQ Core i7-6700HQ Core i7-6820HK
Rated GPU Core Clock (MHz) 1405 1038 1442
Stable GPU Core Clock on FurMark (MHz) 1240 810 1354
Rated CPU Core Clock (GHz) 2.6 2.6 2.7
Stable CPU Core Clock on Prime95 (GHz) 2.9 3.1 3.2
Average CPU temperature 90 C 78 C 93 C
Average GPU temperature 82 C 86 C 83 C
MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emissions & Energy

System Noise & Temperature

The X5 v6 may have the more powerful GPU than the GS63VR, but the GS63VR is also noticeably thinner. Does this balancing act work in favor of Aorus in terms of fan noise?

The fans are never silent on any of the systems even when idling on desktop. Perhaps more notably, the MSI system tends to pulsate more frequently between 32 to 34 dB(A) when under low loads while the Aorus systems are noticeably louder when gaming. In fact, each new refresh of the Aorus X5 thus far is louder than the last according to our microphone measurements below. Headphones are absolutely recommended if gaming on the latest X5 v6 SKU.

Surface temperatures are warmer on the GS63VR even though it carries the weaker hardware compared to the X5 v6. Our measurements show surface temperatures higher than 60 C on the MSI compared to the mid 50 C range on the Aorus notebooks. This is likely due to its thinner profile as the hot processors and heat pipes are much closer to the surfaces of the device. Our thermograph readings show that the WASD keys and front palm rests are comfortably away from the hot spots on all models.

MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6
MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth ProAorus X5Aorus X5S v5Aorus X5 v6
Noise
off / environment *
30
28.3
29.3
Idle Minimum *
32
32.5
34.3
33.4
Idle Average *
33
32.6
34.4
35.2
Idle Maximum *
34
34.4
34.4
35.2
Load Average *
37
44
50
53.3
Load Maximum *
46
56.8
54
57.6

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption

As expected, the MSI is less demanding than both the X5S v5 and the X5 v6 and the deltas are rather significant between them. The difference is about 50 W to 60 W at maximum load between the GS63VR and the two Aorus systems even though the MSI can handily outperform the X5S v5 in gaming benchmarks. Note that the TDP difference between the GTX 1060 and both the GTX 1070 and GTX 980M also happens to be about 60 W.

The X5 v6 is just slightly more demanding than the older X5S v5 while providing significant boosts in graphics performance. There's no question that the Pascal series is extremely energy efficient compared to the outgoing Maxwell series and it's easy to see why Nvidia has dropped the "M" suffix from its lineup of mobile Pascal GPUs.

MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth ProAorus X5S v5Aorus X5 v6
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
18
27.4
25
Idle Average *
22
30.7
28.9
Idle Maximum *
30
31.2
30.1
Load Average *
77
130.4
167.3
Load Maximum *
165
216.6
222.6

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Aorus X5 v6 carries a larger internal battery pack than both the X5S v5 and the GS63VR, yet it still clocks in shorter runtimes at just over three hours of WLAN use. Its disappointing battery life can be attributed to its overclockable i7-6820HK CPU and lack of Optimus. Regardless, all three models have below average runtimes at under four hours each.

MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
65 Wh
Aorus X5S v5
73 Wh
Aorus X5 v6
94 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
358
313
249
WiFi v1.3
210
223
182
Load
76
82
100

Verdict

The smaller MSI GS63VR holds some notable advantages over the more powerful Aorus X5 series despite its more diminutive build
The smaller MSI GS63VR holds some notable advantages over the more powerful Aorus X5 series despite its more diminutive build

Aside from the performance benefits, an Aorus X5 notebook offers more features than the relatively barebones MSI GS63VR including Macro keys, individually lit keys, 120 Hz/5 ms display options, and more easily upgradeable internal components. The biggest drawbacks compared to the MSI are its louder fan noise, lack of Thunderbolt 3, and heavier weight.

Gamers satisfied with 1080p gaming and in need of something lightweight will have an easier time passing on the benefits of the more powerful Aorus system. It's surprising to find that even despite its size disadvantage, the GS63VR can run quieter and about as long as the Aorus without sacrificing display or keyboard quality.

MSI GS63VRAorus X5 v6

+ Smaller, lighter, more portable

+ Thunderbolt 3

+ ESS Sabre HiFi Audio DAC

+ More comfortable SteelSeries keyboard

+ 1080p and 4K UHD display options

+ Wider color gamut; Near complete sRGB coverage

+ Slightly cooler core temperatures when under load

+ Quieter fan noise when gaming

+ Optimus; Significantly lower power consumption

+ Longer runtimes despite smaller battery capacity

+ Faster performance under extreme stress

+ Overclockable CPU and GPU

+ More internal storage options; RAID 0/1

+ More accessible internals

+ mDP 1.3, 2x HDMI 2.0, 4x SODIMM

+ 3K (2880 x 1620) and 1080p 120 Hz/5 ms display options

+ Brighter display backlight; Slightly higher contrast

+ More accurate colors out of the box

+ Individually lit RGB keys; Dedicated column of Macro keys

MSI GS63VR

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Allen Ngo, 2016-10-22 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.