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MSI CX62 7QL Notebook Review

Cool but slow. Don't let the GE62 chassis fool you - the CX62 is far too weak for most games and its 768p TN display is horrid.

We had a close look at the budget 17.3-inch CX72 late last year as it was one of our first models with the Kaby Lake i7-7200U CPU and GeForce 940MX GPU. Now, our latest unit from MSI is the 15.6-inch version of the very same CX series. The CX62 is a near carbon copy of the budget GP62 gaming system with lower specced internals for a more affordable starting price of $800 USD. This puts the notebooks in the same price range as many mainstream multimedia solutions including the HP Pavilion 15, Acer Aspire V15, and the Lenovo Ideapad 510.

We recommend checking out our full reviews on the GP62, GL62, and GE62 series for more information on the chassis and its overall features.

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MSI CX62 7QL (CX62 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX - 2048 MB, Core: 1122 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, DDR3, 359.37, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4, SK Hynix, PC4-17000, 15-15-15-36
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 100 PPI, TN LED, Name: 156WHU, Dell P/N: K96D2, ID: LGD04AF
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0, 1024 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: SDXC reader
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
Asus Slimtype DVD A DU8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29 x 383 x 260 ( = 1.14 x 15.08 x 10.24 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD 1080p30
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2 W speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Norton Security, MSI Shift OSD, Help Desk, Battery Calibration, SCM, Music Maker Jam, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.22 kg ( = 78.31 oz / 4.89 pounds), Power Supply: 372 g ( = 13.12 oz / 0.82 pounds)
Price
700 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The CX62 is a gutted version of both the GP62 and GE62. The chassis is visually identical as MSI has simply removed internal features to differentiate the budget CX62 from its costlier gaming G series siblings. Nonetheless, the surfaces of the CX62 feel cheaper, more hollow, and more plastic to the touch. The base warps fairly easily when attempting to twist it from its front corners and the palm rests and keyboard will depress when pushed down with a finger. The lid is also quite flexible and warps easily down its center with applied pressure. Aside from the satisfactory hinges and minimal teetering, we're disappointed in the overall rigidity of the notebook.

The size and weight of the CX62 are thicker and slightly heavier than the competition. At almost 30 mm thick, the MSI is almost 10 mm thicker than the Asus Zenbook UX510UW or HP Pavilion 15t while weighing 100 g to 200 g more. The larger dimensions would have been acceptable if the CX62 was of a higher build quality than its competitors, but this is unfortunately not the case.

383 mm / 15.1 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 29 mm / 1.142 inch 2.2 kg4.89 lbs383 mm / 15.1 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 29 mm / 1.142 inch 2.3 kg5.18 lbs383 mm / 15.1 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 22.5 mm / 0.886 inch 2.1 kg4.59 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs378 mm / 14.9 inch 253 mm / 9.96 inch 21.35 mm / 0.841 inch 2.1 kg4.59 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 252.5 mm / 9.94 inch 19.2 mm / 0.756 inch 2 kg4.45 lbs

Connectivity

Available ports are more plentiful than what a standard Ultrabook can offer including gold-plated dual audio ports, both mDP and full-size HDMI 1.4, USB Type-C Gen. 1, and even an optical drive. Thunderbolt 3 is missing and its inclusion could have boosted the versatility of the notebook. All ports are easy to reach although their positioning tends to favor right-handed mouse users.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Optical drive, USB 2.0, SD reader, AC adapter
Right: Optical drive, USB 2.0, SD reader, AC adapter
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: Kensington Lock, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, mDP, USB Type-C Gen. 1, 2x 3.5 mm microphone/earphones
Left: Kensington Lock, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, mDP, USB Type-C Gen. 1, 2x 3.5 mm microphone/earphones

SD Card Reader

The integrated SD reader is very slow at just around 24 MB/s with our Toshiba UHS-II test card. Transferring 1 GB worth of images from the card to desktop will take around 42 seconds.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
 
60.9 MB/s ∼100% +153%
MSI CX62 7QL
 
24.1 MB/s ∼40%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
 
19.1 MB/s ∼31% -21%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
 
88.39 MB/s ∼100% +277%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
 
27 MB/s ∼31% +15%
MSI CX62 7QL
 
23.46 MB/s ∼27%

Communication

The Intel 3168 is a dual-band 1x1 WLAN module with theoretical transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps. Our own test with a Linksys EA8500 802.11ac router shows a real-world transfer rate of around 282 Mbps or even slower depending on the conditions. While certainly many times faster than a notebook on a standard 802.11n network, the Intel 3168 is no match against the 2x2 Killer 1535 WLAN module found on most high-end gaming notebooks or the new Kaby Lake Dell XPS 13.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT73VR 6RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
654 MBit/s ∼100% +255%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
184 MBit/s ∼28%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
52.9 MBit/s ∼8% -71%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT73VR 6RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
660 MBit/s ∼100% +134%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
282 MBit/s ∼43%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
56 MBit/s ∼8% -80%

Accessories

Included extras are slim as the notebook ships with just a power adapter, Quick Start guide, and warranty card.

Maintenance

The bottom panel can be removed with just a Philips screwdriver and some patience. Doing so, however, will void the warranty and we did not attempt to disassemble it as a result. The motherboard is otherwise nearly identical to the GP62 as shown here. DDR4 RAM is expandable via the two accessible SODIMM bays.

Warranty

MSI has a standard 24-month coverage for its notebooks while both the internal battery and LCD panel are covered for the first year only. Users must register their purchases with the manufacturer in order to take advantage of the warranty.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The CX series does not utilize the same SteelSeries keyboard as on MSI's costlier G series even though the layout may appear identical. Instead, the keys here have a cheap plastic feel with shallower feedback when pressed. The center of the keyboard has a tendency to warp which makes the surrounding keys feel softer than they ought to be as well. Clatter is relatively quiet as a result, though we were hoping for an overall better typing experience than an Ultrabook due to the thicker size of the MSI.

Curiously, the manufacturer has elected to keep the Turbo Fan and System Control Manager auxiliary keys from the G series. Both of the non-customizable keys sit adjacent to the Power button and are arguably unnecessary on a mainstream notebook like the CX62. The Turbo Fan feature in particular is not needed considering the low-power hardware inside.

Touchpad

The touchpad is adequately sized (11 x 6 cm) and slightly textured to better distinguish it from the surrounding palm rests. There's little to complain as the surface is firm and rigid in comparison to the center of the keyboard. Cursor control is equally responsive around the edges and corners and the Synaptics software is capable of recognizing up to three fingers simultaneously.

The dedicated mouse keys are shallow in travel but firm in feedback with a loud auditory click. Clicking repeatedly in rapid succession is not tiresome since only a small amount of force is required to push down. The actual keys themselves, however, feel thin with a cheap plastic texture.

Standard layout with no backlight option
Standard layout with no backlight option
Shallow feedback from cheap plastic keys
Shallow feedback from cheap plastic keys

Display

Subpixel array (100 PPI)
Subpixel array (100 PPI)

The budget 768p matte TN display is just average at best. Even subjectively we can see that it suffers from slight graininess, low contrast, inaccurate colors, and an overly cool color temperature. Measured contrast is poor at just 260:1 and maximum backlight brightness is equally unimpressive at an average of 195 nits. A search for its LG Philips LGD04AF panel name shows that the low-end SKUs of the Dell Precision 3510 and HP ProBook 450 G4 each carry a similar panel with poor results. Perhaps the only redeeming quality of the panel is that it suffers from just minimal uneven backlight bleeding around the edges and corners.

212.5
cd/m²
191.9
cd/m²
181
cd/m²
213.9
cd/m²
196.1
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
208.3
cd/m²
189.6
cd/m²
183.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 213.9 cd/m² Average: 195.7 cd/m² Minimum: 3.53 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 196.1 cd/m²
Contrast: 261:1 (Black: 0.75 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 12.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
60.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.18
MSI CX62 7QL
TN LED, 15.6, 1366x768
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
BOE0693, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB 80VC000XGE
BOE HF NV156FHM-N42, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
CMN N156HGE-EAL (CMN15D2), TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-2%
1%
14%
17%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
50.4 (24, 26.4)
42 (13.2, 28.8)
17%
53 (19, 34)
-5%
40 (20, 20)
21%
43 (21, 22)
15%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (10, 18)
33.6 (7.6, 26)
-20%
26 (6, 20)
7%
26 (6, 20)
7%
23 (7, 16)
18%
PWM Frequency
198.4
50 (50)
1000 (80)
Screen
46%
70%
65%
31%
Brightness middle
196.1
186.5
-5%
236
20%
326
66%
216
10%
Brightness
196
174
-11%
212
8%
316
61%
202
3%
Brightness Distribution
85
69
-19%
78
-8%
80
-6%
83
-2%
Black Level *
0.75
0.18
76%
0.18
76%
0.35
53%
0.48
36%
Contrast
261
1036
297%
1311
402%
931
257%
450
72%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.9
5.7
48%
3.92
64%
5.49
50%
9.98
8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19
22.5
-18%
9.2
52%
11.36
40%
17.12
10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.6
4.4
65%
2.35
81%
4.84
62%
10.91
13%
Gamma
2.18 101%
2.35 94%
2.34 94%
2.23 99%
2.31 95%
CCT
14195 46%
6963 93%
6161 106%
5971 109%
13185 49%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38.4
44.71
16%
40
4%
53
38%
75
95%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60.6
64.95
7%
63
4%
80
32%
100
65%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
22% / 38%
36% / 59%
40% / 57%
24% / 29%

* ... smaller is better

Color coverage is only about 61 percent of the sRGB standard compared to 80 or 100 percent on the Asus UX510UW or MSI GL62, respectively. This has little impact on gaming, but colors will appear less vibrant especially to digital graphics artists or users accustomed to higher quality displays.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Zenbook UX510UW
vs. Zenbook UX510UW

Further analyses with a X-Rite spectrophotometer confirm the poor colors and grayscale. Color temperature is much too cool as is common on many budget TN displays. A calibration improves the display dramatically in terms of grayscale and RGB balance and is highly recommended for any CX62 owners with a similar panel. Colors still become less accurate the higher the saturation level due to the imperfecct sRGB coverage of the display.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 18 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 26.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 84 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.7 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9409 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poor due to the low maximum brightness of the backlight. The poor contrast makes matters even worse as colors and text wash out more easily from sunlight or ambient lighting. The limited viewing angles of the TN panel dampens the usefulness of the notebook when outdoors even further.

Performance

Our Core i7-7200U CPU and GeForce 940MX GPU configuration mirrors our CX72 test unit. These are low-power processors in a gaming chassis designed for much more demanding hardware, so we're not expecting any throttling or temperature issues from the notebook at all. The ULV CPU, for example, can be found on thin convertible notebooks like the HP Spectre x360 13 while the GeForce 940MX is available on a number of lighter Asus Zenbooks and Lenovo Yogas.

Optimus is available for switching to the more power efficient integrated HD Graphics 620 GPU.

Processor

CPU performance is about 10 to 15 percent faster than the Skylake i5-6200U and roughly equivalent to the i7-6500U in both single- and multi-threaded workloads according to CineBench. The Kaby Lake processor is able to achieve this partly through higher core clock rates of 2.5 to 3.1 GHz compared to 2.3 to 2.8 GHz on the i5-6200U. Single-threaded performance from the i7-7200U is very close to the powerful quad-core i7-6700HQ while multi-threaded performance is only half as fast.

See our dedicated page on the i7-7200U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Envy x360 15t-w200
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼67% +13%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼61% +4%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼60% +1%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼59%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
115 Points ∼53% -11%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
108 Points ∼50% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
99 Points ∼45% -23%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼15% +104%
HP Envy x360 15t-w200
Intel Core i7-7500U
349 Points ∼8% +5%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Core i5-7200U
332 Points ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
326 Points ∼7% -2%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼7% -13%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
257 Points ∼6% -23%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
223 Points ∼5% -33%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Envy x360 15t-w200
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.66 Points ∼68% +13%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼61% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.47 Points ∼60% 0%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.47 Points ∼60%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.33 Points ∼55% -10%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.28 Points ∼52% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
1.14 Points ∼47% -22%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼17% +103%
HP Envy x360 15t-w200
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.9 Points ∼9% +6%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.68 Points ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.61 Points ∼8% -2%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.19 Points ∼7% -13%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.81 Points ∼6% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
2.49 Points ∼6% -32%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5126 Points ∼47% +3%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Core i5-7200U
4991 Points ∼46%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
4917 Points ∼45% -1%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
4359 Points ∼40% -13%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
4134 Points ∼38% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
3725 Points ∼34% -25%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20111 Points ∼31% +80%
MSI CX62 7QL
Intel Core i5-7200U
11198 Points ∼17%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
11024 Points ∼17% -2%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
9852 Points ∼15% -12%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
8672 Points ∼13% -23%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
7580 Points ∼12% -32%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
790 s * ∼9%
HP Envy x360 15t-w200
Intel Core i7-7500U
476 s * ∼6%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
849 Seconds * ∼4%
HP Envy x360 15t-w200
Intel Core i7-7500U
599 Seconds * ∼3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6800
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11198
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4991
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
45.01 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.68 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.47 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
52.76 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
332 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
129 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 8 ranks the CX62 in the same ballpark as competing notebooks with similar ULV CPUs. Subjectively, however, the MSI notebook feels held back by the primary mechanical HDD. Launching and loading applications are very slow compared to Ultrabooks with primary SSDs. In this case, the relatively large size of the CX62 doesn't necessarily mean faster performance.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
4951 Points ∼76% +13%
MSI CX62 7QL
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4364 Points ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4341 Points ∼67% -1%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4340 Points ∼67% -1%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
4375 Points ∼41% +8%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4118 Points ∼39% +2%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4089 Points ∼39% +1%
MSI CX62 7QL
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4035 Points ∼38%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB 80VC000XGE
Radeon R7 M460, 7200U, Samsung MZYTY256HDHP
3694 Points ∼61% +3%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
3603 Points ∼59% 0%
MSI CX62 7QL
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3594 Points ∼59%
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3424 Points ∼56% -5%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3370 Points ∼55% -6%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3594 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4035 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4364 points
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Storage Devices

Both a M.2 2280 slot and 2.5-inch SATA III bay are available for internal storage. The M.2 slot is indeed compatible with NVMe SSDs and we recommend at least a primary SATA SSD for faster system performance.

Our test unit comes equipped with an admittedly slow primary 1 TB Western Digital Blue HDD. The 5400 RPM drive returns an average transfer rate of just 83.3 MB/s according to HD Tune compared to well over 90 MB/s or even 100 MB/s on most 7200 RPM alternatives. Competing notebooks with primary SSDs run laps around our configured CX62.

See our growing table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
MSI CX62 7QL
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB 80VC000XGE
Samsung MZYTY256HDHP
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-18%
8589%
5300%
6073%
Write 4k QD32
1.296
0.893
-31%
237.3
18210%
234
17956%
168.3
12886%
Read 4k QD32
1.172
0.81
-31%
384.8
32733%
149
12613%
257
21828%
Write 4k
1.282
1.008
-21%
106.7
8223%
74.86
5739%
93.03
7157%
Read 4k
0.48
0.429
-11%
36.01
7402%
22.43
4573%
21.81
4444%
Write 512
55.82
40.02
-28%
316.5
467%
280.1
402%
417.3
648%
Read 512
38.42
34.08
-11%
409.8
967%
279.2
627%
409.1
965%
Write Seq
113.3
105.2
-7%
508
348%
325.5
187%
442.7
291%
Read Seq
113.7
109.5
-4%
528.9
365%
459.3
304%
530.2
366%
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 27.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 109 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 83.3 MB/s
Access Time: 16.8 ms
Burst Rate: 184.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3 %

GPU Performance

3DMark ranks the 940MX just a few percentages above the 930MX. The GTX 950M can score over twice as high as the 940MX while the integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 consistently outperforms it. Although this is a discrete Nvidia GPU, the 940MX does not have the raw horsepower necessary to satisfy even mainstream gamers. Nonetheless, it offers a significant performance boost over the integrated HD Graphics 620 by almost 140 percent according to Fire Strike Graphics.

See our dedicated page on the GeForce 940MX for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4133 Points ∼10% +148%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
3574 Points ∼9% +115%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
1903 Points ∼5% +14%
MSI CX62 7QL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
1664 Points ∼4%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
1621 Points ∼4% -3%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
NVIDIA GeForce 830M, 5500U
1360 Points ∼3% -18%
HP Pavilion x360 13t-u100
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
704 Points ∼2% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
25986 Points ∼14% +181%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
22439 Points ∼12% +143%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
14594 Points ∼8% +58%
MSI CX62 7QL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
9252 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
9056 Points ∼5% -2%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
NVIDIA GeForce 830M, 5500U
7966 Points ∼4% -14%
HP Pavilion x360 13t-u100
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
6243 Points ∼3% -33%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4466 Points ∼20% +126%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4113 Points ∼18% +108%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
2784 Points ∼12% +41%
MSI CX62 7QL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
1977 Points ∼9%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
1858 Points ∼8% -6%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
NVIDIA GeForce 830M, 5500U
1677 Points ∼7% -15%
HP Pavilion x360 13t-u100
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1125 Points ∼5% -43%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4826 Points ∼9% +100%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4251 Points ∼8% +76%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
3220 Points ∼6% +34%
MSI CX62 7QL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2411 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
2206 Points ∼4% -9%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
NVIDIA GeForce 830M, 5500U
1961 Points ∼4% -19%
HP Pavilion x360 13t-u100
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1413 Points ∼3% -41%
3DMark 11 Performance
2529 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
65002 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6847 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1473 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
753 points
Help

Gaming Performance

The GeForce 940MX is largely unfit for native 1080p gaming on most 3D titles. Instead, users will be limited to 768p on low to medium settings at best. Older titles like Bioshock Infinite can get away with higher settings, but newer and more demanding titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider can become unplayable unless if on the lowest settings.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 97.254.344fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 51.339.528.5fps
Thief (2014) 50.729.3fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 28fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 6058fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 34.6fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 40.123.2fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 19.4fps
Overwatch (2016) 73.551.4fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with unrealistic loads to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. Overall core temperatures for the CX62 are very low even when subjected to extreme loads. Running Prime95, for example, sees the ULV CPU stabilizing at just 48 C.

Running FurMark to stress the GPU will have core temperature fluctuating in the 45 to 55 C range as shown by our screenshot below. This is due to the pulsing system fan since it appears to automatically spin at higher RPMs once GPU temperature reaches 55 C only to spin down to a slower speed once core temperature hits 45 C. When both Prime95 and FurMark are active, the system fan is thankfully steady for stable CPU and GPU temperatures of 64 C and 54 C, respectively. The notebook is able to maintain maximum Boost clock rates for both the CPU and GPU, which is an uncommon occurrence on many systems with ULV CPUs.

The pulsing fan unfortunately persists when running Unigine Valley. On the bright side, core temperatures remain in the low 50 C range for both the CPU and GPU.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Unigine Valley stress
Unigine Valley stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.1 -- 48 28
FurMark Stress -- 1189 45 - 53 45 - 55
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.1 1189 64 54
Unigine Valley Stress 3.1 1189 45 - 55 45 - 55

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise (Gray: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark, Yellow: Turbo Fan mode)
Fan noise (Gray: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark, Yellow: Turbo Fan mode)

The cooling system is a cut-down version of the GE62 and consists of just two heat pipes and a single system fan. Fan noise, unfortunately, is always active at about 32 dB(A) against a background noise of 29 dB(A). This is thankfully low enough to be almost inaudible in typical office environments or when word processing, but it's also a bit of a disappointment since the system will not run in complete silence during low loads.

As mentioned in our Stress Test section above, gaming loads will cause the system fan to pulse from as low as 32 dB(A) up to around 37 dB(A). While this range is quieter than most gaming notebooks, we always prefer a steady and consistent fan instead for a less bothersome experience. Activating Turbo Fan mode will bump system noise to over 51 dB(A) and is arguably unnecessary as the fan is more than sufficient at its default settings. Proper software for more fan control options would have been more useful in this case.

Noise Level

Idle
32.1 / 32.2 / 32.2 dB(A)
Load
37.4 / 51.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29 dB(A)
MSI CX62 7QL
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB 80VC000XGE
Radeon R7 M460, 7200U, Samsung MZYTY256HDHP
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
Noise
2%
6%
-1%
-6%
off / environment *
29
30.15
-4%
31.6
-9%
30
-3%
Idle Minimum *
32.1
32.2
-0%
30.2
6%
31.6
2%
35
-9%
Idle Average *
32.2
32.2
-0%
30.2
6%
31.6
2%
36
-12%
Idle Maximum *
32.2
33.7
-5%
31
4%
33.4
-4%
37
-15%
Load Average *
37.4
39.4
-5%
38
-2%
41.7
-11%
41
-10%
Load Maximum *
51.4
42.2
18%
38.6
25%
44.8
13%
46
11%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures are flat on both sides of the notebook when idling or during low loads. The system remains quite cool even when under heavy processing loads due in part to the low core temperatures as shown in our Stress Test section. The right half of the MSI experiences almost no rise in temperature compared to the left half according to the temperature maps below. We were able to record a maximum surface temperature of just over 38 C near the center of the keyboard where the processor lies directly underneath. In comparison, the Lenovo Yoga 710 with the same 940MX GPU can become much warmer at over 43 C on some areas under similar processing loads.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 34.8 °C
95 F
24.6 °C
76 F
24.8 °C
77 F
 
 31.6 °C
89 F
38.4 °C
101 F
25.6 °C
78 F
 
 27.8 °C
82 F
32.2 °C
90 F
23 °C
73 F
 
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 29.2 °C = 85 F
23.2 °C
74 F
25.2 °C
77 F
35.8 °C
96 F
23.2 °C
74 F
30.2 °C
86 F
29.4 °C
85 F
23.8 °C
75 F
24 °C
75 F
29.2 °C
85 F
Maximum: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Average: 27.1 °C = 81 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.8 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.2 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.8 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.2 °C / 90 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-3.1 °C / -5.6 F).

Speakers

The CX62 retains the quad-speaker setup of the GE62 but drops the dedicated subwoofer for an overall poorer experience. Sound reproduction is very narrow and treble heavy as shown by our microphone measurements below. When compared to the GE62, lower frequencies are hardly reproduced and the resulting sound quality has a "tin can" impression. Higher volume settings are loud enough to fill a small conference room, but balance and quality will worsen.

Poor sound range (Red: Background, Pink: Pink noise)
Poor sound range (Red: Background, Pink: Pink noise)
GE62 sound range for comparison
GE62 sound range for comparison
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.536.12535.733.23134.934.64031.333.35030.431.96329.632.48030.430.610028.829.812528.730.916027.32920027.13525025.644.331524.8434002543.850024.345.663023.952.68002456100024.158.8125024.669.1160024.174.9200023.169.1250022.767.8315022.567.1400023.166500022.862.9630022.656.5800022.6551000022.648.61250022.7511600022.756.8SPL35.679.3N2.535.2median 24median 55Delta1.39.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMSI CX62 7QLApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
MSI CX62 7QL audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.5% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (15.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (35.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 98% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 1% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 96% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Overall power consumption is significantly lower than systems with the GTX 960M including the MSI GL62 and is about the same as the HP Pavilion 15t with the same GeForce 940MX GPU. Gaming loads will draw just over 35 W while extreme loads with both Prime95 and FurMark running simultaneously will demand around 61 W. The small power adapter (10.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm) is rated for 65 W, so there is very little headroom available.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.32 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.3 / 7 / 7.2 Watt
Load midlight 35.1 / 61.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI CX62 7QL
7200U, GeForce 940MX, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0, TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
7500U, GeForce 940MX, Toshiba MQ01ABD100, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB 80VC000XGE
7200U, Radeon R7 M460, Samsung MZYTY256HDHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
6500U, GeForce GTX 960M, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-15%
6%
-36%
-110%
Idle Minimum *
6.3
6.16
2%
3.9
38%
5
21%
10
-59%
Idle Average *
7
8.48
-21%
7.8
-11%
8.9
-27%
14
-100%
Idle Maximum *
7.2
9.62
-34%
8.4
-17%
11.8
-64%
19
-164%
Load Average *
35.1
41.63
-19%
37
-5%
55
-57%
82
-134%
Load Maximum *
61.2
63.22
-3%
46
25%
93
-52%
118
-93%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes from the integrated 41 Wh battery are decent at almost five hours under real-world WLAN conditions or about two hours when under extreme processing stress. Overall battery life is longer than the more powerful GL62 but still shorter than the Zenbook UX510UW and Lenovo Yoga 510.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take just under two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 13min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 05min
MSI CX62 7QL
7200U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh
HP Pavilion 15t-au100 CTO (W0P31AV)
7500U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB 80VC000XGE
7200U, Radeon R7 M460, 35 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
6500U, GeForce GTX 960M, 48 Wh
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, 41.4 Wh
Battery Runtime
-22%
13%
20%
-44%
Reader / Idle
613
438
-29%
816
33%
339
-45%
WiFi v1.3
283
220
-22%
320
13%
430
52%
158
-44%
Load
125
106
-15%
95
-24%
71
-43%

Pros

+ cool operating temperatures and low core temperatures
+ 2x storage bays w/ M.2 NVMe support
+ optical drive and USB Type-C Gen. 1
+ numpad and dedicated mouse keys
+ decent colors after calibration
+ no CPU or GPU throttling
+ quiet under low loads
+ responsive touchpad
+ easy serviceability

Cons

- poor low resolution TN panel; very low contrast
- chassis feels cheap, hollow, and flexible
- end-user servicing will void warraanty
- poor speakers w/ almost no bass
- pulsing fan noise when gaming
- no Thunderbolt 3
- thick and heavy
- lip warps easily

Verdict

In review: MSI CX62 7QL
In review: MSI CX62 7QL

The performance of the CX62 is subpar when considering the bulky size and weight. The ULV Kaby Lake CPU and entry-level GeForce 940MX are a poor fit for any demanding workloads outside of browser multi-tasking and multimedia streaming. Gaming is largely limited to very low settings at 768p especially for modern 3D titles while the system fan has an annoying tendency to pulse when under load. The chassis, while visually identical to the respectable GE62, feels more flexible and cheap to the touch. To top it off, the TN display is poorly calibrated out of the box with weak contrast levels and a dim backlight.

The few redeeming qualities of the notebook are its NVMe M.2 slot and the low operating temperatures. The former should boost system responsiveness immensely over our HDD configuration, although an end-user upgrade will unfortunately break the warranty. Meanwhile, the low core temperatures shouldn't be surprising since the thick chassis is derived from the gaming G series where CPUs and GPUs of much higher TDP levels are common. This allows the CX62 to simultaneously maintain faster Turbo Boost speeds and run at cooler temperatures than most systems with similar ULV processors.

The CX62 is essentially a weakened gaming notebook shell outfitted with hardware from a budget multimedia notebook. There are too many cut corners and users will be better off spending the extra hundred or two on a proper Ultrabook with equal or better CPU performance and display options.

MSI CX62 7QL - 01/16/2017 v6(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
66 / 98 → 67%
Keyboard
69%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
53 / 81 → 65%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
80%
Display
71%
Games Performance
65 / 85 → 77%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 85%
Temperature
94%
Noise
79 / 95 → 83%
Audio
50%
Camera
45 / 85 → 53%
Average
69%
76%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2017-01-17 (Update: 2017-01-17)
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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.