MSI GE62VR 7RF-298NL Apache Pro
Reviews for the MSI GE62VR 7RF-298NL Apache Pro
Source: Tweakers NL→EN
Positive: Great built quality; high performance. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/31/2018
Model: MSI's latest addition to their GE62 series is the MSI GE62VR 7RF-298NL Apache Pro, and this beast of a machine has all the power needed to run an intensive VR game seamlessly. MSI's latest addition to their gaming laptop line comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 laptop graphics card, a massive 16 GB of RAM and storage consists of a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. It is worth noting that this laptop's GTX 1060 comes with its own dedicated 3 GB DDR5 VRAM and can perform at the level of a desktop GPU. The combination of all these high-spec hardware will allow gamers to run any demanding and power-hungry modern AAA and VR games in ultra-settings at 60 FPS smoothly. As for the connectivity ports, the MSI GE62VR 7RF-298NL Apache Pro comes with one USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 2.0 Type-A ports, dual-band wifi and Bluetooth 4.2 combo, one SD card reader, one HDMI port, one mini DisplayPort, one mic-in, and one SPDIF headphone out jack. With MSI’s innovative Matrix Display and the HDMI and mini DisplayPort, users will be able to connect two monitors to the laptop simultaneously. Matrix Display also supports 4K output with resolutions up to 3,840 x 2,160.
This gorgeous machine comes in a classy metallic chassis with a brushed metal design that gives it a premium look. Gaming laptops are never tiny, and the MSI GE62VR 7RF-298NL Apache Pro is no different. With a 15.6" display and 29 mm in height, this beast weighs about 2.4 kilogram, which is still very reasonable for a gaming laptop. The laptop also comes with MSI's exclusive “SHIFT” technology that maximizes its performance while keeping noise and temperature to the minimum. Users can also optimize the usage of the laptop by changing between profiles or modes at whim. Also, to keep the laptop running cool, there are dedicated heat pipes for both the CPU and the GPU. Another thing that any VR gamers will appreciate about this laptop is the Nahimic audio enhancer that was bundled in with the computer. This audio software will be able to boost the audio and voice performance of the laptop for an immersive virtual 7.1 audio surround. The VR video and 3D audio together are the perfect combo for gamers to enjoy an immersive virtual world. It was easy to see the MSI GE62VR 7RF-298NL Apache Pro was designed and built with gamers' interest in mind. With its powerful specifications, and not to mention the SteelSeries keyboard and the Killer E2500 Gaming LAN for consistent ping, gamers would be very hard-pressed to find a better gaming laptop at this price range.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop): The mobile GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 chip and offer 1280 shaders. Compared to the identically named desktop version it features a slightly lower clock rate. Games in Full HD and maximum details should run fluently on the card.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
7700HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Besides four CPU cores (including Hyper Threading), the chips also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU and is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.