MSI GE63VR 7RF-039 Raider
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Reviews for the MSI GE63VR 7RF-039 Raider
Source: Tech PowerUP
In general, the MSI GE63VR is not a bad laptop. Its issues are correctable—a change to dual channel memory will let the GeForce GTX 1070 operate at its maximum potential, which is the biggest reason for this review score. With these specifications, you expect a certain level of performance which is just not being delivered. The other issue is bad battery life, but considering its size and specifications, let's face facts: battery life was never going to be all that amazing anyway. In the future, MSI could easily improve this unit by going back to a 2x 8 GB memory configuration and upping the battery capacity.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 74%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/09/2018
Model: Racing stripes do not make everything go faster, but they can make the system look cooler. The 17-inch MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider Pro has a fresh design that stands out. It also packs some powerful speakers, and, thanks to a GTX 1070 GPU with 8 GB of VRAM, it delivers smooth frame rates for intensive games at high settings. The lid is faux-brushed aluminum, but instead of being totally flat, it has a small hump where the silver MSI logo and red dragon shield are more pronounced. On each side of the hump are red, angular patterns. When a user opens the laptop, it is largely the same. The 15.6-inch, 1080p display is surrounded by a thick bezel, and the rainbow-backlit sRGB keyboard with a number pad rests on an aluminum deck. At 2,86 kg (6.3 pounds) and 41,66 x 28,45 x 2,79 cm (16.4 x 11.2 x 1.1 inch), the Raider is significantly lighter than competing 17-inch gaming notebooks. The 15.6-inch, 1080p display on the Raider is extremely colorful. The Raider's panel covers an incredible 185 percent of the sRGB color gamut, far more colorful than the desktop-replacement average of 127 percent. Unfortunately, it is dimmer than all of those machines. The Raider's screen measured an average 276.2 nits of brightness, falling below the 289-nit average.
For hardware, the laptop relies on an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM memory and is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. As for storage, it has a 256 GB SSD and 1 TB hard disk provides additional storage space for your own game collection. It is no surprise that the Raider can handle everyday tasks with ease. As with most gaming notebooks, the keyboard has been made in cooperation with SteelSeries again. The Chiclet keys have a good mid-stroke pressure point and are therefore not only suitable for gambling but also for typing longer passages of text. MSI packed the Raider with gaming software, but there is also a bit of bloatware. The Dragon Center, as usual, is a standout, with its myriad of system monitoring, customization and performance options. Additionally, the Killer Control Center lets a user decide which applications get priority access to their network, and MSI True Color offers pre-calibrated color options for gaming, designing, office work and night computer use. The TriDef Smartcam lets user replace the background, and XSplit Gamecaster allows a user to stream to multiple sites at once. The sides of the Raider are lined with ports for peripherals and extra storage. The left side has an Ethernet jack, an HDMI output, a mini Display Port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack and a microphone jack. The right side sports an SD card reader and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Unfortunately, there is no Thunderbolt 3 port.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile: Pascal based high-end mobile graphics card based on a cut down GP104 (like the GTX 1080) and GDDR5 graphics memory. Successor to the GTX 980M with a 10 Watts higher TDP. Similar to the desktop GTX 1070 performance wise, but with more shaders and lower clock speeds.
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
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).
74%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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