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MSI GF62VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 60 Hz) Laptop Review

Priced to perform. The MSI GF62VR packs a punch for not a lot of change. However, users will have to deal with a fairly low quality screen and a cheaper plastic build quality. Are these tradeoffs worth the savings?

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Most gamers should be familiar with MSI; the Taiwanese-based company is known for its expansive library of gaming notebooks. While some users may find the vast amount of choices overwhelming, others appreciate the fact that MSI offers a gaming laptop for just about every user at every price point. The GF62VR is yet another mid-tier gaming notebook from MSI. Using the same design language as the GP and GE lines, there's are quite a number of familiar elements in the GF62VR.

The GF62VR looks very capable on paper, and thanks to its aggressive price point, it offers great "bang for the buck". Equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, the GF72VR is capable of handling high-level workloads and the latest AAA titles at Full HD and high settings. However, MSI did make some sacrifices to price the device at the lower end of the market (about USD $1300 MSRP). In this review, we'll take a close look at the features (or lack thereof) of the GF62VR to help potential buyers weigh the pros and cons and see if the shortcomings are worth the incredibly competitive price. Our review unit is equipped with an optional PCIe NVMe SSD, which raises the total price to USD $1410. In addition, there are a few other SKUs available from MSI and other retailers. The GF62VR is also available with a GTX 1050 Ti (MSRP $1100). A variant with a higher 120 Hz display has been advertised MSI's site but doesn't seem to be available at this time. Gamers wanting a faster refresh rate should look at the GF72VR, which is equipped with a 120 Hz panel.

We will compare similarly specced notebooks to our review unit. Keep in mind that most of these other devices are more expensive than the GF62VR, some by several hundred dollars. As such, prospective purchasers will be able to see what a higher budget can net them and what they'll have to consider when trying to save some cash. Some competitors we'll use for a comparison include the HP Omen 15, the Schenker XMG A517, Gigabyte's Aero 15 and P55W v7, and Asus' Strix GL502VM, all of which are 15.6" notebooks equipped with the GTX 1060. We'll also compare MSI's own GE62VR, on which the newer GF62VR is based; the main difference lies in the latter's lack of an optical drive and some very minor design tweaks. Let's get started.

MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1405 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GDDR5, 192 Bit Bus, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, Kingston, DDR4-2400 / PC4-19200, 1200.5 MHz
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, No, Chi Mei N156HGA-EAL, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, 256 GB 
, HDD: HGST HTS721010A9E630 (1 TB, 7200RPM), 1145 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Mic in + HiFi Audio out, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Reader
Networking
Qualcomm/Atheros e2400 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
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-Ion, 6-Cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: Full HD @ 30 FPS
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2 W, Keyboard: SteelSeries Chiclet, RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI Dragon Center, Nahimic 2+, SteelSeries Engine 3, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 585 g ( = 20.64 oz / 1.29 pounds)
Price
1300 USD

 

Case

The case is a mix of high- and low-end materials. The lid is brushed aluminum, which feels cool and premium underhand. Adornment is relatively simple with some aggressive lines down either side and a backlit MSI logo front and center. Unfortunately, the lid is a fingerprint magnet and smudges will quickly tarnish the otherwise clean aesthetic. The lid case is also very thin and can be easily twisted or warped, even under light pressure. The display hinge is too stiff for one-handed opening but holds the screen firmly in place up to about 135-140°. There is some unwarranted creaking when opening the lid from the right side. We must also note that the lid will open slightly when the device is held vertically. 

The keyboard deck is unapologetically plastic. MSI offers the device in both black and "Cool Gray," which is an almost charcoal shade of silver. The matte case does well in keeping fingerprints off the faux-brushed metal finish, keeping the deck looking clean. The deck and palm rests can be flexed under heavy directed pressure but remain stable while typing and during normal use. The underside continues the plastic story but is very firm and rigid. There is some creaking when the bottom panel is pushed, particularly around the vents. Gaps are tight and even around the device, although there is a small lip along the front edge caused by the palm rests overshooting their juncture with the bottom case. This creates a slight edge that may catch. 

All said, the lid looks nice but feels weak, while the keyboard deck and bottom panel look cheap but feel solid. As stated, the design language exactly mimics MSI's other mid-tier options, the GE and GP lines. The overall aesthetic is an ineffective juncture between premium and budget materials but is largely unoffensive. It's a far cry from the Asus GL503VD, which successfully pairs a metal lid with a plastic body to striking effect. 

The lid opens a bit when the device is held vertically.
The lid opens a bit when the device is held vertically.
There is a tiny lip along the front edge that tends to catch on fabrics, especially when pulling it in and out of a backpack.
There is a tiny lip along the front edge that tends to catch on fabrics, especially when pulling it in and out of a backpack.

In terms of size, the GF62VR is about average. Unsurprisingly, the dimensions are the exact same as the GE62VR, although the newer GF62VR is about 300 grams lighter (likely due to the absence of the optical drive). In fact, the GF62VR is lighter than many other competitors (save the compact Aero 15 and MSI GS63VR), making it one of the better options for gamers on the go. 

Connectivity

The GF62VR features a good mix of ports that should satisfy most gamers' peripheral needs. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.4, and mini DisplayPort 1.2. A single USB 3.1 Type-C port is present, but it sadly lacks Thunderbolt 3 support. While not unexpected given the price point, Thunderbolt connectivity could have gone a long way in setting the device apart, but would inevitably add to the cost. On the plus side, the dedicated 3.5 mm audio out jack support HiFi headsets via an integrated DAC, which is good news for audiophiles.

Left: Kensington lock, LAN, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, min DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C, Mic in, HiFi audio out
Left: Kensington lock, LAN, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, min DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C, Mic in, HiFi audio out
Right: USB 2.0, SD card reader, DC in
Right: USB 2.0, SD card reader, DC in
Rear: exhaust
Rear: exhaust
Front: 4x 2W speakers, status LEDs
Front: 4x 2W speakers, status LEDs

SD Card Reader

Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II Reference-Card, we measure disappointing SD Card speeds. The reader transfers files at about 26.2 MB/s, which is far below the industry average (roughly 75-85 MB/s). Unfortunately, these slow speeds aren't entirely unexpected from a mid-tier MSI device; the company has become somewhat infamous for poor SD card reader performance over the past few years.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
80.3 MB/s ∼100% +206%
Gigabyte Aero 15
78 MB/s ∼97% +198%
Schenker XMG A517
78 MB/s ∼97% +198%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
77 MB/s ∼96% +194%
Gigabyte P55W v7
76 MB/s ∼95% +190%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
26.2 MB/s ∼33%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
23.4 MB/s ∼29% -11%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
89.5 MB/s ∼100% +236%
Gigabyte Aero 15
89 MB/s ∼99% +235%
Gigabyte P55W v7
88 MB/s ∼98% +231%
Schenker XMG A517
87 MB/s ∼97% +227%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
87 MB/s ∼97% +227%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
26.6 MB/s ∼30%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
23.5 MB/s ∼26% -12%

Communication

WiFi speeds are respectable and connections are solid and reliable. Transmit and receive speeds sit at 559 and 657 MBit/s, respectively, which is in line with the competition. During our testing period, we experience rock steady connections with no dropped signals. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
701 MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Schenker XMG A517
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
683 MBit/s ∼97% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
678 MBit/s ∼97% +3%
Gigabyte P55W v7
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
663 MBit/s ∼95% +1%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
657 MBit/s ∼94%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
331 MBit/s ∼47% -50%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG A517
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
616 MBit/s ∼100% +10%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
559 MBit/s ∼91%
Gigabyte P55W v7
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
470 MBit/s ∼76% -16%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
468 MBit/s ∼76% -16%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
426 MBit/s ∼69% -24%
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
346 MBit/s ∼56% -38%

Software

MSI's Dragon Center makes a return, and with it comes a slew of pre-installed software. Most of these are dedicated applications to tweak various pieces of the system, such as the Nahimic suite for fine-tuning sound profiles. Unfortunately, most of this software is redundant. For example, both the LED Wizard and SteelSeries Engine 3 applications can be used to set the color and effects of the three RGB-backlit zones in the keyboard. Less is usually more, and this is, unfortunately, a lesson MSI has yet to learn.

System Monitor
System Monitor
App Portal
App Portal
LED Wizard
LED Wizard
System Tuner
System Tuner
Mobile Center
Mobile Center
Tools & Help
Tools & Help
The SteelSeries Engine 3 application allows for key rebindings and different lighting effects across the RGB keyboard.
The SteelSeries Engine 3 application allows for key rebindings and different lighting effects across the RGB keyboard.

Maintenance

Accessing the internals of the GF62VR is a straightforward but time-consuming process. The bottom panel is secured by 16 #00 Phillips Head screws (one of which is hidden under a "warranty void if broken" sticker) and stubborn plastic clips. The screws are the same size, which makes sorting easy, but the plastic clips will require some work to disengage, so caution should be exercised.

Once inside, users will have ready access to two RAM slots, the 2.5" HDD (which can be swapped for another 7 mm SATA drive), the M.2 PCIe drive, the battery, and the cooling system for the CPU and GPU. The fans and heat pipes can be removed with a bit of extra work should users want to apply new thermal compound. Interestingly, the removal of the optical drive isn't the only design change to the internals; the 2.5" drive has been moved to the right side of the device (left side when accessing the internals). This likely explains why the center of balance of the machine is shifted to the right. We also note the absence of the subwoofer present in the GE62VR. 

Internals of the GF62VR.
Internals of the GF62VR.
GE62VR. The optical drive and subwoofer present in the GE62VR have been removed from the GF62VR. The 2.5" drive also switched sides.
GE62VR. The optical drive and subwoofer present in the GE62VR have been removed from the GF62VR. The 2.5" drive also switched sides.

Warranty

MSI offers a 12-month limited warranty on the GF72VR. This can be voided if the sticker covering one of the screws on the bottom panel is broken. Third-party sellers, such as Computer Upgrade King, typically offer extended warranties of up to 3 years (36 months) for a nominal fee.

Input Devices

Notice the green bleed. Keyboard was set to aqua (a mixture of green and blue)
Notice the green bleed. Keyboard was set to aqua (a mixture of green and blue)

Keyboard

The SteelSeries keyboard is a staple of MSI notebooks and with good reason. MSI keyboards are more often than not among the best in the business, and the GF62VR is no exception. Drop is well defined with firm, crisp feedback that is a much better than many other devices, like the Asus GL503VD (which had a spongy feel). There is also a good amount of travel. The responsive keys are well-sized and well-spaced and make for an accurate and fast typing experience. Noise is also minimal and well suited to a quiet office or room; the keyboard is quiet with none of the clackiness found in other gaming laptops such as the Auros X3 Plus v7. Touch typists and novices alike will find plenty to like about the keyboard.

The keyboard also features anti-ghosting, and macros can be defined via the SteelSeries 3 Engine software utility. There are the usual special keys for things like display brightness and volume as well as dedicated keys for performance modes, launching MSI's Dragon Center software, and a user-programmable macro. The absence of a dedicated row of macro keys, like those found in the aforementioned Aorus X3 or Gigabyte's Aero 14, may be disappointing for some gamers. 

The keyboard offers three zones of RGB lighting with various effects like breathing or an "audio mode" that makes the backlight react to music or sound being played through the notebook. The backlight has three levels of brightness. The backlight does suffer from some color bleed when mixed colors are selected (e.g., aqua, pink, etc.). This is noticeable along the bottom row of keys and the space bar, especially in dark environments.

Touchpad

The touchpad is a bit on the small side (~10.8 cm x 6.0 cm) and may feel a bit too cramped for some users. The plastic finish is made from the same material as the palm rests and feels smooth but thin underhand. Tracking is fluid and responsive with a silky glide. The dedicated mouse buttons underneath are firm, if a bit stiff, and have a tactile and responsive click. The mechanism has a hollow sound, but the overall feel is satisfying.

Keyboard and touchpad.
Keyboard and touchpad.
Three-zone RGB backlight.
Three-zone RGB backlight.

Display

Subpixel matrix.
Subpixel matrix.

The 15.6-inch Full HD panel from Chi Mei is a missed opportunity. MSI advertises its wide color space coverage, claiming the "Vivid Color" screen hits 94% of the NTSC gamut. While colors are good, the TN panel has poor viewing angles and even worse black levels. As a result, contrast is abysmal; images look washed out unless viewed from a straight angle and colors look pallid and desaturated. Response times are good; black/white and grey 50%/grey 80% response times are quick, as expected of a TN panel. (Our graph of the 50% grey/80% grey erroneously miscalculated the fall time.) The screen is dim and doesn't get very bright, capping out at an average of 208 nits. The backlight is fairly even and in line with the competition. There is also no noticeable backlight bleed along the edge.

216.8
cd/m²
201.2
cd/m²
201.6
cd/m²
208.2
cd/m²
223.9
cd/m²
202.1
cd/m²
199.6
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
197.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 223.9 cd/m² Average: 207.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4.78 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 223.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 400:1 (Black: 0.56 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.7 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 12.9 | - Ø
100% sRGB (Argyll) 75% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.18
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Chi Mei N156HGA-EAL, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Schenker XMG A517
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Aero 15
N156HCA-EA1 (CMN15D7), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte P55W v7
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
AUO42ED, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
9%
4%
-5%
12%
-10%
-8%
-14%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
49.6 (24.8, 24.8)
36.8 (16.4, 20.4)
26%
36 (18, 18)
27%
42.8 (23.6, 19.2)
14%
37 (15, 22)
25%
42 (19.2, 22.8)
15%
43.2 (21.2, 22)
13%
38.8 (20.8, 18)
22%
Response Time Black / White *
24.4 (20, 4.4)
26.4 (5.2, 21.2)
-8%
24 (12.4, 11.6)
2%
32 (18.8, 13.2)
-31%
25 (5, 20)
-2%
32.8 (6, 26.8)
-34%
31.2 (16.4, 14.8)
-28%
33.6 (18.8, 14.8)
-38%
PWM Frequency
25510 (20)
21000 (95)
-18%
26000 (20)
2%
19230 (99)
-25%
Screen
68%
36%
36%
39%
39%
50%
12%
Brightness
208
303
46%
311
50%
316
52%
289
39%
301
45%
289
39%
249
20%
Brightness Distribution
88
87
-1%
90
2%
90
2%
87
-1%
88
0%
86
-2%
90
2%
Black Level *
0.56
0.169
70%
0.36
36%
0.36
36%
0.29
48%
0.33
41%
0.26
54%
0.48
14%
Contrast
400
1787
347%
889
122%
889
122%
990
148%
933
133%
1169
192%
533
33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.7
4.61
52%
5.08
48%
4.62
52%
4.92
49%
4.5
54%
3.46
64%
5.9
39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.9
3.32
74%
4.04
69%
6
53%
3.66
72%
2.9
78%
2.46
81%
5.6
57%
Gamma
2.18 110%
2.24 107%
2.34 103%
2.46 98%
2.32 103%
2.22 108%
2.38 101%
2.21 109%
CCT
15225 43%
6358 102%
7029 92%
6761 96%
6482 100%
1136 572%
6915 94%
7250 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
75
55.4
-26%
56
-25%
60
-20%
54
-28%
55.4
-26%
59
-21%
44.8
-40%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
84.4
-16%
85
-15%
92
-8%
82
-18%
84.8
-15%
91
-9%
70.1
-30%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
39% / 56%
20% / 27%
16% / 25%
26% / 33%
15% / 29%
21% / 38%
-1% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

The displays saving grace lies in its wide color space. The screen covers 100% of the sRGB and 75% of the AdobeRGB color gamuts, which is impressive. However, while the display covers a wide range of colors, it isn't able to accurately reproduce them. The average DeltaE sits at 9.7 for colors and 12.9 for grays. (As a reference, a DeltaE at or below 3 is considered acceptable for professional use, and the DeltaE of most gaming notebooks typically ranges from 3-6.) In addition to the weak color accuracy, color temperature is over 15,000, giving whites a blue tint. 

Calibration greatly improves the picture. After using our calibration tools, the DeltaE for color falls to 3, while the grayscale DeltaE hits an impressive 1.9. Color temperature also evens out around 6500; as a result, whites more neutral and better balanced. Out of the box, the screen is disappointing, so (if possible) calibration should be among the first thing new owners do.

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

As mentioned, viewing angles are poor. When viewed off center, colors start to fade. Along the vertical axis, colors invert entirely when viewed past about 15-20°. The screen looks vibrant when viewed directly but desaturated and milky when viewed off-angle. 

The lackluster brightness means that the screen is unusable in sunlight. However, the matte finish works to heavily reduce glare; under shade or indoors, text is legible and images are clear. 

Even backlight with no visible bleed.
Even backlight with no visible bleed.

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
24.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 4.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
49.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.8 ms rise
↘ 24.8 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. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.5 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 detected 25510 Hz20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25510 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25510 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8586 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The GF62VR opts for a very familiar setup, using Intel's Core i7-7700HQ and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. These components make for an excellent pairing and are well suited for gaming and other demanding tasks. This, combined with the optional PCIe NVMe SSD, makes for a responsive system well suited to heavier workloads. The included "Cooler Boost" mode pushes the fans to their maximum speeds, which results in a slight performance bump, which we'll look at in the section below.

CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: SPD
CPU-Z: SPD
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64
 

Processor

The quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ has been an incredibly popular choice for gaming notebooks. The Kaby Lake-based CPU has a base clock of 2.8 GHz (with a boost up to 3.8) and hyperthreading, making it a good choice for heavy multi-threaded workloads. We've seen a number of devices equipped with this processor, and each puts up some impressive performance that should be more than adequate for most users. Compared to the slower Core i5-7300HQ, the 7700HQ performs about 40-45% better in Cinebench R15's multicore test, which is a sizeable improvement. However, as most games still lack multi-threaded optimization, this will be more useful in processor-oriented tasks, such as video rendering and intense number crunching. The 7700HQ sits near the top of Intel's pack; the powerful i7-7820HK performs only about 7-14% better.

The GF62VR offers a 10% bump in multicore performance over the older GE62VR, which is equipped with a Core i7-6700HQ. Single core performance is even closer, with the 7700HQ scoring about 3-4% higher. As such, CPU-intensive tasks should behave very similarly between the two devices. Users concerned with processor speeds might want to opt for the older GE62VR to save on some cash.

Long-term performance is consistent; running the Cinebench R15 multi-core test 50 times in a row yields scores between 720 and 730.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
174 Points ∼87% +21%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
166 Points ∼83% +15%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
163 Points ∼82% +13%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼80% +11%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼78% +8%
Gigabyte P55W v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼78% +8%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
155 Points ∼78% +8%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
149 Points ∼75% +3%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
148 Points ∼74% +3%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
144 Points ∼72%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼70% -3%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
138 Points ∼69% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
837 Points ∼39% +14%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
782 Points ∼36% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
763 Points ∼36% +4%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
767 Points ∼36% +4%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
743 Points ∼35% +1%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
740 Points ∼34% +1%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
738 Points ∼34% +1%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼34%
Gigabyte P55W v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼34% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
670 Points ∼31% -9%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
658 Points ∼31% -10%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
517 Points ∼24% -30%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
511 Points ∼24% -30%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.97 Points ∼87% +14%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.85 Points ∼81% +7%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼81% +6%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.83 Points ∼81% +6%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.83 Points ∼81% +6%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.83 Points ∼81% +6%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.73 Points ∼76%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.66 Points ∼73% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.19 Points ∼4% +14%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.43 Points ∼4% +4%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.41 Points ∼4% +4%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.18 Points ∼3% +1%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼3% +1%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼3% +1%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.08 Points ∼3%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.42 Points ∼3% -8%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
6091 Points ∼69% +10%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6006 Points ∼68% +9%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5954 Points ∼67% +8%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5945 Points ∼67% +8%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5528 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5502 Points ∼62% 0%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5424 Points ∼61% -2%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
22793 Points ∼46% +4%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22512 Points ∼45% +3%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22305 Points ∼45% +2%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22228 Points ∼45% +2%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21839 Points ∼44%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20236 Points ∼41% -7%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18304 Points ∼37% -16%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
348.084 s * ∼4% -63%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
330.9 s * ∼4% -55%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
244.34 s * ∼3% -15%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
232.289 s * ∼3% -9%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.96 s * ∼3%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.698 s * ∼3% -0%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
211.321 s * ∼2% +1%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
603.34 Seconds * ∼3% -10%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
597.553 Seconds * ∼3% -8%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
575.366 Seconds * ∼3% -4%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
550.75 Seconds * ∼2%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
523 Seconds * ∼2% +5%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
519.371 Seconds * ∼2% +6%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
514.374 Seconds * ∼2% +7%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6613
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21839
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5528
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
65.37 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.08 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.73 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
103.51 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
734 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
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System Performance

Overall system performance is responsive and quick. Using PCMark 8 to test the entire system, we see the GF62VR fall toward the tail end of its competition. However, this rating belies the overall snappiness of the machine; rarely were we left waiting on the system to respond. System performance is almost identical to the GE62VR with PCMark scores from both machines coming within a percentage point or less to each other. Users in need of more power should take a look at higher end machines like the Lenovo Legion Y920, which bests the GF62VR in every PCMark test by a significant margin.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5765 Points ∼88% +13%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
5447 Points ∼84% +7%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5348 Points ∼82% +5%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
5317 Points ∼82% +4%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
5305 Points ∼81% +4%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5268 Points ∼81% +3%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5240 Points ∼80% +3%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5090 Points ∼78%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5046 Points ∼77% -1%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
2722 Points ∼42% -47%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
7892 Points ∼85% +54%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
7882 Points ∼85% +53%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
7332 Points ∼79% +43%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
7220 Points ∼78% +41%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5318 Points ∼57% +4%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5136 Points ∼55% 0%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5136 Points ∼55%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5460 Points ∼91% +34%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
5121 Points ∼86% +26%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5020 Points ∼84% +23%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
4967 Points ∼83% +22%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4858 Points ∼81% +19%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4765 Points ∼80% +17%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4141 Points ∼69% +2%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4069 Points ∼68%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4059 Points ∼68% 0%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
4013 Points ∼67% -1%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
3661 Points ∼61% -10%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4069 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5136 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5090 points
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Storage Devices

The combination of a fast NVMe SSD and a large 1 TB HDD tries to bring the best of both storage worlds. The operating system and frequently used programs load quickly off the main SSD, while media, older games, and other large files can be stored on the secondary HDD. The SSD comes from Intel and allows for fast access times and read speeds, but falls behind the speedier Samsung drives found in competitors. In fact, the Intel SSD's write speeds are more in line with SATA SSDs, which routinely average between 300-500 MB/s. The end result is a fairly disappointing drive.

The 7200 RPM HDD is relatively quick for a mechanical drive, hitting read and write speeds of about 130-140 MB/s. Both drives can be easily swapped out should one fail or users wish to install their own. Most retailers also offer various options for both the NVMe and SATA drives.

AS SSD (SSD)
AS SSD (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
HD Tune (HDD)
HD Tune (HDD)
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
Schenker XMG A517
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
Gigabyte P55W v7
Liteonit CV3-8D256
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Hynix HFS128G39TND
AS SSD
93%
4%
180%
-41%
39%
34%
-50%
-89%
Copy Game MB/s
471.69
898.37
90%
1099.71
133%
240.51
-49%
157.55
-67%
Copy Program MB/s
286.45
403.53
41%
483.62
69%
299.45
5%
111.13
-61%
Copy ISO MB/s
1069.33
1224.78
15%
1599.27
50%
1559.86
46%
194.96
-82%
Score Total
1324
2572
94%
898
-32%
4063
207%
840
-37%
3501
164%
1592
20%
710
-46%
882
-33%
Score Write
693
581
-16%
291
-58%
1575
127%
248
-64%
1028
48%
376
-46%
218
-69%
218
-69%
Score Read
448
1327
196%
409
-9%
1677
274%
393
-12%
1670
273%
852
90%
332
-26%
444
-1%
Access Time Write *
0.03
0.038
-27%
0.033
-10%
0.026
13%
0.083
-177%
0.3
-900%
0.031
-3%
0.08
-167%
0.261
-770%
Access Time Read *
0.09
0.039
57%
0.069
23%
0.036
60%
0.088
2%
0.41
-356%
0.066
27%
0.099
-10%
0.077
14%
4K-64 Write
550.9
329.8
-40%
100.71
-82%
1263
129%
166.64
-70%
768.1
39%
176.44
-68%
111.84
-80%
113.93
-79%
4K-64 Read
280.08
1091.89
290%
255.92
-9%
1359
385%
318.3
14%
1374.54
391%
563.62
101%
256.86
-8%
361.43
29%
4K Write
118.31
102.96
-13%
110.55
-7%
147
24%
48.47
-59%
118
0%
124.14
5%
92.63
-22%
90.81
-23%
4K Read
31.27
44.04
41%
30.9
-1%
48
54%
23.34
-25%
44.55
42%
44.75
43%
25.39
-19%
32.29
3%
Seq Write
234.91
1479.67
530%
794.96
238%
1662
608%
328.08
40%
1423.98
506%
751.8
220%
134.09
-43%
130.17
-45%
Seq Read
1370.77
1911.91
39%
1221.25
-11%
2694
97%
513.59
-63%
2505.41
83%
2433.42
78%
493.2
-64%
506.8
-63%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Transfer Rate Minimum: 66.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 143.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 108.6 MB/s
Access Time: 15.4 ms
Burst Rate: 269 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.1 %

GPU Performance

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 has proven time and again to be a very capable mid-range GPU. 3D oriented tasks are no problem for the card, as shown by 3DMark. The GF62VR's variant of the GTX 1060 features 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and a boost clock up to 1671 MHz, which is tuned a bit higher than some other 1060-equipped notebooks. As a result, the device performs well in 3DMark, leading its competitors by as much as 7% in Fire Strike. (It should be noted that the GE62VR also scores higher than rivals and falls only 1% behind the newer GF62VR). This score was achieved with the fan boost enabled, but the device still performs admirably with the fans running under their normal profile, hitting 11819 in the Fire Strike Graphics test. This is still among the best scores we've seen from the GTX 1060. Gamers and professionals that need more from their graphics card should look at notebooks equipped with the GTX 1070 or GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), which perform about 40% and 80% better, respectively.

For more information about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, please visit our dedicated page here. 

Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike (Cooler Boost enabled)
Fire Strike (Cooler Boost enabled)
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
32640 Points ∼80% +173%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
21366 Points ∼53% +79%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
18505 Points ∼46% +55%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
16629 Points ∼41% +39%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11951 Points ∼29%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
11872 Points ∼29% -1%
Gigabyte P55W v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11426 Points ∼28% -4%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11186 Points ∼28% -6%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
10338 Points ∼25% -13%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
7883 Points ∼19% -34%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7624 Points ∼19% -36%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7321 Points ∼18% -39%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
5990 Points ∼15% -50%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
152370 Points ∼93% +88%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
130202 Points ∼80% +61%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
104506 Points ∼64% +29%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
81026 Points ∼50%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
70574 Points ∼43% -13%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
70132 Points ∼43% -13%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
61065 Points ∼37% -25%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
57208 Points ∼35% -29%
Gigabyte P55W v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
54719 Points ∼33% -32%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
53036 Points ∼32% -35%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
50683 Points ∼31% -37%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
50205 Points ∼31% -38%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
38001 Points ∼23% -53%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
252862 Points ∼35% +115%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
194679 Points ∼27% +65%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
161835 Points ∼22% +37%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
146956 Points ∼20% +25%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
117800 Points ∼16%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
106019 Points ∼15% -10%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
103946 Points ∼14% -12%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
101444 Points ∼14% -14%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
71289 Points ∼10% -39%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
9929 Points ∼56%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
9878 Points ∼56%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
9607 Points ∼55%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
9500 Points ∼54%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8583 Points ∼49%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
8212 Points ∼47%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
8172 Points ∼46%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7952 Points ∼45%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7440 Points ∼42%
Gigabyte P55W v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7339 Points ∼42%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
6440 Points ∼37%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
6212 Points ∼35%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ
5950 Points ∼34%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
41469 Points ∼81%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
29109 Points ∼57%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
24425 Points ∼48%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
21879 Points ∼43%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
15466 Points ∼30%
Gigabyte P55W v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14693 Points ∼29%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14347 Points ∼28%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
13388 Points ∼26%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
10270 Points ∼20%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
9845 Points ∼19%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
9824 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ
7835 Points ∼15%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7760 Points ∼15%
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
116682 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
25422 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10093 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5256 points
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Gaming Performance

It should be no surprise, based on the stellar GPU performance, that gaming is no challenge for the GF62VR. Most AAA titles can be played at the display's native resolution (1920 x 1080) at High or Ultra settings without breaking a sweat. Popular games, like DOOM, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Fallout 4 will be smooth. Lighter titles, like Rocket League, can even be played at 4K and still maintain high framerates. Demanding or poorly optimized games will need settings turned down to High or Medium to hit the 60 fps threshold.

Long gameplay sessions should yield fairly steady framerates. Running The Witcher 3 for an hour sees the FPS counter hover between 36-40, which is consistent. There are no noticeable or jarring dips in the framerate.

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The Witcher 3 ultra
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
151.7 fps ∼71% +40%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
133 fps ∼62% +23%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
108 fps ∼50%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
103.1 fps ∼48% -5%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
100.6 fps ∼47% -7%
Hyperbook N85-7300-8-12-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, WDC Green PC SSD WDS120G1G0B
100.1 fps ∼47% -7%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
98 (min: 11.6) fps ∼46% -9%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
97.7 fps ∼45% -10%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
87.2 fps ∼41% -19%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
71 fps ∼33% -34%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
63.6 fps ∼30% -41%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8
45.4 fps ∼21% -58%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
117 fps ∼79% +56%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
79.3 fps ∼53% +6%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
78.1 fps ∼52% +4%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
75 fps ∼50%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
68.3 fps ∼46% -9%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
107 fps ∼85% +51%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
77.3 fps ∼62% +9%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
74.9 fps ∼60% +5%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
71 fps ∼57%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
67.9 fps ∼54% -4%
Hyperbook N85-7300-8-12-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, WDC Green PC SSD WDS120G1G0B
62.8 fps ∼50% -12%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
60.2 fps ∼48% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8
28.9 fps ∼23% -59%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
99.9 fps ∼87% +156%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
64.2 fps ∼56% +65%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
60 fps ∼52% +54%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
59 fps ∼51% +51%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
39.4 fps ∼34% +1%
Hyperbook N85-7300-8-12-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, WDC Green PC SSD WDS120G1G0B
39 fps ∼34% 0%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
39 fps ∼34%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
38.4 fps ∼33% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
37.7 fps ∼33% -3%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
37.2 (min: 25) fps ∼32% -5%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
35.1 fps ∼31% -10%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
34.6 fps ∼30% -11%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
25 fps ∼22% -36%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8
14.2 fps ∼12% -64%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
167 fps ∼92% +146%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
122.4 fps ∼68% +80%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
76 fps ∼42% +12%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
70.4 fps ∼39% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
68.2 fps ∼38% 0%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
68 fps ∼38%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
66.2 (min: 39) fps ∼37% -3%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
63.2 fps ∼35% -7%
Hyperbook N85-7300-8-12-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, WDC Green PC SSD WDS120G1G0B
55.6 fps ∼31% -18%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
53.2 fps ∼29% -22%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
46.7 fps ∼26% -31%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8
21.4 fps ∼12% -69%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
73.7 fps ∼49% +7%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
69 fps ∼46%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
64 fps ∼43% -7%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
63.9 fps ∼43% -7%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
83 fps ∼56%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
95 fps ∼59% +58%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
64.1 fps ∼40% +7%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
61.8 fps ∼38% +3%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
61.3 fps ∼38% +2%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
60 fps ∼37%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
58.8 (min: 53) fps ∼37% -2%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
52 fps ∼32% -13%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
51.1 fps ∼32% -15%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
73 fps ∼41%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
72.6 fps ∼40% -1%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
71.3 (min: 65) fps ∼40% -2%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
65.6 fps ∼36% -10%
Hitman 2016
1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
51 fps ∼48%
1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:8x
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
58 fps ∼75%
Doom
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
95.1 fps ∼48% +2%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
93 fps ∼47%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
92.3 fps ∼46% -1%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
86.2 fps ∼43% -7%
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
82.1 fps ∼41% -12%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
99 fps ∼59%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
91.1 fps ∼54% -8%
Rocket League
3840x2160 High Quality AA:High FX
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
141 fps ∼83% +120%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
64 fps ∼38%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
56.5 fps ∼33% -12%
1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
219 fps ∼88% +28%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
171 fps ∼68%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
134 fps ∼54% -22%
1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
238 fps ∼95%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
194 fps ∼78% -18%
Dirt 4
3840x2160 Ultra Preset AF:16x
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
31 fps ∼34%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
70.4 fps ∼48% +21%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
58 fps ∼40%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
49.9 fps ∼34% -14%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:2xMS AF:8x
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
115 fps ∼53% +17%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
98 fps ∼45%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
93.6 fps ∼43% -4%
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
93.3 fps ∼85% +76%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
53 fps ∼48%
1920x1080 High Preset
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
102 fps ∼88% +48%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
69 fps ∼59%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 108fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 75fps
Thief (2014) 71fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 6839fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 8661fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 6060fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 8369fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 7970fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 7360fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 5851fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 45fps
Doom (2016) 9993fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 4840fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 162150fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 10483fps
Rocket League (2017) 23817164fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 985831fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017) 6953fps

Stress Test

Stress testing with synthetic and real-world benchmarks gives us a good idea of what to expect from prolonged workloads that place a high demand on the system. Using Prime95 to fully tax the CPU, we see each core of the 7700HQ boost up to 3.8 GHz intermittently with an average of 3.4 GHz across the CPU. Temperatures remain reasonable at about 80° C. Running FurMark sees the GPU stay near its base clock speed of just under 1300 MHz. Temperatures across the GPU die remain steady at 71° C, which is well within acceptable limits.

Running FurMark and Prime95 together sees more of the same; the CPU maintains an average clock speed of about 3.2 GHz, while the GPU holds at an average of 1260 MHz. However, temperatures across the CPU package climb to a toasty 93° C. Intel rates their CPUs as able to safely operate under 100° C, but these temps are encroaching upon that limit. GPU heat averages 79° C. Enabling the "Cooler Boost" mode runs the fans at full speed through indefinitely, and re-running our dual stress test in this mode sees a slight bump in performance with a small reduction in temperatures.

While synthetic testing creates a worst case scenario, running The Witcher 3 gives us a better idea of how the system operates under real-world testing. The GF62VR doesn't disappoint. Both the CPU and GPU are able to run strong throughout the test (3.5 GHz and 1618 MHz, respectively), and temperatures are very well managed, hovering in the low 70s. Running the game for an hour with Cooler Boost enabled reduces these temperatures even further, with the CPU settling in at 60° C and the GPU averaging 66° C. While Cooler Boost greatly increases the noise level, it may be a worthy tradeoff for the reduction in heat output and the small bump in performance.

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark (Cooler Boost enabled)
Prime95 + FurMark (Cooler Boost enabled)
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 (Cooler Boost enabled)
The Witcher 3 (Cooler Boost enabled)
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.4 - 80 -
FurMark Stress 3.6 1295 59 71
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.24 1256 93 79
Prime95 + FurMark Stress (Cooler Boost) 3.32 1263 91 75
Witcher 3 Stress 3.5 1618 71 72
Witcher 3 Stress (Cooler Boost) 2.7 1634 60 66

Emissions

System Noise

While the fans do a good job in keeping the GF62VR cool, they are fairly noisy. Under light load, the fans are barely audible. Heavier tasks cause the fans to ramp fairly aggressively. Without Cooler Boost enabled, the fans aren't unbearable; they average about 41 dB(A) under load and peak at about 49 dB(A) while gaming. This is a bit louder than rival devices, but the high pitch makes the fan noise stand out even more. The whiny timbre can cut through ambient noise and can be heard across an office or room. Enabling Cooler Boost pushes the fans even further, hitting 53.5 dB(A). On the positive side, there is no coil whine present in the device.

Noise Level

Idle
33.5 / 33.5 / 33.5 dB(A)
Load
41.3 / 53.5 dB(A)
 
 
 
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: 28.1 dB(A)
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
Schenker XMG A517
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
Noise
0%
0%
6%
-1%
3%
-2%
2%
5%
off / environment *
28.1
28.2
-0%
30
-7%
30
-7%
31
-10%
30.8
-10%
30
-7%
28.1
-0%
Idle Minimum *
33.5
32.8
2%
33
1%
30.5
9%
30
10%
32
4%
32
4%
30
10%
28.1
16%
Idle Average *
33.5
32.9
2%
34
-1%
33
1%
35
-4%
33
1%
32
4%
33
1%
29.1
13%
Idle Maximum *
33.5
32.9
2%
35
-4%
36.1
-8%
40
-19%
34
-1%
32
4%
37
-10%
29.1
13%
Load Average *
41.3
41.6
-1%
39
6%
39.4
5%
43
-4%
39
6%
48.3
-17%
41
1%
49.2
-19%
Witcher 3 ultra *
48.5
43
11%
43
11%
42
13%
Load Maximum *
53.5
55
-3%
50
7%
41.5
22%
49
8%
50
7%
51.2
4%
50
7%
49.2
8%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Thermal image of rear exhaust.
Thermal image of rear exhaust.

Thanks to its beefy six heat pipes and efficient (if noisy) fans, the GF62VR remains fairly cool to the touch, even under load. Temperatures across the keyboard average in the 37-45° C range under full synthetic load and while gaming. There is a hot spot in the upper right of the keyboard (around the "9" and "0" keys) that hits about 50° C, which is a bit warm to the touch. However, the WASD keys remain relatively cool. Even under load, typing never gets uncomfortable. The touchpad does get warm to the touch (even when the system is idle), most likely because it sits directly over the NVMe drive. It should be noted that other manufacturers are starting to encase installed NVMe drives in heatsink-like enclosures, as these drives can run very hot.

As a note, most of the hot air is exhausted through the vents at the back corners of the device. This area can get hot to the touch, so it is advised to use the GF62VR on a flat, hard surface with nothing blocking these rear vents.

Max. Load
 38.2 °C45 °C32.6 °C 
 37 °C48.2 °C35.8 °C 
 36.2 °C44.2 °C26.8 °C 
Maximum: 48.2 °C
Average: 38.2 °C
45 °C37.2 °C44.4 °C
29.4 °C46 °C31 °C
26.4 °C35.2 °C31.6 °C
Maximum: 46 °C
Average: 36.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42.8 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Fluke 62 Mini
Keyboard, idle
Keyboard, idle
Underside, idle
Underside, idle
Keyboard, full load
Keyboard, full load
Underside, full load
Underside, full load
Keyboard, The Witcher 3
Keyboard, The Witcher 3
Underside, The Witcher 3
Underside, The Witcher 3

Speakers

Speaker sound profile.
Speaker sound profile.

The speakers are loud but lack body. Music sounds thin, and highs easily overpower mids. The removal of the GE62VR's subwoofer results in a complete absence of bass. The overall sound profile heavily favors the upper end, resulting in a very tinny timbre. MSI has kept the dedicated HiFi audio jack; users with a pair of higher-end headphones will be able to take full advantage of the integrated DAC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.338.32535.335.13133.735.74032.834.65032.2346332.531.68031.93110030.430.512528.931.616028.931.120027.637.225027.845.731526.35540025.356.450025.758.563027.364.38002667.7100024.968.4125024.274.9160023.885200023.983.325002483.1315023.479.7400024.175.3500024.472.8630023.468.680002365.9100002360.11250022.956.11600022.960.7SPL36.590.8N2.767.8median 24.4MSI GF62VR 7RF-877median 64.3Delta1.611.840.442.437.538.237.935.934.834.934.334.632.83331.434.330.235.530.440.628.349.128.35328.358.327.2612763.426.665.32663.625.65625.46325.765.625.162.424.153.124.156.523.762.923.964.923.767.123.664.823.371.723.368.723.462.623.458.336.876.92.840.9median 25.4MSI GE62VR 6RF-001USmedian 62.62.35.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.95 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 97% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 92% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.94 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 75% 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

Power consumption is largely similar to other notebooks with similar specs. Idle draw is curiously high, averaging about 18.2 Watts; most other systems pull between 10 and 15 W when idle. Under full load, the machine pulls about 162 W from the wall, which is about 90% of the 180 W adapter. While gaming (which is more realistic), the GF62VR only needs 125 W. This is more than other devices (which average between 95-110 W) but well within expectation and the limits of the power supply.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.67 / 1.08 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 16.2 / 18.2 / 18.9 Watt
Load midlight 82.7 / 162.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Gigabyte P55W v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Liteonit CV3-8D256, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Schenker XMG A517
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-45%
21%
30%
9%
9%
-82%
-12%
34%
Idle Minimum *
16.2
25.4
-57%
8
51%
3.9
76%
8
51%
12
26%
38.3
-136%
18
-11%
6.7
59%
Idle Average *
18.2
30.3
-66%
13
29%
10.7
41%
12
34%
15
18%
40.5
-123%
23
-26%
8.9
51%
Idle Maximum *
18.9
31.5
-67%
18
5%
11.2
41%
25
-32%
20
-6%
42.2
-123%
30
-59%
10.8
43%
Load Average *
82.7
111.8
-35%
76
8%
111.5
-35%
85
-3%
82
1%
110.4
-33%
85
-3%
81.8
1%
Load Maximum *
162.3
163.2
-1%
143
12%
115.5
29%
180
-11%
161
1%
155.7
4%
158
3%
122.7
24%
Witcher 3 ultra *
125.7
110
12%
111
12%
96
24%
92.2
27%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery life is pretty disappointing. While about 17% better than the GE62VR overall, the GF62VR falls short of the two hour mark in our WiFi v1.3 test (Balanced power setting, screen set to 150 cd/m2, loading a new webpage every 30-40 seconds). Even in Battery Eater's Reader test, which is a best-case scenario, the device only lasts 2 hours 45 minutes. This is partly due to the anemic 41 Wh battery, which is significantly smaller than competitors'. Bring the power adapter along when working away from home. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 46min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
1h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 41min
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 41 Wh
MSI GE62VR 6RF-001US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 51 Wh
Gigabyte P55W v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 63 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 45 Wh
Schenker XMG A517
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 62 Wh
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 70 Wh
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 43 Wh
Battery Runtime
-15%
238%
304%
157%
241%
-7%
74%
161%
Reader / Idle
166
137
-17%
789
375%
671
304%
447
169%
638
284%
104
-37%
256
54%
612
269%
WiFi v1.3
115
101
-12%
346
201%
301
162%
422
267%
88
-23%
198
72%
263
129%
Load
41
35
-15%
98
139%
99
141%
112
173%
57
39%
80
95%
76
85%
WiFi
241

Pros

+ excellent price/performance
+ 4K UHD option available
+ great keyboard with RGB
+ loud speakers
+ relatively lightweight
+ internal temperatures are well managed
+ good and consistent performance

Cons

- very poor quality screen
- fans are high-pitched and can get noisy
- cheap-feeling plastic construction
- thin lid
- no Thunderbolt 3

Verdict

In review: MSI GF62VR. Review unit provided by Computer Upgrade King.
In review: MSI GF62VR. Review unit provided by Computer Upgrade King.

On paper, there's nothing very special about the MSI GF62VR. While it offers good, consistent performance and a color-rich display, these are offset by a poor quality TN screen with terrible color accuracy and annoyingly high-pitched fans. The story of the GF62VR is one of compromise; for every positive, there is a negative. The end result is a great gaming laptop that falls short in some critical areas (mainly display quality, fan noise, and build quality).

However, when considering the current price point, the notebook becomes much more attractive. Starting at USD $1300, the GF62VR falls into the price range for notebooks sporting the GTX 1050 Ti. Most laptops with similar components start about $200-300 more. Add in the fact that gaming performance tends to topple competitors and the GF62VR suddenly becomes one of the better "bang for your buck" gaming laptops on the market now.

There's a major tradeoff to consider here. For that great price/performance ratio, users are going to have to put up with a (frankly) awful screen that demands calibration, whiny and loud fans, and a plastic shell that tries and fails to imitate a more premium chassis. But the tradeoff may be worth it to some consumers.

For gamers that don't care much about aesthetics and just want to play while on the go, it's hard to beat the GF62VR right now. The GF62VR's main competitor is actually the older GE62VR it's replacing. If you can find a GE62VR on the used market with an IPS display, it would likely be the better buy. However, if you have to have a new gaming notebook with a GTX 1060 that offers the best value, the GF62VR should be at or near the top of your list.

MSI GF62VR 7RF-877 - 11/10/2017 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
51 / 81 → 63%
Weight
62 / 66 → 92%
Battery
61%
Display
76%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
92%
Temperature
84 / 95 → 89%
Noise
71 / 90 → 79%
Audio
60%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
72%
80%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2017-11-13 (Update: 2017-11-13)
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Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.