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MSI GF63 8RC-230CH

Specifications

MSI GF63 8RC-230CH
MSI GF63 8RC-230CH (GF63 Series)
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Storage
,  GB 
, 512 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, Card Reader: undefined
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Battery
51 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
Weight
1.9 kg ( = 67.02 oz / 4.19 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

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Reviews for the MSI GF63 8RC-230CH

Review MSI GF63 8RC – Desain Ramping, Performa Jempolan, Cocok untuk Gamer dan Profesional
Source: Pemmzchannel ID→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; slim size; light weight; high mobility; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/26/2018

Comment

Model: At the beginning of this review, I have to admit that I like MSI gaming laptops. The way they are designed, materials used, concept, meaning everything that you see from outside looks great. But as a gamer or if you are planning to be one whether a pro or just for casual, the looks should be the last thing you need to be interested.

First of all, you need a good GPU then a good CPU and a good screen. Most gamers are going for TN panels instead of IPS, but that should be a discussion of another series. Anyway, lets get back to our MSI laptop. It is a 15.6 inch laptop and to be honest, pretty light with 1.9 kg. So it will be very easy to carry around. Unfortunately, even if this laptop has a good design and is pretty lightweight, I can't suggest it, no, simply I can't.

Here is why. First of all, it comes with a GTX 1050, which I consider to be very mainstream right now and unfortunately became too old to run most of the modern games with good FPS. Then other thing is that it comes with conventional HDD. We are almost done with 2018 and a gaming laptop without SSD? Come on.

Yes, the GF series is an entry level series, but still if you are going to spend money on a gaming laptop, at least get something with which you can continue to play for a few years. But on the other hand, if you consider this laptop for different purposes, it, well, maybe workout. Its processor is great. But still with 8 GB of RAM and a slow HDD, all your options are limited.

Sure there are other SKUs of this model, which are of course priced differently. My piece of advice for my dearest readers would be to know what your requirements are. If you plan to play games like CS:GO, Dota 2. LoL, Rocket League than it is fine to go models with entry level graphics cards. But if you want to play games like GTA, Tomb Raider or saying shortly where there are too much moving parts and graphics matters, you need a better GPU, something like GTX 1060 and an SSD is a must.

As I said, it is pretty hard for me to recommend this laptop to anyone who is willing to play hardcore games. Even for entry-level games, without an SSD installed, I think you should pass. If you don't care about the looks or the material that is used, you can look for alternatives from the Acer Predator or Asus TUF Gaming series. You might end up getting better hardware for the same amount of money.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop): Mainstream graphics card based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and successor to the GeForce GTX 960M. Is manufactured in a 14nm process at Samsung and the technical specifications are very similar to the desktop version. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
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.  
8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15.6":

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.
1.9 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


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).


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