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MSI GL62M 7RD-077 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Sven Kloevekorn (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/10/2017

Entry-level Gaming Laptop. MSI's entry-level model into the gaming world costs about 1050 Euros (~$1117). You will get a well-equipped 15.6-inch notebook for this price. Its main weaknesses are the display, the battery runtimes and the automatic fan control. MSI should at least improve the latter.

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The GL62M 7RD is a cheap entry-level device into the gaming world. Price and classification within the MSI line-up suggest that cuts have been made in several aspects. Nevertheless, the specification does not sound bad: Kaby Lake quad core processor, GeForce GTX 1050, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB hard drive. Our review will show whether this device is recommendable. Those who frequently visit our web site might already feel familiar with this computer. With the GL62 6QF, we have already reviewed a sibling with an almost identical design. There is only one single difference: The GL62M does not have an internal optical drive and it is also impossible to add such. The competition includes devices such as the Acer Aspire VX5-591G, the Asus Strix GL502VM, and the HP Omen 15.

MSI GL62M 7RD-077 (GL62 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 2048 MB, Core: 1354-1759 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 128 bit interface, ForceWare 378.49, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Single-Channel, two RAM slots (one slot used), max. 32 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei N156HGE-EAL, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB 
, 7200 rpm, Bays: 1x M.2 2280 (NVMe/PCIe), 1 x 2.5-inch, 880 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC899 @ 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: headphones-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (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
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Magix Music Maker Silver, Magix Photo Manager 16, MS Office 365 (trial), Norton Security (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 737 g ( = 26 oz / 1.62 pounds)
Price
1049 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

MSI uses the same case as that of the predecessor, MSI GL62 6QF. However, there is a difference: The GL62M does not have an optical drive. The case is made entirely of matte black plastic. There are light color accents on the rear side at the fan grilles: Thin, red lines are used here. The computer lacks a maintenance hatch. In order to reach the inner components, you will have to remove the underside. We will describe this in detail later. The battery is fixed.

The notebook is well made to a large extent. The left side of the display frame is slightly protruding and the resulting edge is noticeable. There is more to complain in terms of stability. For example, the base unit can be depressed too easily in front of the touchpad. In addition, the base unit should be sturdier in view of a price tag of 1050 Euros (~$1117). The lid twists too easily, which in turn results in image distortions on the display. The hinges hold the display firmly in place. One-handed opening of the display is possible by slightly jiggling.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The computer is well equipped with interfaces. Apart from three Type-A USB ports (2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0), it also features a Type-C port, which, however, only supports USB-3.1-Gen1. According to MSI's website, the HDMI-out supports 4K resolution at 30 Hz. It is fortunate that the ports are not that close to each other as often seen in notebooks. As a result, several ports are on the same level as the wrist rest - at least on the left side.

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Left: Kensington lock slot, Gigabit-Ethernet, USB 3.0 (Type A), HDMI, mini-Displayport, USB 3.0 (Type A), USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type C), microphone-in, headphones-out
Left: Kensington lock slot, Gigabit-Ethernet, USB 3.0 (Type A), HDMI, mini-Displayport, USB 3.0 (Type A), USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type C), microphone-in, headphones-out
Right: USB 2.0 (Type A), memory card reader (SD), power-in
Right: USB 2.0 (Type A), memory card reader (SD), power-in

SD Card Reader

The memory card reader is not fast. It achieves a maximum transfer rate of 27.7 MB/s when copying large data blocks. Moving 250 jpg files (about 5 MB each) is done at 26 MB/s. A comparison with the HP Omen 15 and the Asus Strix GL502VM shows that a significantly better performance is possible. We test memory card readers with a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
 
75 MB/s ∼100% +188%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
 
75 MB/s ∼100% +188%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
 
26 MB/s ∼35%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
 
25 MB/s ∼33% -4%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
 
22.7 MB/s ∼30% -13%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
 
86 MB/s ∼100% +210%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
 
85 MB/s ∼99% +207%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
 
36.96 MB/s ∼43% +33%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
 
27.7 MB/s ∼32%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
 
27 MB/s ∼31% -3%

Communication

The Wi-Fi module stems from Intel (Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168). Apart from the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n, it also supports the fast ac standard. It achieved good transfer rates under our ideal test conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices close to it, low distance between notebook and server). Our comparison chart shows that the Wi-Fi chip cannot keep up with the model in the Asus Strix GL502VM (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260), since the latter allows higher transfer rates than the model in the GL62M. A Gigabit Ethernet chip from Qualcomm's AR8171/8175 family allows wired network connections. It works flawlessly.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
677 MBit/s ∼100% +95%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
647 MBit/s ∼96% +86%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (jseb)
347 MBit/s ∼51%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
524 MBit/s ∼100% +68%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
507 MBit/s ∼97% +63%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (jseb)
312 MBit/s ∼60%

Web cam

The built-in webcam produces muddy images, which are not convincing. The maximum resolution is 1280x720 pixels. 

Accessories

The GL62M comes with the usual accessories: a quick start guide, an instruction manual, warranty information.

Maintenance

The MSI computer lacks a maintenance hatch. You will have to remove the underside in order to get to the inner components. This requires removing all screws on the underside of the device and loosening the underside with a sharp edged object. Once done, you can reach all hardware components.

Inner components
Inner components

Warranty

The GL62M comes with a two-year warranty, including pick-up service. A warranty extension to three years is available for 50 Euros (~$53).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The built-in SteelSeries keyboard series lacks a light. The flat, slightly roughened keys feature a medium travel and a crisp pressure point. The keyboard springs slightly when typing, but not in an annoying way. Overall, MSI delivers a decent keyboard, which is suitable for home use. Those who want to buy an MSI notebook should be aware that MSI uses its own MSI-typical keyboard layout. For example the #-key and the Windows key are not in the usual positions.

Touchpad

The multi-touch capable ClickPad has a size of about 10.8 x 6.1 cm (~4.3 x 2.4 in). Hence, there is enough space for gesture control. The slightly roughened surface does not have a negative impact on the gliding capabilities. There are two dedicated mouse buttons in front of the pad. They feature a short travel and a clearly audible and noticeable pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte 15.6-inch display of the GL62M features a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Therewith, we are almost done with the advantages of the display. Brightness (233.6 cd/m²) and contrast (478:1) are disappointing. In a notebook of 1050 Euros (~$1117), the display should deliver at least 300 cd/m² and 1000:1, respectively. In addition, the display shows PWM flickering at a frequency of 198 Hz at a brightness level of 90% and lower. This can cause headache and eye strain in sensitive people.

225
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 258 cd/m² Average: 233.6 cd/m² Minimum: 13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 79 %
Center on Battery: 256 cd/m²
Contrast: 478:1 (Black: 0.54 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.74 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 11.59 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
100% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 76% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.19
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
143%
12%
-16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (24, 20)
43 (21, 22)
2%
40 (15, 25)
9%
55 (22, 33)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
29 (12, 17)
23 (7, 16)
21%
25 (5, 20)
14%
31 (8, 23)
-7%
PWM Frequency
198 (90)
1000 (80)
405%
Screen
-3%
32%
9%
Brightness middle
258
216
-16%
321
24%
214
-17%
Brightness
234
202
-14%
296
26%
203
-13%
Brightness Distribution
79
83
5%
88
11%
79
0%
Black Level *
0.54
0.48
11%
0.33
39%
0.28
48%
Contrast
478
450
-6%
973
104%
764
60%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.74
9.98
-2%
4.42
55%
6.04
38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
14.6
17.12
-17%
9.78
33%
12
18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.59
10.91
6%
3.34
71%
5.91
49%
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.31 95%
2.4 92%
2.44 90%
CCT
11851 55%
13185 49%
6213 105%
7362 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
76
75
-1%
55
-28%
38
-50%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
100
0%
83
-17%
60
-40%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
70% / 30%
22% / 28%
-4% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

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 198 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 198 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 198 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

GL62M vs. sRGB
GL62M vs. sRGB
GL62M vs. AdobeRGB
GL62M vs. AdobeRGB

The DeltaE 2000 color deviation is 9.74 out-of-the-box. A value of less than 3 is desirable. In addition, the display is bluish. The color profile that we have provided will improve the color precision. It can be installed by double clicking it. However, you should check whether your device uses the same display model (manufacturer + model number) as our test model. Otherwise, the colors might become even worse. Often displays from different manufacturers are used within a notebook series. The display in our test model fully covers sRGB and 76% of AdobeRGB.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Gray scales
CalMAN - Gray scales
CalMAN - Color saturatoin
CalMAN - Color saturatoin

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
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 17 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. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

MSI has equipped the computer with a TN panel with narrow viewing angles. Hence, it is not possible to read from it from every position. However, it is one of the better models of its kind. It delivers wider viewing angles than comparable models. Obviously, it cannot keep up with a viewing-angle-stable IPS model. The latter would have been an appropriate choice in view of the notebook's price range. In addition, it is hardly possible to use the GL62M outdoors when the sun is shining, since brightness and contrast are low. Things are different when the sky is overcast or in the shade.

The GL62M outdoors (image shot when sky was overcast).
The GL62M outdoors (image shot when sky was overcast).
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

With the GL62M, MSI offers a 15.6-inch entry-level gaming notebook. It can run all current games smoothly and also performs well in all other fields of application. Our test model costs about 1050 to 1100 Euros (~$1117 to ~$1171). Other configurations were not available at the time of testing. With the GL62 7RD, MSI has a series with the same design in its line-up, which, unlike the GL62M, features an optical drive.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
LatencyMon

Processor

The GL62M is powered by a Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) quad core processor. The CPU's base clock is 2.8 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the clock rate can increase to 3.4 GHz (four cores), 3.6 GHz (two cores), and 3.8 GHz (one core). The clock rates are 200 to 300 MHz higher than the direct Skylake predecessor's (Core i7-6700HQ). The higher clock rates ensure better results in the benchmarks. The performance gain is not due to changes in the architecture, since Kaby Lake and Skylake hardly differ from a technical point of view. Both processors feature a TDP of 45 watts.

The 7700HQ clocks at 3.4 GHz in our CPU tests (single thread and multithread). Oddly enough, the CPU-Turbo is used more extensively on battery in the single thread tests and clocks at 3.4 to 3.6 GHz in these tests. Hence, the results of the Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R11.5 single thread tests increase by 155 and 1.78 points, respectively. This behavior can be reproduced at any time. 

Single thread
Single thread
Multithread
Multithread
The CPU is soldered.
The CPU is soldered.
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6833
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21976
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5568
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
63.48 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.16 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.65 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
110.57 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
730 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
146 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼71% +4%
Gigabyte P57X v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼71% +4%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼71% +3%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼69% +1%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
147 Points ∼69% +1%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼69%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
139 Points ∼65% -5%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼63% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
741 Points ∼24% +2%
Gigabyte P57X v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼24% +1%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
730 Points ∼23%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
680 Points ∼22% -7%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼22% -7%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
677 Points ∼22% -7%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
673 Points ∼22% -8%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
672 Points ∼22% -8%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.72 Points ∼70% +4%
Gigabyte P57X v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.71 Points ∼70% +4%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼69% +2%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼69% +2%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.65 Points ∼68%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.58 Points ∼65% -4%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.58 Points ∼65% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼30%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼30% 0%
Gigabyte P57X v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.04 Points ∼30% -1%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.5 Points ∼28% -8%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.46 Points ∼28% -9%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.45 Points ∼28% -9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.4 Points ∼27% -9%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5568 Points ∼51%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5463 Points ∼50% -2%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5244 Points ∼48% -6%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21976 Points ∼44%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20528 Points ∼41% -7%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19949 Points ∼40% -9%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13346 Points ∼43%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12971 Points ∼42% -3%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12818 Points ∼41% -4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3459 Points ∼74% +6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3385 Points ∼72% +4%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3256 Points ∼69%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12974 Points ∼47% +4%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
12448 Points ∼45%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4286 Points ∼74% +4%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4119 Points ∼71%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
252.12 Points ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
250.13 Points ∼0% -1%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
241.34 Points ∼0% -4%
Octane V2 - Total Score
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
38135 Points ∼77%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
37997 Points ∼77% 0%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
36965 Points ∼75% -3%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1036 ms * ∼2% -1%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1024.4 ms * ∼2%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
995.3 ms * ∼2% +3%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

A strong processor and a powerful GPU do not only ensure very good results in the PCMark benchmarks, they also make the computer suitable for all conceivable fields of applications such as computer games, image editing, and video editing. Subjectively, we cannot complain about the system performance. The system works smoothly. However, there is still room for improvements. For example, you could add an SSD, which would make booting and loading significantly faster. The existing M.2 slot supports SATA as well as PCIe/NVMe models. In addition, you could add a second RAM module in the GL62M. This would enable dual channel mode, which in turn increases the performance slightly.

There are two RAM slots.
There are two RAM slots.
PCMark 7 Score
3818 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3899 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4679 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4831 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
5109 Points ∼78% +6%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
5003 Points ∼77% +4%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
4951 Points ∼76% +2%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4831 Points ∼74%
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
4218 Points ∼65% -13%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
3964 Points ∼61% -18%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4741 Points ∼78% +22%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4088 Points ∼67% +5%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
3946 Points ∼65% +1%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3899 Points ∼64%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
3698 Points ∼61% -5%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
3603 Points ∼59% -8%
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
3569 Points ∼59% -8%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
3154 Points ∼52% -19%

Storage Device

A conventional 2.5-inch hard drive from HGST is used as the system drive. It works at 7200 RPM and features a capacity of 1 TB. The transfer rates of the HDD are normal for a 7200 RPM model. Inside the GL62M, you will find a free M.2 slot for a compatible drive. It is compatible with SATA 3 models as well as significantly faster (and more expensive) PCIe/NVMe models.

The HDD can be replaced.
The HDD can be replaced.
A free M.2 slot is available.
A free M.2 slot is available.
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Transfer Rate Minimum: 61.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 149.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 112.7 MB/s
Access Time: 15.9 ms
Burst Rate: 276.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.1 %
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
6466%
7689%
6732%
8809%
Write 4k QD32
1.234
168.3
13539%
301.5
24333%
168
13514%
317.4
25621%
Read 4k QD32
1.088
257
23521%
246.7
22575%
276.8
25341%
394.9
36196%
Write 4k
1.122
93.03
8191%
86.25
7587%
81.38
7153%
38.36
3319%
Read 4k
0.494
21.81
4315%
25.61
5084%
33.14
6609%
16.97
3335%
Write 512
56.98
417.3
632%
407.1
614%
169.6
198%
418.2
634%
Read 512
43.19
409.1
847%
335
676%
327.6
659%
348.1
706%
Write Seq
107.3
442.7
313%
462.7
331%
169.2
58%
449.6
319%
Read Seq
112.4
530.2
372%
462.5
311%
475.7
323%
494.2
340%

Graphics card

MSI uses a graphic switch (Optimus) in the GL62M. For everyday tasks and on battery, Intel's integrated HD Graphics 630 is used. Demanding applications such as computer games are run on Nvidia's GeForce-GTX-1050 graphic card. With this GPU, Nvidia has added an upper mid-range model to its line-up in early 2017. It belongs to the Pascal generation. The core supports DirectX 12 and reaches clock rates of up to 1759 MHz. The GPU features 2048 MB GDDR5 VRAM. Officially, the GTX 1050 GPU succeeds the GTX 960M. Our comparison table shows that the Pascal core performs significantly better than its predecessor and also outperforms the GTX 965M. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti performs above 20% better in the 3DMark benchmarks.

The GL62M performs about 10% better than the Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T with the same CPU and GPU combination in our GPU tests. The cooling system of the MSI computer appears to be slightly more efficient and therefore, allows the graphics core to clock higher on average. 

The GPU is also soldered.
The GPU is also soldered.
3DMark 06 Standard
28117 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
26560 points
3DMark 11 Performance
7980 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
73713 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
19877 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5729 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
2743 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1897 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
23243 Points ∼46% +183%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15387 Points ∼30% +87%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9713 Points ∼19% +18%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8223 Points ∼16%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7919 Points ∼16% -4%
Asus X550IU
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), AMD FX-9830P
7791 Points ∼15% -5%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7360 Points ∼14% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
6749 Points ∼13% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
5388 Points ∼11% -34%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5304 Points ∼10% -35%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4938 Points ∼10% -40%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
17170 Points ∼42% +169%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11622 Points ∼29% +82%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7741 Points ∼19% +21%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6382 Points ∼16%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5904 Points ∼15% -7%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5784 Points ∼14% -9%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5421 Points ∼13% -15%
Asus X550IU
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), AMD FX-9830P
5153 Points ∼13% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
4584 Points ∼11% -28%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4314 Points ∼11% -32%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4239 Points ∼10% -34%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
3759 Points ∼9% -41%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
78820 Points ∼43% +98%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
75190 Points ∼41% +89%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48626 Points ∼26% +22%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
39824 Points ∼22%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
36659 Points ∼20% -8%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
35884 Points ∼19% -10%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
29742 Points ∼16% -25%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
27075 Points ∼15% -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
27064 Points ∼15% -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
23434 Points ∼13% -41%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
532.5 fps ∼4%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
320.9 fps ∼3% -40%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
229 fps ∼2% -57%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
457.8 fps ∼14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
59.7 fps ∼2% -87%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
247 fps ∼3%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
92.9 fps ∼1% -62%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
92.2 fps ∼1% -63%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
227.1 fps ∼6%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
27.9 fps ∼1% -88%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
187.4 fps ∼4%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
175.7 fps ∼5%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
123.2 fps ∼4%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
117.1 fps ∼4%
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
73460 Points ∼35%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
52605 Points ∼25% -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
43771 Points ∼21% -40%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4730 Samples/s ∼90% +361%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1027 Samples/s ∼19%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
954 Samples/s ∼18% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
620 Samples/s ∼12% -40%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
483 Samples/s ∼9% -53%
Sala GPUs-only
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
2419 Samples/s ∼23% +34%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1808 Samples/s ∼17%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1635 Samples/s ∼16% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
1192 Samples/s ∼11% -34%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
918 Samples/s ∼9% -49%

Gaming Performance

The GL62M is powerful enough to run all current computer games smoothly. In most games, you can select the Full HD resolution and in some of them maximum quality settings. Only a few games require reducing resolution and/or quality settings. Those who want to run games in 4K on an external display will not be happy. This GPU is not suitable for such requirements. In this case you had better buy a laptop with a GTX 1060 or even better, a GTX 1070.

low med. high ultra4K
Tomb Raider (2013) 301.7240.3170.380.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 196.6160.4156.266.2fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 150.8135116.852fps
Thief (2014) 71.167.765.843.6fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 156102.759.445.3fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 13610544.329.7fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 91.889.779.852.6fps
GTA V (2015) 129.4116.965.917.9fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 223.2117.188.453fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 94843928fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 119.773.952.249.1fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 138124.160.252.7fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 10186.14845.1fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 115.37039.533.7fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 58.457.342.341.1fps
Need for Speed 2016 (2016) 10599.363.447.2fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 50.534.429.1fps
Overwatch (2016) 56fps
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016) 110.383.740.432.4fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 74.359.332.214.7fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 114.797.649.944.4fps
Civilization VI (2016) 66.854.542.434.1fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 143.111853.445.5fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 223.898.157.619.8fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 90.839.332.64.1fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 9643.824.620.4fps
Rocket League (2017) 109fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 63.731fps
Ark Survival Evolved (2017) 7624.316.5fps
FIFA 18 (2017) 13255.6fps
Fortnite (2018) 1871355140fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 6230.218.6fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 9341.633.325.1fps
The Crew 2 (2018) 6042.736.832.29.2fps
FIFA 19 (2018) 1871291169635.6fps
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
130 fps ∼100% +96%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
102.3 fps ∼79% +55%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
66.2 fps ∼51%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
45.1 fps ∼35% -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ, Apple SSD SM0512L
37.8 fps ∼29% -43%
Battlefield 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
99.8 fps ∼100% +92%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
52 fps ∼52%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
35.3 fps ∼35% -32%
Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
144.9 fps ∼100% +80%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
80.6 fps ∼56%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
53.2 fps ∼37% -34%
Star Wars Battlefront - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
52.7 fps ∼100%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
55.9 fps ∼100% +12%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
49.9 fps ∼89%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
46.5 fps ∼83% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Radeon Pro 460, 6920HQ, Apple SSD SM1024L
40.9 fps ∼73% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ, Apple SSD SM0512L
28.9 (min: 26, max: 31) fps ∼52% -42%
Ashes of the Singularity - 1280x768 low
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
70.4 fps ∼100% +39%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
50.5 fps ∼72%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ, Apple SSD SM0512L
33.8 fps ∼48% -33%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided - 1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
59.3 fps ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
53.6 (min: 39, max: 69) fps ∼90% -10%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
78.4 fps ∼100% +12%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
70 fps ∼89%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
64.2 fps ∼82% -8%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
63.2 fps ∼81% -10%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
40 fps ∼51% -43%

Emissions

System Noise

The pre-installed Dragon Center allows adjusting the fan control. We use the automatic fan control for our tests. The automatic control should be improved. This is especially true when the system is idling, since the CPU fan runs permanently and pulsates in this scenario. In addition, it produces a quiet whining noise. To put it another way: The fan is annoying. Fortunately, this can be improved. Those who play around with the options available in the Dragon Center can also make the idle mode quieter. Certainly, both fans work under full load. During our stress test, the noise level increased to 47 dB(A). In fan turbo mode (can be switched on with a dedicated key), you have to live with a constant noise level of 52.4 dB(A).

However, the notebook also emits other noises: an electronic whining is audible occasionally.

The option "basic" allows basic configuration of the fan speed.
The option "basic" allows basic configuration of the fan speed.
The option "enhanced" allows a more detailed configuration.
The option "enhanced" allows a more detailed configuration.

Noise Level

Idle
32.5 / 32.5 / 32.5 dB(A)
HDD
32.6 dB(A)
Load
36.4 / 52.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.6 dB(A)
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
Gigabyte P57X v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
Noise
-5%
-5%
-4%
-2%
-4%
off / environment *
30.6
30
2%
31
-1%
30
2%
29
5%
28.8
6%
Idle Minimum *
32.5
35
-8%
32
2%
32
2%
30.4
6%
33.9
-4%
Idle Average *
32.5
36
-11%
33
-2%
33
-2%
32.1
1%
33.9
-4%
Idle Maximum *
32.5
37
-14%
34
-5%
36
-11%
32.1
1%
37.8
-16%
Load Average *
36.4
41
-13%
44
-21%
43
-18%
45.6
-25%
42.7
-17%
Load Maximum *
52.4
46
12%
53
-1%
49
6%
51.5
2%
47.4
10%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.934.131.334.534.332.92531.634.531.634.233.431.63134.435.133.734.132.534.44031.931.931.932.830.431.9503027.829.829.427.7306329.128.327.731.929.129.1802729.527.826.627.22710026.532.427.526.925.826.512525.93130.830.732.625.916023.328.525.522.923.523.320023.62825.624.222.323.625022.629.127.123.321.622.631522.433.930.223.621.322.440021.535.130.425.419.821.550020.632.32923.419.720.663022.933.931.628.218.522.980021.634.430.924.618.221.6100022.341.236.425.917.822.312502040.234.225.317.120160019.339.534.223.717.319.3200020.242.938.925.117.220.225002143.636.524.417.62131501941.83623.617.719400020.142.8372417.720.150002039.834.924.118.120630019.13934.623.118.219.1800018.636.431.220.418.118.61000018.734.63019.118.218.71250018.630.925.918.818.118.61600018.728.723.519.51818.7SPL32.552.447.136.430.332.5N1.88.15.72.61.41.8median 20.6median 34.6median 30.9median 24median 18.2median 20.6Delta1.74.23.61.121.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMSI GL62M 7RD-077

Temperature

The GL62M during the stress test.
The GL62M during the stress test.

The GL62M behaves differently in our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in mains operation and on battery. In mains operation, the processor works at 3.4 GHz most of the time. Later on, the clock rate falls occasionally to 3.2 GHz. The graphic core clocks at a fairly constant 1709 MHz. On battery, the CPU works at 3.1 to 3.4 GHz from the start and the GPU alternates between 770 MHz and 1300 MHz.

The computer does not get too warm. During our stress test, the 40 °C (~104 °F) level is only exceeded in two measurement quadrants. We set the fan control to "Cooler Boost" in the Dragon Center. As a result, the fan speeds up. We repeated the stress test a little later with automatic fan control and the computer got about 4 to 5 °C (~7 to 9 °F) warmer. However, the recorded CPU to GPU clock rates remained unaffected.

Max. Load
 36.6 °C
98 F
44.9 °C
113 F
36 °C
97 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
44.6 °C
112 F
35.3 °C
96 F
 
 31.4 °C
89 F
38 °C
100 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 44.9 °C = 113 F
Average: 37.2 °C = 99 F
36.1 °C
97 F
27.6 °C
82 F
38.2 °C
101 F
27.6 °C
82 F
33 °C
91 F
27.4 °C
81 F
24.7 °C
76 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.2 °C
83 F
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 30.1 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.6 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.2 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.9 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 39.2 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 41.6 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.6 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 38 °C / 100.4 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (-9.3 °C / -16.7 F).
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
Gigabyte P57X v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
Heat
-8%
-38%
-14%
-18%
11%
Maximum Upper Side *
44.9
49.1
-9%
65.3
-45%
48.5
-8%
51.2
-14%
37.7
16%
Maximum Bottom *
38.2
43.4
-14%
64.4
-69%
59
-54%
56.8
-49%
36.3
5%
Idle Upper Side *
27.4
29.2
-7%
35.4
-29%
28.7
-5%
29.2
-7%
25.7
6%
Idle Bottom *
29
29.6
-2%
31.6
-9%
25.7
11%
29.2
-1%
24.4
16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature on the top side (load)
Temperature on the top side (load)
Temperature on the underside (load)
Temperature on the underside (load)
Temperature on the top side (idle)
Temperature on the top side (idle)
Temperature on the underside (idle)
Temperature on the underside (idle)

Speakers

The four speakers of the GL62M sit on the underside of the case. They can play quite loudly, but the bass is poor and they sound tinny. We recommend headphones or external speakers for a better sound experience.

Note: There is a speaker grille on the underside of the GL62M, which usually hides a subwoofer. However, the GL62M does not feature a subwoofer. MSI uses the same underside for several notebook models.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.834.333.82532.233.432.23134.932.534.94030.730.430.75030.427.730.4632729.1278027.927.227.910027.925.827.912532.932.632.916035.823.535.820037.822.337.825046.921.646.931556.621.356.64006219.86250062.419.762.463065.518.565.580070.118.270.1100075.317.875.3125079.217.179.2160087.617.387.6200085.917.285.9250085.317.685.3315081.217.781.2400076.217.776.2500071.418.171.4630069.118.269.180006818.1681000062.118.262.11250057.418.157.41600059.91859.9SPL93.330.393.3N77.91.477.9median 65.5median 18.2median 65.5Delta12.3212.335.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMSI GL62M 7RD-077Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
MSI GL62M 7RD-077 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 93% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 13% 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
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The maximum power consumption is 15 watts in idle mode - a decent value for a device of this performance class. During the stress test, the power consumption increases to up to 135 watts. Hence, the 150-watt power adapter does not reach its limits. During everyday gaming, the energy demand is about 90 watts (+/- 20 watts).

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.61 / 0.63 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 10.6 / 14.5 / 15 Watt
Load midlight 90 / 135 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
Gigabyte P57X v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
Power Consumption
1%
-25%
11%
-69%
15%
Idle Minimum *
10.6
10
6%
16
-51%
7
34%
15.7
-48%
6.2
42%
Idle Average *
14.5
14
3%
19
-31%
11
24%
23.4
-61%
12.2
16%
Idle Maximum *
15
19
-27%
23
-53%
19
-27%
23.5
-57%
14.8
1%
Load Average *
90
82
9%
68
24%
79
12%
184.6
-105%
84.9
6%
Load Maximum *
135
118
13%
157
-16%
119
12%
233.1
-73%
120.7
11%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The GL62M achieves a battery runtime of 3:45 hours in our realistic Wi-Fi test. We simulate the load when opening web sites with a script. The energy profile "balanced" is active, the energy saving features are disabled, and the display brightness is reduced to about 150 cd/m². The MSI computer provides a similar battery life in our video test: The battery is empty after about 3:37 hours. In order to determine this battery runtime, we play the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The Wi-Fi modules are disabled and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m².

Overall, the GL62M does not deliver good battery runtimes. However, it performs slightly better in most of the runtime tests than the predecessor model, while the battery capacity has remained the same. The battery capacity also explains the poor battery runtimes: MSI has incorporated only a 41-Wh battery.

The battery features a capacity of 41 Wh.
The battery features a capacity of 41 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 27min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
3h 45min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 37min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 41min
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 41 Wh
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, 41.4 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M, 61.5 Wh
Gigabyte P57X v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 75.81 Wh
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 52 Wh
Battery Runtime
10%
25%
45%
25%
20%
62%
Reader / Idle
387
339
-12%
315
-19%
467
21%
256
-34%
515
33%
H.264
217
235
8%
244
12%
WiFi v1.3
225
158
-30%
220
-2%
272
21%
155
-31%
261
16%
365
62%
Load
41
71
73%
87
112%
93
127%
98
139%
45
10%

Pros

+ matte display
+ Full HD resolution
+ free M.2 slot
+ does not get hot
+ high system performance

Cons

- dark, low-contrast display with narrow viewing angles
- fan control when running idle
- poor battery runtimes
- no USB 3.1 Gen2
- instabile lid
- only 2 GB VRAM

Verdict

In review: MSI GL62M 7RD-077. Test model provided by Cyberport.de
In review: MSI GL62M 7RD-077. Test model provided by Cyberport.de

The GL62M wants to be a cheap entry-level device in the world of gaming notebooks. Accordingly, it is capable of bringing current games in high resolutions and with high quality settings on its matte Full HD display. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 graphic card makes this possible. It brings significantly higher performance than its predecessor. However, the notebook does not only perform well in gaming, but also in all other fields of application. Its powerful Kaby Lake processor ensures this. Despite its powerful hardware, the computer does not get too hot regardless of the load.

MSI should improve the automatic fan control with a BIOS update. The CPU fan runs permanently when the system is idling and generates a pulsating whining noise. Users have to fix this themselves - this should not happen.

The keyboard is alright and suitable for home use. However, a keyboard light is lacking. Thanks to a 1 TB 2.5-inch hard drive, there is enough storage space. It is possible to replace the HDD after removing the underside of the computer. At the same time, you can also add an M.2-SSD. The existing slot supports SATA-3 and PCIe/NVMe models.

The GL62M's display is disappointing.

MSI has incorporated a dark, low-contrast TN model with narrow viewing angles. We expect a bright, contrast-rich IPS panel for a price of over 1000 Euros (~$1064). The battery runtimes are also not convincing.

Overall, MSI has made too many cuts for positioning the computer in the entry-level segment. Several competitors offer more balanced models, for example, the HP Omen 15-ax206ng. It uses the same CPU/GPU combination as the GL62M, but additionally has an IPS display, a lit keyboard, and an SSD HDD combination on board. It has a similar price as the MSI computer.

MSI GL62M 7RD-077 - 02/07/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
70 / 98 → 71%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
52 / 81 → 64%
Weight
60 / 10-66 → 90%
Battery
72%
Display
79%
Games Performance
88%
Application Performance
86%
Temperature
92 / 95 → 96%
Noise
78 / 90 → 86%
Audio
50%
Camera
31 / 85 → 37%
Average
70%
78%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-02-10 (Update: 2018-05-15)