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MSI GP62 2QE Notebook Review

Gaming on a tight budget. The MSI GE series is already the manufacturer's entry-level gaming series. Now, the GP series is taking that extra step to make gaming even more affordable. What exactly has been cut along the way?

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MSI carries an extensive lineup of gaming notebooks for its G series family. While we've covered most of them up to date including the tiny GS30 all the way up to the gargantuan GT80, the GP model is a newcomer to our database.

With that said, the GP series shares many similarities with the GE series including the reuse of large portions of the chassis and hardware. Thus, we recommend checking out our previous reviews on the GE62 for more information and details on the analogous hardware features. However, there are some key differences both inside and out and we will go over exactly what the lower-end $999 GP62 is omitting compared to its more expensive GE62 siblings.

MSI GE62-2QF

MSI GE62-2QD

MSI GE62-2QE

MSI GP62-2QEi781FD (GP62 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 2048 MB, Core: 993 MHz, Memory: 2072 MHz, 353.62, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, Dual-Channel DDR3L, PC3-14900, 10-10-10-32
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, ID: Chi Mei CMN15C0, Name: N156HGE-EA1, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2, 512 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - 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: 1x 3.5 mm microphone, 1x 3.5 mm headphones, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Qualcomm Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUB0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 30.6 x 388 x 260 ( = 1.2 x 15.28 x 10.24 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p30
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Quick Start guide, Warranty card, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 570 g ( = 20.11 oz / 1.26 pounds)
Price
1100 Euro

 

Case

The chassis of the GP62 is nearly identical to the GE62 with only a couple of noteworthy changes. Firstly, the outer lid is no longer brushed aluminum with slight curves for visual appeal. Instead, the lid is now flat with a smooth matte surface. This also applies to the palm rests and inner surfaces as the aluminum texture is now completely gone in favor of the smooth matte texture. Lastly, the bottom maintenance panel has been flattened, though it still shares the same number of screws and ventilation grilles as the GE62. These subtle changes make for a more stale appearance to separate the GP series further from the higher-end GT and GE models.

Case quality is essentially the same as the GE series since the above changes are largely cosmetic. The base is still rigid even towards the center of the keyboard. Surfaces warp slightly more easily on the right side of the notebook compared to the left since this area has fewer components underneath. In contrast, the outer lid is unfortunately average in quality as it is weak towards the center and can be easily twisted from the front corners. The hinges are small yet strong enough to prevent the display from rocking and allow for a wide opening angle.

In terms of weight, the GP62 is lighter than the GE62, Aspire V15 Nitro, and Lenovo Y50 by about 100 grams. The weight difference may be attributed to the smaller cooling system of the GP62 as detailed in our Emissions section below. Our MSI is also noticeably thicker than these same models.

Connectivity

Ports and port placement remain unchanged from the GE62 series. All connections are on the left- and right-hand sides of the notebook only, which makes them more accessible than on most other gaming notebooks. However, this increases the likelihood of entangled cables and reduced table space since there are no ports on the rear. Left-handed users are also at a disadvantage here.

The GP62 offers no Thunderbolt or external GPU options like on the MSI GS30 or the latest Alienware systems.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Optical drive, 1x USB 2.0, SD reader, AC adapter
Right: Optical drive, 1x USB 2.0, SD reader, AC adapter
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: Kensington Lock, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI-out, Mini-DisplayPort, 3x USB 3.0, 1x 3.5 mm microphone, 1. 3.5 mm headphones
Left: Kensington Lock, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI-out, Mini-DisplayPort, 3x USB 3.0, 1x 3.5 mm microphone, 1. 3.5 mm headphones

Communication

The Intel Wireless-AC 3160 M.2 module is a dual-band 1x1 card capable of transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps. It's an entry-level WLAN card compared to 2x2 modules that are capable of multiple streams for even faster speeds. The usual Bluetooth 4.0 and WiDi features are integrated.

The notebook provides no configuration options for WWAN or GPS.

Maintenance

The bottom panel takes some time to remove but is generally accessible as it uses regular Philips head screws. Note that the optical drive must be taken out first as it hides additional screws underneath.

The motherboard allows direct access to the optical drive SATA slot, 2.5-inch SATA III slot, M.2 slot, both SODIMM slots, WLAN card, and cooling system. Both the CPU and GPU are soldered onto the motherboard.

Accessories

Included extras outside of the AC adapter are the Quick Start guide and cleaning cloth. There are no proprietary accessories since the GP62 lacks a dedicated docking port. MSI sells branded mice, keyboards, and bags for its gaming G series.

Warranty

MSI offers two-year limited warranty as standard. Users can also receive one year of accidental damage protection at no extra cost if they register their purchase within 30 days of shipment.

GP62 motherboard
GP62 motherboard
GE62 motherboard
GE62 motherboard

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Chiclet keyboard (34.5 x 10.5 cm) is the same Steelseries model as found on the GE62. Thus, it provides the same satisfactory feedback and deep travel when typing. The keys feel firm as they do not waggle in place and are surprisingly quiet despite the firm pressure point.

However, the individual keys themselves are a bit small and the space between them are wider than normal. It can take some time to be accustomed to the layout of the keyboard. Also note that the GP62 offers no backlight lighting compared to its GE62 sibling.

Touchpad

The touchpad is again of similar size (10.9 x 6.1 cm) to the one on the GE62 even down to the chrome-cut perimeter. The slightly textured surface responds clearly to single and multi-touch commands with no cursor jumping or other issues. The two dedicated mouse keys are comfortable to use as well as they provide very firm feedback when pressed. The auditory click is quite loud, however, especially compared to the muted keyboard keys.

Steelseries keyboard as found on other MSI G series models
Steelseries keyboard as found on other MSI G series models
Great feedback and travel from keys
Great feedback and travel from keys

Display

The 1080p matte display is a good match considering the GPU power, so we prefer this FHD resolution over 2K or 3K for gaming purposes. The screen is sufficiently bright for indoor use and it exhibits no major backlight bleeding, no screen-door effect, and minimal color grains. While it is far from bad, the display is simply not as good compared to most other gaming notebooks. Contrast and colors are poor considering the price and overall quality doesn't hold a candle to IPS panels.

Its N156HGE-EA1 TN panel is the same panel used on the older IdeaPad Z510Acer Aspire V5-561G, and the ThinkPad L540. Consequently, we found the displays on all these models to be below average and these same reasons apply here.

310.1
cd/m²
275.2
cd/m²
281.8
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
274.8
cd/m²
253.7
cd/m²
256.1
cd/m²
230.7
cd/m²
234.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 310.1 cd/m² Average: 265.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 74 %
Center on Battery: 274.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 398:1 (Black: 0.69 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.78 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 13.81 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
73.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 47.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.19
MSI GP62-2QEi781FDLenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)Asus G501JW-CN168HAlienware 15 (R9 M295X)MSI GE62 2QDAcer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
Screen
28%
56%
46%
32%
47%
Brightness middle
274.8
290
6%
344
25%
314
14%
361
31%
320
16%
Brightness
265
257
-3%
337
27%
294
11%
345
30%
283
7%
Brightness Distribution
74
81
9%
95
28%
87
18%
88
19%
83
12%
Black Level *
0.69
0.512
26%
0.31
55%
0.33
52%
0.646
6%
0.32
54%
Contrast
398
566
42%
1110
179%
952
139%
559
40%
1000
151%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.78
3.72
68%
5.98
49%
4.14
65%
5.3
55%
5.31
55%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.81
3.11
77%
5.75
58%
2.8
80%
7
49%
4.73
66%
Gamma
2.19 110%
2.48 97%
2.51 96%
3.19 75%
2.35 102%
2.36 102%
CCT
15314 42%
6959 93%
7366 88%
6540 99%
7168 91%
5980 109%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
47.8
48.16
1%
71
49%
56
17%
58.63
23%
52.9
11%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
73.5
100
36%
85
16%

* ... smaller is better

Color coverage is roughly 48 percent and 74 percent of AdobeRGB and sRGB, respectively. This is better than most TN panels on inexpensive and mainstream notebooks, though it still falls behind most IPS panels on more expensive gaming notebooks like the Alienware 15 or Asus G501. Fortunately, pinpoint color accuracy is not normally a priority over response times when gaming. The GP62 display is more than sufficient in this case.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Asus ROG G501
vs. Asus ROG G501
vs. Lenovo Y50
vs. Lenovo Y50

Further analyses with a spectrophotometer reveal inaccurate grayscale and colors. Color temperature is also much too cool out-of-the-box with higher deviations than most other gaming notebooks. A quick calibration fixes many of these shortcomings for a much more accurate display. We strongly recommend a calibration for the GP62 more so than on other notebooks of its class.

Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration

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Outdoor visibility is average at best when under shade and on maximum display brightness. The backlight is dimmer if running on batteries unless if the user manually disables the Power Saver settings through the Intel Graphics Properties menu. The matte screen helps to reduce glare, but the backlight is simply not powerful enough to overcome ambient light outdoors.

Viewing angles are limited due to the underlying TN panel. This isn't an issue for the sole user looking directly at the screen, though it can make sharing the display with others a bit more difficult. In comparison, newer gaming notebooks with higher quality IPS screens are becoming more common.

Difficult to view under direct sunlight
Difficult to view under direct sunlight
TN panel viewing angles
TN panel viewing angles

Performance

Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz for all cores
Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz for all cores

Our GP62 configuration houses a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-5700HQ paired with an Nvidia GTX 950M GPU. The CPU can run up to 3.5 GHz for all four cores via Turbo Boost and will throttle to 800 MHz in Power Saver mode to conserve energy. The GTX 950M core clock can run up to 1124 MHz via Boost while its memory can be up to 2072 MHz. If idling on Power Saver, the GPU be at 135/405 MHz core/memory according to GPU-Z. Optimus is supported with the integrated HD Graphics 5600 for additional power savings. The current Xotic PC page does not offer other CPU or GPU options.

System RAM is supported up to 16 GB via two accessible SODIMM slots. LatencyMon shows no latency spikes when sitting on desktop with wireless radios active.

Processor

The new Core i7-5700HQ is able to consistently outrun the older Core i7-4720HQ that was so popular on high-end notebooks of 2014. CineBench single-thread benchmarks are a few percentage points faster on the new Broadwell core while multi-threaded benchmarks show larger gaps. This is partly due to the higher multi-core Turbo Boost for the i7-5700HQ compared to the i7-4720HQ.

The desktop Core i7-4790K still outranks our MSI by at least 20 percent in all cases. This discrepancy has little significance when gaming since modern titles tend to be GPU-bound and the i7-5700HQ is already quite adept for gaming loads.

More benchmarks and technical data on the Core i7-5700HQ can be found on our dedicated CPU page here.

CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15 64-bit
CineBench R15 64-bit
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4481 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
26738 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7216 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6818
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18785
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5449
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
43.32 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.53 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.66 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
50.98 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
682 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
143 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
143 Points ∼69%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
171 Points ∼83% +20%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
139 Points ∼67% -3%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
135 Points ∼65% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
125 Points ∼60% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
682 Points ∼23%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
873 Points ∼30% +28%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
597 Points ∼20% -12%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
608 Points ∼21% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
490 Points ∼17% -28%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
1.66 Points ∼71%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
2.07 Points ∼88% +25%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
1.59 Points ∼68% -4%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
1.55 Points ∼66% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
1.46 Points ∼62% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
7.53 Points ∼32%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
9.4 Points ∼39% +25%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
6.51 Points ∼27% -14%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
6.73 Points ∼28% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
5.29 Points ∼22% -30%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
7216 Points ∼80%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
8911 Points ∼98% +23%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
6964 Points ∼77% -3%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
6610 Points ∼73% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
6493 Points ∼72% -10%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
26738 Points ∼39%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
33974 Points ∼49% +27%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
24149 Points ∼35% -10%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
24459 Points ∼35% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
18887 Points ∼27% -29%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Physics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
11387 Points ∼44%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
12395 Points ∼48% +9%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
9335 Points ∼36% -18%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
8881 Points ∼35% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
6706 Points ∼26% -41%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
11440 Points ∼44%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
12382 Points ∼48% +8%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
9286 Points ∼36% -19%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
8871 Points ∼34% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
6713 Points ∼26% -41%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
8125 Points ∼21%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
8811 Points ∼22% +8%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
6563 Points ∼17% -19%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
5982 Points ∼15% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
4710 Points ∼12% -42%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
57446 Points ∼73%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
58919 Points ∼75% +3%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
46222 Points ∼59% -20%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
44331 Points ∼56% -23%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
54233 Points ∼70%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
59800 Points ∼77% +10%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
44550 Points ∼58% -18%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
42771 Points ∼55% -21%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
210.067 s * ∼2%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
174.76 s * ∼2% +17%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
262.199 s * ∼3% -25%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
246.038 s * ∼3% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
323 s * ∼4% -54%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
561.953 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
437 Seconds * ∼2% +22%
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
562.178 Seconds * ∼2% -0%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
575.629 Seconds * ∼3% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
569.349 Seconds * ∼3% -1%

Legend

 
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
 
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme Intel Core i7-4790K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF (RAID 0)
 
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015 Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
 
Aorus X3 Plus v3 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 2x Lite-On LMT-256L9M (RAID 0)
 
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

PCMark benchmarks score our GP62 alongside top performers like the HP Omen Pro 15 and Aorus X5. At the same time, however, the results may not be an apples-to-apples comparison due to our test model running Windows 10. The Aorus, for example, carries RAID 0 SSDs and faster SLI graphics, yet it is scores roughly the same in PCMark 7. Nonetheless, navigation on the GP62 is smooth and apps launch almost instantaneously as expected from an SSD-based notebook.

Our test model had recurring DSP_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION errors towards the end of our testing. Fortunately, a quick System Restore was able to resolve the seemingly random BSOD issue.

PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 7 Score
6411 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3920 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4870 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4999 points
Help

Storage Devices

M.2 slot adjacent to removable SATA I slot
M.2 slot adjacent to removable SATA I slot

A total of three bays are available: One M.2 slot and two 2.5-inch SATA slots. The bays are not officially RAID compatible and the last 2.5-inch slot in particular holds the optical drive by default. This drive can be easily removed and re-inserted without any screws required.

Our particular test model uses a 512 GB Micron M600 M.2 SSD and secondary 1 TB HGST HDD. Performance from the Micron drive is standard for a SATA III SSD with sequential read and transfer rates of roughly 500 MB/s. In particular, its write rate for 512K blocks is on the upper-end of the performance spectrum at 481 MB/s. The 7200 RPM Travelstar HDD also performs quite well for its class with an average transfer rate of 106.4 MB/s according to HD Tune. Most hard drives typically score in the 90 MB/s range or even lower for 5400 RPM models.

Our growing comparison table of HDDs and SSDs can be found here.

AS SSD Primary SSD
AS SSD Primary SSD
CDM Primary SSD
CDM Primary SSD
CDM Secondary HDD
CDM Secondary HDD
HD Tune Primary SSD
HD Tune Primary SSD
HD Tune Secondary HDD
HD Tune Secondary HDD
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
Transfer Rate Minimum: 171.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 406.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 278.4 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 187.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

GPU Performance

The GTX 950M lies comfortably between the GTX 960M and GT 940M according to 3DMark benchmarks. Fortunately, raw performance is closer to the faster 960M than it is to the 940M. The much more powerful 970M and 980M GPUs still outperform our MSI by at least double in synthetic benchmarks.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 06 Standard
24148 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4892 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
105776 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
16297 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3026 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1551 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
4624 Points ∼9%
Gigabyte P37X
12655 Points ∼25% +174%
Gigabyte P55 V4
10053 Points ∼20% +117%
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H
5135 Points ∼10% +11%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
2213 Points ∼4% -52%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
2153 Points ∼4% -53%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
3330 Points ∼8%
Gigabyte P37X
9927 Points ∼24% +198%
Gigabyte P55 V4
7634 Points ∼19% +129%
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H
4197 Points ∼10% +26%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
1567 Points ∼4% -53%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
1435 Points ∼4% -57%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
22869 Points ∼12%
Gigabyte P37X
67973 Points ∼37% +197%
Gigabyte P55 V4
44135 Points ∼24% +93%
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H
21686 Points ∼12% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
8446 Points ∼5% -63%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
8538 Points ∼5% -63%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
145368 Points ∼19%
Gigabyte P37X
242455 Points ∼32% +67%
Gigabyte P55 V4
68332 Points ∼9% -53%
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H
28321 Points ∼4% -81%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
41100 Points ∼5% -72%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
71008 Points ∼9% -51%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
50.98 fps ∼30%
Gigabyte P37X
110.03 fps ∼64% +116%
Gigabyte P55 V4
105.51 fps ∼61% +107%
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H
94.73 fps ∼55% +86%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
56.95 fps ∼33% +12%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
56.2 fps ∼33% +10%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
43.32 fps ∼35%
Gigabyte P37X
62.48 fps ∼51% +44%
Gigabyte P55 V4
58.52 fps ∼47% +35%
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H
60.45 fps ∼49% +40%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
43.66 fps ∼35% +1%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
46.4 fps ∼38% +7%
Cinebench R10 - Shading 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
4481 Points ∼21%
Gigabyte P37X
6844 Points ∼32% +53%
Gigabyte P55 V4
6821 Points ∼32% +52%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
5812 Points ∼27% +30%

Legend

 
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
 
Gigabyte P37X Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 2x Lite-On LMT-128L9M (RAID 0)
 
Gigabyte P55 V4 Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
 
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, SanDisk SD7SN3Q128G1002
 
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
 
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G Intel Core i5-4210M, NVIDIA GeForce 930M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630

Gaming Performance

Real-world performance in games is as expected from this class of Nvidia GPU. The GTX 950M is unable to play most games at 1080p on Ultra or Extreme graphics settings. Most 3D titles will run in the 20 FPS range with a few exceptions, so users will have to tune down the graphics to Medium or Medium-high if they wish to play on the native screen resolution. Jumping from the 950M to the 960M will see frame rates improve by at least 20 percent to as much as 50 percent depending on the title. For smoother 1080p30 playback on higher graphics settings, a system with the GTX 960M or 965M is preferred.

1080p gaming on the lower-end 940M would require very low settings that hardcore gamers might find unappealing. The GTX 950M is one step above this ground floor. Because of this, the GP62 will age quite quickly as new and more demanding games are released. Arkham Knight, for example, is already proving to be a bit too much for the 950M to handle.

Thief
Thief
Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline
Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight
low med. high ultra
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 139.463.915.7fps
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 60.723.2fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 130.771.634.1fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 152.5100.236.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 110.189.829.6fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 78.545.522.9fps
Thief (2014) 54.543.820.6fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 55.42922.5fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 50.723.121.4fps
F1 2014 (2014) 11811878fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 73.924.516.6fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 111.738.222.9fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 4322fps
Thief
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
20.6 fps ∼15%
Schenker XMG A505
28 fps ∼20% +36%
Schenker XMG P505
47.9 fps ∼34% +133%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
43.8 fps ∼30%
Schenker XMG A505
55.2 fps ∼38% +26%
Schenker XMG P505
89.3 fps ∼62% +104%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
19.8 fps ∼14% -55%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
54.5 fps ∼37%
Schenker XMG A505
64.9 fps ∼44% +19%
Schenker XMG P505
105.1 fps ∼71% +93%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
25.9 fps ∼18% -52%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
23.7 fps ∼16% -57%
Sleeping Dogs
1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
15.7 fps ∼11%
1366x768 High Preset AA:High (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
63.9 fps ∼31%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:Normal (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
139.4 fps ∼72%
Guild Wars 2
1920x1080 All Maximum / On AA:FX (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
23.2 fps ∼25%
Schenker XMG P505
52 fps ∼57% +124%
1366x768 Best Appearance Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
60.7 fps ∼66%
Schenker XMG P505
91.8 fps ∼100% +51%
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
34.1 fps ∼12%
Schenker XMG A505
50.8 fps ∼18% +49%
Schenker XMG P505
80.3 fps ∼29% +135%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
71.6 fps ∼14%
Schenker XMG A505
114.7 fps ∼23% +60%
Schenker XMG P505
187.1 fps ∼37% +161%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
32.5 fps ∼6% -55%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
33.3 fps ∼7% -53%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
130.7 fps ∼23%
Schenker XMG A505
181.9 fps ∼32% +39%
Schenker XMG P505
295.4 fps ∼52% +126%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
60.9 fps ∼11% -53%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
61.2 fps ∼11% -53%
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
1920x1080 Ultra / Extreme AA:on (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
36.8 fps ∼21%
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
100.2 fps ∼58%
1366x768 Medium (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
152.5 fps ∼94%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
29.6 fps ∼11%
Schenker XMG A505
46.8 fps ∼18% +58%
Schenker XMG P505
72.5 fps ∼27% +145%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
13.6 fps ∼5% -54%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
13.7 fps ∼5% -54%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
89.8 fps ∼29%
Schenker XMG A505
118.3 fps ∼39% +32%
Schenker XMG P505
142.5 fps ∼46% +59%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
40 fps ∼13% -55%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
43.9 fps ∼14% -51%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
110.1 fps ∼32%
Schenker XMG A505
128.6 fps ∼37% +17%
Schenker XMG P505
150.2 fps ∼43% +36%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
49.6 fps ∼14% -55%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
49 fps ∼14% -55%
Metro: Last Light
1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
22.9 fps ∼13%
Schenker XMG A505
31.9 fps ∼19% +39%
Schenker XMG P505
53.3 fps ∼31% +133%
1366x768 High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
45.5 fps ∼24%
Schenker XMG A505
59.9 fps ∼31% +32%
Schenker XMG P505
100.3 fps ∼52% +120%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
21.2 fps ∼11% -53%
1366x768 Medium (DX10) AF:4x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
78.5 fps ∼40%
Schenker XMG A505
91.4 fps ∼47% +16%
Schenker XMG P505
144 fps ∼74% +83%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
35.5 fps ∼18% -55%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (HD Package) (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
22.5 fps ∼14%
Schenker XMG A505
27.9 fps ∼17% +24%
Schenker XMG P505
51.2 fps ∼32% +128%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
29 fps ∼16%
Schenker XMG A505
42.7 fps ∼23% +47%
Schenker XMG P505
68.6 fps ∼37% +137%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
12.8 fps ∼7% -56%
1344x756 Medium Preset (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
55.4 fps ∼26%
Schenker XMG A505
81 fps ∼39% +46%
Schenker XMG P505
126.8 fps ∼61% +129%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
24.6 fps ∼12% -56%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
24.5 fps ∼12% -56%
Ryse: Son of Rome
1920x1080 Very High Texture Res. + High Graphics Quality (Motion Blur & Temporal AA On, Rest Off/Disabled) AF:8x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
21.4 fps ∼21%
Schenker XMG A505
27.4 fps ∼27% +28%
Schenker XMG P505
41.3 (min: 33) fps ∼40% +93%
1920x1080 High Texture Res. + High Graphics Quality (Rest Off/Disabled) AF:8x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
23.1 fps ∼21%
Schenker XMG A505
29.4 fps ∼26% +27%
Schenker XMG P505
44.5 (min: 34) fps ∼40% +93%
1366x768 Medium Texture Res. + Normal Graphics Quality (Rest Off/Disabled) AF:4x (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
50.7 fps ∼42%
Schenker XMG A505
57.6 fps ∼47% +14%
Schenker XMG P505
63.2 (min: 49) fps ∼52% +25%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
21.9 fps ∼18% -57%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
21.7 fps ∼18% -57%
F1 2014
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
78 fps ∼65%
Schenker XMG A505
79 fps ∼66% +1%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
34 fps ∼28% -56%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
118 fps ∼89%
Schenker XMG A505
94 fps ∼71% -20%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
59 fps ∼44% -50%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
118 fps ∼89%
Schenker XMG A505
108 fps ∼81% -8%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
81 fps ∼61% -31%
Dragon Age: Inquisition
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality AA:2x MS (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
16.6 fps ∼10%
Schenker XMG A505
22.5 fps ∼13% +36%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
24.5 fps ∼14%
Schenker XMG A505
33.5 fps ∼19% +37%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
11.4 fps ∼7% -53%
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
73.9 fps ∼37%
Schenker XMG A505
59.9 fps ∼30% -19%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
32.4 fps ∼16% -56%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
19.4 fps ∼10% -74%
Battlefield Hardline
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality (DX11) AA:4x MS (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
22.9 fps ∼13%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
38.2 fps ∼20%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
16.9 fps ∼9% -56%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
17.1 fps ∼9% -55%
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
111.7 fps ∼56%
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
39.7 fps ∼20% -64%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
39.6 fps ∼20% -65%

Legend

 
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
 
Schenker XMG A505 Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
 
Schenker XMG P505 Intel Core i7-4870HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
 
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G Intel Core i5-4210M, NVIDIA GeForce 930M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
 
Asus X555LB-DM223H Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M,

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic benchmarks to identify any potential throttling or stability issues.

With just Prime95 active, the CPU operates at a constant 3.1 to 3.2 GHz and core temperature hovers in the low 90 C range. This is slower than the advertised maximum Turbo Boost of 3.5 GHz. On the other hand, the GPU operates at its maximum 1124 MHz core clock and 1001 MHz memory clock consistently when under FurMark stress. GPU temperature plateaus at 77 C.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will cause the CPU to throttle slightly to the 2.4 to 2.6 GHz range while the GPU runs unscathed at 1124/1001 MHz core/memory. CPU and GPU core temperatures peak at 90 C and 86 C, respectively, after half an hour of maximum load.

Performance under Unigine Heaven stress is much smoother for the CPU as it is able to maintain a steady 3.4 to 3.5 GHz Turbo Boost. CPU and GPU core temperatures remain steady at 75 C each. Activating the Turbo Fan feature on the GP62 will drop core temperatures by an extra 7 or 8 C, though actual performance remains the same. Users should see this feature as a tradeoff between fan noise and temperature instead of fan noise and performance.

Running on batteries will reduce both CPU and GPU performances. A 3DMark 11 run returns Physics and Graphics scores of 4071 points and 7437 points, respectively, versus 4624 points and 9024 points when running on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Maximum stress
Maximum stress
Unigine Heaven stress
Unigine Heaven stress
Unigine Heaven stress (Maximum Fan)
Unigine Heaven stress (Maximum Fan)

Emissions

System Noise

Single 50 mm fan
Single 50 mm fan

The cooling system of the GP62 has been halved compared to the GE62 since this configuration uses a lower-power GTX 950M. Thus, instead of having two fans and four heat pipes, the GP62 uses only one fan and two heat pipes.

Does this improve fan noise? Unfortunately not as the GP62 still suffers from the same pulsating fan as does the GE62. The fan is always active at 33 dB(A) on the Power Saver profile and will pulsate frequently between 33 dB(A) and 37 dB(A) during even light loads such as browsing or Flash games.

Fan noise when gaming remains flat at about 41 dB(A). This is definitely quieter than most thin gaming notebooks like the Aorus X5 and Lenovo Y50 where fan noise can be closer to 50 dB(A) under similar conditions. Activating the Turbo Fan mode will bump fan noise to 52 dB(A). Sadly, there are no other manual fan controls as found on most Gigabyte and Eurocom notebooks.

Noise Level

Idle
33.3 / 33.4 / 37 dB(A)
DVD
38 / 0 dB(A)
Load
40.7 / 52.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The GP62 is one of the few notebooks where average surface temperatures on the palm rests and keyboard are warmer than the bottom when idling or under stress. The left side of the keyboard is at least 34 to 35 C near the WASD keys and is even warmer towards the center as both the CPU and GPU are situated near this area. The corner quadrant nearest the system fan can be as warm as 50 C while quadrants closest to the optical drive will barely experience changes in temperature.

Compared to other 15-inch gaming notebooks, the GP62 has a steeper temperature gradient due in part to its smaller and more concentrated cooling system. Systems with dual fans tend to spread the heat more evenly towards the rear and away from the front, such as the thinner and more powerful Asus G501. Surface temperatures on our MSI aren't nearly as bad as on the Lenovo Y50, but it's unfortunate that the WASD keys could not have been any cooler when gaming.

Max. Load
 44.4 °C
112 F
44.8 °C
113 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 43.2 °C
110 F
48.2 °C
119 F
37.2 °C
99 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
45.4 °C
114 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 48.2 °C = 119 F
Average: 41.2 °C = 106 F
28.4 °C
83 F
35.8 °C
96 F
50.2 °C
122 F
30.8 °C
87 F
38.4 °C
101 F
40.2 °C
104 F
31.6 °C
89 F
38.4 °C
101 F
39.4 °C
103 F
Maximum: 50.2 °C = 122 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  48.4 °C = 119 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
Four speakers total
Four speakers total

The four speakers are located on the bottom front corners of the notebook. The GP series is overtly lacking the subwoofer featured on the costlier GE series despite the fact that the GP62 retains the same square speaker grille for the subwoofer underneath.

We found sound quality on the GE62 to be lacking in bass and this is doubly true on the GP62 due to the lack of a dedicated subwoofer. Still, the speakers produce no static even on high volume settings and can be quite loud. External 3.5 mm solutions are recommended for better movie and music playback.

Battery Life

The integrated 42 Wh battery is non-removable and on the small side compared to most 15-inch gaming notebooks.

Runtimes are extraordinarily low. At best, we clocked in just above 2 hours on minimum brightness, Power Saver profile, and integrated graphics active. Competing models are able to last for hours longer under similar conditions.

Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
WLAN runtime
WLAN runtime
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 11min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
1h 36min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 06min
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
42 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
54 Wh
Asus G501JW
60 Wh
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
92 Wh
MSI GE62 2QD
51 Wh
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
52 Wh
Battery Runtime
111%
207%
196%
59%
340%
Reader / Idle
131
388
196%
415
217%
647
394%
277
111%
797
508%
WiFi v1.3
96
203
111%
286
198%
161
68%
448
367%
Load
66
84
27%
202
206%
64
-3%
64
-3%
161
144%

Pros

+ Strong base
+ Removable optical drive
+ Relatively quiet fan when gaming
+ M.2 slot and 2.5-inch SATA III slot
+ No CPU or GPU throttling under Unigine Heaven
+ Comfortable keyboard with deep travel
+ Accessible internals
+ Standard two-year warranty

Cons

- Pulsating system fan under light loads
- No keyboard backlight
- Average lid quality
- Very warm keyboard when gaming
- TN panel needs calibration
- No Thunderbolt or external GPU support
- No subwoofer
- No RAID
- Low battery life

Verdict

In Review: MSI GP62 2QE. Test model provided by Xotic PC.
In Review: MSI GP62 2QE. Test model provided by Xotic PC.

The MSI GP62 is simply a GE62 with cut corners. Users are losing the brushed aluminum surfaces, subwoofer, backlit keyboard, and IPS panel. Worst of all, GPU performance from the GTX 950M is simply no match against the GTX 965M on the GE62.

What's left are the core basics: A passable TN display, comfortable keyboard and touchpad, a strong and accessible base, 3x storage bays, and a GPU capable of 1080p30 on Medium to Medium-high settings. We're a bit disappointed to see that battery life has not improved even though the GP62 utilizes a smaller cooling system, newer Broadwell CPU, and weaker GPU.

We highly suggest spending that extra cash for a GE model instead as it brings superior gaming performance and a more complete package.

As of this writing, the GP62 and GE62 start at $999 and $1149, respectively. We highly suggest spending that extra cash for a GE model instead as it brings superior gaming performance in a more complete package.

MSI GP62-2QEi781FD - 08/17/2015 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
77 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
75 / 81 → 93%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
60%
Display
76%
Games Performance
93 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
97 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
80%
Noise
68 / 95 → 72%
Audio
45%
Average
74%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-08-17 (Update: 2015-08-23)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.